Clarke rushes past Warren County
BERRYVILLE – Clarke County’s leading rusher Hunter Rogers was out last week with an ankle injury. Saying he was running Friday night on a joint that was about “80 percent healthy,” the Eagle junior said he decided to go downhill.
“I’m about 80 percent healthy. Sometimes, I run side-to-side but it hurts, I just try to go straight ahead,” he said.
Rogers, who had totaled 913 ground yards entering the Bull Run District game against Warren County, blitzed 55-yards on the first offensive play and led a wave of Eagles to a 55-0 shut-out of the Wildcats here.
The sprint set up the Eagles’ first score of the night, and also showed what kind of game it was going to be for Warren County.
“I don’t really rank teams,” but they’re obviously very good. They’re very aggressive. Very strong. They know how to play,” said Warren coach Steve Crist.
Clarke, which rushed for 700 yards as a team over a week ago in a 72-6 rout, put up another 679 on the ground. With slight passing, the Eagles totaled 745 yards of total offense, as they won for the second straight week with a running clock.
Noting the team was penalized just five times, had no turnovers and never punted, Clarke coach Chris Parker said, “That’s pretty good. We’re a disciplined team that had another opportunity. That’s how we look at it. We played pretty well.”
Parker removed Rogers, who scored two touchdowns, while rushing five times for 94 yards; Jaxon Ottobre (a 46-yard first-half run); Matt Dang (four carries, 68 yards and two scores); quarterback Jordon Turner (six rushes, 99 yards, two scores); so with the clock only stopping for injuries and penalties, the Clarke coach turned things over to the backups.
The score was 41-0 at the half.
The victory guarantees a tie for first place in the Bull Run District (8-1 overall, 5-0 league). If the Eagles, ranked No. 1 in Group 2A East this week, win out, they win the loop outright. Clarke would then earn a first-round playoff spot at home, at least.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats (2-7, 1-5) close out their season against arch-rival Skyline.
Clarke County wasted no time in scoring on its second play of the game. After Rogers, back from an ankle injury, bolted 55 yards to the Warren 11, Clarke quarterback Jordon Turner carried over from there. Chris Davis’ extra point was true. It was 7-0 Eagles with 11:26 remaining in the first quarter.
Turner dashed 69 yards the next time the Eagles had the ball. He ran to the 13. Rogers took a direct snap for the score. Davis was good again and with 7:37 left in the first quarter the Eagles led 14-0.
It was the same script for the Eagles on their third-consecutive scoring position. This time Ottobre ripped off a 46-yard run to the Warren 17.
Ottobre came right back to dash 14 yards to the four. Turner then ran in for the four-yard score. Davis’ kick made it 21-0 with 5:35 left.
The next Clarke series took a little longer, but it had the same result. This drive went eight plays and covered 44 yards. Dang did the honors with a nine-yard scoring bolt. Davis’ kick was no good. It was 27-0 with 1:15 remaining in the first quarter.
Warren showed signs of life as Robert Rutherford threw long to Daniel Spangler, but the Wildcats could do nothing with the ball while in Clarke territory.
Clarke’s fifth touchdown came quickly. After two runs moved the ball to Clarke 45, Matt Dang ran 55 yards untouched up the middle. Davis’ kick was good. Clarke led 34-0 with 8:59 to go.
Another long play went for naught as Robert Rutherford saw a long gainer nullified by a targeting penalty.
Clarke decided to change things up for its sixth score. Turner hit Rogers for a 57-yard scoring bomb. Davis’ kick was good. With 2:57 left in the half, it was 41-0.
Mercifully, the Eagles ran out the clock on their last time-shortened possession of the half. It was the first time they had been stopped in seven tries.
Warren rushed 22 times for 17 yards in the first half. Robert Rutherford completed 4-of-10 passes for 68 yards. That was 85 yards of offense.
Conversely, Clarke rushed 16 times for 307 yards. Quarterback Turner completed all three of his passes for 80 yards.
With the clock running on the 35-point rule (only stops for injuries and penalties), Parker subbed out some of his starters. It did not stop Daniel Braithwaite from racing 30 yards to the three. Jacob Parrott scored from there. The kick failed but it was 48-0 with 7:15 left in the third quarter.
Braithwaite set up score No. 9 for the Eagles. He rumbled 22 yards to the three. From there Cole Lawson carried over for the score. The kick was good and it was 55-0 with 9:45 left in the fourth quarter.
Warren totaled 83 yards of offense including 25 carries for 15 yards.
EAGLES 55, WILDCATS 0
Clarke County 27 14 14 0–55
Warren County 0 0 0 0–0
CC: Turner 11 run, (kick good) 11:26
CC: Rogers 13 run, (kick good) 7:37
CC: Turner 4 run, (kick good) 5:35
CC: Dang 9 run, (kick failed) 1:15
CC: Dang 5 run, (kick good) 8:59
CC: Rogers 57 pass from Turner, (kick good)
CC: Parrett 15 run, (kick good)
CC: Lawson 3 run, (kick good)
First downs 18 5
Rushes-yds. 35-679 25-15
Passing yds. 184 147
Compl.-Att-TD-INT 3-2-1-0 4-10-0-1
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-1
Punts-avg. 0-0 4-33
Pens.-yds. 5-55 6-55
RUSHING: Clarke County, Rogers 5-94, Ottobre 2-60, Dang 4-68, Turner 6-99, Parrott 5-28, Lawson 3-31; Warren County, R. Rutherford 9-7, J. Rutherford 4-15, Petitt 3-3, Frantz 3-14, Butler 1-(minus-2), Haley 4-(minus-12) 15-61.
PASSING: Clarke, Turner 3-3-1-0, 184; Warren, R. Rutherford 4-10-0-1 68
RECEIVING: Clarke, Rogers 1-57, Ottobre 1-14, McDonald 1-9; Warren, Spangler 1-10, McMackin 1-40, Valencia 1-4, Vogt 1-8