Eastern knocks off Cougars for 7-0 start in JV football

Eastern Alamance junior varsity quarterback Kasen McCawley through for four touchdowns Thursday night as the Eagles blew out Rockingham County, 42-0, in Wentworth. McCawley continued his excellent sophomore season with over 200 passing yards. The Eagles came through with another shutout on defense to improve to 7-0 with three regular season games to play. 

Eastern Alamance’s junior varsity football team continued its winning ways Thursday evening with a lopsided 42-0 win at Rockingham. The Eagles improved to 7-0 with the victory, and have three remaining games to make a go at an undefeated regular season. 

Although EAHS got off to a little bit of a slow start - playing the Cougars to a first quarter 0-0 scoreless tie - the Eagles offense kicked into high gear in the second quarter, as the visitors from Mebane scored 28 unanswered points to pull away from Rockingham. 

The Eagles defense came up with another stellar effort, as they handled the Cougar offense from the outset. Cole McGinnis came up with a fumble recovery on an option lateral that he caught and returned the other way for a 60-yard touchdown. In addition to McGinnis’s big play, Dontrell Lee recorded an interception for the Eagles, while Sherone Scruggs scooped up a fumble recovery. 

“The defense got multiple takeaways, including a blocked punt (by Hunter Hicks),” EAHS head coach Patrick Stokes said after the game. “We had double-digit tackles for loss. The defensive line played a great game, pressuring the quarterback.” 

As the Eastern defense shut down the Cougars, the Eagles offense got four passing touchdowns from sophomore quarterback Kasen McCawley as they pulled away. McCawley finished the evening 7-of-10 passing for 209 yards. Two of McCawley’s touchdowns went to fellow tenth grader Hunter Westbrooks, who had 53 receiving yards, while another scoring pass went to Ce’Darion Williams, who had a team-high 59 receiving yards. 

Alik Lewis recorded 75 rushing yards and 48 receiving yards, as well as two touchdowns - one on the ground, and one through the air - while Devin Clark added 49 receiving yards, Kedrick Rogers 34 rushing yards, and Adrian Sykes 20 rushing yards. 

“The quarterbacks and running backs continued to play hard and make great decisions,” Stokes said. “The wide receivers blocked well for one another in the screen game, which led to two long touchdowns.” 

After scoring another quick pair of touchdowns in the opening four minutes of the third quarter for a 42-0 lead, the Eagles began to work in their backups. 

“We began to get some reserves valuable opportunities to play,” Stokes said. “I was impressed with their level of physicality and ability to create on offense. It was very promising.” 

The Eagles will return home next Thursday night (October 24) for their second-to-last home game of the season against Morehead, and will then host Western Alamance on Wednesday, October 30 in the home finale at Fred Brady Stadium. The EAHS-Western game was moved up one night to Wednesday from Thursday, October 31 - Halloween night. Eastern’s regular season finale will be Thursday, November 7 at McMichael.