Eagle JVs topple Panthers, 42-6, to continue winning streak

Eastern Alamance sophomore wide receiver Hunter Westbrooks races away from a Morehead defender for a touchdown during Thursday night's junior varsity football game. Westbrooks led the Eagles with 79 receiving yards and a touchdown in Eastern's 42-6 triumph over the Panthers. EAHS improved to 8-0 overall and 5-0 in Mid-State Conference play with one regular season game left. If the Eagles can beat Western Alamance in its last contest Wednesday night, Eastern will be undefeated champions of the Mid-State Conference. 

Eastern Alamance’s junior varsity football squad kept its undefeated record intact Thursday night with a decisive 42-6 triumph over visiting Morehead in Mebane. The Eagles improved to 8-0 on the regular season with one game to play. 

If EAHS can take down Western Alamance at home next week, Patrick Stokes’ squad will be the Mid-State Conference champions. 

The EAHS defense came up big yet again, forcing four turnovers and allowing only 100 yards of offense to Morehead. Devin Clark had a 45-yard interception return for a touchdown, Jackson Saunders had an interception and a fumble recovery, and Jamar Burton also recorded an interception.   

“The defensive line and linebackers stuffed the run game, and put pressure on the (Morehead) quarterback all night,” Stokes said. “The defense really stopped every aspect of Morehead’s offense, and continued to play at a high level.” 

As the Eagles were getting two huge fourth down defensive stops in the first quarter, the EAHS offense was in the process of scoring 42 points over the opening two quarters for a commanding 42-0 halftime advantage.   

Sophomore Kasen McCawley continued his fine season by completing 7-of-8 passes for 126 yards and two scores, while adding 55 rushing yards and a rushing score. 

“Kasen McCawley extended lots of plays with his legs, making many would-be tacklers miss,” Stokes explained. 

One of McCawley’s passing touchdowns went to fellow sophomore Hunter Westbrooks, who has proven to be Eastern’s most reliable receiving option this fall. Westbrooks produced 79 receiving yards and a touchdown. 

“Hunter Westbrooks put up another solid performance,” Stokes said. 

Ce’Darion Williams added 26 receiving yards, while Triston Keck added 19 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, Alik Lewis got 55 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Dequan Anthony added 40 rushing yards. 

With such a significant halftime advantage, the EAHS coaches were able to get a lot of young players important playing time against Morehead, which can only help the program as it pushes ahead this season and looks towards 2020. 

“I’m really proud of the depth we have been able to develop during the second half of the season,” Stokes said. “We overcame some injuries, and many players stepped up and played new positions throughout the game. Great win for the JV Eagles.” 

Eastern’s JV season winds down its season with a home game Wednesday, October 30 against Western Alamance. The Warriors come into the EAHS game with a 4-3 overall record, and a 1-2 mark in league play, with losses to Rockingham and Morehead, and a win over Person.