Eastern Alamance’s junior varsity football team won a thrilling come-from-behind game Thursday night in Swepsonville over Southern Alamance, claiming a 56-54 triumph in overtime.
The Eagles trailed the entire game, as they allowed the Patriots to build a comfortable lead by the third quarter. But EAHS kept fighting, refusing to give in.
Southern scored an early touchdown and two-point conversion to take an 8-6 lead at the end of the first quarter, and then added another pair of scores in the second quarter to take a 24-12 halftime lead.
EAHS was behind by as much as 21 points midway through the third quarter. But behind quarterback Kasen McCawley, who threw for 221 yards and four passing touchdowns while adding a 75-yard touchdown run, EAHS came all the way back to force overtime, eventually prevailing in the first extra period.
“It was not a very good job by the defense, but we came up with some much-needed stops late,” Eastern head coach Patrick Stokes said. “We shut out Southern during the fourth quarter. The offensive line blocked for over 400 yards of offense. Great effort up front.”
After scoring on the first play of overtime and converting a two-point conversion for a 56-48 lead, the Eagles stuffed the Patriots on a two-point try after allowing Southern to score a touchdown of its own. The victory improved the Eagles to 2-0 on the season.
Alik Lewis scored two rushing touchdowns and made numerous key defensive plays, while wide receiver Hunter Westbrooks had a huge game with 107 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. Tight end Triston Keck added 19 receiving yards and a touchdown, while Devin Clark had 61 receiving yards and a touchdown grab.
"The kids kept fighting, believing and encouraging one another," Stokes said. "Our coaches demonstrated a high level of poise during crucial moments in the game, and our players never finished playing. I'm extremely proud of this comeback win."
Following a bye week, the Eagles will return to action September 26 with a road game at Northeast Guilford. The matchup with the Rams will open Mid-State Conference play for the Eagles.