Eastern Alamance’s junior varsity team played its second straight home game this past Thursday night, as they hosted Mid-State Conference rival Northern Guilford at Fred Brady Stadium. It was a matchup of unbeaten teams, as Northern Guilford came to Mebane sporting a perfect record to face off against the 5-0 Eagles.
But when it was all said and done, it was Eastern that remained undefeated, as EAHS took down the Nighthawks, 35-7, to improve to 6-0.
“I’m proud of the the hard-earned win over a previously undefeated Northern Guilford team,” Eastern head coach Patrick Stokes said.
The EAHS defense surrendered only 140 yards of total offense to Northern Guilford, and shut the Nighthawks out for three quarters following a first quarter scoring march by the visitors from Greensboro. The Eagles built a 21-7 halftime lead, and shut the Nighthawks out in the second half.
Linebacker Brayden Warren led the way for the Eagles defense with 14 tackles, while Jamar Burton was a difference maker on special teams, recovering a fumble and blocking a punt.
“He (Warren) played well,” Stokes said.
Antoine Pugh added an interception for the Eagles, while Kedrick Rogers recovered a fumble. Rogers also scored a late rushing touchdown for Eastern and played well as a backup running back, producing 55 rushing yards along with his score to provide key depth.
Kasen McCawley once again set the tone for the Eagles offense with 41 rushing yards and 218 passing yards, along with two passing touchdowns. Alik Lewis dominated on the ground with 109 rushing yards, 10 receiving yards, and two rushing touchdowns.
One of McCawley’s scoring passes went to receiver Hunter Westbrooks, who led the way for EAHS with seven catches and 117 receiving yards. Westbrooks did a nice job making yardage after the catch, extending possessions and moving the chains. Devin Clark added 16 receiving yards and a touchdown through the air for the Eagles, while place kicker Karsyn Johnson made all five extra point attempts.
Despite being pleased with the win, Coach Stokes did say that the Eagles had way too many penalties.
“Most were technique penalties and motion,” Stokes indicated.
The unbeaten Eagles will return to the road this coming week, as they’ll head up to Wentworth to face Rockingham County. The Cougars will come into the game with a 3-2 record, including a recent 14-12 triumph over league rival Northeast Guilford. The road matchup will be Eastern’s second-to-last this fall, as they’ll host Morehead October 24 and Western Alamance October 31 before traveling to McMichael November 7 to close out the regular season.