Eastern wins JV opener, knocks off Cavaliers 53-0

Eastern Alamance freshman JV football player Alik Lewis finds running room as he scores one of his three touchdowns in the Eagles' season-opening 53-0 shutout victory over Cummings Thursday night. The Eagles built a commanding 32-0 halftime lead, and six different EAHS players scored touchdowns as Eastern improved to 1-0 on the season. Eastern will travel to Burlington this Thursday to face Williams, who beat Western Alamance in its season opener. 

Eastern Alamance’s junior varsity football team came up with a complete effort in its season opener Thursday night at Fred Brady Stadium, as the Eagles improved to 1-0 with a 53-0 shutout of visiting Cummings. 

EAHS finished the night with three passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns, while freshman Alik Lewis, making his first-ever appearance in the Eagles green and gold, recorded one receiving touchdown and two rushing touchdowns. 

Leading 19-0 late in the second quarter, the Eagles marched down the field and scored yet again just before halftime. After multiple defensive stops in their own territory against the Cummings offense, the Eagles got the ball back, a series of completions from EAHS freshman quarterback Kasen McCawley to receivers Ce’Darion Williams and Antoine Pugh, while a bootleg by McCawley gave the Eagles first and goal. 

With 3:22 left before halftime, Lewis piled over the goal line for one of his two rushing scores, which helped the Eagles build a 32-0 halftime advantage. McCawley led the Eagles offense with 182 yards through the air and three passing touchdowns, completing 12 of 19 attempts. He added 36 rushing yards. 

When it was all said and done, Eastern racked up 205 rushing yards, and six different Eagles scored touchdowns, including Hunter Westbrooks and Colten Robertson, who had receiving scores, and Bryson Vandling, Cole McGiness, and Adrian Sykes, who each added rushing scores. Defensively, the Eagles withstood multiple Cummings drives, holding them off the scoreboard. 

“The offensive line blocked well, with a few missed assignments,” EAHS head coach Patrick Stokes said after the game. “We need to clean up the pre-snap penalties and special teams. It was a team effort. We did a solid job stopping the run and pass. We got lots of valuable reps for the second team players. Great win for the first game of the year.” 

Eastern’s JV football squad returns to action this Thursday night with a road game at Williams. The Bulldogs got off to a 1-0 start on the gridiron this fall with a 24-19 win at Western Alamance.