Eastern Alamance’s junior varsity football team was initially supposed to have a bye this week leading up to its Mid-State Conference opener September 26 at Northeast Guilford. But due to the threat of inclement weather from Hurricane Dorian a couple weeks back, the Eagles were forced to move their road non-conference game at Williams to Monday night.
It was yet another shootout, as the Eagles went blow-for-blow with the Bulldogs in an offensive and special teams slugfest. But Eastern once again came out on top, prevailing 63-48 over Williams to improve to 3-0 on the season.
The Eagles got three kickoff returns for touchdowns against the Bulldogs, with Ce’Darion Williams running two returns back for scores, and Hunter Westbrooks also returning a kickoff for a touchdown. This marks the first time in the history of Eastern Alamance High’s JV football program that three kickoff returns have been brought back for touchdowns in a single game.
The EAHS offense took care of the rest, piling up over 500 yards of total offense against a confused Bulldogs defense.
Quarterback Kasen McCawley was once again the spark plug for the EAHS offense, as the sophomore signal-caller tallied 229 passing yards, 123 rushing yards, and four touchdowns.
Once again he had plenty of help from his mates, including wide receivers Williams, who scored three touchdowns and produced 60 receiving yards, Devin Clark, who led the way with 85 receiving yards, and Westbrooks, who added 52 yards through the air. Williams finished the evening with five all-purpose touchdowns.
On the ground, the Eagles churned out the yardage between McCawley, Alik Lewis, and Bryson Vandling. Lewis recorded 88 rushing yards, 21 receiving yards, and a pair of rushing touchdowns, while Vandling added 69 rushing yards.
“The offense is playing very well,” EAHS head coach Patrick Stokes said after the game. “The offensive line blocked well. But the defense and special teams need a lot of work.”
The Eagles led 42-26 at halftime. But despite a series of adjustments at the intermission, the EAHS defense struggled against the Bulldogs, allowing the home team 22 second half points to keep the game competitive. There were also a series of mistakes and sprung holes that led to some big plays for Williams in punt and kickoff coverage. But despite the mistakes, the Eagles found a way to continue their winning ways, and to keep things interesting in the process.
With the victory over Williams in hand, the Eagles get to take the rest of the week off from game action before taking the field again in McLeansville Thursday, September 26 against Northeast Guilford.
“We will take this bye week to work on developing offensive depth, and fixing many of the concerns on defense and special teams,” Stokes said.