Eastern Alamance knocks off Cummings for first varsity football triumph

It took nearly a month for Eastern Alamance’s varsity football team to avenge its season-opening loss back on August 20 at Eastern Randolph. But the Eagles were finally able to return to action Monday night and handed local rival Cummings a 33-6 defeat within the friendly confines of Fred Brady Stadium. Hunter Douglas (pictured), back in action after missing the season opener with an injury, threw two touchdown passes and added a third on the ground as the Eagles picked up their first victory of the season. EAHS is on a short week this week, as they will return to action Friday night on the road at Southern Alamance, who has gotten off to a 3-0 start this season. 

It took nearly a month for Eastern Alamance’s varsity football team to avenge its season-opening loss back on August 20 at Eastern Randolph. But the Eagles were finally able to return to action Monday night and handed local rival Cummings a 33-6 defeat within the friendly confines of Fred Brady Stadium. 

After missing two weeks of Friday night action due to a COVID-19 quarantine, along with a re-scheduling of a game at Southern Alamance previously scheduled for August 27 to this coming Friday night (September 17), Eastern returned to action with Hunter Douglas back under center at quarterback. Douglas missed the season opener at Eastern Randolph with a leg injury, but Douglas came back with a bang, throwing two touchdown passes and adding another on the ground as the Eagles picked up their first win of the season. 

Eastern wasn’t supposed to play Cummings this fall, as the two schools had agreed to step back from their longtime gridiron rivalry as the Eagles entered the new Central 3A Conference. 

But with Cedar Ridge High School not fielding a varsity team this fall, the Eagles scrambled to schedule a game with Cummings, who got off to a promising 2-0 start this season with early victories over Williams and Orange - two of Eastern’s new conference opponents. The Cavaliers have gotten some early-season hype thanks to the presence of dynamic sophomore wide receiver Jonathan Paylor, who the 247Sports network has ranked the No. 8 prospect nationally in the Class of 2024. But the Eagles were up for the challenge, putting together a complete game on both sides of the ball to get into the win column. 

Cummings took the opening possession but the Eagles forced a punt and got a solid return to set up the game’s first score. EAHS took a 6-0 lead on a touchdown run by sophomore Josh Murray. Eastern then added a second score a few minutes later on a big play, as Douglas stepped back and connected with fellow senior Ce’Darion Williams for a 71-yard touchdown.  The Eagles were unable to connect on a two-point conversion attempt, but held a 12-0 lead heading into the second quarter. 

Douglas got his second touchdown pass just before halftime, as he hit Devin Clark for a 26-yard score. The two-point conversion made the score 20-0 in favor of the Eagles at halftime. 

Defense led the way in the second half, as the Eagles continued to hold the Cavaliers off the scoreboard throughout the third quarter, and even added to the home team’s lead. The Eagles got a 44-yard interception return for a touchdown from veteran linebacker Joey Teixeira, which gave EAHS a commanding 26-0 lead heading into the final period. And then early in the fourth quarter, Douglas scored on a short rushing touchdown - Eastern’s final touchdown of the night - which made the score 33-0. 

The Eagles were poised to get a shutout, but Cummings managed to get a score on a 40-yard touchdown in the final three minutes. The Cavaliers went for two points but were stuffed, leading to the 33-6 final score. 

Douglas was an efficient 7-for-10 passing in his return, throwing for 143 yards and the pair of touchdowns to Williams and Clark. Williams finished the game with five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown - adding a 34-yard reception to his long touchdown in the first quarter - while Clark added a 12-yard reception to his scoring catch to finish with two catches for 38 yards. 

Murray led the way on the ground for the Eagles, rushing for 56 yards in 10 attempts, including a long of 19 yards. Aiden Seagroves added three carries for 22 yards. Defensively, the Eagles were led by senior linebackers Joey Teixeira and Will Burnette. Teixeira had 15 tackles (six solo, nine assisted) to go along with his interception return for a touchdown, while Burnette, in his return to the EAHS lineup after missing the season opener with a knee injury, also had 15 tackles (seven solo, eight assisted). Burnette and fellow senior Jamar Burton each had a sack for the Eagles, while Teixeira, Kasen McCawley, and Carter Stallings all had interceptions. 

Eastern Alamance who improved to 1-1 with the triumph, now has a short week to prepare for Friday night’s road game at Southern Alamance. The Patriots will provide a tremendous challenge to EAHS, as they have gotten off to an impressive 3-0 start with a 48-0 victory over Morehead, a 22-9 triumph over Williams, and a surprising 40-14 blowout win this past Friday night at Western Alamance.