Eastern opens winter football season with shutout over conference foe

Eastern Alamance’s varsity football team moved up its season opener at Northeast Guilford to Thursday from Friday due to the threat of cold, rainy weather. But as the Eagles finally got going with its new season after a 15-month absence, there was nothing holding them back. The Eagles dominated on both sides of the ball on their way to a dominant 42-0 victory over the Rams. Quentin Idley (pictured) scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground and had 68 rushing yards, while Darius Kane hauled in three touchdowns passes. The EAHS defense pitched a shutout while forcing two turnovers and holding the Rams to less than 150 yards of total offense. 

Eastern Alamance’s varsity football team moved up its season opener at Northeast Guilford to Thursday from Friday due to the threat of cold, rainy weather. But as the Eagles finally got going with its new season after a 15-month absence, there was nothing holding them back. The Eagles dominated on both sides of the ball on their way to a dominant 42-0 victory over the Rams. 

EAHS took control from their very first offensive possession, as quarterback Kasen McCawley hit highly-touted wide receiver Darius Kane for a 73-yard touchdown and an early 7-0 Eagles lead. 

Eastern got the first of several big defensive plays moments later, as Evan Powell picked off a pass from Northeast Guilford quarterback Clayton Patterson deep in Rams territory. Running back Quentin Idley scored two plays later for a 14-0 lead, and the rout was on. 

The Eagles scored their third touchdown on the ground, as Idley found the end zone a second time for a 21-0 lead. Idley finished the game with 68 rushing yards on 13 carries. Midway through the second period the Eagles stretched their lead to 28-0, as McCawley found Kane for their second touchdown connection. 

Taking a 28-0 lead into halftime, the Eagles scored their first touchdown of the second half on a defensive play, as Carter Stallings intercepted a pass and ran it back 15 yards for the score. 

Kane finished off the scoring for the Eagles with his third touchdown reception of the night near the end of the third quarter, this one coming from quarterback Hunter Douglas. Kane only caught three passes but he made the most of them, scoring touchdowns on all three plays and combining for 126 receiving yards. 

With a running clock, the game wound down in the fourth quarter scoreless. McCawley and Douglas went a combined 8-of-13 passing for 167 yards, while the Eastern Alamance defense played nearly flawlessly, holding the Rams without a legitimate scoring opportunity. They held the Rams to less than 150 total yards of offense with the two key interceptions that led to scores. Eastern improves to 1-0 with the triumph, while Northeast Guilford falls to 0-1. 

Eastern opens up its home schedule Friday night at Fred Brady Stadium against Mid-State Conference foe Person County. With the loosening of COVID-19 restrictions across the state of North Carolina, the Eagles will be able to host a significantly larger crowd than before, when they were projected to have only about a hundred fans in the stands.