By Randy Arrington
BERRYVILLE, Oct. 13 — Despite a narrow loss to region-leading Central at home the week prior, the Clarke County Eagles made a statement for why they are one of the best teams in the area on Friday night with a 54-0 domination of visiting Page County. While the Eagles’ offense scored on its first seven possessions — three times on the first play — the Clarke defense only allowed three first downs all night.
The Panthers could do little to spoil Clark’s homecoming as the Eagles posted eight scores by eight different players. While each team committed one turnover, neither were very impactful. Page picked up their only first down of the first half off a Clarke fumble on a punt. The Panthers would pick up two first downs during their final drive, before their final possession ended with an interception.
While Page played a fairly clean game — with only five penalties and one turnover (on their last play) — the Panthers were simply outmatched by a talented and deep team that will contend for a trip to the state playoffs this season.
While there were 15 different possessions in the first half, a running clock in the second half limited the last 24 minutes to only four. Clarke built up a 48-0 lead at halftime, and then scored on their first possession of the second half before substituting freely.
With the win, Clarke moves to 6-1 overall and 1-1 in the Bull Run District. Next up, the Eagles travel to Strasburg on Oct. 20, before hitting the road to Luray on Oct. 27, and then ending the regular season by hosting Madison on Nov. 2.
With the loss, Page County falls to 1-6 overall and 1-2 in the Bull Run. Next up, the Panthers will host Madison County on Oct. 20 before traveling to Woodstock to face the Falcons of Central on Oct. 27. Page’s regular season ends with a homefield, cross-county rivalry matchup with the Bulldogs of Luray on Nov. 3.
For full schedules, rosters and standings — check out the Bull Run District website.