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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Distractions, weather can’t slow Eastern View
Against a Brentsville team which has lost 34 straight games and 45 of its last 46 outings, Eastern View’s toughest opponents Friday night may have been the steady rain and a fight to stay focused.
By the time the final seconds ticked off the clock, the Cyclones had beaten all three foes.
The Cyclones’ offense wasn’t slowed—not by the Tigers, not by the rain, and not by a matchup that could have made concentration difficult—and Eastern View improved to 6–0 for the first time in school history with a 43–0 victory.
“We try to take every team the same,” said quarterback Josh Stallings, who threw three touchdown passes. “We have to take them all seriously, like they’re going to compete with us.”
The Cyclones have scored 189 points in their last four games using a spread no-huddle attack. It’s the type of offense one might think could be slowed when the ball is wet and the field is muddy.
But that wasn’t the case Friday.
“We felt like we could do what we wanted to do, even with the weather,” Eastern View coach Greg Hatfield said. “Good teams have to be able to do that. We came in and said we’re not going to change our game plan. We’re going to do what we do and I thought we did OK with that.”
Jacob Settle caught all three of Stallings’ touchdown throws.
The first came late in the first quarter and put the Cyclones up 15–0. The other two capped the second quarter, and had Eastern View in control at the half.
Settle had 101 receiving yards on seven receptions.
And the Eastern View running game was strong, too, led by dynamic junior Kendrick Kube.
The running back finished with 211 yards and three touchdowns, the last a
64-yard run in the fourth quarter.
Kube wasn’t slowed by a muddy and rain-soaked field, either.
“We’re a fast team already,” Settle said. “It was our first game in the rain, but it didn’t seem to slow us down a bit.”
Now Eastern View turns to the heart of its Evergreen District schedule. The Cyclones are at home against Fauquier next Friday, followed by road trips to Liberty, Culpeper and Kettle Run.
“Our kids know this is the teeth of our schedule,” Hatfield said. “We were frontloaded [with good teams], and now we’re back loaded with the Fauquier schools.
“We’re anxious to play those teams. We know how good they are.”
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