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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Sweet sours Cyclones’ playoff run
Josh Sweet scored six touchdowns on 332 yards rushing to carry Woodgrove past Eastern View 49–7.
Things never seemed to click for Eastern View, which lost a fumble on a kick return early in the first quarter while already trailing 7–0.
Logan Shurina, an anchor on defense for the Cyclones, was injured on the play and did not return.
“You cannot replace Logan, he’s our defensive leader,” Cyclones head coach Greg Hatfield said.
Sweet would score on the following drive from 5 yards out to put Woodgrove ahead 14–0.
The lone score for Eastern View came on the ensuing drive when Josh Stallings found senior receiver Rajee Brown over the middle for a 56-yard touchdown to cut the Wolverine lead down to 14–7.
Sweet proved to be too much for the Cyclones defense, as he would own the next four scores to insure a Wolverine victory.
“Sweet is a special player,” Hatfield said.
“They didn’t do anything that surprised us, and we knew what a great football team they were, but we’re so proud of our kids. We stood up and we had a great run.”
Eastern View, which is widely considered a young team, is graduating 13 players this year.
“That’s why you’re so emotional after games like that. This group is so special because we were such an unknown and these kids fought and did such a good job,” Hatfield said.
“We got some holes to fill, but we’re so proud of the way those guys competed.”
Eastern View will still have plenty of firepower when fall comes around next year.
“We’ve got a couple of building blocks for our program. We have ton of positives [to build on],” Hatfield said.
Leading rusher Kenrick Kube will return for his senior season and Stallings, who left the game early in the second half with a head injury, will look to improve on what was a successful sophomore campaign.
“Ten-win seasons are special,” Hatfield said. “We’ll be at it again in December and going right back after it.”
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