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Prep Football: Settle, Cyclones handle Culpeper
BY NICK ST. DENIS
Brandon Settle did a lot with his feet and enough with his arm Friday to lead Eastern View to a 21–14 Battlefield District victory over Culpeper.
Settle rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns while passing for another as the Cyclones tallied their sixth straight win over the Blue Devils and fifth straight since the rivalry game was coined the “Cannonball Classic.”
“Our crosstown rival is always one of the most important games,” Settle said.
Settle scored on a 40-yard scamper with 1:26 to go in the fourth quarter to put Eastern View up 21–7. In the final quarter, Eastern View fumbled on consecutive possessions, and its defense kept another Culpeper drive alive with a pass interference.
After Settle’s last score, the Cyclones were called for two roughing-the-passer penalties to set up Culpeper with a 16-yard touchdown pass from Zackary Crim to Anthony Banks.
“We were trying to get after the quarterback, but we’ve got to be smarter than that,” Eastern View coach Greg Hatfield. “We’re a young team, we make some young mistakes. We can’t make mental errors like that.”
Eastern View’s Justin Gardiner fielded a Culpeper onside kick attempt to seal the win.
The Cyclones totaled 272 yards from five different rushers, including Jacob Settle’s 62 yards on five carries.
Culpeper’s Nikolas Stewart opened the scoring late in the second half with a 5-yard touchdown reception from Crim to cap off a time-consuming drive.
Eastern View responded immediately with an 89-yard return by Kendrick Kube, but the would-be touchdown was called back to Culpeper’s 27-yard line due to a hold.
The Cyclones, however, didn’t waste the great field position and completed a short drive with a 7-yard scoring scamper from Settle.
In the third quarter, Settle hit a wide-open Justin Gardiner near the right sideline for a 46-yard scoring strike.
At a critical point in the second half, down by seven, Culpeper had maybe its best offensive play of the game on a would-be 35-yard pass to Marcellus Greene up the middle, but the play was negated due to an illegal shift.
Banks picked off Settle early in the fourth quarter, and Eastern View’s Denver Jenkins returned the favor with an interception of his own on the ensuing possession.
Culpeper 0 7 0 7 — 14
Eastern View 0 7 7 7 — 21
Cu-N. Stewart 5-yard pass from Z. Crim (B. Hogan kick)
EV-B. Settle 7-yard run (C. Bailey kick)
EV-J. Gardiner 46-yard pass from B. Settle (C. Bailey kick)
EV-B. Settle 40-yard run (C. Bailey kick)
Cu-A. Banks 16-yard pass from Z. Crim (B. Hogan kick)
First downs9 13
Rushing yardage30-53 37-272
Passing yardage216 96
Rushing: Eastern View—Brandon Settle 20-137, 2TD; Kendrick Kube 12-73; Jacob Settle 4-61. Culpeper—Anthony Banks 2-30; Bill Hogan 11-25; James Wetsel 5-5; Zackery Crim 10-(-2); Marcellus Greene 2-(-5).
Passing: Eastern View—Brandon Settle 5-12-1 70, TD; Justin Gardiner 1-1-0 26. Culpeper—Zackery Crim 15-34-1 216, 2TD.
Receiving: Eastern View—Justin Gardiner 2-46, TD; Shaquille Robinson 1-26; Kendrick Kube 2-20; Jacob Settle 1-1. Culpeper—Anthony Banks 4-60, TD; James Wetsel 4-43; Marcellus Greene 4-40; Nikolas Stewart 3-23, TD.
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