Blue Eagles travel to Rock Hill to face Bearcats

genegraham@comporium.netOctober 2, 2013 

— Seeking to break into the win column in region play, the Clover High School football team travels to Rock Hill Friday to face the Bearcats.

Kickoff time for the Region 3-AAAA game is 7:30 p.m. at District Three Stadium.

“Rock Hill is extremely athletic and talented,” Clover coach Chad Smith said.

Smith would like to see the Blue Eagles shift the double-wing attack into high gear and keep the Bearcat offense off the field for a significant period of time.

The Bearcats were within striking distance of a top-10 ranked York team in the fourth quarter of last Friday’s game, but the Cougars were able to expand the lead down the stretch, prevailing 50-26.

The Blue Eagles will seekto rebound from Friday’s 28-12 home loss to region foe Nation Ford.

Trailing 13-0 in the second quarter, the Blue Eagles threatened to slice the lead to single digits in a drive that began at Clover’s 25. The Blue Eagles made it within 4 yards of the end zone, but a fourth-down pass fell incomplete as the drive stalled and Nation Ford held onto its lead.

“When we learn to play physical and smart, we will be a very good football team,” said Smith. “We’re playing physical. We need to play smart. We need to overcome adversity.”

The Blue Eagles scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter. Scott Jackson scored on a quarterback sneak from a yard out and Galant had a 4-yard rushing TD.

Ladarius Adams finished the game with 107 rushing yards on 27 carries and Chase Galant rushed for 36 yards on 12 carries.

Smith said a key to success is for the Blue Eagles to dictate the pace offensively, which is what the double-wing scheme is all about.

Owen Jefferies, a mainstay in the trenches on both sides of the ball, talked about the responsibilities of playing tight end.

“Playing tight end means carrying out the blocking assignments expected of the position,” he said. “Blocking is crucial to tight end play. If I catch a pass, that’s a bonus.”

Jefferies said another key to success is to stay in shape. “We have to make sure we don’t get winded out during the game,” he said.

Blue Eagle offensive lineman Barrett Courtwright said progress is being made along the offensive front.

“We have to continue to work hard at practice, focus on technique, stay low, do all the right things,” said Courtwright. “Our goals remain the same. The team knows the wins will come. Our goal always is to win.”

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