The 2A Eagles were shut out by the 3A Charleston High School Tigers 33-0 at Leland Young Stadium. The Eagles had times where they moved the ball on offense and made plays on defense, but the Tigers proved to be too much.
“I’ve got to give all the credit to Charleston, they’re a pretty good team,” West Bolivar head coach Joac Williams said. “They played real good defense tonight. They made tackles, which is something we need to work on. On the first two touchdowns, we had them third and long and gave up the big play. I feel like my kids effort was there in the first half, but we just have to make tackles.”
On its first drive of the game, Charleston was able to come up with a big play as quarterback Cortacio Curry connected with Calwaun Street on short pass. Street was able to racked up a lot of yards after the catch as he ran down to the West Bolivar 4-yard line for a 69-yard reception. The Tigers were able to capitalize on the play as Ge Vonte Jones marched on a two-yard TD run to give Charleston is first six points with 9:15 on the first quarter clock. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but Charleston led 6-0.
West Bolivar’s defense stepped for the remainder of the quarter. The Eagles’ biggest play of the night came with less than two minutes left in the first, as West Bolivar defensive back Dequaderek Rice read Charleston’s short pass play well and intercepted Curry’s pass in the end zone to give the Eagles possession of the ball at their own 20. The Eagles weren’t able to score, and Charleston still led 6-0 heading into the second quarter.
The Tigers started to shifted their game into another gear in the second quarter as Curry connected with Rashaun Weekly on 35-yard TD pass with 7:37 left in the first half, and Jones charged on a four-yard run touchdown run with 2:02 left in the half. The Tigers also scored a two-point conversion after the first touchdown of the quarter, and they took a 20-0 lead at halftime.
The third quarter wasn’t any better for the Eagles. Street marched on a 64-yard touchdown run with 8:25 left on the clock with Walter Barnes kicking the extra point, and Anthony Brooks intercepted a pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown with 6:56 left on the third quarter clock to make the score 33-0. After Brooks’s touchdown, the officials ran the clock for the rest of the game and Charleston came away with the victory.
Senior running back Leonardo Brown was the Eagles’ leading rusher with 46 yards on 12 carries. Freshman running back Greg Robb turned in a solid showing for the Eagles as he rushed for 45 yards on just five carries.
On defense for West Bolivar, Keenan Neal led the Eagles with nine tackles, followed by Rice with seven tackles including an interception, Larry Walker with six tackles and Brown with five tackles, including a blocked extra point kick.
West Bolivar will return to the football field on Friday when the team travels to Cleveland to play Cleveland High in a 7 p.m. contest.