Freedom 30 Champe 14
The Eagles overcame injuries, mistakes,
and penalties (150 yards) to win a hard fought contest against first
year school John Champe HS in the first ever “Battle of Braddock
Road”. This game marked the beginning of a new rivalry in the Dulles
South area as the two schools which are separated by only 5 miles will
play again this season and every year. In front of a large crowd which
contained spirited fans on both sides these two teams competed as if
they had been rivals for years.
The Eagles were inspired by the return
of their starting QB Trent Gilmore who had a memorable gutsy performance
under center. He had pain even getting the snap from center due to an
injury but never missed a play and led the Eagles on several scoring
drives and completed over 50% of his passes for one TD and no turnovers.
WR Darren Hawkins had his third TD
reception in 2 games and RB Eric Weismiller added two rushing TDs. The
offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and were able to control
the game in the second half with several time consuming drives.
Defensively the Eagles had to overcome
big games from the Knights hard running backs and some big time catches
by the Knights TE and WRs. DT Cody Ramsey led the Eagles with 13
tackles and LB Brendan Kammerdiener had 12 tackles and an interception.
Trevor Moody and Andrew Cirillo each had one sack and Walter Reusche had
an INT in the end zone to stop a Knight scoring chance.
scored a defensive TD as well as he returned an INT to the house in the
4th quarter to close out the scoring. Cameron Nizialek made a 28 yard field
goal, was 3 for 3 on his PAT attempts, and averaged 44 yards a punt
including pinning the Knights inside their own 20 twice. He also had 5
touchbacks on his kickoffs. Myles Conley had over 60 yards in kickoff
returns along with 72 receiving yards and 29 rushing yards to bring his
total yardage for the game to over 160 total yards. The Eagles will travel to John Champe HS later this season to play the Knights again.
The Eagle offense has now equaled their offensive TD total from 2011 with 6 offensive TDs.
Darren Hawkins has 3 receptions for 3 TDs and one INT for a TD.
Myles Conley is averaging 29 yards every time he touches the ball so far this season.
Cameron Nizialek has kicked off 10 times and has 8 touchbacks this season.