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Eagles crush Charles City, remain undefeated

Posted on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 7:33 pm

James Kelly is toppled by Charles City Panthers as he crosses the in-zone.

The Eagles are undefeated! The Washington and Lee Eagles Varsity Football team is half way through regular season and their record could not be better. Friday night’s game against Charles City extended their streak to five after defeating the visiting squad 26-6 under the newly refreshed lights in Montross. The rest of the games may prove tougher but the Eagles are preparing for the challenge.

Charles City is now 1-4 and, theoretically, W&L should have had an easy time running up the scoreboard against the smaller school’s team. But Charles City held a strong line and the Eagles had to push hard to gain yards. The final statistics look fine, but spectators could see the normal offensive wheels were not turning at the same speed.
Senior quarterback Carson Bell hit his favorite receiver, junior James McNeil 9 times for 146 yards and one hard fought touchdown. And sophomore James Kelly, Jr. rushed for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns in 22 attempts. Those are solid numbers. The defense forced two fumbles and intercepted twice and, furthermore, did not allow any points while on the field. Charles City’s only score was on a blocked field goal that they ran back 93 yards for a touchdown.

However, the Eagles did not score on the majority of their possessions, a departure from their trend in the past few games. After the game Head Coach Joe Taylor stated he was “collectively disappointed in our performance tonight”. Taking full responsibility he claimed, “Somewhere along the line I didn’t get us right mentally, physically.” Coach Taylor said they will go back to the drawing board, look at their processes, and come back to work on Monday. “It is crazy that you win when you feel like this.”

We will take the win knowing that more can and will come. This year’s Eagles look strong, and are obviously striving to do their best. They are proving what it takes to be proud as an Eagle.
Friday W&L travels to Lancaster in another Northern Neck District match. The following week is homecoming! Come support our Eagles, October 13, against Northumberland; kickoff at 7 PM