On a beautiful Saturday evening in Clinton, the Eagles paid a visit to the Mavericks of Anderson County High. The scenery and atmosphere was perfect for football, and the two teams battled it out all the way to sunset.
The Eagles’ and the Mavericks’ defenses stood pretty strong through first team action, with a stifling Anderson County unit only allowing a field goal to the Eagles, but only scoring twice on the visiting defense, with one coming after a costly Eagle turnover deep in their own territory.
While the offense had some costly miscues, they did not have a terrible day. Led by 2017 Region 4-5A Defensive Player of the Year and Murphy Fair 5A all-state linebacker/fullback Chandler Kaylor during varsity action, the Eagles manufactured some decent drives during the scrimmage against a tough Maverick defense.
Backup quarterback Haden “Chigger” Frashier connected on a 20 yard strike to fellow senior Braden Davis, on top of being 1-2 on PATs and nailing a 28 yard field goal while playing at kicker.
Bo Garmany also did his best Herschel Walker impression, gashing the Mavericks on offense while also contributing nicely on defense, while junior quarterback Kyle Carr scored on a 39-yard option play during JV action. Two of the best plays of the tussle, however, came when the Eagles were on defense.
“Surreal” was the word junior linebacker Bradley Goodwin used when asked about his first interception of the preseason by jumping a route and ripping the ball away from the Maverick wide receiver during varsity action.
Goodwin also recorded a sack that snuffed out one of Anderson County’s offensive drives near midfield.
Aulbrey Smith would also go on to record an impressive interception during varsity time, picking off a pass from Anderson County’s Ryan Moog in the end zone.
During JV/Freshmen action, junior Destin Shelfer picked off a Maverick pass and the entire freshmen unit held the Anderson County offense for four straight plays on the goal line towards the end of the night to keep the overall total at 21-21.
The Eagles will be back in action this Friday on friendly turf as the Freshmen squad squares off with Cleveland and the varsity spar with Catholic at Eagle Stadium in the Southeast Kickoff Classic.