Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sam Shiley scores five TDs in victory

By Ben Brooks --

BERRYVILLE -- Clarke County High School continued to run roughshod over its regular-season football foes Friday.

On a cold, rainy Homecoming night in Berryville, George Mason became Clarke County's latest victim. The unbeaten Eagles got five rushing touchdowns from senior running back Sam Shiley, and Clarke's defense posted its third straight shutout with a 48-0 victory over the Mustangs in the Bull Run District opener for both schools.

Clarke County (7-0, 1-0) scored on six of its first seven offensive possessions to put the game out of reach. The one drive the Eagles failed to score on, they surrendered the ball on downs at the Mustangs' 1-yard line.

Shiley finished with 232 yards on just 15 carries, pushing him well over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. He also leads the area with 22 rushing touchdowns.

"I just take the ball when I can and run behind the big boys," said Shiley, who scored on runs of 10, 3, 60, 1, and 31 yards in Clarke's single-wing offense, all in the first half. "We knew they were 5-1, and we wanted to send a statement to the rest of the district."

Consider the message received.

"This may be the best Bull Run District team I've seen," said Mason coach Tom Horn, now in his 14th season, whose team came into the game allowing just less than 14 points a game. "They're just so big and physical. This wasn't totally unexpected, given what we've seen of them on film. But it's still surprising to see it live."

The Eagles amassed 308 of their 387 yards in the first two quarters on their way to a 42-0 halftime lead. The Mustangs, meanwhile, had minus-1 yard of total offense and just one first down in the first half.

Clarke finished with 362 yards rushing. In addition to Shiley, Grant Shaw had 115 yards on the ground, including a 48-yard touchdown run. Zach Shiley accounted for the second half's lone score with a 5-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter. Not to be outdone, Clarke's defense recovered four fumbles and gave up just 97 yards of offense, 41 of it coming on a late pass play.

"We try to get a shutout every week if we can," Eagles senior two-way lineman Hilton Morgan said. "If it doesn't happen it's no big deal, but it's nice."

Mercifully, the second-half clock ran continuously as rain got heavier. By the end of the third quarter, Clarke's starters were on the sideline.

"It's a good problem to have," said Clarke County coach Chris Parker, whose Eagles have outscored their first seven opponents 344-20. "I'm all about sportsmanship. But we've also got to make sure our guys are in game condition. Somewhere down the road, they're going to need to play four quarters."

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