Tigers keep Eagleville at bay in ranked 1A clash
GORDONSVILLE – Entering Friday’s game, Gordonsville had a rushing stat no team wants to have, but it took all of one carry to get it going in the right direction.
The Tigers had minus-22 rushing yards for the season entering the contest but picked up 120 on the ground against visiting Eagleville, complementing their passing game enough to walk away with a 28-14 victory at Turney Ford Field.
Matthew Albritton’s 36-yard carry on the Tigers’ first snap from scrimmage served as a harbinger of things to come, as the Tigers (4-0) made some improvements in an area of the game that desperately needed a boost.
“In my opinion, we still haven’t played to the best of our potential,” Albritton said. “But our goal is to be 1-0 after every week and so far, we’ve done that.”
Albritton threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the victory, finding Landon Baker each time for scores. Baker finished with five receptions for 75 yards, while Treyson Davis hauled in four more Albritton tosses for 83 yards.
“We’ve got some guys that can make some plays with the football,” Gordonsville head coach Scott Clemons said. “Matthew made some good reads tonight. His pre-snap stuff was really good, and he delivered the ball in some places we had talked to him about throwing it.”
Eagleville led 14-13 at halftime, as the Eagles instantly capitalized on two Tiger turnovers in the second quarter. The first, a Davis fumble recovered by Dylan Pratt, led to the first of two touchdown passes from Marcus Collins to Kaden Snitzer in a 16-second span. Pratt intercepted a pass on Gordonsville’s next snap and Collins put Snitzer in the end zone again with a 32-yard touchdown pass one play later.
However, Eagleville only reached Gordonsville territory once on four possessions in the second half, while the Tigers pulled away.
“Penalties and execution cost us,” Eagleville head coach Floyd Walker said. “We couldn’t end up putting any more points on the board, unfortunately.”
Kyle Adams and Canaan Musgrove each found the end zone on short runs for the Tigers, with Musgrove’s 1-yard plunge serving as the game’s final touchdown. Baker had pulled in an Albritton pass for a 20-yard touchdown earlier in the quarter and Albritton’s two-point conversion put the Tigers back in front for good.
“We had a lot of busted coverages on the back end tonight,” Walker said. “We didn’t play on an elite level. Tip your hat to Gordonsville – they made the plays when they needed to and they’re a good football club.”
Gordonsville limited Eagleville to 67 rushing yards and held Collins to 24 yards on the ground on 15 attempts. Snitzer caught four passes for 103 yards.
“Coach (Mac) Petty has done a really good job with the defense all year,” Clemons said. “We’ve been really stingy on that side of the ball. We’ve got some guys out there that can run, and that’s an important thing. Our secondary has played pretty well – we did give up two big balls tonight, but other than that, we’ve played pretty well all year.”
The victory capped homecoming week for the Tigers, a week full of distractions Clemons said his team had to overcome in order to play well.
“We had a rough week of practice,” Clemons said. “Things didn’t go well until about Wednesday. It wasn’t looking good, but we challenged them and they came out and played pretty well overlooking some homecoming and other distractions that we had.”
Gordonsville is looking for a game next week to replace the open date created when Pickett County halted its varsity program earlier this year. If the Tigers cannot find another game, their next contest will be at Coalfield in two weeks.
GORDONSVILLE 28, EAGLEVILLE 14
|Eagleville (2-2), Gordonsville (4-0)||1st||2nd||3rd||4th||Final|
G – Kyle Adams 3 run, 7:13. Tanner Pierson kick.
E – Kaden Snitzer 51 pass from Marcus Collins, 4:10. Luke Chabot kick.
E – Snitzer 32 pass from Collins, 3:54. Chabot kick.
G – Landon Baker 34 pass from Matthew Albritton, 3:10. Kick failed.
G – Baker 20 pass from Albritton, 5:51. Albritton run.
G – Canaan Musgrove 1 run, 1:44. Pierson kick.
Eagleville: Brody McLemore 5-36, Marcus Collins 15-24, Dylan Pratt 2-7.
Gordonsville: Matthew Albritton 10-98, Kyle Adams 7-17, Canaan Musgrove 5-5.
Eagleville: Collins 11-17-0 161.
Gordonsville: Albritton 17-22-1 236.
Eagleville: Kaden Snitzer 4-103, Elijah Fearns 4-35, Dylan Pratt 2-9, Brody McMcLemore 1-4.
Gordonsville: Landon Baker 5-75, Treyson Davis 4-83, Brady Gentry 5-32, Peyton Climer 3-51.