What a difference a week makes.
One week earlier Greensville County appeared uninspired in its embarrassing 67-14 defeat at the hands of Thomas Jefferson. On Friday in Emporia it was the Eagles initiating the throttling of an opponent in a 62-19 rout of Surry County.
Greensville’s punishing ground game accounted for 448 yards and six touchdowns. It set up a passing game that scorched the Cougars for 147 yards and a pair of scores. To say the Eagles were clicking on all cylinders offensively is an understatement.
“It was the running game,” Greensville coach Doc Walton said. “Our backs are really young, but we have five or six kids back there that can run the ball. I’m also impressed with the way our offensive line performed. Those kids played well.”
The Tri-Rivers District opener for both squads got out of hand in a hurry. Greensville had the ball four times in the first quarter. Each possession ended in an Eagle touchdown. The Cougars certainly assisted with three turnovers in the first nine minutes of the contest.
Greensville defensive back DyQuarion Gary recovered a fumble on the Greensville County 45 with 10:41 left in the first quarter. It took the Eagles four plays to cover the 55-yard distance to pay dirt, capped by an 18-yard Kendel Blue touchdown run. Blue ran in the 2-point conversion to put the green and gold in front 8-0 with 9:33 left in the first quarter.
Surry County ran two offensive plays, the second ending in another fumble recovered by Gary at the Cougar 23. Three plays later Kemory Sykes smashed his way into the end zone to put Greensville in front 14-0.
Jayden White tossed the first of his two aerial strikes for touchdowns on Greensville’s next possession. The freshman connected with Zykeem Fields for a 35-yard score with 4:32 left in the first quarter.
Blue scored the final points of the first quarter zipping past Cougar defenders for a 4-yard score on the ground. Sykes ran in the 2-point conversion to push the Eagle advantage to 30-0 with 57 seconds left in the quarter.
Greensville had two backs break the century mark and a third fall 3 three yards short of a 100. Blue led the charge with 14 carries, 179 yards, and three touchdowns. Sykes finished with 101 yards and a score on 14 carries. De’Jon Harris carried 11 times for 97 yards.
The Eagles dominated in nearly every phase of the contest, but the brightest star on the field was arguably Kahorie Batten. The senior’s position is listed as athlete in the program. Do you think?
It’s pretty hard to argue the athletic numbers. Batten had a 48-yard fumble return for a score, and touchdown runs of 60 and 65 yards. The senior blazer carried the ball 5 times for 136 yards.
Friday’s contest was dubbed the first annual Peanut Bowl, and the Eagles came away hoisting the inaugural Peanut Bowl trophy. They also started district play with a win.
“The preseason is behind us and now the games really count,” Walton said. “We’ll see where we go from here, but this is certainly a great way to start.”
Greensville (2-2, 1-0) returns to action at 7 p.m. Friday in Emporia against Park View (2-1, 1-0) Surry (1-3, 0-1) will play at 7 p.m. Friday at Franklin (0-1, 0-4).