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Greensville County’s Kendel Blue, No. 4, finds running room Friday against Weldon in Emporia. Blue rushed for 140 yards and scored four touchdowns.

Turnovers and penalties slowed the Greensville County offense for much of the night Friday, but in the end running back Kendel Blue proved to be too much for the Weldon Chargers defense as the Eagles rolled to a 44-22 season opening victory.

Most of the damage was done by Blue. The sophomore scored four second-half touchdowns and finished with 140 yards on 17 carries. His final touchdown came from eight yards out with 2:42 left in the game for the final points of the contest.

Blue wasn’t the only sophomore Eagle runner finding open space. Greensville’s first offensive play from scrimmage of the season turned into a 20-yard touchdown scamper by De'Jon Harris that put his team in front 6-0 with 9:44 left in the first quarter. Harris finished with 55 yards on three carries.

The biggest play of the game may well have come with 32 seconds left in the first half when Eric Robinson dropped a perfect pass in Lezhan Peebles hands on a fly pattern for a 55-yard touchdown strike to put the Eagles in front 12-0. Robinson found Peebles through the air for the 2-point conversion to push the lead to 14-0.

Greensville opened the second half with a seven-play, 65-yard drive capped off by Blue’s first touchdown from 10 yards out.

The Eagles return to action Friday at 7 p.m. at Nottoway High School.