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Season Update: Eagles Varsity Football Team Continues to Soar

By Ethan Hoffman--Eagle Sports Editor

It’s officially the halfway point for the FCHS football season and the Eagles sit 4-2 after a comeback 26-21 victory over Staunton River.

Eagles student section celebrating after the game-winning TD by RB Jahylen Lee on Oct 7. (Photo by Emma Duncan)

The Eagles were down against Staunton River for most of the game, but a game-winning drive with 3 minutes remaining was capped off with a 32-yard Jahylen Lee touchdown, giving the Eagles their 3rd victory in a row.

“We had a couple [of] clutch catches and Coach Edwards just told Eli [Foutz] to lead the offense," Lee recalled about the game-winning drive.

Staunton River had FC beaten for the majority of the game, but the Eagles pulled out with the win in the end. Junior WR David Kasey believed the team took it a little easy on Stanton River.

“We had 2 weeks to prepare for Staunton River," he explained. "I feel like we took them kinda lightly, but by the end, we found a way to win together as a team. [We] didn’t give up when we were punched in the mouth."

The Eagles are currently on a 3-game winning streak after their victory over Staunton River, in order to keep that streak alive, players believed they just have to keep doing what they are already doing.

“I believe if we stay true to the process and we all do our job then we can keep winning," Lee commented.

FCHS then turned its attention to the 2-4 Byrd Terriers, who they played on October 14. Kasey said that the team is prepping for this game just like any other, despite the Eagles' slight lead.

“We’re preparing for Byrd the same as we prepare for any other team," he added. "We’re sticking to our base and just trying to stop their top 5 plays.”

Byrd was the first district opponent for FCHS this season. Eagles Head Coach J.R. Edwards said competing in the district is not as easy as some think.

“We need to beat the other teams in the district. [It’s] a tough task," he stated.

The Eagles are off to a decent start against their district champs, beating the William Byrd Terriers 35-23, but that doesn't mean the team can slow down now.

“We have to continue being coachable young men, and we have to continue to get better at our jobs week in and week out,” Kasey continued.

The remaining games for FCHS's Varsity team are as followed:

@ Lord Botetourt 10/28

@ Northside 11/4

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