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Munro quiets Eagles in opener-8-25

Briar Woods quarterback throws four TD passes in 28-13 win

Briar Woods quarterback throws four TD passes in 28-13 win

August 25, 2007|By LARRY YANOS

HEDGESVILLE, W.Va. - With weather more conducive to baseball, Hedgesville opened the high school football season at Mumaw Field on Friday night, suffering a 28-13 loss to Briar Woods, Va.

The Falcons set the tone with a 20-yard touchdown pass from Alex Munro to Tim King just 3 minutes into the game and Hedgesville was forced to play catch-up all evening.

Munro finished 16-for-26 for 200 yards passing and four touchdowns.

Fatigue, cramps and sprained ankles forced Hedgesville coach Dave Lopez to use more players than he might have hoped to in the first game of the season. Three sophomore offensive linemen played the entire second half.

"They were quicker and it looked like we were out of shape," Lopez said. "Conditioning is a big part of this game and we seemed to be a step behind all night. We'll have to correct that, because we will be facing teams just as quick the remainder of the season."

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Briar Woods (1-0) accumulated 350 total yards and the defense played just well enough to keep Hedgesville quarterback Taylor Hockman and his offensive mates at bay.

The Eagles (0-1) kept things close until the fourth quarter. Tyler McClain scored on a 1-yard run in the second quarter and Parker Griffin added the PAT to pull the Eagles within one at halftime, 8-7.

Munro and King connected again in the third quarter, this time for 33 yards to give the Falcons a 15-7 lead. But again the Eagles countered as Hockman hooked up with Jordan Burnett for a 48-yard touchdown strike. The two-point try failed, leaving the Eagles with a 15-13 deficit.

With Munro working out of a shotgun formation most of the evening, the Falcons had little trouble moving the ball against Hedgesville.

Munro closed out the scoring with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Devin Barber in the third quarter and a 39-yard strike to Billy McDonald in the fourth.

"We were prepared for their offensive formations, we just didn't execute very well," Lopez said. "We made some key mistakes, dropped some passes and that, plus a lack of conditioning, will be addressed in practice."

The Eagles are seeking their first winning season since 1997, when they went 10-3 and advanced to the Class AAA semifinals. They have had three 5-5 season since then.

The contest lasted nearly three hours as game officials stopped action frequently for "water breaks" and there was also many stoppages after athletes complained of cramping.

"We wanted to me more physical up front but that didn't happen," Lopez said. "We left them control the line of scrimmage. We must improve in that area."

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