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Blazers claim first home win in 6 years

October 09, 2009|By JACK HILL III/Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING -- There is no place like home -- finally.

On Friday night, the Clear Spring football team got its first home win in the 6-year history of its program.

Clear Spring celebrated Homecoming with a 51-0 shutout of the Rappahannock County (Va.) Panthers -- the first shutout in program history as well.

"It's about time," Blazers coach Craig Bathgate said. "We wanted a home win real bad. We've been waiting a long time for that one. It was Homecoming and everybody was fired up. They had their minds made up that they wanted to get that Homecoming win. It was an all-around team effort tonight offensively and defensively."

Senior Corey Morgan excelled on both sides of the ball for the Blazers (3-3). Offensively, Morgan gained 52 rushing yards on just three carries, and he scored two touchdowns on a run and a reception. Defensively, Morgan had an interception and a fumble recovery from his linebacker spot.

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"We came out ready to play in the first quarter. We played hard for all four quarters," Morgan said.

"I think this is the first time that everybody has clicked on the same cylinder," Morgan said. "Everybody was on the same page tonight. I think this win puts us in high spirits and gives us hope."

A few weeks ago, Clear Spring star running back Wes Jackson suffered a season-ending broken leg. Jackson had seven touchdowns and 518 rushing yards in only three games.

On Friday night, Jackson gave some words of wisdom to the Blazers during a pregame team meeting.

"I think tonight everyone came out and played for Wes," Morgan said. "Before the game, he gave us an inspirational speech that was very emotional. It got everybody fired up and motivated."

Junior running back Mike Etzel had 140 rushing yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns for the Blazers.

Clear Spring scored three touchdowns in the first quarter. Just 1:44 in, Mike Braithwaite's 56-yard punt return opened the scoring. Etzel scored on a 3-yard run and Morgan added a 20-yard TD run.

The Blazers added two touchdowns in the second quarter. Morgan caught a 39-yard pass from Adam Mellott and Etzel had an 11-yard TD run.

Jon Connors' 1-yard score was the Blazers' lone third-quarter touchdown. Clear Spring scored its final two touchdowns in the fourth on a 9-yard run by Ken Bosic and a 6-yard run by Matt Braithwaite.

Clear Spring 51, Rappahannock Co. 0

CS -- Mike Braithwaite 56 punt return (kick failed)

CS -- Mike Etzel 3 run (kick failed)

CS -- Corey Morgan 20 run (kick failed)

CS -- Morgan 39 pass from Adam Mellott (kick failed)

CS -- Etzel 11 run (Andy Jarvis kick)

CS -- Jon Connors 1 run (Jarvis kick)

CS -- Ken Bosic 9 run (Jarvis kick)

CS -- Matt Braithwaite 6 run (kick blocked)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING -- Rappahannock County: Eastham 3-3, Andrade 1-(-3), Hogan 4-(-2), Fletcher 12-33, Clement 3-1, Newcamp 1-5. Clear Spring: Etzel 16-140, Morgan 3-52, Mellott 2-(-6), Miller 2-24, Connors 3-22, Bosic 2-15, Matt Braithwaite 1-6.

PASSING -- Rappahannock County: Fletcher 6-21-3-75. Clear Spring: Mellott 3-4-0-84.

RECEIVING -- Rappahannock County: Andrade 3-32, Ridgeway 1-4, Clement 2-29. Clear Spring: Adams 2-45, Morgan 1-39.

Rappahannock co.0000--0Clear Spring1813713--51RCCSFirst downs619Rushes-yards24-3729-253Passing yards7584Comp-Att-Int6-21-33-4-0Total offense45-11233-337Punts-avg.5-23.22-36.0Penalties-yards5-408-80Fumbles-lost5-11-1
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