Eastern View cruised past visiting James Monroe on Thursday night, 49–7, and celebrated with fireworks, team pictures, and the Battlefield District championship trophy.
It was a simply dominant performance aided by a swarming defense and outstanding field position that the offense was able to take advantage of.
On top of it all, it was senior recognition night and 18 seniors were honored before the start of the game.
It was a fitting tribute considering that this senior class, in defeating James Monroe in the last home game of the season, completed a perfect unbeaten home record over the course of their four years.
Eastern View coach Greg Hatfield beamed with delight thinking about the accomplishment.
“I’m just so proud of our senior class, they’ve never lost a game on this field,” Hatfield said. “That’s phenomenal and pretty special.”
The Cyclones (9–0) took a 42– 7 lead into intermission after scoring on five of six possessions plus an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Keyshawn Butler.
The 35-point lead produced a continuously running clock in the second half. The time went swiftly, the Cyclones scored once, and Hatfield went deep into his bench.
The scoring got started with a Tre Holmes 1-yard touchdown run. Eastern View rushed on six straight plays, which covered 49 yards.
Eastern View didn’t take long to add to the lead. Keyshawn Butler returned a James Monroe punt to the Jackets’ 9-yard line. Three plays later Noah Proctor found the end zone on a 2-yard run.
While Butler had a nice return off of a punt, teammate Chance Graves blocked a punt on the following possession and returned it to the James Monroe 5-yard line. Alex Spangler caught a 5-yard pass from Matt Lowry to extend the lead to 21-0.
Lowry would find his way into the end zone later in the half on a 27-yard run. A nice 10 play 79-yard drive was almost thwarted by a holding penalty and a sack on Lowry. He would run it into the end zone on the next play.
On the ensuing posession, James Monroe quarterback Zakk Davis fumbled after a hit by a Cyclone defender. Avery Sites picked it up and found his way into the end zone.
While special teams cost James Monroe all night, it also cost the Cyclones the potential shut out. A bad snap to Garrett Hutchinson resulted in great field position for the Yellow Jackets. Quarterback Jack Hardy would then find Mac Holland in the end zone for a 5-yard touchdown.
Butler rubbed salt in the wounds of James Monroe’s special teams unit. He returned a kickoff 85 yards, before halftime, to put the Cyclones up 42-7.
The third quarter proved to be the abnormal quarter of the night. The only major chance for a touchdown was when Chance Graves carried the ball and just before crossing the goal line was hit and fumbled the ball. The third quarter ended with the same scoreline from halftime reading on the scoreboard.
Eastern View’s final touchdown of the game came with 7:27 to play in the fourth. Quarterback Till Butler passed to Keyshawn Butler, who ran 50 yards for the score. The Butler to Butler connection was the icing on the cake to a solid night for the Cyclones.
With the loss, James Monroe fell to 2-8 on the season and will play at Caroline next Friday. Eastern View will go for the 10-0 record next week when they travel to King George.
RUSHING: James Monroe—Joe Hardy 2-26; Aidan Ryan 3-9; Jack Hardy 3-0; Zakk Davis 3-(-13); Terence McKenzie 1-0; Juwuan Fauntleroy 6-(-7); Deonte Curry 8-17; Edward Hampton 2-1. Eastern View—Matt Lowry 9-86, TD; Tre Holmes 11-71, TD; Raq Lawson 3-15; Till Butler 4-(-5); C.J. Taylor 2-(-4).
PASSING: James Monroe—Zakk Davis 1-3-0, 1 yard; Jack Hardy 9-17-0, 104 yards, TD; Aidan Ryan 1-2-0, 5 yards; Joe Hardy 0-1-0. Eastern View—Matt Lowry 8-10-0, 65 yards, 2TD; Till Butler 3-3-0, 59 yards, TD.
RECEIVING: James Monroe—Brandon Wooldridge 4-58; DaShawn Smith 1-4; Aidan Ryan 2-24; Mac Holland 3-10, TD; Juwaun Fauntleroy 1-14. Eastern View—Noah Proctor 4-42, TD; Alex Spangler 2-15, TD; Keyshawn Butler 2-55, TD; Chance Graves 2-18; Eli Harris 1-4.