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Eagles Routed In Non-VHSL Game By Liberty Christian

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Prince Edward County High School football coach James Ford knew his team's odds for victory were long when the Eagles stepped out of league to host Lynchburg Christian Academy last Friday night.

Complicating matters was that LCA was coming off a close loss the previous week. Whatever frustrations the Bulldogs had built up from the loss, they took out on PECHS in a 78-7 victory over the homestanding Eagles.

“It was a game we had to play,” said Ford about the contest that was scheduled a year before he was named the head coach in the spring of 2011. “They were coming in off a loss to the top private school team in North Carolina, and apparently, they were not happy about it.”

Prince Edward's only offensive highlight was a 75-yard pass reception by receiver Marquis Fitzgerald from reserve quarterback Cleon Watkins. Other than that, there wasn't much to speak of from the Eagles on either side of the ball.

“They're a very good football team, and it was a display. It was one of those games, where a running clock doesn't even help much.
<br />“You try not to scoreboard watch. You try to stay in the game and keep your guys in the game, but it's hard not to look up.”

In a game where it seemingly takes two minutes to play 60 seconds, it can be hard to have any positive takeaway.

“My guys weren't themselves,” said Ford. “We were already walking wounded, but we had even more guys hurt. It doesn't get any easier. We have to get ready for Powhatan.

“Our guys got to see a top-of-the-line program. Maybe we can take what they did, and how they did it and try to incorporate some of that into our program. At least how they prepare for games.”

The Eagles will wrap up their non-district schedule with their Friday night trip to Powhatan.

“The one thing we've got to remember is that nothing is over. It's an advantage of being in a small district. Our first six games are non-district games, and the champion gets to go to the playoffs. We've got to get healthy and continue to work on fundamental things, and hopefully be ready for October 5, when we start district play.”