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Eagles soar to 50-6 homecoming win over Barons

Prince Edward County High School’s varsity football team fell behind 6-0 early against visiting Bluestone High School on Friday, but the Eagles fought back to take a 14-6 halftime lead, and when the final snap had been played in their homecoming game, they had scored 50 unanswered points on the way to their second win of the season — a 50-6 victory over the Barons.

“I was very proud of the guys,” Eagles Head Coach Larry White said. “The whole homecoming week, they worked really hard. They really wanted this win. It felt good to get this second win because they felt that we’ve been in some ballgames, and we just came up short. And I told the guys, if we can get this one, it’s homecoming, let’s get a win at home because we haven’t won at home this year, so it felt good. And like I said, the kids worked really hard the whole week.”

Prince Edward sophomore quarterback Nate Reed finished the game with 19 carries for 184 yards and three touchdowns. He also went 5-for-10 passing for 24 yards.

Eagles junior running back Saybien Peterson had 19 carries for 94 yards and two touchdowns, senior running back Justin Sprague had two carries for 16 yards and a score, and junior running back Kiyou Jones ran for a seven-yard touchdown.

Leading Prince Edward on defense were junior Davon Manson, with seven tackles and one fumble recovery, junior Raheem Monroe, also with seven tackles and one fumble recovery, Reed, with three tackles and one interception, while junior Tivonte Robinson and sophomore Rodney Morgan each grabbed an interception.

In terms of who he wanted to highlight from the game, the coach said, “Really, I’m going to give it to both offense and defense for playing well this week. I’m not even going to do an individual this week. I want to give it to the offense and the defense for playing good football this week.”

In their previous game against host Central Lunenburg High School on Oct. 18, the Eagles scored 38 points in the second half. On Friday, Oct. 25, they put up 36 second-half points to transform a close game into a blowout win. White explained some of what happened during the halftime break that has helped lead to these results.

“I just tell them, ‘Hey, second half is ours’ is all I tell them,” he said. “‘Second half is ours, and right now, don’t worry about what’s on the scoreboard. Let’s go out and execute.’ The main thing is to tell them to execute.”

Prince Edward (2-6) visits Buckingham County High School (7-1) on Friday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m.