Cyclones roll over Handley 63-28
CULPEPER — It was tabbed as a dream matchup of early season undefeated teams, but it quickly became a nightmare for the Handley High School football team.
And the one literally running through their nightmares will be Eastern View junior running back Kube Kendrick.
All last week the talk at Eastern View was how Kendrick nearly broke the 200-yard rushing mark last Friday. The topic this upcoming week will be how close he came to eclipsing 300 yards.
Kendrick torched the Judges for 263 yards on 35 carries and scored four touchdowns, helping the Cyclones score a school record 63 points to roll past the Judges 63-28 Friday night.
“[Handley’s] a great team with lots of speed and they’re a team of runs,” said Eastern View coach Greg Hatfield. “When they start getting hot they can put points on the board quickly. I thought our defense did great.”
Eastern View (4-0) took the momentum from the start of the opening quarter and never looked back, but the Judges made a couple of runs and made it interesting in the middle of the game.
The Cyclones took the opening kick and marched right down the field putting together a 13-play 64-yard drive that took less than four minutes. Kendrick did most of the work on the drive, picking up 39 yards on eight carries including the final 12 yards to give the home team a quick 7-0 lead.
On the other side of the field the Handley (3-1) struggled on its first possession, going three-and-out and punting it right back to the Cyclones, and it took them all of three plays to add to the lead.
Eastern View added two more scores to take a commanding 21-0 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“Hats off to them,” Handley coach Tony Rayburn said. “They were a much better team than we were tonight. We knew they could make the runs they made. The tackles they broke, you don't expect that.”
Following the break however the Judges looked like a new, determined team. They took the opening kick and handed the ball to Dontae Mauck nine times on a 10-play drive. He led the Judges down the field on a 10-play, 60-yard drive and he capped it off with a two-yard run. On the drive he gained 56 of the 60 yards.
But that’s as close as the Judges would get and the Cyclones burst their bubble again quickly on the next drive. Another 50-yard two-play drive all but broke the spirits of the Judges mere moments after they got back into the game at 28-21.
From there the Eastern View offense just started to wear on a very tired Handley defense, scoring touchdowns on all five of their second-half possessions, three on Kube runs, including an 8, 69 and another 12-yard run.
Handley quarterback Will Dearing finished the night throwing for 177 yards and three scores for the Judges. Justin Washington had four catches for 144 yards and two touchdowns. D.J. Frisby rushed for 123 yards and caught two passes for 41 yards and a score.