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Clarksburg will once again be represented in the WVSSAC Football State play offs by the Robert C. Byrd Flying Eagles. After an 8-2 season, the Flying Eagles will take on Shady Springs at Robert C. Byrd High School football Friday November 9 at 7:30pm.
What sets this team apart from past teams is the five guys up front, Robert Arnold, Jaden Marino, Jack Mollohan, Andrew Leggett, and Brock Robey, and the guys in the back field, Ghovan Davidson and Jeremiah King. “This team has had the ability to control the clock and manage the game, and it’s something they’ve done all season”, explained Josh Gorrell, Flying Eagles Head Coach. Gorrell continued, “The strength of the team that depends on the five lineman can be credited to Assistant Coach Teague Wagner, as he has done a tremendous job preparing these guys for this past season, and to get them to this point.”
The Flying Eagles are set apart from their opponents in the caliber of a player they have found in Ghovan Davidson. The Eagles can count on Davidson to constantly make a play anytime he touches the ball. The senior has played a major roll on and off the field as setting an example to freshman Jeremiah King. King stated, “It’s a different atmosphere than middle school, but I knew I would be helping G in the backfield and taking a toll off of him, and by doing that he’s really shown me the right way to do things.”
In addition to the run game the Eagles also have a solid passing game, too. Byrd’s offense is led by quarterback Xavier Lopez, who has a firm grasp of the offense, and has a solid sense of how to command the field.
Byrd’s defense has also grown thanks to a job well done by Assistant Coach, Austin Scott. The team has really focused on working hard in the off season and the team’s seniors have shown true leadership since practices began in June. All six of Byrd’s seniors have been through the program all four years, and they have set an example to the underclassmen on the work it takes to continue to be successful. Senior Ghovan Davidson expressed his hopes he had for the underclass and the example he and the rest of the seniors have set, “I hope we have influenced the underclassmen and have showed them what it takes to be successful. We always cheer each other up and make sure no one gets down on themselves, we try to teach them the best way to do things.”
“This year the community support has been instrumental to the success of the Byrd Football program”, explained Gorrell, “it adds a different sense of pride and respect to play for the Clarksburg community”, he continued. Every year there is a sense of expectation that Byrd Football will make it to the playoffs, and the ultimate goal for the program is to represent Clarksburg in the state championship game in Wheeling. There is a lot of young talent in the football program and if they continue to work hard and strive to be successful, then there will be no problem filling the roles the 6 seniors will leave open.
The City of Clarksburg would like to wish the Robert C. Byrd Flying Eagles Good Luck in their playoff game against Shady Springs!