Sports fans enjoy watching their teams light up the scoreboard.
To put it bluntly, offense sells tickets.
In that regard, the Eastern View football team hasn’t disappointed its fans so far this season.
The Cyclones are averaging 47.3 points per game and are off to a 3-0 start, with easy wins over Culpeper, Albemarle and Orange County under their belt.
Eastern View is so adept at putting up points, in fact, that eight different players have scored touchdowns during that three-game span.
However, the Cyclones’ explosive offense has overshadowed a dominating start by their defense.
Eastern View has allowed just 15 points, with fourth-quarter touchdowns by Albemarle and Orange over the past two weeks coming against reserves.
Opponents are averaging a meager 112 yards of total offense against the Cyclones, and they’ve turned the ball over a staggering 11 times in the face of constant pressure.
In last week’s 51-8 rout at Orange, Eastern View suffocated the Hornets’ offense to the tune of 61 total yards, forcing five turnovers along the way. Orange had -11 yards at halftime, before creeping into positive territory on its first possession of the third quarter.
Orange star running back Jaylen Alexander, who topped the 100-yard mark in each of the Hornets’ first two games, found no room to run against the Cyclones, mustering a career-low 13 yards rushing.
Also notable in that game was the fact that Eastern View scored its third defensive touchdown of the year—a Josh Logan 20-yard interception return. It was the second consecutive week that the junior cornerback scored on a pick-6, as he registered a 25-yarder against Albemarle.
Senior Blake Leake also ran an interception back 80 yards for a score against Albemarle.
Logan and Leake are two of six players who have recorded interceptions for the Cyclones, with seniors Drew Shurina, Dylan White, Chance Graves and Mashall Addo all getting in on the action as well.
Eastern View head coach Greg Hatfield said the name of the game for his defense is speed.
“We pride ourselves on getting as many guys to the football as we can,” Hatfield said after the Orange game. “Being disciplined obviously plays a role as well in terms of being where you’re supposed to be, so when you add speed to that, you can make it tough on [opposing] teams.”
Shurina, a two-year starter at linebacker, said he and his teammates pride themselves on the “swarming” defensive approach.
“We have good team speed, so we feel like we can get to the ball pretty quickly,” Shurina said after the Albemarle game. “Everyone takes pride in doing their job, and we all enjoy being out there together.”
Eastern View will look to continue its domination when it hosts Charlottesville tonight at 7 p.m.
The Black Knights (0-3) have been outscored 132-28 in setbacks to E.C. Glass, James Monroe and Harrisonburg, though they played their most competitive game of the season in last week’s 31-21 loss to Harrisonburg.
Charlottesville is led by senior quarterback Isaiah Washington, who made his first career start a week ago. Junior Jabari Jones is a standout at running back, as he scored a touchdown against Harrisonburg.
Eastern View Statistical Leaders
Passing: Till Butler 21-28 (75.0%), 446 yds, 9 TDs
Rushing: Raq Lawson 44-286 (6.5 avg), 2 TDs
Receiving: Alex Spangler 6-235 (39.2), 4 TDs; Chance Graves 9-184 (20.4), 3 TDs
Kicking: Garrett Hutchinson 19-20 XP, 1-1 FG (long 20)
Punting: Garrett Hutchinson 4-34.0
Interceptions: Josh Logan 2