The E.C. Glass Hilltoppers showed why they are considered a serious contender for a state championship. The G.W. Eagles showed they still have a lot of work to do to get to that level.
Behind a spectacular performance from their Senior Quarterback DreSean Kendrick, the Hilltoppers came to J.T. Christopher Stadium and dominated the Eagles, winning 49-15 in front of a stunned crowd.
GW got the opening kickoff and completed two quick passes to move into Glass territory, but ended up surrendering the ball on downs. That’s when Kendrick went to work. The son of legendary Glass quarterback Andre Kendrick ran a keeper and zig-zagged his way to a 32-yard touchdown to give the ‘Toppers a 7-0 lead.
Five minutes later, Kendrick ran it in from 66 yards on a run that featured four broken tackles and plenty of frustrated Eagle defenders. Glass extended their lead to 21-0 with a second quarter run from “Q” Craighead.
The Eagles got on board on the first play of their next drive. Junior tailback Willie Edmunds got the faithful out of their seats with a thrilling 66-yard touchdown run to make it 21-7.
Glass began a methodical drive to try and regain their three-score advantage. Kendrick kept the ball from the eight yard line and dove for the end zone. But he fumbled. The ball went out of the end zone. The Eagles dodged a major bullet and went into the break down 21-7.
The Hilltoppers got the second half kickoff and went on another long drive. It ended with a short touchdown run from Kendrick and boosted their lead to 27-7. Ty Foster added a score three minutes later to put Glass up 34-7 heading into the fourth.
The Glass onslaught continued in the fourth. Craighead scored his second touchdown to make it 42-7. The Eagles answered on their next drive with a beautiful pass from Junior quarterback Shakobe Hairston to a streaking Shy Watlington. The 54-yard touchdown made it 42-15. A Glass touchdown with just over three minutes left, the third of the night from Craighead, gave them their final 49-15 margin.
Kendrick ended up with 278 rushing yards on 19 carries, including three touchdowns. He spearheaded a rushing attack that racked up 440 yards. The is the most the Eagles have surrendered in the modern era.
The Eagles were held to 293 yards of offense, easily their lowest output of the year. Senior tailback Wesley Graves entered the game with 19 touchdowns in the first four games. He was kept out of the end zone and limited to 61 yards on 13 carries.
The loss drops the Eagles to 3-2. They’ll return to Piedmont District play next week when they travel to Stuart to take on the Patrick County Cougars.
GW 12 Glass 19
GW 147 Glass 52
GW 290 Glass 492
GW: Edmunds 6-69-1
Glass: Kendrick 19-278-3
T. Foster 14-66-1
GW: Hairston 8-16-147-1-2
Glass: Kendrick 4-8-52-0-0
GW: Graves 3-33-0
Sn. Watlington 2-17-0
Sy. Watlington 1-54-1
Glass: Mosely 1-20-0