The GW Eagles finished an improbable run to close out their regular season. Three wins in eight days against Piedmont District opponents — all of them blowout wins. The wins gave GW their fourth consecutive district title and a home game in the first round of the VHSL Region 4D playoffs.
It began Friday, March 26, with a 55-13 road win over Magna Vista. The Eagles continued their winning ways on Tuesday, scoring a 48-20 home win over Bassett. They capped the troika Friday, April 2, with a convincing 47-0 blanking of the Halifax County Blue Comets.
Only 72 hours removed from their last game against Bassett, the Eagles showed a little evidence of rust early in the first quarter. They eventually put together a drive and scored late in the frame on a two-yard score by Shakobe Hairston.
The second quarter was all Eagles. Junior tailback Jacoby Dixon then scored to make it a two-touchdown lead. Two minutes later Dixon picked off a pass and returned it 75 yards down the left sideline for a score to put the Eagles up 19-0. Dixon and senior running back Willie Edmunds ran in two more scores to put the Eagles up 33-0.
Late in the first half, the Eagles’ defense sacked the Comet’s quarterback on the one-yard line, forcing a punt in their end zone. Zavion King then took advantage of a low punt out of the end zone to get one of the shortest punt returns for touchdown in recent memory. He needed only 25 yards to put the Eagles up 40-0.
The second half went quickly on a scrolling clock. Edmunds added another touchdown to make it 47-0 as the Eagles pitched their second shutout of the year.
The win was the 100th career victory for Eagles’ Coach Nick Anderson. He won thirty games at Kinston High School, and sports a 70-19 record in eight years at GW. “It’s a big deal,” said Anderson. “And to do it with this team and this coaching staff. It’s all done by them, not me.”
GW closes the regular season with a 5-1 record, including a perfect 5-0 in Piedmont District play. Next up, the playoffs. The Eagles are the No. 2 seed and will host third-seeded Pulaski County Friday night.
“These kids have worked extremely hard and they deserve to play in front of their hometown fans one more time,” Anderson said.
The game will kick off at 7 m. .at J.T. Christopher Stadium.