Season ends for V-G Eagles with most wins in program’s history
The season ended for the Vienna-Goreville football team with a loss to top-seeded Greenville in the second round of the Class 3A state play-offs last Saturday at Greenville. The final score was 42-2. The Greenville football program has sent teams to the state play-offs 11 consecutive years, including three final four appearances. The Eagles finished their season with a 7-4 record.
The game started on a positive note for the Eagles as Colton Brown recovered a Greenville fumble on the opening kick-off. V-G took possession at the Comets’ 40, but the Eagles were unable to capitalize. After Connor Seavers was stopped short of a first down on a fourth down run, Greenville took over at its own 32. Three plays later Comets running back Cameron Walter scored the first of his four touchdowns on a 56 yard run. V-G had another opportunity when Caleb Belcher recovered a Greenville fumble, giving the Eagles possession at their own 37, with just under six minutes left in the first quarter. The Eagles were able to move to Greenville’s 34 before the drive stalled. However, V-G got the ball right back on the Comets next play when Kyefer Cavins intercepted a pass and returned it to the Greenville 32 yard line. The Comets regained possession two plays later when they intercepted a pass and took over at their own 38. On the next play, Greenville made it 14-0 when Walter broke loose for a 62 yard touchdown run. The Comets scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter to give them a 28-0 halftime lead, and they remained in control the rest of the game. V-G’s two points came when Alex Lloyd tackled a Greenville ball carrier in the end zone for a safety in the fourth quarter.
In his post-game comments, head coach Mike Rude told the team to “be proud” that they had “come so far and done so much for both communities.” He also reminded the team of the off-season commitment that is necessary in order to maintain a successful program.
Despite last Saturday’s loss, the Eagles can build on this season’s many positives, including finishing with the most wins in the history of the program, and reaching the second round of the state play-offs.
Connor Seavers ran for 69 yards, Caleb Belcher had 57 yards, and Kyefer Cavins rushed for 38 yards. Logan Tweedy added 19 yards, Hayden McClain had 12 yards and Caleb Miles carried for five yards for the Eagles.