CHARLOTTESVILLE — Eastern Hancock, the defending Class A State Runner-ups, were on the wrong end of a massive reality check Friday night.
Outgained by 186 yards. Five turnovers. Worst loss in nearly three years.
With inexperienced players all over the field and a coach in his first game, the Royals found out they have a lot of learning to do.
The heavy dose of humble pie – a 34-6 loss to Class A No. 16 Northeastern – came from a Knight squad that blew a 15-point second-half lead to EH at home in last year’s sectional final. They had waited over nine months for their vengeance, and it showed.
“The biggest injury is to the ego,” EH first-year coach Jim O’Hara said. “Last year they beat ‘em in the sectional, so they marked it on their calendar. They were better prepared for us, and quite frankly, they out-coached us. Hats off to them.”