By Allysa Mears
Last night, the NFC Eagles football team played Providence School, from Jacksonville, Florida, on their home field.
The Eagles and the Stallions have become close rivals in the past few years, and the Eagles were anxious to play Providence again after defeating them in overtime last year in Stallion territory.
In numerous polls this week, the Eagles were not favored to win against the Stallions, but ultimately, the Eagles came out on top 24-14.
In the first half, the determined Eagles came out and scored 21 points.
Quarterback Avery Thomas, sophomore, threw two touchdown passes to receivers Nate Shafer, a junior, and Marvin Scott, a senior.
Thomas also threw a long interception to the quick-handed Providence defense, but the strong Eagle defense, led by seniors, Phil Gardner and TreDez Jones, were able to successfully stop Providence.
TreDez Jones and Lyn Strange, a junior, also had two crucial interceptions in the second half which resulted in a vital defensive stop.
Terrell Powell, a junior and week 2 Big Bend Player of the Week, returned last night after being injured for the previous two weeks. Powell came back strong last night with 10 tackles on defense, three of which were huge hits for the Eagles.
Providence running back, Jamauri Wakefield, was no stranger with the ball in his hand though. Wakefield was one of the leading rushers for both teams, alongside the Eagle’s Korey Charles, a senior, who had 212 rushing yards and a touchdown.
The NFC Eagles will be off this week, but will be playing Florida High, another local rival, at home on October 9th.