By: Allysa Mears
The NFC Eagles played against their rival, the Wakulla War Eagles, last night at Wakulla. The NFC football team had an extremely hard week of practices in attempt to prepare for the game, but it was the War Eagles that came out on top 42-23.
Feeding off of adrenaline, the Eagles scored first with a running touchdown by Jay Harrison, gaining a quick 6-0 lead. However, Wakulla followed with a touchdown shortly after, bringing the score to 7-6. Eagle kicker, Matt McCardle increased the lead to 9-7 with a field goal early in the second quarter.
On an offensive drive down the field, the Eagle’s worst-case scenario happened- quarterback Avery Thomas’ helmet came off and Thomas was injured. Receiver and backup quarterback, Marvin Scott, 12, filled in for Thomas while he received stitches on the sidelines with 2 minutes left in the first half.
“It had been a while since I played quarterback, but Coach Craft prepared me all last week for a situation like last night. I just did what the team needed me to do,” said Scott when asked how he was feeling after being put in his situation.
After Thomas’ injury, the Eagles seemed to be shaken up and made multiple mistakes that resulted in four Wakulla touchdowns bringing the score to 42-9. Thomas was able to return after the half, but after several more hard hits to the head that were followed by targeting and personal fouls, Head Coach Robert Craft decided to pull Thomas for the rest of the game.
Scott helped lead the Eagles down the field gaining two more touchdowns by TJ Ashley and Troy Jones in the fourth quarter. Even though Eagle defense worked harder than ever last night, the Eagles ultimately fell short to Wakulla 42-23.
The Eagles return Thursday, October 29, against district opponent, FAMU.