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Eagles shot down by Patriots


Luke Taylor runs up the middle for big yards with block from TE Trey Coker. (Cecil Folds | The Standard)

Luke Taylor runs up the middle for big yards with block from TE Trey Coker. (Cecil Folds | The Standard)

CECIL FOLDS | The Greenville Standard

The Fort Dale Academy Eagles hosted the Patriots from Troy Friday night, in their first home game of the season. The Eagles, who were coming off a two game winning streak, lost to the Patriots by a score of 41-15.

The first quarter was all Eagles as they kicked off to the Patriots who went three downs and punted. Fort Dale took possession about the 30-yard line and started driving the ball up the middle and around the end. With 1:12 into the game, Fort Dale had moved the ball down to the four-yard line. Luke Taylor, FDA’s quarterback, handed off to running back Clay Mansmann who ran in for the Eagles first touchdown, which made the score 8-0. The first quarter ended with Fort Dale leading Pike 8-0.

At the beginning of the second quarter Fort Dale kicked off to Pike and they ran it back to 43-yard line. The Eagles held Patriots to three and a punt and took possession of the ball in the first part of the second quarter. From this point on things seemed to go downhill for the Eagles as the Patriots scored 14 points in the second quarter and the half ended with the Patriots leading the Eagles 14-8.

In the third quarter, the Eagles managed to drive the ball down to the 10-yard line and on a quarterback keeper, Luke Taylor ran in for TD and William Crenshaw’s extra point was good making the score 15-14. On the kickoff, the Patriots ran the ball about 70-yards for a touchdown which put them out front by six points. Most of the quarter went back and forth with each team three and punt.

Late in the third quarter Pike was able to score three more touchdowns on Fort Dale taking the wind out from under the Eagles’ wings. At the beginning of the fourth quarter the Patriots led the Eagles by score of 35-15. The Eagles just could not contain running back Braydon Herrera on the Patriots, who kept picking up big yardage and scoring TDs.

Fort Dale’s running back Sawyer Hennis was able to pick up big yardage for the Eagles but it was too little too late. In the last few minutes of the game Pike was able to score one more time on a long pass to Braydon Herrera, who ran in for another touchdown. Pike went for two on the extra point but it failed and the game ended with the Eagles losing 41-15.

Coach Sampley told his players he was proud of them because they played hard. He also told them that one loss does not beat you, so next week they would need to clean up the offense and defense and get ready for next week’s game.


Fort Dale total rushing yardage was 218 yards. Quarterback Luke Taylor passing yardage for the game was seven out of 10 for 93 yards and 65 yards rushing. Passing completions were three out of 10. Top tacklers were Clay Mannsman with nine tackles and Dakota Berry with six tackles.


Pike had 303 yards rushing and 69 yards passing.

The Fort Dale Eagles will be back on their home field September 16, at 7 pm taking on Northside Academy Knights from Dothan, Alabama, who is three and one for the season.

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