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Eagles take down Sparta


Friday night, Sept. 23, was Fort Dale’s homecoming as they faced off with the Sparta Warriors. Coming off a big win against Northside last week, the Eagles were fired up and they took down the warriors, 37-6.

The Eagles had first possession and drove the ball down to the 28 yard line but had to settle for a William Crenshaw field goal, giving the Eagles a 3-0 lead with 7:33 left on the clock. The Eagles then kicked off to the Warriors and on the first play after, FDA’s Wilder Eagerton intercepted a pass. Two plays later, Andrew Salter ran it in for TD. The point after was good, making the score 10-0.

Fort Dale was not through; Tanner Cartwright would score before the first quarter ended. The Warriors would answer and completed a 3-yard pass for their only TD of the night. The score was 16-6 at halftime.

At halftime the homecoming queen for 2016, Senior Madison Langford and her court were presented. Ashley Brogden and Sarah Elizabeth Owens were senior maids. Amaya Brogden was junior maid, Mary Madison Crenshaw was sophomore maid and Mary Catherine Salter was freshman maid.

At the beginning of the third quarter Zach Kendrick ran for another FDA touchdown. The extra point was good, making the score 26-6 with 9:26 left on the clock. Kendrick would score again on a pass from QB Luke Taylor with a little over three minutes left in the third quarter. The extra point was good and the Eagles increased their lead to 30-6.

Fort Dale’s defense stood strong and kept Sparta from the end zone in the fourth quarter and the offense would add another score with 3:04 remaining on the clock. Second string QB, Clay Thompson, completed a long pass to Trip Richardson for the Eagles last TD, giving the Eagles a proud homecoming victory over the warriors 37-6.

Stats for the night: Clay Mansmann was the leading rusher with six carries for 53-yards. QB Luke Taylor went 12-17 in passing with 189-yards. Mansmann was the leading tackler with 12 tackles for the night. Zach Kendrick carried the ball two times for 69-yards.

The Fort Dale Eagles will be on the road next week traveling to Opelika to take on Lee Scott. Game time is 7 p.m.

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