CECIL FOLDS/THE GREENVILLE STANDARD
Fort Dale Academy Eagles, coming off a four-game winning streak, lost to the Monroe Academy Volunteers 34-14. Fort Dale Academy went into the seventh game of their season facing the Volunteers who had won seven in a row. Each team was battling to keep their winning streak alive Friday night.
The Eagles kicked off to the Volunteers in the first quarter and Monroe’s Dalton McKinzie ran the kickoff back for 87-yards. On the next play, he carried it in for a TD. The extra point was good and the score with 10:49 on the clock was 7-0.
The Volunteers defense was just more than the Eagles could handle in the first quarter as they had to turn the ball back over to Monroe several times during the quarter. Fort Dale’s defense tried to hold Monroe from scoring again in the first quarter but McKinzie, with 1:00 minute on the clock, ran it in from the 11-yard line, making the score 14-0.
In the first part of the second quarter, it was a battle of the defenses. Monroe’s offense got it rolling again with 7:41 on the clock and McKinzie scored again from the 44-yard line.
The Eagles offense was able to drive it down the field to the 15-yard line with 1:48 left in the second quarter. From there Andrew Salter pushed it in for the Eagles first TD and PAT was good.
The Volunteers were not through putting numbers on the board as they scored again and ended the half leaving the Eagles in the dust with the score 27-7.
In the beginning of the third quarter, the Eagles received the kickoff from the Volunteers and began to move the ball down the field. On second and seven, Luke Taylor completed a pass to Trip Richardson down to the 3-yard line, giving the Eagles a first down and goal. Luke Taylor, on a quarterback keeper, ran it in for a TD and the extra point was good, making the score 27-14.
The Eagles defense held Monroe scoreless for most of the third quarter, but with 1:45 left in the third, McKinzie struck again and ran for a touchdown from Fort Dale’s 42-yard line. Powell added the extra point and the third quarter ended with the score 34-14.
The fourth quarter found both teams stalemated. Fort Dale was on their 23-yard line to begin the quarter but could not gain much ground and turned it over on downs. They did manage to keep Monroe from scoring again in the fourth quarter and the game ended with the Eagles losing a well fought, tough game.
Stats for the night: Fort Dale had 323 total yards and Monroe had 300-yards. Leading tackler for Fort Dale was Kendrick with nine. The leading rusher was Luke Taylor who had 151-yards on 26 carries. Fort Dale had three sacks for the night, one each for Kendrick, Andrew Salter and Austin Roper.
Fort Dale will travel to Hooper Academy this Friday night. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.