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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Win earns Eagles conference title

The Fredericksburg Christian football team graduated most of last year’s starters, so a few bumps in the road this season wouldn’t have been a surprise to many.

However, the Eagles have been up to the challenge, starting 4–0 and clinching the Patriot Football Conference title with a 37–0 win over visiting Massanutten Military Academy on Friday.

FCS head coach Tim Coleman said he’s proud of the way his young squad is developing so far.

“Today they won the conference championship [for] the third year in a row. So, that was a big accomplishment,” the fifth-year Eagles’ coach said. “There are kids out here right now that [in the spring] we didn’t even know if they would be playing football. To be able to think that we’d be 4–0 after this part of the season I don’t know if that was a reality thought.

“But they’ve done well and they’ve hung in there, and they’re playing pretty good together.”

The Eagles came out firing on all cylinders early Friday, needing just three plays and 56 seconds to take the lead en route to a 37–0 lead at the half.

Coleman said a hard-fought win over Randolph–Macon Academy last week—in which FCS trailed twice in the first half—helped propel the Eagles to their quick start against the Colonels (0–5).

“We got a test last week against Randolph–Macon. They came out and smacked us right in the face,” he said. “For these young kids, it was a wake-up call. That first half last week, I think these kids grew up a whole lot.”

Running back James Plourde, who totaled 70 yards on the ground Friday, agreed with his coach and added: “We came out more aggressive and showed what we were made of, really.”

In the third quarter, with Massanutten trying to finish off its best offensive push of the game, Plourde also provided a perfect example of how the Eagles’ have grown as a team.

The junior—who does not normally play defense—rushed onto the field to fill in at defensive back, getting an interception at the 3-yard line on the next play to help FCS preserve its second shutout of the season.

“I just gotta do what I gotta do. It’s all about the team,” he said.

The VISAA Division III Eagles will get to test how far they’ve come next Saturday when they travel to Dumfries to take on Division I Pope John Paul the Great.

 

Massanutten Military     0     0    0    0   —   0
Fredericksburg Christian    23 14 0 0 37

First Quarter

FCS—J. Mason 25-yard pass from J. Nowacki (pass failed)

FCS—J. Mason 5-yard pass from J. Nowacki (M. Schools kick)

FCS—B. Sizemore 1-yard run (M. Schools kick)

FCS—M. Schools 24-yard field goal

Second Quarter

FCS—J. Hill 55-yard run (M. Schools kick)

FCS—J. Mason 30-yard pass from J. Nowacki (M. Schools kick)

TEAM STATISTICS

  MMA FCS
First Downs 10 15
Rushing yardage    23-(-5) 32-236
Passing yardage 127 94
Passes 14-25-2 5-6-0
Punts–Avg. 0-0 0-0
Fumbles–Lost 2-2 2-1
Penalties–yards 3-15 6-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing: MMA—Damoni Gunter 1–(-7); Houston Walls 2–4; Ian Bauer 1–(-17); Derik Duklis 9–(-15); Joshua Holt 6–30; Team 4–0. FCS—James Plourde 8–70; Joshua Nowacki 2–22; Joshua Hill 4–54, TD; Anthony Anzelmo 1–5; Ben Sizemore 8–21, TD; Robert Evans 1–14; Ronald Thornton 4–34; George Fisher 1–25; Elijah Cox 2–(-2); Houston Ervin 1–(-7).

Passing: MMA—Derik Duklis 14–25–2, 127 yards. FCS—Joshua Nowacki 5–6–0, 94 yards, 3TD; Will Smith 0–0–0.

Receiving: MMA—Houston Walls 1–3; Joshua Holt 4–39; Ian Bauer 4–42; Carols Almanza 1–7; Damoni Gunter 3–28. FCS—Jamie Mason 4–82, 3TD; Robert Evans

1–12.

Tom Leiss: 540/374-5440

tleiss@freelancestar.com

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