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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: After delay, FCS gets needed win
All teams have to battle adversity of varying nature throughout a season, and the Fredericksburg Christian football team is no different.
Coming off their first loss of the season, the Eagles were ready to try and bounce back on Saturday, but Mother Nature didn’t cooperate and their game against Norfolk Christian was pushed back to Monday.
They were ready to play on Monday, but their field was too wet and the game was pushed back to Tuesday.
Finally, with the field playable, FCS was able to get back into action and get the bounce-back win it was looking for.
The Eagles (5–1) fell behind early Tuesday, but slowly took control en route to a 40–14 victory over the Ambassadors (2–5).
FCS quarterback Josh Nowacki said at the beginning of the game the team might have been a bit too hyped to finally be playing, but eventually settled down.
“I was definitely anxious. I know the team was anxious. We wanted to come out here and get the the game going and get ready for Friday’s game,” the senior said. “We had to get the little kinks out and work it out. Then after that first touchdown we started working as a team and doing what we had to do to get the win.”
FCS head coach Tim Coleman said the way his team responded after a tough loss to Pope John Paul the Great and a shake-up in their schedule the past few days is a good sign to him.
“I told them [Monday] in the locker room Part of being a good team is overcoming adversity. You deal with a poor field and not being on a consistent practice schedule, that’s a little adversity,” he said. “We had a rough game [before that] up in Northern Virginia against a Division I school, but they hung in there and a stayed focused.
“We were a little bit slow starting today, a little bit on the focus level, but I was proud of them for what they did today.”
Norfolk Christian’s big defensive line caused fits for FCS early and the Ambassadors held a 6–0 lead after the first quarter following George Wahee’s 65-yard punt return for a score.
However, the Eagles kept pounding the ball and made a few play-calling adjustments that eventually helped wear down their guests.
Eventually, season rushing leader James Plourde—who finished with 108 yards rushing on 23 carries—opened the scoring with a winding 20-yard jaunt with 7:03 left before the half. Matt Schools converted the extra point to give FCS a 7–6 lead and the home side never trailed again.
Nowacki, who tossed two touchdown passes, said the hard-nosed running and blocking was the difference in the game.
“I think once we got into them and started running the ball hard, they were getting tired and didn’t want to get hit too much,” he said. “We just overpowered them and finished the game strong.”
Joshua Hill later added 11- and 34-yard scoring runs and Ben Sizemore broke lose for a 30-yard scamper to cap of FCS’s scoring.
The adversity continues this week, as the Eagles have two days to prepare for their final home game against Central Virginia Homeschool.
“We’ve got to turn around and play on Friday and it’s not going to be easy,” Coleman said. “Getting the win today helps that scenario. To have those mental factors there, those motivational factors there. So, the win today will hopefully carry over into Friday.”
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