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Ninth Grade Academy’s Falcons had a big game on the road Thursday night in Shelbyville. NGA won over the Eagles’ JV, 25-12.
“We had a good game for the season opener,” said NGA Coach Todd Brandon. “We want to keep continuing to improve our overall technique – we coughed up the ball a couple times. We want to take pride in what we do every day at practice and every game.
“Most the guys played hard, but we’ve to get more consistent every play,” he added. “There’s no place for anyone to take a play off.
“Eli Eason and Austin Hill had big games. Xavier Schluter did a good job at nose guard. Eason was 9 of 12 in the air for 165 yards and one score. Hill carried the ball 20 times for 163 yards and 3 touchdowns.
“We’ve got Coffee County here Thursday night. They always bring a JV team and will play hard. Our biggest game is our next one – we’ve got to take it one game at a time.”
Against the Eagles, the Falcons took the ball the opening series. On the first play from scrimmage, Austin Hill romped 60 yards for the score. The two-point conversion failed, and with 9:44 in the first, NGA was up 6-0.
After forcing Shelbyville to punt, the Falcons threatened again, going to the Eagles’ 30-yard line, but a turnover stalled the drive.
At the end of the first quarter, NGA was up 6-0.
With 6:43 in the second, the Eagles started at the Falcons’ 45-yard line. At the 1:53 mark, Shelbyville pushed it in from inside the one-yard line. The two-point conversion failed, and it was knotted at 6-6.
But, the first period scoring wasn’t over. Eason connected with Logan Wheat and Ryan Hall to quickly move down the field. The pass to Hall went from the 42-yard line to the one. With 11 seconds on the clock, Hill pushed it in for the score. The two-point conversion failed, and NGA went into the break up 12-6.
After holding the Eagles the opening series of the half, NGA started at their own 37 yard line. With 4:30, Hill carried it out to the 48-yard line.
Eason connected with Hall again, this time for 52 yards for the score. The two-point conversion was no good, and the Falcons were up 18-6 with 3:38 in the third.
With 30 seconds remaining, the Eagles scored, but the two-point conversion failed. At the end of three, NGA was up 18-12.
The Falcons added points in the fourth. NGA’s drive started at their own 31-yard line. Eason connected twice again with Wheat. The drive ate seven minutes off the clock. Hill pushed it in again, this time from the two-yard line for the score. Wheat followed with a successful PAT, and NGA was up 25-12.
The Falcons held the Eagles the following series, taking over on downs at the 39 yard line. NGA moved to the sixteen of the Eagles but chose to run out the clock. Eason took a knee on the final play of the game, and the Falcons had the 25-12 win.
For their next action, NGA hosts Coffee County Thursday with game time at 6:30 p.m.