Ninth Grade Academy’s Falcon football team is off to a 2-0 start with their 47-7 one-sided win at home over the Giles County freshmen.
NGA put up just 146 yards of offense but returned two punts of 52 and 39 yards and a kickoff return from 80 yards out, all for scores. Add in a 28-yard interception for a touchdown, and the young Falcon team dominated the scoreboard without taking a snap.
A stubborn NGA defense allowed the ‘Cats to cross midfield once in the first half, making it to the 46-yard line. It would be late in the fourth quarter before the ‘Cats crossed the 50-yard line again.
The Bobcats received the opening possession of the game but were forced to punt deep in their own territory. Logan Crabtree fielded the kick and took it 52 yards to the house for a score. Antonio Zita’s kick was good, and with 7:32 in the first, NGA was up 7-0.
The Falcons held the ‘Cats their next possession and started at their own 32-yard line. After picking up a first down, it was Dylan MacDonald who carried the mail, going from the 42 to the Bobcat 12-yard line. MacDonald took it to the 2, then pushed it in for the score with 3 seconds remaining in the first quarter. Zita’s kick missed its mark, and NGA was up 13-0 at the end of one.
In the second period following an NGA punt, the Bobcats started at their own 6 yard line. Antonio Zita picked off a pass at the Bobcat 28 and put six on the board. Zita’s kick was good, and with 5:56, the Falcons were up 20-0.
With 3:32 on the clock, the Bobcats had moved to the Falcon 46. Giles County went for it on a fourth and 13 situation and NGA held, taking over on downs at their own 45. At the one-minute mark, Tyler Hommerding carried it in from the 21-yard line. The Falcons’ two-point conversion failed, and Ninth Grade Academy was up 26-0.
It would be early in the third quarter before NGA scored again but it came in the opening seconds. Dylan MacDonald fielded a kickoff at the 20 yard line and went 80 yards for the score. Zita’s kick was good, and with 9:44 on the clock, the Falcons were up 33-0.
Again, the NGA defense held the ‘Cats’ offense in check, forcing another punt. Logan Crabtree picked up his second scoring return of the night, this time taking it in from the 39. Zita’s kick was good, and 6 minutes in the third, the Falcons were up 40-0.
NGA’s final score of the night was set up late in the third quarter when Walker Payne recovered a fumble by the ‘Cats at the 13-yard line. With 9:00 minutes in the fourth, Jeffery Reeves carried it in from the 5. Zita’s kick was good, and the Falcons were up 47-0.
As Coach Todd Brandon continued to play into his bench, the Bobcats crossed the midfield stripe for the second time, scoring on a 68-yard run with 1:52 remaining in the game. The PAT was good, and NGA finished with the win, 47-7.
All 146 yards for the Falcons came on the ground. Dylan MacDonald had 6 carries for 81 yards; Tyler Hommerding, 2 for 30; Jeffery Reeves, 2 for 19; Logan Crabtree, 5 for 7; Nick Hall, 1 for 6; and Austin Halcomb, 1 for 3 yards.
NGA’s defense gave up 96 yards of offense with 83 coming on the ground and 13 in the air.
For their next action, NGA travels to Warren County on Thursday starting at 6:30 p.m.