Ninth Grade Academy’s Falcons improved their record to 1-1 last week, defeating Warren County at home, 17-6.
After an out-of-sync season opener against Coffee County, NGA used an open date last week to regroup and bring a good performance.
The Pioneers opted not to punt during the game and converted on just 1 of 7 fourth down attempts, converting on only 4 of 11 third down tries.
The Falcons were first to put points on the board with a 30-yard field goal by Colton Wicks with 6:01 in the first quarter.
NGA’s next score came with 7:57 in the second period when Cayle Flynt carried it in from 32 yards out. Wicks’ kick was good, and the Falcons were up 10-0.
Ninth Grade Academy made a defensive stand on a fourth and four situation, taking over on downs at their own 27-yard line.
After moving into Pioneer territory, quarterback Riley Harmon connected with Jesse Glover with a fourth and six situation, taking it to the 24 yard line. Harmon then hooked up with Gavin Gordon who took it in for the score. Wicks’ kick was good, and the Falcons were up 17-0 with 1:54 remaining in the second period.
Harmon would finish the first half going 5 for 5 in the air.
Late in the third period, Luke Phillips got the Falcons to the Warren County 20 yard line. But, early in the fourth, NGA missed a 33-yard field goal attempt with 9:53 remaining in the game.
From this point, Coach Todd Brandon played into his bench. The Pioneers moved down the field, and with 4:32 on the clock found the end zone in the air for the first time in the game. The two-point conversion failed, and the Falcons finished with the win, 17-6.
NGA finished with 237 yards of offense with 137 coming on the ground. Luke Phillips had 92 yards in 14 rushes. Cale Flynt had 50 yards in 8 carries and a touchdown.
Riley Harmon completed 5 of 8 attempts for 100 yards with 1 touchdown and 1 interception. Zach Tennison had two catches for 36 yards and 1 touchdown; Brad Alford, 1 catch for 32 yards; Jesse Glover had 1 catch for 23 yards; and Justus Campbell had 1 catch for 9 yards.
On defense, the Falcons gave up 229 yards with 174 coming in the air.
For their next action, NGA was scheduled to travel to Giles County, but that game has been changed to a home game Thursday night starting at 6:30 p.m.