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Fort Dale falls to Edgewood

One problem Fort Dale has faced all season has been finishing drives and putting points on the board, and that problem manifested itself again in a 21-9 loss to Edgewood last night.

“It was a tough loss, but once again, we’ve got to finish on offense,” said head coach Speed Sampley. “We moved the ball well, but we’re just not scoring.”

Sampley also said the defense had its share of problems.

“We’ve got to make stands sometimes, but we’re not doing that either,” he said. “They just whipped us. They were able to run straight at us, and they also had a few nice pass plays. We just didn’t do a good job of stopping them.”

Edgewood got on the board with time winding down in the first quarter on a 17-yard pass from Chris Tice to Matt Moore.

Midway through the second quarter, Fort Dale’s Sean McKeague booted a 21-yard field goal to cut the lead to 7-3.

However, with 0:27 left before halftime, Tice threw another touchdown pass, but FDA blocked the extra point to go down 13-3.

Edgewood picked up in the second half right where they left off in the first half, taking the opening drive 10 plays and 72 yards for a touchdown and a two-point conversion.

The Eagles came right back and scored on the next drive, courtesy of a 14-yard run from Dustin Till to make the score 21-9.

Daniel Nolan finished the game with 14 carries for 103 yards, while Hunter Smith had 59 yards and Jeffery Stead had 56 yards.

Defensively for the Eagles, Nathan Reaves had two fumble recoveries, Stephen Till had 14 tackles, and Kendall Gibson had 13 tackles.

“We had more offense than they did, but we’ve just got to score when we move the ball,” Sampley said. “We had some younger players play hard, and they’ve got to get better every week too.”

“Now we’ve got a short week, so we’ve got to come back in on Monday and try to get this thing turned around,” he added.

Fort Dale plays East Memorial next Thursday.