Eagles, Senators battle to tie

Published 12:16 am Saturday, August 22, 2009

When the final whistle sounded on the jamboree between Fort Dale and Morgan, both the Eagles and the Senators were back where they began: 0-0.

Neither team managed to crack the scoreboard, but the Eagles came close a few times.

Despite the unsatisfying outcome, FDA head coach Speed Sampley found some bright spots.

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“It’s just a practice game,” he said. “We worked on what we wanted to work on.”

He also said that the defense played well.

At Tuesday’s Coaches’ Corner, Sampley said his team was going to try throwing the ball a little more against Morgan, and that’s what the Eagles did.

Overall, FDA went 10-22 for 117 yards through the air.

Hunter Armstrong went 6-14, Dustin Till was 1-3 and Todd Burkett went 3-5.

Aside from his time at quarterback, Burkett also provided some solid field position for the Eagles with three punt returns, two of which he nearly broke for touchdowns.

As soon as the game started, so did the rain, which hampered Fort Dale’s early efforts to air it out.

The Eagles went three-and-out on their first possession, but the second possession went better.

FDA moved the ball down the field until Armstrong was forced to scramble and fumbled the wet football.

Fort Dale’s second team threatened to score from the five-yard line with 20 seconds left in the first half, but another fumble ended the opportunity.

The Eagles got another shot after Eli Blackmon pinned Morgan inside their own 10-yard line with a punt.

On the Senators’ first play, Daniel Nolan picked off a pass to set FDA up on the 20-yard line.

A quick pass to the endzone bounced off Dustin Till, and it was intercepted by Morgan.

Despite the lackluster performance, Sampley kept things in perspective.

“We’ve had everyone out there at practice, and everyone got to play in this game,” he said. “It was a practice game and not life or death, but next week is different.”

Fort Dale travels to face Prattville Christian in the season opener next week.