FDA climbs to No. 5

Published 8:21 am Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fort Dale Academy senior Cody Tesmer fights for yardage during the Eagles showdown with Lee-Scott Academy. Tesmer and the Eagles climbed from No. 8 to No. 5 in the latest ASWA poll. (Advocate Staff/Ashley Vansant)

In the game of football, numbers don’t always tell the entire story.

For instance, a 49-38 win could hardly be considered a dominant performance. Unless of course the winning team raced out to a 42-14 halftime lead and played its reserves for most of the contest.

That was the case for Fort Dale Academy Friday night when it scored a 49-38 win on the road against Lyman Ward Military Academy. That performance was good enough to help the Eagles (2-1) climb from a No. 8 ranking to a No. 5 ranking in the latest Alabama Sports Writers Association poll.

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Monroe Academy (3-1) holds the poll’s top spot after receiving 18 first-place votes.

Bessemer Academy (4-0) is ranked second after receiving 10 first-place votes and Edgewood rounds out the top three after receiving one first-place vote.

Fort Dale will be back in action Friday night when it travels to Hope Hull to square off with Hooper Academy. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.


  1. Monroe Academy
  2. Bessemer Academy
  3. Edgewood Academy
  4. Springwood Academy
  5. Fort Dale Academy
  6. Lee-Scott Academy
  7. Patrician Academy
  8. Glenwood School
  9. Pike Liberal Arts School
  10. Crenshaw Christian Academy