Bennett, Hooper offense will test Fort Dale

Published 5:01 pm Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Fort Dale Academy will look to extend its win streak to three games Friday night. To do so, the Eagles will need to find a way to slow down a Hooper Academy offense that is averaging 31.7 points per game.

After a 2011 season in which the Eagles yielded 28.4 points per game, FDA head coach James “Speed” Sampley placed a heightened emphasis on tackling during the offseason and fall workouts.

So far, it appears to have paid off for the Eagles (2-0), who have allowed just 15.5 points per game this season.

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Fort Dale’s defense will certainly be tested Friday night. In a 37-20 win against Escambia  Academy on Friday,  Hooper’s Darius Bennett accounted for 230 yards of total offense and two touchdowns. Bennett did the majority of his damage on the ground, rushing for 180 yards and a score.

Thomas Harper also proved to be a threat running the ball, rushing for three scores.

The Eagles, who edged Escambia 21-14 in their season opener, will square off with the Colts at 7 p.m. at Eagle Stadium.