No. 1 Edgewood outlasts FDA

Published 11:03 pm Friday, October 19, 2012

Fort Dale Academy senior running back Ryan Taylor looks for running room during the Eagles’ 36-35 loss to top-ranked Edgewood Academy Friday night in Greenville. (Advocate Staff/April Gregory)

No. 9 Fort Dale Academy nearly did something Friday night that no one has done in more than two years.

The Eagles very nearly handed No. 1 Edgewood Academy a loss.

Instead, the Wildcats escaped Greenville with a 36-35 win and their perfect season in tact.

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Fort Dale’s recipe for upsetting the Wildcats was simple — run the ball.

The Eagles scored all five of their touchdowns on the ground and rushed for 362 yards.

Junior running back Chase Whiddon ran for two scores, while junior quarterback Chip Taylor ran for three.

Senior kicker Patrick Russell was 5-for-5 on point after attempts.

Fort Dale finished with 374 yards of total offense, while the Wildcats finished with 389 yards of total offense, 281 of which came through the air.

Fort Dale senior running back Ryan Taylor led the Eagles’ charge with 159 yards on 17 carries.

Taylor Windham had the Eagles’ only reception of the night. It was good for 12 yards.

The Fort Dale defense was led by Ryan Taylor. He had 11 stops.

Whiddon tallied 10 tackles and senior Ryan Salter finished with 8 tackles and an interception.

Fort Dale will wrap up the regular season next Thursday when it hits the road for a showdown with Wilcox Academy.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.