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Eagles repel invading Sparta Academy Warriors

Fort Dale wide reciver Tripp Richardson used his agility to avoid a sea of Sparta defenders as the Eagles fended off the Warriors with a 37-6 win.

Fort Dale wide reciver Tripp Richardson used his agility to avoid a sea of Sparta defenders as the Eagles fended off the Warriors with a 37-6 win.

The Fort Dale Academy Eagles stayed aloft of the competition as the team repelled the visiting Sparta Academy Warriors 37-6.

It was all Fort Dale early with three scores in the first quarter alone.

The Eagles’ offensive began with a little help from special teams, thanks to a 29-yard field goal from William Crenshaw with 7:33 left in the first quarter.

Barely two minutes later, FDA running back Andrew Salter would find pay dirt with a 6-yard burst into the end zone for the Eagles’ first touchdown and an early 10-0 lead.

Not to be outdone, running back Tanner Cartwright also found the end zone on a 7-yard run to extend the Eagles’ lead to 16-0.

A controlling Sparta Academy offense dominated the clock, if not the scoreboard, in the second quarter, limiting the Eagles’ opportunity to score while posting a touchdown of their own to cut the halftime lead to 16-6.

But with 9:28 remaining in the third quarter, Zach Kendrick proved the fourth different Eagle to score in four attempts with a 7-yard touchdown run of his own to make it 23-6.

FDA quarterback Luke Taylor opted to test the Warriors’ secondary for the Eagles’ fifth score on a 31-yard strike to Kendrick.

The Eagles flexed their depth as backup quarterback Tripp Richardson delivered the final touchdown pass of the evening to put the Eagles well out of reach.

Clay Mansmann led the Eagles’ defense with 12 tackles.

Taylor was 12 for 17 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown.

Wilder Eagerton also posted an interception for the Eagles’ defense.

The Eagles will take to the road for the first time since Sept. 2 to face Lee-Scott Academy Friday. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.