FDA, Lee-Scott meet for first time in five years

Published 5:46 pm Tuesday, September 27, 2016

It’s been three years since the Fort Dale Academy Eagles last reached the halfway point of the season with a 4-1 record.

But a capable Lee-Scott Academy team leave the Eagles little time to rest on their laurels as Fort Dale hits the road to Auburn for a non-region faceoff with the Warriors.

History between the Fort Dale Academy Eagles and the Lee-Scott Academy Warriors isn’t as storied as many other pairings, with the two teams only meeting a total of six times in the past 12 years.

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Fort Dale held an advantage in five of the six meetings, the Warriors proved victorious in the pair’s last matchup in 2011.

Though history bears little significance in the realm of high school football, Fort Dale head football coach James “Speed” Sampley and the Eagles aim to avoid 2011’s narrow 19-16 defeat at Lee-Scott’s hands by slowing down what has so far been the Warriors’ strongest weapon—their offense.

Lee-Scott Academy has posted 173 points of total offense in its first five games (34.6 points per game) and only twice has their scoring prowess failed to secure victory.

The Warriors lost its first game in a close 21-14 battle with Monroe Academy, the only remaining undefeated team in Fort Dale’s region. 

And their second loss, by an even smaller margin (a single point), came courtesy of Glenwood School.

Lee-Scott Academy’s stats are all the more impressive considering the highly-competitive region the team inhabits, which include powerhouses such as Bessemer Academy.

The Warriors have limited opponents to an average of 17 points per game this season, though the Eagles’ odds grow significantly stronger if they can breach the 20-point threshold.

Since 2000, when scoring 20 points or more, the Eagles are 112-17.

The Eagles will travel to Auburn to face Lee-Scott Academy Friday, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m.