Fort Dale wrangles Colts for final region win

Published 6:44 pm Saturday, October 22, 2016

Clay Mansmann wins a footrace with a pair of Hooper Academy defenders during the Eagles' 35-17 victory over the Colts.

Clay Mansmann wins a footrace with a pair of Hooper Academy defenders during the Eagles’ 35-17 victory over the Colts.

Fort Dale Academy extended its winning streak over Hooper Academy to five games Friday with a decisive 35-17 win over the Colts.

It was the Eagles who broke a lengthy first-quarter silence first as Clay Mansmann rushed into the end zone for a touchdown with 4:52 remaining in the first. A successful PAT from William Crenshaw made it 7-0.

Not long afterward, FDA quarterback Luke Taylor got the job done with his legs rather than his arm with a quarterback keeper for a touchdown with 11:50 remaining in the second quarter.

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A successful FDA run game softened up the Colts’ secondary in the second, as Taylor found receiver William Sherling for a touchdown pass to extend the Eagles’ lead to 21-0 with 7:24 left in the half.

Hooper Academy finally found its footing near the end of the first half with a successful field goal to give the Colts a modicum of momentum heading into the locker rooms.

But the second half was just like the first, as Taylor proved late in the third with a second rushing touchdown to give Fort Dale a 28-3 lead.

Taylor found his second target, this time Clay Thompson, for a touchdown reception with 2:52 on the clock in the third quarter to give the Eagles their biggest lead of the night at 35-3.

The Colts redoubled their efforts in the fourth with a rushing touchdown—their first touchdown of the night—with barely nine minutes left in the game to work with to cover a 25-point deficit.

Though the Colts would find the end zone a second time, it would come far too late (1:28 left in the game) as the Eagles held firm to its fourth region win and secured a third-place finish in the region.

Mansmann led the Eagles’ rushing efforts with 6 carries for 71 yards.

Taylor was 10 for 15 passing for 130 yards.

Thompson led the Eagles’ receiving unit with 3 catches for 70 yards.

Mason Keen and Mansmann led the Eagles’ defense with 8 tackles apiece.

Fort Dale travels to Lakeside for its season finale Friday. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.