Eagles rebound, knock off Knights for region win

Published 12:29 am Saturday, September 16, 2017

Fort Dale bounced back in resounding fashion on the road Friday with a 29-14 win over the Northside Methodist Academy Knights, improving to 3-1 and evening odds in region play at 1-1.

FDA quarterback Luke Taylor threw with 70-percent accuracy for a total of 183 yards, including a 30-yard pass to receiver Jason Little.

Zach Winters reprised his role as the Eagles’ leading receiver with five catches for 105 yards.

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Zach Kendrick led the Eagles’ ground efforts with 11 carries for 60 yards, including a 5-yard touchdown run.

Tripp Richardson led special teams effort with a 65-yard punt return for a touchdown.

The Eagles’ defense also scored, as defensive lineman Trevor Langford dragged a Knight down in Northside’s end zone for a safety.

Fort Dale’s defense also ended the night with two interceptions from Bryan Folds and Torin Buntz.

Taylor said that the win was welcome on the heels of a tough region loss last week.

“Tonight was a good region win after a tough loss last week at Pike,” Taylor said.

“We are 1-1 in our region.  We are getting better week by week.  If we keep working hard and stay healthy, we should be able to get where we want to be.”

Fort Dale will take a two-week break from region play as the team travels to Sparta Academy next Friday.