Eagles fall in shootout with Volunteers

Published 11:42 pm Friday, October 13, 2017

A single score separated the Fort Dale Academy Eagles and the undefeated Monroe Academy Volunteers at the half, but 33 second-half points from the Vols put the game just out of reach as Monroe remains perfect on the season with a 54-33 win over the Eagles.

The shootout between the Eagles and the Volunteers was nonstop; neither team punted in the flurry of scores, though a Fort Dale fumble at the Eagles’ own 15-yard line ultimately shifted the tide in Monroe’s favor permanently.

Despite the loss, the Eagles enjoyed a big night offensively with quarterback Luke Taylor continuing an impressive season with 13 passes completed on 21 attempts for 240 yards.

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His favorite two targets Friday night, Zach Winters and Jason Little, each broke the 100-yard mark.  Winters finished with 109 yards on 7 catches, including a 15-yard touchdown reception.  Little ended with 4 catches for 103 yards, including an 11-yard touchdown catch.

Cade Mansmann was the go-to man on the ground with 15 rushes for 100 yards and two rushing touchdowns, one for 11 and another for 30 yards.

Taylor also rushed for a touchdown.

Austin Phillips led the Eagles’ defense with 12 tackles, and Tripp Richardson came down with the team’s only interception.

The Eagles face a must-win region game against Hooper Academy (5-4) to earn a spot in the AISA Class AAA state playoffs.

The Eagles host the Colts Friday for their final region game of the year.