The Eagles soar in homecoming win

Published 5:23 pm Monday, October 9, 2023

Fort Dale Academy had a fun filled week celebrating homecoming, which culminated in another victory for the Eagles against Valiant Cross 37-8. 

Head coach Eric Folmar commented that the game was not the Eagle’s best performance, but said he’s proud of the players for stepping up to gain another region win. 

“I thought our defense was lights out all night and that was really the difference in the game,” Folmar said. “We settled for way too many field goals early and couldn’t get the ball in the end zone, but the defense kept getting stops. I’m really proud of the progress we’ve seen on that side of the ball as the year has gone on. We’ve still got a lot to clean up moving forward but it was great to get a win on homecoming.”

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Wide receiver No. 1, Alan Alvarez, completed impressive field goals throughout the game. Beginning with a 27-yard, then a 39-yard and lastly a 47-yard goal that tied the school’s record for longest field goal kick, which had been held since 1979 by Greg Zachery. 

Quarterback No. 6, Ethan Alford, completed a 11-yard and an impressive 76-yard touchdown pass to Alvarez. Alvarez made a five-yard touchdown run, and running back No. 24, Joseph Ealum, made a one-yard touchdown run ending the night for the Eagles. 

During halftime the homecoming maidens for each grade were escorted down the field by their fathers, and the Homecoming Queen was announced and crowned. Senior Hayden Cowles was voted by her peers to win the diamond studded crown and flowers as Fort Dale’s Homecoming Queen 2023. 

“This year’s homecoming was truly the best last that we could have asked for!” Cowles said. “Winning Homecoming Queen was the most perfect end to an amazing week. I can not express how grateful I am for the friendships that I have made in my 12 years at Fort Dale. I really love the group of girls that I was able to experience this with and I am so thankful for how supportive everyone has been!”

Fort Dale’s Homecoming theme, “Welcome to Fabulous Fort Vegas”, included dress up days throughout the week. The daily dress up themes were “Walk of Stars” on Monday, “Tacky Tourist” on Tuesday, “Around the World” on Wednesday, “Viva Fort Vegas” on Thursday and “Let Your Eagle Pride Show” on Friday. The Eagle students also celebrated with a parade on Thursday and a Homecoming dance Friday evening. 

The Eagles will travel to face Bessemer on Oct. 13.