Eagles stomp Monroe in playoff game

Published 12:45 pm Monday, November 6, 2023

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The Fort Dale Eagles stomped the Monroe Academy Volunteers 49-7 in the first round of the Alabama Independent School Association (AISA) playoffs on Nov. 2.

Head coach Eric Folmar said getting a first round playoff win under the team’s belt is huge for Fort Dale’s football program.

“Our guys have worked so hard to get us back to this point,” Folmar said. “They really deserve this. It’s never easy to beat a team twice so for our players to show up and perform the way they did says a lot about their character and competitiveness.”

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Senior quarterback No. 6 Ethan Alford broke the career passing touchdown record for Fort Dale during the game against Monroe. The record was previously held by Hunter Armstrong. Alford said it is an honor to have the opportunity to hold this new title.

“I couldn’t have done it without the guys and coaches I have around me, so I give all the praise to those guys for helping achieve this record,” Alford said. “It’s very special to be in moments like these in the playoffs and to be able to play in meaningful games. I’m very excited for what’s to come.”

Running back No. 13 Cole Salter scored the first touchdown against Monroe with a 19-yard rush, and later in the game got in the end zone with a 62-yard touchdown. Wide receiver No. 21 Dain Winters ran in a 79-yard and a 82-yard touchdown. 

Running back No. 24 Joseph Ealum made a short touchdown run, and Alford threw a six yard touchdown pass to No. 11 Ty Carter. Running back No. 2 Isaac Lowery made the final touchdown with a 59-yard run.

The Eagles will face Lee-Scott at Auburn in the semi-finals on Nov. 9. Folmar said this game will be a challenge. 

“They’re a great team with a championship pedigree,” Folmar said. “We didn’t play very well the first time around so hopefully we do a better job of preparation and execution this time. I think last week’s win created some positive momentum, so we hope to carry that over into this week. You don’t have many chances in sports like we have this week so I’m looking forward to watching our guys go out and attack it.”