Sports Summary: Rescheduled Football Game Results In a Lengthy Battle
By Emma Duncan--Eagle Assistant Editor
Despite numerous challenges, many believe this has become one of the best Eagles football seasons to date, as they didn't open 3-0 since the 1970s. A Northside season suspension due to COVID-19 tried to confuse the Eagles, but they could not be stopped, because on Tues., March 23, Franklin County became 4-0 after defeating the Vikings for a second time.
Along with being postponed, this game featured a drizzle, which affected the athletes’ performance.
“We just weren't executing good and making plays in the rain,” FS/WR 3 junior Anthony Belcher commented.
Due to these struggles, no one scored until the third quarter when the Eagles literally got the ball rolling.
“Franklin County’s [QB/FS 6, sophomore] Eli Foutz with the fake. Rolling and strolling his way to a first down, [he’s] setting up the Eagles right here, [then] he does it himself,” John Appicello reported on WSLS 10.
With a score of only 7-0 in the fourth quarter, both teams battled for the win, as it was still anyone’s game. Northside was able to score one touchdown, but nothing more.
“Point after will tie the game, but Franklin County’s Anthony Belcher is there so we’ve got a 7-6 game,” Appicello added.
Varsity Football Coach J. R. Edwards thought Belcher’s play really made an impact.
“Probably our blocked PAT (extra point) by the defense and then our safety by the defense really stood out,” he listed as highlights from the game.
Edwards also noticed an aspect of this game that needs to be improved on.
“I think we were a little unfocused in our approach to the game,” he shared.
Nevertheless, the Eagles persevered, extending their lead slightly before time ran out.
“Still 4th quarter, Northside gets it back from their own one yard line but Webb is tackled right by the pile-on--that is a safety. Franklin County gets the win 9-6 over Northside,” Appicello concluded.