NFC Storms Back From First Half Deficit

Jordan Pandy, Correspondent

TALLAHASSEE, FLA. ( After finishing the game on a 27-0 run, the North Florida Christian Eagles defeat the Hamilton County Trojans 34-16. Senior Terrell Powell had a great game rushing for 119 yards and put the game on ice scoring the last two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

The winless Trojans (0-3) were fighting hard, keeping it close and leading for three fourths of the game. The Trojans were running a triple option the entire game, and running it well, giving the Eagles (3-0) a hard time.

“They hadn’t run it [triple option] one time all year; it’s not on film and they run it well, they got the kids to do it,” head coach of NFC Steve Price said. “It was very important that we play disciplined – and even though we never practiced against it, because they never showed it on film, we still did a nice job of staying disciplined taking care of our gaps, taking care of our responsibilities. I’m really pleased. Our defense played lights out all game.”

The NFC defense did not give up a single touchdown in the game; the first Hamilton touchdown came on a pick-six returned by junior Javiel Jones and the second came on a 70-yard kickoff return by sophomore Melvin Brown. The Eagles were only down nine at the half but all of the momentum seemed to be in Hamilton’s favor.

“The whole emphasis of halftime was ‘Do the things that we do well,’ Price said. “We have to block well on the perimeter, which we did much better in the second half. We have to tackle well and we have to pursue – and actually our defense played well all night…We just went back into the locker room and said, ‘Alright, what got us to this point, and what do we need to get back to,’ and that’s what we did. That’s what football is.”

The running game really opened up in the second half. NFC rushed for 145 of their 208 yards on the ground in the last two quarters. Senior running back Javarius Harrison had a couple of huge redzone runs tallying 33 rushing yards and one big touchdown on a 5-yard run to take the lead with a little less than five minutes left to play.

After winning their first two games by a combined 11 points, the Eagles finally got a big win (even though it was close for most of it).

“We really didn’t enjoy this one, it was way too close, way too long,” Price said laughing. “It’s good to win, we just need to keep getting better. I think we got better this week.”

North Florida Christian stays undefeated but travels to Jacksonville next week to take on Providence High School.

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