Game Summaries & Headlines.
(Free-Lance Star photo by Mike Morones)
The season of weirdness continues, and after Friday night’s 17-0 win over Brooke Point the Forge Eagles happy to move on with a win but they have some work to do moving forward. The “good guys” got their sixth victory on the season, but this one had some mold on it.
Rain forced the Eagles to move their third home game of the season over to Mountain View High School and while the surroundings were weird, the game against the Hawks was one of those, we’ll take it games as the Forge moves on to face another unbeaten opponent next week at home in the Massaponax Panthers. Nobody really would admit if the Eagles were looking ahead to that matchup, but this one left plenty of film for the Forge to study and correct.
The Eagle offense took the opening kickoff and put together a seven-play strike that ended with quarterback Madden Lowe hitting Zack Kindel in the back of the end zone for the first score of the contest from 24 yards out. A strong first drive made you think the Forge was ready to enjoy a nice dry and explosive night. Well, it turned out to be dry and a bit awkward as the game turned into LAUNDRY DAY with penalty flags all over the field. The Eagles were penalized on 14 occasions for a total of 111 yards, and while the “good guy” defense continued their stellar season, the offense struggled a bit.
The scoreboard lights did not blink again until just before halftime when the Forge went 53 yards in a dozen snaps and called on kicker Phillip Lovelace to hit a 27-yard field goal with just a minute lead to stretch the lead to 10-0 heading into halftime.
In the second half, the Forge defense continued to frustrate the Black Hawks, keeping them off the scoreboard. The Black Hawks did show signs of life early in the fourth quarter when Derrick Abbey took a Phillip Lovelace punt 60 yards deep into Forge territory but the run was called back by a Brooke Point penalty and that was the last time we heard from the Hawks offense.
Midway through the final quarter Brooke Point was deep in their own territory and quarterback Noah Sanders dropped back to pass in attempt to jump-start the Hawks offense. His attempt over the middle was picked off by “The Streak” Willie Berris as the sophomore corner dove to haul in the pigskin at the Black Hawk 38 yard line. The play ignited the crowd and the Eagle offense cashed the theft five plays later as running back Ernesto Bowen went on a 24 yard stroll with 6:20 left in the game to make it 17-0 “good guys” and seal the teams sixth W of the season.
At games end Eagle assistant Ryan Mytrysak climbed down the ladder into the press box with an obvious look of frustration and relief on his face. He looked like he had lost his dog on the train tracks and found him just before the train came. “We have to start making plays”, said Mytrysak “We start off great and then we find ourselves going in the wrong direction”.
The direction for the Eagles now is straight to next Friday night in what will be their toughest test of the season against the unbeaten Massaponax Panthers at Eagles Stadium. The Forge defense will be tasked with stopping the Panthers explosive triple option offense and the Eagle offense will need to be in first gear. Last year the Forge controlled the Panthers down in Spotsylvania with a 36-7 win. Next week’s game will be MUST SEE and anybody in the area that watches high school football will want a ticket for this one.
APPRECIATION AND PRIDE: Special kudos to Athletic Director Greg Margheim and the Mountain View community for their hospitality in letting us use their stadium on this night. We saw the sun for the first time in forever on Friday and it was good to go to a game on a normal night with great weather and a FORGE-TASTIC atmosphere.