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Can The Eagles Bounce Back?


The Eagles take the field for the opening game of their season at Columbia Academy on Friday, August 18, 2017.

The first game for the Eagles football team was a tough one against Columbia Academy. It did not start as they planned. The first play Columbia Academy ran back the kickoff for a touchdown.

Struggles continued for the Eagles as they were trailing 21-7 at the half and Columbia Academy ultimately pulled off the win 28-14.

Tyler Demonbreun, junior, talked about what they need to work on for next game, saying, “The defense needs to make some plays and [we need to} work on special teams”.

There is good news for the Eagles though as star running back Xavier Myers is cleared to play next week after suffering a high ankle sprain. The Eagles are traveling to BGA Friday night at 7, and it will be a tough road test for the Eagles. The Eagles are making improvements in practice especially the offense.

BGA is a very talented team, winning their first game at Forrest 48-19. BGA is ranked 37 in the state, but NCS has been underdogs before and it wouldn’t be surprising if they pull out an upset.

Thinking about the upcoming game, Jesse Parrish, junior,  said, “I feel like we had a great week of practice and we are ready.”

Myers is a big piece to the Eagles offense after Lelan Wilhoite’s transfer to Siegel. Myers put up 1000 yards rushing last year. The offensive line did some work. Jesse Watson had 11 carries for 64 yards. Having Myers in the backfield also will help QB Chad Kinnard get some confidence.

Talking about Myers’ impact on the team, junior Garrett Collins said “[He is] a great running back who knows what he’s doing and is a team player who does not think just about himself.”

 

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