Homecoming game for North Forrest as they host Saint Patrick.

By JESSE JOHNSON,

North Forrest starts divisional play this week with a home game against the Saint Patrick Fighting Irish (Biloxi). The Eagles are fresh off a 6-0 win against the Heidelberg Oilers.

Throughout the season the Eagles have seen injuries and some costly turnovers, which have resulted in some tough defeats. Although when the defense is clicking and the turnovers are down, that’s when Coach Anthony Dillon’s team shows glimpses of a great group.

“Our defense stepped up for us,” Dillon said. “We had some great drives on offense only to stall out at the end. So congrats to our defense for standing their ground against a big, athletic group of guys. As far as wins for us this year, we are not where we would like to be. Every time we go to the drawing board we look at these games and could have won them. We need to cut down on turnovers and defend the end zone. We tell the guys we are playing good football and to just take care of the football. So we might be pleased with win totals, but we feel very good about where we are right now.”

Saint Patrick’s winning record is amongst the state’s top team with five wins total and one defeat. They are led by a dominant running game that has tallied 249 yards per game and 18 total touchdowns. Leading the way for the Fighting Irish are sophomore running backs Charlie Olsen and Caleb Chapman. The running back duo has tallied 1,149 yards through six games and added 11 touchdowns.

Even though the offense has seen great production, it’s the defense that is the real strength of this team. They have only given up two touchdowns through six games and 14 points total. Four of the games were shutouts for the team from Biloxi.

“This is going to be a test for us,” Dillon said. “Anytime you start out 5-1, no matter who you play, you are going to be a good football team. But this is a new season for us. Starting division play those records won’t do anything for you but get you ready for moments like this. Coming off a win and bringing that energy back to our nest, that’s what we are focusing on right now.”

With the addition of homecoming Friday night for North Forrest, there will be no shortage of fire and intensity from the Eagles.

“We just want to send the second half of the season off with a Homecoming win, Dillon said. “This is a new season for us. We are 0-0. Now it depends on who wants it more, who will step up to chase that gold ball. To be the best you have to beat the best. That’s what we are focused on right now and the remainder of the season.”

Kickoff is set for 7 pm at North Forrest.

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