Battle of The Eagles
There was not much soaring in the matchup between the Eagles of North Forrest and East Marion Thursday night as the visitors took hold of the 8-0 victory.
North Forrest Coach Anthony Dillion said he’d always enjoyed the rivalry against his alma mater, East Marion, where he once coached and played football himself. In fact, he and East Marion Coach Kevin Jackson have been good friends for a while.
The outcome of the game “never leaves hard feelings,” Jackson said.
The only scoring drive of the game came at 2:35 in the first quarter when East Marion running back Jadarrius Mallard ran in for a 6-yard touchdown. They went on to complete a successful two-point conversion by senior quarterback Devin Daniels.
Defense for both squads was top knotch.
Jackson credited his defense after the game.
“The boys have been playing great over the past few weeks and they did another good job by holding the North Forrest Eagles scoreless for all four quarters,” he said. “They have carried the team all year so far; offense is the focus for my boys moving forward.”
While North Forrest’s offense had big opportunities to capitalize, many of the possessions had negative outcomes due to penalties and/or turnovers and hampered them from getting into the end zone.
“Our offense only had one yard to go to get in the end zone,” Dillion said. “That was our chance, but getting two back-to-back penalties against a good team is not how you win, especially against a good team.” The drive ended in a turnover by North Forrest.
After the game, Dillion credited East Marion. “They deserve the District Championship,” he said.
Despite the loss, Dillion told his team they must move forward and shift their focus.
“We have to let this game go, put it behind us, and adjust things to be ready against the Perry Central Bulldogs next week, so we can try to secure a third or fourth spot of the playoffs.”