By Krystle Bono
The Arcadia Firebirds enter tonight’s (Friday) game at Colonel Richardson having not allowed a point against them in their last eight quarters out.
Monday, Sept. 17, marked a makeup game against Snow Hill, previously scheduled during the impending, but thankfully missed, Hurricane Florence. The Firebirds brought the thunder with them when they took the field against the Eagles, dominating the field to a 51-0 shutout finish.
Back on their home turf four days later, the Firebirds hosted the Broadwater Vikings in Oak Hall last Friday night. Right away, the Firebirds brought the heat, scoring early in the first quarter and after two additional touchdowns by Kam Downing and the extra points good, the Firebirds were up to a 21-0 lead by the end of the first quarter.
By the third, the Firebirds had made it a 42-0 game. William Scarborough sealed the deal, picking up the ball late in the fourth to score Arcadia’s final touchdown of the night, earning the varsity club their third straight win.
The Firebirds are now 3-2 for the season, and have been scoring 74 percent of the time when in the red zone.
“The kids’ hard work and attention to discipline on the field has really started to pay off. The kids are really working hard to continue to play as well as they can. They know, as a family, we take one game at a time and when we step on the field we are fighting for every yard, tackle, block, reception, every inch towards a win. Throughout all of this they say, ‘This is who we are.’ Our hard work has put us in this position, and the goal is to get stronger every week,” reflects assistant coach Dan Macca.
Over the team’s last two scoreless outings, the offense has a totaled 789 yards with 15 touchdowns, and have only allowed a total of 143 offensive yards.
“Coach Hall’s plan to spread the ball around has been successful, with 10 of our players with one or more touchdowns,” states Macca.
The offense has moved to sixth place overall in the VHSL 2A ranking out of 51 teams. On the other side of the ball, the Firebirds’ defense has really picked up and is earning a reputation as a hard hitting team. The defense has moved up to 33rd overall, and as a result, the team as a whole has moved up to be ranked 23rd across all VHSL 2A.
Broadwater is set to host the Chincoteague Ponies Saturday afternoon on Bynum Field at 2 p.m. in Exmore.
The Nandua Warriors fought to a close 36-34 finish last Friday on the road over the Lancaster Red Devils.
Damani Baines scored four rushing touchdowns and Joseph Teasley rushed one to aid in the Warriors win.
Nandua will be back at home in Onley tonight to host Cambridge-South Dorchester for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
The Northampton Yellow Jackets suffered their first loss of the season last week, falling to West Point, 51-8, to move their overall season record to a 3-1 count.
Landon Custis scored on a 40-yard kickoff return for the Yellow Jackets.
Northampton will host Middlesex tonight for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Hamilton Field for their annual homecoming festivities, with the events beginning at 5 p.m., with the first homecoming parade taking place in many years. The Yellow Jackets will also be welcoming the Delaware State University Band, who are set to perform at halftime.