NGA ignores scoreboard, goes down fighting against Eagles

Joseph Crumbley, a senior tailback at Nathanael Greene Academy, looks for a running lane before taking off during last week’s game against Rock Springs Christian.

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By James M. Morton


In a scene right out of Cool Hand Luke’s playbook, the Nathanael Greene Academy Patriots refused to give up, stay down or otherwise be broken by the Rock Springs Christian Academy Eagles.

After NGA’s 52-14 loss to Rock Springs, Patriots head coach Edward Bradley said he was proud of the fight his team showed despite the losing effort.

“The biggest thing I learned was the character of our team,” Bradley said. “They kept fighting. They weren’t down in the locker room at halftime. They’re like, ‘The game’s not over with, we’re still in it.’ So I liked seeing that.”

Trailing 52-14 going into the fourth, the referees told the press box to run the clock; this only seemed to motivate the Patriots, who ran from line to line to finish the game with the same intensity with which they started it.

“They were just a good team,” Bradley said about the Eagles. “They were everything we expected. We knew they had a lot of speed, and if we got out of position a little bit it could burn us fast and that’s what happened.”

On offense, junior quarterback Will McCommons had 10 rushing attempts for 29 yards and went 8-of-17 through the air for 123 yards passing. He gave the Pats their two touchdowns in the game.

Joseph Crumbley gave the Patriots their two-point conversion along with 10 rushing attempts for 38 yards total. He also gained 20 yards in pass receptions.

Ash Gabriel had 94 receiving yards. Stephen Ricci had five receiving yards. Chase Crumbley had four yards from pass receptions.

On defense, Joseph Crumbley had 10 tackles. Kanton Crawford had nine tackles. McCommons had nine tackles. Ty Webb had four tackles. Gabriel, Cohen Pate, Logan Gentry and Ricci each had two tackles.

The Patriots do not have a game this week and will face off with David Emanuel Academy Oct. 20.

“We’re not out of the playoffs yet,” Bradley said. “We still have two more region games to play. … We win both of those, then we’re in it.”

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