FORT WASHINGTON – National Christian Academy and KIPP College Prep kicked off in wet and foggy conditions after a thunderstorm delayed the start of the game by more than an hour on Saturday. The first half remained scoreless and neither team was able to establish itself in the harsh muddy conditions. However, when the fog […]
FORT WASHINGTON – National Christian Academy and KIPP College Prep kicked off in wet and foggy conditions after a thunderstorm delayed the start of the game by more than an hour on Saturday.
The first half remained scoreless and neither team was able to establish itself in the harsh muddy conditions. However, when the fog broke, the Eagles were able to move the ball at will and went on to win, 18-0.
National Christian freshman quarterback Anthony Blackwell racked up 128 yards in the first half on just five completions. Despite having success through the air, he was unable to find the end zone due to the inclement weather conditions.
“I feel as if in the first half I would’ve done better than I did,” Blackwell said. “I should have ran the ball more because it was getting tight in the zone. But in the second half I showed up on defense and made some plays that my team definitely needed. That’s why we came out with this W.”
The Eagles’ Davon Limes had his way in the first half with three catches for 78 yards. He did just as well in the second half, as he finished the game with five catches for 113 yards, including a beautiful 30-yard toe-tapping grab for the game’s first score in the fourth quarter.
“My game was fairly balanced,” Lime said. “I had to fight hard. It was kind of hard in the first half so I had to strike in the second half.”
National Christian’s other wide receiver, Ryan Rowe, stepped in at quarterback in the second half and led his team on all three scoring drives. Rowe finished the game with 105 yards passing and 65 yards rushing, including a 35-yard touchdown run.
“As a team I didn’t feel we did too well the first half and I believe we could have done better,” Rowe said. “The defense was doing fine keeping them out the end zone, but I feel the offense could have put more points on the board instead of just the fourth quarter.
“I think I did fairly well, but I wasn’t in the game in the first half. The second half I had to step in at quarterback. I hadn’t been warming up all week, but I had to do my part and we luckily we came out with the W.”
With football, it all starts in the trenches and the Eagles linemen helped give their team that extra push to pull away from KIPP late in the game.
“I feel like the first half we could have made some key blocks that we missed, but we picked up in the second half and it gave the running back and the quarterback extra time to get the ball downfield,” Center Brandon Rowe stated.
Fellow guard and defensive lineman Ryan Pointer thought the defense played great, but the offense played a slow pace.
“I think in the first half our defense played great, but our offense was a little slow,” Pointer said. “We went in at halftime and coach had a talk with us and we took the game over.”
Robert Terrell also made two huge grabs for National Christian. He totaled 55 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown midway through the fourth.
National Christian Coach Scott Bello was happy with his team’s performance given the circumstances of the conditions.
“It was a first half of mistakes. A lot of the youngness came out of my boys, but in the second half a lot of the players who I call ‘big time players’ made big time plays in big time moments and all of them came through,” Bello said. “Every single time we needed a big play you could count on those players, especially the seniors.
“The fog was an extreme factor. I couldn’t see the chains, I couldn’t see anything. But my line today was big. I had two running backs out and another who played hurt, but they opened holes. With the conditions it was hard to get footing, but at the end of the day we are 6-0 and were rolling.”
Kipp 0 0 0 0 – 0
Nat. Christian 0 0 0 18 – 18
NC – Ryan Rowe 30-yard touchdown pass to Davon Limes, 6-0
NC – Ryan Rowe 25-yard touchdown pass to Robert Terrell, 12-0
NC – Ryan Rowe 35-yard touchdown run, 18-0