DEA football has split week


Football results for David Emanuel Academy were split last week as the middle school Eagles pulled out a win while the varsity Eagles suffered their third loss of the season.

On Thursday, the younger Eagles hit the road and took on Fullington Academy in Pinehurst. The Trojans’ home field advantage proved no use, however, as DEA came out on top.

Fullington struck first and got on the board 8–0, but Karon Gray went to work and put up DEA’s first touchdown on a 32-yard run to make the score 8–6. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful.

The Trojans answered with another touchdown of their own to lead 16–6, and the story was a repeat of what transpired previously in that Gray went on another run, this time for 56 yards, the attempted 2-point conversion failed, but the efforts were fruitful enough to see DEA’s score improved to 16–12.

Fullington answered a third time, and the tally stayed 22–12 until the Eagles’ Brody Fleming went on a 61-yard run to close in on the Trojans 22–18. Gray ran in the 2-point conversion, and the Eagles were within 2 points of Fullington, 22–20.

DEA finally pulled ahead, kickstarted by Ethan Fields’ 38-yard run to go up 26–22. The 2-point conversion was unsuccessful.

Fullington scored its fourth touchdown of the game and inched ahead 28–26, but the lead wouldn’t last long as Gray went on a short, 5-yard run to put the Eagles back in the driver’s seat, 32–28. Richard Braddy ran in the extra 2 points and the scoreboard read 34–28 in favor of David Emanuel.

DEA lengthened its lead, scoring on a 5-yard run by Fleming to stay ahead 40–28. Braddy ran in the 2-point conversion and the Eagles were in a prime position to run away with the game from then onward—which they did.

The Eagles would score twice more before the buzzer sounded. Fleming went on another long haul, this time for 61 yards, improving DEA’s score to 48–28. Braddy would, again, follow suit with the 2-point conversion to bring DEA’s final tally to 50 while the Trojans trailed with 28.

Fullington would muster a few more touchdowns and close in on the Eagles, but the damage was done and the boys from Stillmore returned home with a 50–42 win to close out the 2021 season.

Bryan Beasley and Tucker Free had one fumble recovery each against the Trojans.

Although the stage was set for DEA to sweep the week on the gridiron, fate wouldn’t have it that way. David Emanuel’s varsity team hosted Vidalia Heritage on Friday night after an off week, and the visiting Eagles somehow got the best of DEA.

The boys from Stillmore managed just 2 touchdowns on the night. Kaden Lynch returned the kickoff 62 yards for one of those touchdowns, and Riley Griner hooked up with Ebb McCullough to seal the deal on a 2-point conversion, accounting for 8 early DEA points.

David Emanuel scored only 8 more points that night on a 1-yard run by Jesse Moore, then Griner ran in a 2-point conversion.

Vidalia Heritage pumped out a good amount of offense throughout the game while limiting DEA’s time in the end zone for a 42–16 win.

Moore also had an interception during the match-up against VHA.

With the loss, DEA’s season record now sits at 4–3. The Eagles will return to action this Friday, October 29, against Covington at home. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Photos are credited to Craig Rowland.

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