The Eagles didn’t have an issue scoring at will against Nandua.
But this past weekend, the Eagles had a challenging time before falling to King William at home 8-7 dropping their record to an overall 2-2.
With an early score by the Eagles before halftime, the home team looked to be in control of King William.
This was thanks to Dexter Thompson running in for a touchdown to end the night with 18 carries for 100 yards. Alex Lane knocked in the extra point to put W&L up over King William 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
Both teams struggled with penalties and turnovers, but W&L Coach Antron Yates said his team’s defense kept them in the game.
Unfortunately, a fumble on the offense in the fourth quarter for the Eagles didn’t pay off for W&L. Instead, starting in their redzone, King William had enough momentum to score for the first time last Friday.
King William soon took the lead and the win after Freeman McPherson scored on an eight-yard touchdown run followed by him connecting with Jason Gresham for the two-point conversion.
“We definitely could have put up more points. We just shot ourselves in the foot with the turnovers and penalties,” said Yates. “The penalties stopped some drives on big plays.”
“Our team realized how good they could be after that game if we don’t make a few mistakes,” Yates added. “We just have to take care of the details to win ball games.”
W&L’s Kwame Gray was the team’s leading rusher with 16 carries for 101 yards, followed by D.J. Weldon with two carries for 27 yards and Eric Mason with a carry for six yards.
Chris Graham threw for 43 yards on two of four passing attempts. Davon Hamilton highlighted the receivers with a big gain for 35 yards.
Gray also had three interceptions and Weldon with one. Milan Bullock recorded a sack and Kaleel Pratt had two.
W&L will travel for their final nonconference game to Windsor on Sept. 28 before the district season begins next weekend. W&L (2-2) will host Lancaster (3-1) for their homecoming on Oct. 5. Both games begin at 7 p.m.
Scores by the quarter:
W&LE 7 0 0 0—7
KGWM 0 6 0 8—8
Standings: Essex 4-0, Lancaster 3-1, Colonial Beach 2-2, Rappahannock 2-2, Washington & Lee 2-2, Northumberland 1-3
Editor’s note: records as of Sept. 24.