Fort Dale outlasts Morgan in 45-30 win

Published 12:54 am Saturday, October 5, 2013

Harrison Adams hands the ball off to John Robertson during Morgan Academy's game with visiting Fort Dale. --Dennis Palmer

Harrison Adams hands the ball off to John Robertson during Morgan Academy’s game with visiting Fort Dale. –Dennis Palmer

Harrison Adams went 26-for-48 for 425 yards and four touchdowns, but the Morgan Academy Senators fell short on homecoming to the visiting Fort Dale Academy Eagles, 45-30.

“We played hard, but had too many mistakes,” said Senators’ head coach Bob Taylor. “It’s been a revolving theme all year.”

Morgan struck first on an Adams pass to Chase Cammack who raced up the right sidelines for a TD. The PAT was wide left giving the Senators a 6-0 lead, which they held until early in the second quarter when Eagles’ QB Chip Taylor, who was 15-of-24 for 189-yards, found Trent Brooks for a 17-yard TD. Brooks also added the PAT giving Fort Dale a 7-6 lead.

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Morgan (2-4, 1-2 Class AAA, Region 2) retook the lead on a Samir Freij 30-yard field goal on their next drive, but the Eagles answered quickly when Taylor scrambled 47-yards for a TD. Brooks again added the PAT giving the Eagles a 14-9 lead.

Morgan added a TD on an Adams to Harrison Watters pass play from 32-yards out that was keyed by great block from Wyatt Sims, but the Eagles added two more touchdowns before the half on runs by Chase Whiddon and Ryan Burkett to carry a 28-17 lead into the locker room.

The Eagles (5-1, 3-1 Class AAA, Region 2) stretched their lead in the second half by adding a field goal by Brooks and two more TDs while holding Morgan to two TDs, with the last one coming as time expired.

“We just didn’t capitalize when we had opportunities,” Taylor said. “They took control of the line of scrimmage defensively and took our run game away from us.”

The Senators travel to Hooper next week for what Taylor called a “do or die” game. “If we win next week that will put us in [playoffs]. If we lose to Hooper we have no tiebreakers with anybody else,” Taylor said. “It’s a big important game for us. It’s a playoff game for us, which is hard to say in the seventh week of the season.”