First Flight celebrates homecoming but drops game to Northeastern 39-7

By on March 31, 2021

Northeastern tries to strike on the first play with a deep pass to Jordan Jones (#1) but Cole Tomlin (#4) and David Lundy (318) double team to break up the pass for First Flight.
First Flight's offense comes to the line.
First Flight quarterback Porter Braddy (#5) must scramble out of the pocket to avoid Norteastern's strong rush.
Zack Flora tosses the ball on the sideline to warm up with a teammate.
Connor Rock (#19, First Flight) makes a great play to stop Alandas Williams jr (#18, Northeastern) from catching the ball for a big gain.
The 2021 First Flight homecoming KIng Cole Tomlin (far right) and Queen Katie MacBride (second from right)
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It’s a Friday night and First Flight students and football faithfuls are once again lucky enough to witness a time-honored High School tradition – the crowning of the Homecoming King and Queen, however with a few twists. During a global pandemic football is being played in the spring and the royal couple and court are wearing masks. But the essence of the traditional remains: there is the sound of grunts and helmets clacking, the cheers and jeers of the crowd, and the bouquet of flowers presented to her majesty. Such were the sights and sounds at Kill Devil Hills when the First Flight Nighthawks hosted the Northeastern Eagles for their Homecoming game on Friday March 26 2021. It was good to once again witness a part of Americana.

On this night Northeastern was clearly the better football team. Based on ball possession, one might say that the outcome was truly never in doubt. But what a score and statistics don’t reveal is that the First Flight squad hit harder, tried harder, and played as champions more than I’d witnessed at any other game. Several players played both side of the lines. Players gave it their all.  Fans cheered their heroes, chanting their names and their numbers.

During the presentation of the homecoming court the announcer read a brief list of the accomplishments of the student’s being honored and their future plans for college, life beyond High School as well as their advice to the students that they will soon leave behind. Their future plans are inspiring, their advice profound.

So, despite the score of the football game, the First Flight students, parents and faculty were truly the winners of homecoming.

Additional photos of this game are available at


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The project consists of the new construction of a 38,000-sf, 2-story expansion to the existing Owens Health Sciences Center and will house classrooms, labs, and a simulation lab. The site is just over just over 4.5 acres and is located on an active campus. This new construction will be a steel structure with a brick and metal panel veneer, curtainwall, and storefront glazing with a PVC roof membrane.

Principal trade and specialty contractors are solicited for the following Bid Packages:

BP0100: General Trades

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Packages may be added and/or deleted at the discretion of the Construction Manager. Historically underutilized business firms are encouraged to complete participation submittals.

HUB/MWBE OUTREACH MEETING: Barnhill Building Group will be conducting a HUB/MWBE Informational Session. You are encouraged to attend the following session to learn more about project participation opportunities available to you. These seminars will help to: Learn about project and scope; Inform and train Minority/HUB contractors in preparation for bidding this project; Assist in registration on the State of North Carolina Vendor link; Stimulate opportunities for Networking with other firms. Location and time TBD. Please visit our planroom at for more information.

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