First Flight lands Marlin with 26-0 win over Manteo

By on April 6, 2021

First Flight was flying high getting pysched as they waited under the goalpost before they took the field for the 2021 Marlin Bowl.
Mikey Mccallum (#57) leads Manteo onto the field before the start of the game.
On First Flight's first play from scrimmage running back Johmar Gonzalez Colon (#33) bursts through a big hole and scampers all the way to the end zone for a Nighthawk score.
On Manteo's first play from scrimmage Mekhi Bias (#3) gets behind cornerback Callahan Lutz (#22) for a long gain.
The Marlin Bowl trophie has been unhooked from his perch at Manteo's Jerry B. Cahoon field and proudly displayed by the First Flight football squad.
The First Flight Nighthawks, 2021 Marlin Bowl Champions, celebrate mid-field after the game for family and fans.
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It wasn’t your typical “Friday Night Lights” high school football game – it was Monday Night, but it was under the lights.  There wasn’t the typical hordes of fans and students from both schools fanatically cheering on their team – but their was a good, select crowd for both teams wearing masks, maintaining a good social distance, and cheering all the same. The concession stands weren’t open – but a food truck was there offering some goodies.

The pandemic changed a lot about this year’s football game between First Flight and Manteo but it certainly could not change the meaning nor the intensity of the game. It was clear that there was a lot of pent-up energy and frustrations from both teams. Both teams played hard; both teams wanted to win. After all, it was the Marlin Bowl, an OBX football tradition.

There were two major keys to the game: First Flight’s offense lead by #33 Johmar Gonzalez Colon who scored all four touchdowns (two runs, two catches in the end zone) and Manteo’s offensive-stopping turnovers. Each time that Manteo’s hurry-up or quick offense would steadily advance the ball toward the end zone, the drive would be derailed by a turnover.

Although it was great to once again watch a Marlin Bowl game, hopefully the next Marlin Bowl will be a true Friday Night Lights game with hundreds of screaming, cheering fans and spirited student athletes competing to once again land the Marlin for their school.

Additional photos of this game are available at Richard L Miller Photography.


Barnhill Building Group has been selected as the Construction Manager @ Risk by the College of the Albemarle and is seeking to pre-qualify construction trade contractors to submit bids for the furnishing labor, materials, equipment, and tools for the new College of The Albemarle – Allied Health Sciences Simulation Lab (COA Health Sciences) located in Elizabeth City, NC. Please note: Only subcontractors who have been prequalified by Barnhill will be able to submit a Bid.

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

BP0105: Final Cleaning

BP0390: Turnkey Concrete

BP0400: Turnkey Masonry

BP0500: Structural Steel & Misc. Steel

BP0740: Roofing

BP0750: Metal Panels

BP0790: Caulking / Caulking

BP0800: Turnkey Doors/Frames/Hardware

BP0840: Glass & Glazing

BP0925: Drywall

BP0960: Resilient Flooring

BP0980: Acoustical Ceilings

BP0990: Painting & Wallcovering

BP1005: Toilet Specialties / Accessories / Division 10

BP1010: Signage

BP1098: Demountable Partitions

BP1230: Finish Carpentry and Casework

BP1250: Window Treatment

BP1400: Elevators

BP2100: Fire Protection

BP2200: Plumbing

BP2300: HVAC

BP2600: Turnkey Electrical

BP3100: Turnkey Sitework

BP3290: Landscaping

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.

Interested contractors should submit their completed prequalification submittals, by July 22, 2024, to Meredith Terrell at or hardcopies can be mailed to Barnhill Contracting Company PO Box 31765 Raleigh, NC 27622 (4325 Pleasant Valley Road, NC 27612).


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