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.




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