First Flight drops hard-fought football opener to Catholic High, 20-11

By on August 29, 2022

Jace Porrata (6) leads the Nighthawks through the cheerleaders' banner to kick off the 2022 football season.
Carson Hahn (80) returns a punt down the sideline to set up First Flight's first score of the season, a field goal early in the first quarter.
Eli Hawk (8) tries to grab a pass in traffic against the Catholic secondary.
Azrael Simpson fires a pass downfield against the Catholic rush.
Cheerleaders get the crowd involved during the first home game of the season.
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First Flight High School

The First Flight football team played hard in its Aug. 26 home opener, but it came up short in a 20-11 final against Catholic High of Virginia Beach.

The Nighthawks used an early defensive stop and great punt return to set up a 23-yard field goal by Jace Porrata to take a 3-0 lead at the 9:04 mark of the first quarter. Two turnovers and three big plays, however, helped Catholic jump ahead 20-3 at the half.

After an FFHS interception, Catholic converted on a fourth-and-10 for a 25-yard touchdown pass from Patrick Falcon to Evan Vega to go up 7-3. A fumble stopped another promising drive and set up a 69-yard scoring run for Nathanial Hathaway to make it 14-3. The final touchdown of the half came on a 70-yard completion of a jump ball with three FFHS defenders bracketing Lucas Marshall, who somehow made the grab and raced in to make it 20-3.

FFHS opened the second half with a methodical drive capped by Azrael Simpson’s 3-yard scoring run and another hard run for the two-point conversion by Everest Ouelette. That made it 20-11 with 7:36 remaining in the third quarter, but the Nighthawks couldn’t get any closer.

First Flight visits Plymouth this Friday to play Washington County and returns home on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. against conference foe Bertie.




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