Nighthawks drop hard-fought 8-0 contest to Bertie

By on September 12, 2022

First Flight junior Seth Daniels (#3) defends against Bertie senior Zylee Bazemore's (#31).
Bertie junior Dexter Smallwood (#33) tries to pry the ball from First Flight junior Azrael Simpson (#19).
First Flight seniors Joshua Morway (left) and Celeste Puma perform in the halftime show.
First Flight in persuit of Bertie senior Travon Duncan (#6) and junior Molique Dedmon.
First Flight junior Yaechan Facenda (#32) tackles Bertie junior Molique Dedmon.
First Flight freshman Charles Sims (left) fights off a strong stiff-arm from Bertie junior Molique Dedmon.
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By First Flight High School 

Despite not putting any points on the scoreboard, the First Flight football team still made things interesting in its 8-0 home loss to Bertie on Sept. 9.

Ryan Sims and Caden Hedges each picked up fumbles to set up the offense in scoring position in the first half, but Bertie’s defense rose to the occasion and kept the Nighthawks out of the end zone. But the FFHS defense also starred, including with a goal-line stand early in the third quarter after a fumbled punt return gave Bertie the ball at the 5-yard line.

FFHS threatened again in the third quarter after an 80-yard pitch and catch from Azrael Simpson to Seth Daniels, but a fumble three plays later stopped that drive. Bertie finally broke through with eight minutes to play in the game, marching 69 yards and scoring on a short run and a two-point conversion run to lead 8-0.

The Nighthawks had one more chance to tie after Daniels picked up a fumble and raced about 40 yards toward the end zone, but a block in the back penalty at the start of the return pushed the ball back on the FFHS side of the field, and an interception sealed it for Bertie.

The Nighthawks return to action at home this Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m. against Northeastern.

 

 

 




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