Manteo defeats First Flight 16-12 to retain the Marlin Bowl

By on September 23, 2023

Finn Schultz (#7) of Manteo runs in for a two-point conversion in the 1st quarter. (Photos by Left Field Photography)
First Flight’s Richard Rowell (#7) elevates for a pass next to defender Chris Bryant Heath (#22). (Photos by Left Field Photography)
Manteo’s Oliver Fifield (#21) forces a fumble from David Bracy (#2) of First Flight. (Photos by Left Field Photography)
Wyn Wheeler (#4), Noah Blalock (#57), and Coach Brian Emery of Manteo celebrate the Marlin Bowl victory. (Photos by Left Field Photography)
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Story and photos by Mike Brisson | Left Field Photography

The Manteo High School and First Flight High School football tradition known as the Marlin Bowl was held on Thursday night, Sept. 21. An approaching tropical storm forced a change in schedule for a game that was originally slated for Friday.

The Nighthawks hosted this year’s event in Kill Devil Hills, and the closely fought competition did not disappoint, with Manteo ultimately coming out on top by a 16-12 score.

On their second drive, Manteo scored when Finn Schultz (#7) barreled in for a six-yard touchdown run. Carson Hahne (#10) of First Flight answered quickly with a 65-yard touchdown return on the ensuing kickoff. Manteo was successful with its two-point conversion, but the Nighthawks were not. Manteo led 8-6 at the end of the first quarter.

Manteo had a three and out to begin the second quarter, but punter Landon Sawyer (#8) pinned the First Flight offense at its own three-yard line. Following a defensive hold and a short Nighthawk punt into a stiff wind, Schultz scored his second touchdown and two-point conversion of the night for Manteo. At halftime, the score was Manteo 16, First Flight 6.

With 6:35 left to go in the third quarter, running back Azreal Simpson (#19) of First Flight found the end zone, but after a failed extra point, the Nighthawks still trailed 16-12.

Well into the fourth quarter, a long drive for First Flight was thwarted by a tackle in the backfield by Manteo’s Caleb Noone (#54), and an incomplete pass on fourth down. Manteo took over and drained the clock by running the ball and converting first downs. Quarterback Drew Brown (#9) controlled the pace and helped seal the win for Manteo.

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