Week 5 of the high school football season was a good one. A Dominion District match-up between L. C. Bird and Huguenot was a prime game in the area as far as season records go.
Both teams came into this game at 3-1, with bragging rights on the line within the district.
L. C. Bird started the game off with a fast-paced offense that scored at will. After making key defensive stops on many drives consistently, the Skyhawks offense drove the ball up and down the field to take a big 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. The Skyhawks were firing on all cylinders as a team on offense, and Skyhawks coach Tony Nicely took notice on that.
“We tried to do what we always do. We like to hold the ball,” said Nicely. “We like to be able to run between the tackles, so I thought we did a pretty good job of that. You get in games like this and you get a bunch of penalties, it kind of throws everybody off of what they’re trying to do. Huguenot is much improved than what they were in the past. They are doing a great job over there.”
On defense, L.C. Bird was a force to be reckoned with all night. They forced vital turnovers that turned the tide of the game in their favor, and they forced the Falcons in tough situations. Third down was where the Skyhawks thrived, as they made sure nothing got by them. Huguenot made a living off fourth down much of the night as a stout Skyhawks defense allowed nothing to pass by.
“The turnovers helped us offensively get some momentum going,” said quarterback Marcus Banks. “This whole game had momentum behind every play for us. Whoever owns the momentum is going to win the game. Our defense was able to get some stops and it was a big boost for us on offense.”
In the fourth quarter, coach Nicely took out starting quarterback Marcus Banks and had him help as an offensive coordinator for the rest of the game. Banks’ response:
“It felt good being the offensive coordinator. I’ve been begging the coach to let me call the offensive plays every now and then and he finally let me do it this time around.”
Huguenot for most of the first half had their fair share of struggles against the Skyhawks. In the second quarter, they scored a touchdown that put them back into the game. In the second half, they came out guns a blazin’. They scored three second half touchdowns to put the final score of the game 47-24.
The Falcons offense kept it a game, but when it came to the defense to make a stop, they struggled at forcing three and outs, and too many big plays occurred. Although this was the case, Huguenot never quit, and they did not give up hope even when it seemed it had run out.
With the win, L. C. Bird heads into its bye week with a 4-1 season record. Huguenot falls to 3-2 on the season and will play district-rival Midlothian on the road next Friday at 7 p.m.