- Alachua, FL. Written By: Kevin Smalls
Friday night football featured a non-conference matchup between the 2-1 Santa Fe Raiders, and the 3-0 visiting Wakulla War Eagles
A Top-50 team in the state of Florida, and the former high school of Florida Gators QB Feleipe Franks, the War Eagles came with their A-game as they were clicking on all cylinders.
War Eagles senior QB/DB Jaylon Worsham controlled the ball and efficiently executed on the offensive end, despite a couple of turnovers.
The first possession only took two passes, one of them resulting in a touchdown from Worsham to junior C/RB/KR Jakari Ervin.
The War Eagles defense applied pressure from the jump. They really made it hard for sophomore sensation Darrius Powell to get going.
Santa Fe's defense forced an early fumble, but an interception by sophomore DB/WB Denzel Miller gave it right back to the War Eagles with excellent field position.
Worsham finished the following offensive possession with a touchdown off a quarterback keeper to put the War Eagles up 14-0 early in the second quarter.
Sophomore RB/FS Brendan Wilson's touchdown run would give the War Eagles a 21-0 lead with three minutes remaining in the half.
The Raiders were not able to find the momentum on the offensive end, and that had a lot to do with the heat brought by the War Eagles D.
Eagles junior FS/WR Desmond Greene was electric on the defensive end. His interception before halftime, wouldn’t be his last.
War Eagles head coach Barry Kiees said he was proud of the way his defense responded to the turnovers from the offense.
“Turnovers are definitely something we have to clean up,” Coach Kiees said. “We have to continue to work and to work hard.”
The War Eagles defense only allowed three points in the first half, with score being 21-3 at halftime.
The Eagles came out the half and recovered their onside kick attempt.
After a four-and-out by the War Eagles, Santa Fe's Deron Reid ran a 96-yard punt return to give the Raiders their only touchdown of the night, making the score 21-10.
The War Eagles didn’t score again until the fourth quarter. Worsham connected with senior WR/DB Cameron Goodwin to put the War Eagles ahead 28-10.
Wilson continued to run hard for the War Eagles as he picked up his second TD of the night midway through the fourth quarter, making what would be the final score, 35-10.
Greene continued to lead the defensive power of the War Eagles as he picked up second interception of the night to finish the game off.
"I was just active," Greene said. "I was just in the right place at the right time to make the play."
After the game, Greene and Wilson said in order for the War Eagles to keep this momentum, they must continue to work hard at practice and in the weight room.
“Our goal is to make it to state, Wilson said. “We've got to stay hungry.”
Player of the Game (Offense) – Brendan Wilson – 2 TD’s
Player of the Game (Defense) – Desmond Greene – 2 INT’s