Eagles Lose Heartbreaker to JPII
The Nashville Christian School took on much larger Pope John II this week and lost by the smallest of margins.
The Eagles grabbed an early lead but eventually fell to the Knights 17-14.
Sophomore Xavier Myers put the Eagles on top 7-0 in the first quarter when he broke free from 41 yards out for a touchdown.
That was all the scoring in the first quarter as both defenses played excellent football.
JPII tied the game up in the second quarter, mounting a scoring drive that was capped off by Jamaal Thompson’s 2-yard touchdown dive.
That was all the scoring in the first half as the two teams headed to the locker room tied at 7-7.
In the third, JPII took the lead. It was Thompson again who finished off the drive, this time from five yards out.
The Eagles were unable to get anything going as the Knights’ defense held strong.
In the fourth, the Knights scored again on a 19-yard field goal to extend their lead to 17-7.
But the Eagles weren’t not going to give up.
Led by junior running back Lelan Wilhoite, NCS mounted a scoring drive of their own.
Wilhoite broke free from 69 yards out for a touchdown and just like that the Eagles were within striking distance at 17-14.
But that was as close as they would get as the Knights were able to hold on for the win.
Wilhoite had another big game for NCS, rushing 18 times for 127 yards and a touchdown.
Myers finished with 52 yards on just eight carries and a TD.
Quarterback Bryce Pemberton had a tough game for the Eagles, completing two passes for eight yards.