NCS Season Ends With Loss to Wayne Co.
Nashville Christian School’s varsity football team saw their defense of the TSSAA Class 1A state title come to an end this week with a 34-21 loss to undefeated Wayne County.
Both teams had a feeling out period in the first quarter. Wayne scored first on 5-yard run by their star quarterback Preston Rice.
NCS would come back with a touchdown of their own - a 6-yard run by Lelan Wilhoite. But the point after failed and the Eagles trailed 7-6 after one.
Rice took to the air in the second, connecting on a 60-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 14-6.
But Wilhoite came right back again, this time dashing to the end zone from 28 yards out. Brant Lawless punched in a 2-point conversion to tie it up 14-14.
Rice ended the half with a 9-yard touchdown run to give Wayne County the lead at the half 21-14.
The Eagles were unable to score in the third period, falling behind further after Wayne scored on a 45-yard touchdown run.
Wilhoite scored his third touchdown of the night to start the fourth quarter, narrowing the lead to 28-21.
But that was all the scoring the Eagles could muster. Wayne County scored once more in the fourth to end the game at 34-21.
Rice finished with 235 yards passing and 78 more on the ground with three touchdowns to lead Wayne.
Wilhoite played a great game for the Eagles, gaining 139 yards on 20 rushes with three touchdowns, as well as two catches for 32 yards.
Xavier Myers rushed for 112 yards on 13 carries for NCS.
Slater Howard caught four passes for 44 yards in his last game in a Eagles uniform.