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Friday, October 21, 2011

Eagles 14, Ducks 14

October 21, 2011
Eagles 14, Lucky Ducks 14
Strange Game Ends in Tie
Story By: Mr. Horne/ Hutchings Sports
Photos by: Carter B./ Hutchings Sports

Howell, MI - The Eagles and Lucky Ducks both scored two touchdowns a piece, in a strange game that ended in a 14-14 tie. Jacob M and Nick B caught touchdown passes for the Eagles, while Alex G and Noah W (substitute) hauled in TD's for the Lucky Ducks.

"I don't know if it was the cold weather, the fact that only two from the Lucky Ducks regular roster was here today, or that we were 3-on-3, but both teams seemed a little off today," said all-time quarterback Mr. Horne. "Don't get me wrong, the kids were playing hard, but there was no rhythm on offense for either team today."

Perhaps the makeshift line-up for the Lucky Ducks (0-1-0) caused some of the confusion on the field. Both Aaron S and Michael S were absent from the Lucky Ducks roster, leaving no choice but to find an emergency substitute for today's game. Noah W stepped into that substitute role admirably, catching one of the Duck's TD passes, but the Ducks looked out of sync during the game.

"Yeah, adding a new player right before kickoff is tough on any team. When you aren't used to practicing with your teammates, you just don't know where to be on the field at all times. I look for a more cohesive unit when the Lucky Ducks get back to full strength," stated Mr. Horne. 

Alex G seemed to be the one Lucky Duck player not bothered by the roster shake-up. He hauled in a game high 3 receptions and one touchdown. "I don't think that's the last you'll be seeing from Alex G," said Mr. Horne. "He played great today!"

At one point the Eagles (0-1-1) had a 14-7 lead, and the ball in Lucky Duck territory, but could not convert on 4th down, and the Ducks evened the score at 14-14 on their next possession. The Eagles did not have a problem getting open in the Ducks secondary, but they did have a problem holding onto the ball. "Look, whenever you have these cold conditions, and the wind, you're gonna see some drops. Plus, the kids were all pumped up with some parents in attendance, so nerves might have played a part in the drops," stated Mr. Horne. "I'm sure the Eagles will bounce back and play much better in their next game. They are too talented to expect anything less!"


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