We were home! It was great to be back on the hallowed grounds of the A. C. Flora High School Campus. Playing in the Falcon Nest! “Start strong and play fast” was Coach Purdy’s challenge to the team. The A.C. Flora Boy’s Lacrosse team would do just that, taking a commanding lead early and eventually beating Spring Valley 20 – 5. The team would improve to 6 – 0 for the season.
Coach Purdy knew it was important for the Falcons to compete when facing off; which he felt the team did well. The Falcons controlled play both offensively and defensively. Once the scoring started it was impressive and often. The Falcons scored 9 goals in the 1st quarter. Henry Gibson (2), Walker Dungan, William King (2), Lee Scarborough, Mac Overbay, Charlie Riley, and Pierce Mills all scored with assists by Charlie Riley, William King, and Henry Gibson. In what has to be a strong candidate for play of the season; Charlie Riley, mid-way through the first quarter, caught a pass, one handed and behind the back, all while not breaking his stride. The play was crazy good; it got the crowd off of their seats. It was proving to be that kind of night for the Falcons, which was not good for the Vikings. “Phenomenal” was how Coach Purdy describe the 1st quarters offensive! The Falcons, at the end of the 1st quarter, lead 9-1.
The Falcons would continue to build on their lead in the 2nd quarter. William King (3) and Charlie Riley (2) would both score a 3rd goal during the 2nd quarter achieving a hat trick for the game. Mac Overbay and Henry Gibson would score goals with assists by Henry Gibson, Lee Scarborough (2) and William King. The Vikings would add two late goals. The Falcons would take a 16 – 3 lead into the half.
With a commanding lead, Coach Purdy would mix things up for the second half. As the 3rd quarter began, the Falcons would adjust and not be rattled by the aggressive play of the Vikings. Bodies and sticks flew as the Vikings fought to get back into the game. Walker Dungan would score the only goal for the Falcons during the quarter. The Vikings would add two goals; Falcons 17 – Vikings 5.
Coach may have issued another challenge to begin the 4th quarter. The Falcons would close out with a strong defensive effort and add three goals by George Gallagher, Henry Gibson, and Hayes Hilton with assists by Mac Overbay, William Hough, and George Gallagher.
While the Falcons flew high on this night, the team faces the defending AAAA State Champions, at Oceanside Collegiate Academy in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday. Tell all of your family and friends to be there! Carpool if necessary it should be a great game!