The A.C. Flora Falcons football team kicked off region play on Friday night against Crestwood High School. It was also homecoming for A.C. Flora.
The Falcons were dominant across the board, playing one of their most complete games of the season. The defense played particularly well and was able to hold Crestwood to 94 total yards of offense.
The first drive was a sloppy one for the home team. The Falcons fumbled twice on their opening drive. The first was recovered by Matt Pack, but the second was recovered by Crestwood. Fortunately for Flora, the Knights would go three and out thanks to a Falcon defense that has continued to dominate.
The next drive, the Falcons went back to their bread and butter: giving the ball to Matt Pack. A 59 yard swing pass from Wise Segars to Pack set up Flora in first-and-goal at the three yard line. From there, Terrell Coleman bowled into the end zone for the first score of the night.
Crestwood’s next drive was over before it could really get started. A high snap on second-and-10 forced the Knights into third-and-long. An offensive offsides penalty pushed the offense back even further and an incomplete shovel pass on third down forced a Crestwood punt.
The Falcons’ ensuing drive was short lived, as Wise Segars threw and interception on second down, giving possession back to Crestwood at their own 33 yard line.
Flora lead at the end of the first quarter 7-0.
After forcing Crestwood to go three-and-out again, the Falcons drove the ball down field with a balanced attack. Wise Segars completed passes to Carew Bates and Teas Hill while Matt Pack busted a run for 23 yards that set his team up at the Crestwood 3 yard line. Matt Pack would find pay dirt after taking a direct snap and scoring to put his team up 14-0.
Crestwood would quickly answer on their next possession. On the first play of the drive, the Knights’ Jaice Calderon plowed through a dog-pile of almost every Falcon defender to score from 48 yards out.
Flora’s next drive quickly stalled as Wise Segars lost yards after scrambling backwards out of bounds, forcing his team into third-and-long. An incomplete pass intended for Banks Pope forced the Falcons to punt from their own six yard line.
Crestwood would get the ball in Falcon territory, but after two incompletions and a holding call, the Knights were forced to punt on fourth-and-20 from their own 47 yard line.
On the first play of the Falcons’ next drive, Wise Segars hit Eriq Rice on a tunnel screen at the two yard line. Rice would go untouched for a 98 yard touchdown, putting Flora up 21-7.
Offensive lineman Lee Chapman would exit the game with an injury after the extra point.
Flora’s defense made a key stop on the next drive. The Knights elected to go for a fourth-and-1 from their own 26 yard line. The play was immediately blown up when Dontorian “Tank” Best and Tyrell Green met Crestwood running back TyJuan Wiley in the backfield for a key fourth down stop inside opponent territory.
The Falcons made quick work of the Knights. Quickly marching down to Crestwood’s three yard line. From there, Terrell Coleman would take a handoff Matt Pack to put Flora up by three scores.
The Falcons would tally two sacks on Crestwood’s next drive. Donqua Wilson and Phillips Daniels sacked Knights quarterback Clayton Feagin twice to force Crestwood into fourth-and-30. Their punt set up the Falcons at the Knights’ 38 yard line.
Banks Pope got in on the scoring action on Flora’s next drive. He took a screen pass 38 yards to the end zone, breaking two tackles in the process.
The Falcons went into the half up 35-7.
Crestwood’s first drive was a quick one coming out of halftime. The Knights went three and out after two tackles for loss and an incompletion on third down. The Falcon defense showed once again that it could get off of the field quickly.
On Flora’s next possession, receiver Eriq Rice once again made his presence known. He caught a tunnel screen from Wise Segars and took it 43 yards for a score. The play design seemed closely similar to the one in the first half where Rice scored his previous touchdown.
Nic Nelson would replace Wise Segars at quarterback with just over two minutes left in the third quarter and the Falcons would head into the final quarter of play up 42-7.
Nelson helped to officially seal the Falcons’ homecoming game. The quarterback hit Jacob Croffie in stride for a 28 yard touchdown pass off of a pump fake from Nelson.
The Falcon defense would hold steady for the rest of the fourth quarter and they would go on to win their homecoming game 49-7. The win advances their record to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in region play.
Statistical Leaders for the Falcons were:
Passing: Wise Segars, 11-14 for 326 yards and two touchdowns.
Rushing: Matt Pack: 17 rushes for 56 yards and two touchdowns
Receiving: Two receptions for 138 yards and two touchdowns.
A.C. Flora’s next game is at Lakewood High School on October 11. Kickoff is set for 7:30pm.