The AC Flora varsity football team faced off against the Hammond Skyhawks in the 59th annual Sportsarama on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. The game was played in two 12 minute halves with a running clock.
Hammond received the ball first but the drive was short lived.The Falcon defense stuffed the Skyhawks as an incompletion from quarterback Jackson Muschmap and loss of yards on a run by CJ Stokes III forced the Skyhawks into third-and-long where they failed to convert.
The first drive of the night for the Falcons offense showed some promise, but was ultimately fruitless. Quarterback Wise Segars looked sharp in the short passing game after completing a screen for a first down. Running back Matt Pack also looked season ready as he was able to convert a run for a first down that helped put the Falcons into Hammond territory. The drive was short lived after that. Hammond linebacker Jordan Burch (the nation’s #1 overall recruit) made his presence known when he sacked Segar, effectively ending the Falcons’ first offensive drive.
The second half started with Hammond in possession of the football. The Falcon defense swarmed as linebacker Jordan Currie and cornerback Diego Addison were able to deflect passes from Jackson Muschamp, thus forcing a punt from the Skyhawks.
AC Flora’s second drive looked promising after an eight yard completion from Segars to make it third-and-2. However, a false start back the Falcons up to third-and-7. Wise Segars was then sacked trying to escape pressure from the pocket.
Hammond’s first first down of the night came from a well executed screen from Muschamp to his running back, CJ Stokes III. The very next play, Diego Addison came up big yet again as he intercepted another deep pass from Jackson Muschamp.
The final drive of the game saw the Falcons offense take over deep in their own territory at the two yard line. The game ended in a scoreless tie but Falcon fans have reason to be optimistic after the way their team played tonight. The team came prepared to play and that showed on the field as they were able to execute well against a talented Hammond squad.
Falcons head coach Dustin Curtis shared his thoughts on his team’s play after the game.
“I thought defensively we played really great…most of the time you only feel so ready.”
Coach Curtis also spoke on some of the Falcons in-game penalty issues.
“We had some clean plays and we had some mistakes..that’s why you like to play these games, get them out of the way. We’re going to try to clean up these little things so we can be a disciplined football team that plays hard.”
Cornerback Diego Addison let his play do most of the talking with a pass breakup and an interception. When discussing the his expectations for the Falcons this season, Addison had only two words.
AC Flora kicks off the regular season next week against Beaufort High School on Friday, August 23 at Memorial Stadium. Kick off is set for 7:30 pm.