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Written by: David Burnworth on Friday, October 8th, 2021
Last night I made my 2nd trip to Northridge High School in Dayton to see for the first time Troy Christian play against Dayton Northridge. The game turned out to be a very competitive game even though the Eagles only dress 25 players if my headcount was accurate.
The first quarter was highlighted by a nice run by the Eagles Landon Rich and then two aggressive defensive plays from Marcus Tyree. He first got to Rich for a four-yard loss he then planted Gavin Blore for a three-yard loss. Kavonte Turpin would have had the play of the quarter but a hold on his what would have been seventy-yard touchdown run. He would later take over the game with his blazing speed, gymnastic-like balance along with God-given talent.
The Polar Bears would break the scoreless tie when Riley Holmes found Jayden Kelly for a forty-five-yard score. Pasquel Andres missed the point-after kick leaving this a 6-0 game, with 4:31 left in the half. Holmes throws a nice ball when he like most quarterbacks as the time to throw the ball.
Alex Olding took the ensuing kickoff all the way to the Polar Bears twenty-yard line with a penalty thrown on Northridge the drive would start just fifteen yards from pay dirt. With the aid of some nasty work by the offensive line, Rich would easily score from fourteen yards. Hunter Williams would give the Eagles the 7-6 lead.
A nice play from Paul McDonald, who crushed Kelly after a catch for a short loss gave the Eagle more momentum but a short time later Turpin broke off a forty-seven-yard touchdown run making this a 12-6 game.
After a little rain made the grass field a little wet both teams came out full of energy. Gavin Blore went on a thirty-yard run to get the Eagles flying. Later on the drive, Lee Burkett found Blore to convert a fourth and six. The drive would conclude with Rich plowing in from five yards out and Williams connecting on the point after kick making this a 14-12 game. The drive totaled seventy-five yards taking eleven plays.
The Polar Bears would get a 29-yard run from Turpin who broke a tackle, then did a spin move before racing to the end zone making this a 20-14
game. Turpin is one of the finest backs I have caught this year. He on a much smaller level reminds me of a Berry Sanders.
In the final frame, Turpin somehow kept his balance after being hit recovered nicely to score on one of the best runs I have watched this year. The run totaled 62-yards. A two-point conversion run from Kelly gave us our final score of 28-14.
The rest of the game would see a nice 20-yard run from Burkett on fourth and two keeping the Eagles drive alive. A fumble by Rich that was recovered by Kelly ending the drive. The Eagles defense would get one more turnover before this one ended with Tarus Hill getting a pick
Passing 6-6 1 TD
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