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IMG 20170907 181318776 HDR                                                                                                       8th Grader Josiah Smith Scores from the Red Zone to go up 40-0 over Crisp Academy

In another blowout for the Vidalia Heritage Academy Middle School football team, the Eagles improved their record 3-0 with a 48-0 victory over the Crisp Academy Wildcats. This was the home opener at the newly renovated Charles Wood Memorial Field on Bay Street in Vidalia. Charles Wood Memorial Field is the site where many generations of Vidalia High School athletes competed, some of whom now have children attending Vidalia Heritage Academy. An exciting legacy is being born and in many ways also being continued.

The Eagles earned 34 of their 48 points in the first half with 8th Grader Caleb Proenza kicking off to the Wildcats on eight separate occasions. 8th Grader James Hutcheson led the offense rushing for 184 yards and 4 touchdowns, one of which was on a 70-yard run and another from 57 yards out. Josiah Smith, also an 8th grader, totaled 90 yards and 3 touchdowns to help the Eagles capture their third win of the season.

On the other side of the ball, Hutcheson led the defense in tackles with 9 and 1 assist while 8th grader Colt Reddick was close behind totaling 8 tackles and 1 assist. In total, 11 defensive players were credited with tackles to total 31 successful defensive stops.

Eagles Head Coach Seth Sitzman was proud of his players and said, “We didn’t want to spread the field out and that’s what we did, we stayed tight. We also got to play a lot of inexperienced kids and get them some experience on the field and it’s always good to be able to get them on the field. It’s a blessing.” 

Last week against Young American Christian School, 8th grader Hugh Baird suffered a knee injury, and according to Coach Sitzman he is moving slowly, working through rehabilitation and not rushing to get back out there in an effort to make sure he recovers properly.  There is no projected time frame as to when he might resume play, at this time.

The Eagles are off next week and will play at home against Georgia Christian at 6pm, while the Upper Classman get set for their second varsity game Friday on the road to David Emanuel Academy at 7:30pm.

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