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Rangers find offensive rhythm, fall to Fort Dale at home

Published 1:28am Saturday, September 10, 2011

By Tanya and Glenn Yates

The Fort Dale Academy Eagles defeated the Lyman Ward Rangers Friday 49-38 in a shoot-out in Camp Hill.

The Eagles drew first blood on a seven-play, 68-yard drive that began with the opening kickoff. No. 22 Dumar Sweeten scored on a 9-yard run to the left side of the field. A successful PAT put the Eagles ahead 7-0 with 8:16 left in the first quarter.

Lyman Ward fumbled on its second running play of the evening and the Eagles recovered. Fort Dale needed only two plays to get into the end zone again. David Colston carried the ball the final 4 yards and a second extra point kick gave the Eagles a 14-0 lead with 7:13 left in the first.

Lyman Ward got on the board next when Dewayne Pritchett caught a pass and galloped 75  yards for a touchdown. During the extra point attempt, the ball was bobbled, but the Rangers’ Carter Johnstone picked it up and a short pass added two points, leaving Lyman Ward trailing 14-8.

The Eagles’ next scoring drive took seven plays. Hughes passed to Jonathan Allen from 2 yards out to make it a 21-8 game with just under 4 minutes left in the first quarter.

The Rangers were unable to move the ball and punted to the Eagles to start the second quarter.

The Eagles ran two plays from scrimmage when Lyman Ward’s Carter Johnstone intercepted a pass. Ranger Jack Williams was injured during the return, stopping the game. He was take by ambulance to the hospital with a neck injury, but gave the thumbs’ up to the crowd on the way out of the stadium.

Lyman Ward was unable to capitalize on the turnover and punted the ball back to Fort Dale. At the 9:53 mark in the second quarter, Hughs keep the ball and ran 47 yards into the end zone. A successful PAT put the score at 28-8.

On the next kickoff, Ranger Dewayne Pritchett went 75 yards for the second Lyman Ward score of the night. The extra point attempt was fumbled by the holder and the score remained 28-14.

Fort Dale didn’t waste any time getting back on the board again with a drive capped by a 4-yard pass from Hughes to Sweeten into the end zone. The extra point was good, making it a 35-14 game.

Lyman Ward fumbled the ensuing kickoff and the Eagles scored yet again with 4 seconds left in the half, making the break score a lop-sided 42-14.

However it was a different game in the second half when Lyman Ward began flexing its muscle.

Pritchett returned the kickoff 73 yards to cut the Eagle’s lead to 43-20, after a failed extra point attempt. The Rangers scored again with 4:02 left in the third quarter with Alex Bieber kept the ball and went in from the 1-yard line to make it a 42-26 game. The extra point attempt failed again.

The Eagles got back on the scoreboard with 38 seconds left in the third quarter when Anthony Williams reached the end zone on a 6-yard carry and the extra point was good, making the score 49-26.

The fourth quarter belonged to the Rangers. Pritchett took the quarter’s first kickoff 62 yards down the field to the Eagles’ 30 yard line. Three plas later, Christopher Croker scored on a 19-yard run. The extra point was no good, leaving the Rangers trailing 49-32.

But Lyman Ward kept coming back and with 3:10 left in the game, Crocker took it in from the Eagle’s 4 yard line.

The Rangers recovered an onsides kick, but the drive went backwards on four plays and the Eagles ran the clock out to nail down their win by a final score of 49-38.

The Rangers will host Cornerstone Academy next Friday night in Camp Hill.