Outside of maybe Wilson Hunt, no one saw this coming.
Northeastern, which was averaging 53.3 points per game entering its match up against Wilson Hunt did not score a touchdown until late in the fourth quarter.
Wilson Hunt held on for a 10-9 victory.
Despite the penalties and turnovers, the Eagles had their chances. The earliest came in the third quarter with Wilson Hunt holding a 3-0 lead.
NHS was set up with a first and goal at the Wilson Hunt 5-yard line. A 41-yard pass from Devonte Rountree to Tyleik Overton came before the goal-to-go situation.
The thought was OK, now NHS is in business. Get a touchdown and pull away like you did against Plymouth and Northern Nash.
On three plays, the Eagles gained two yards.
That was when you can tell the Eagles knew it was going to be tough down the stretch.
It is obvious to focus on the missed extra-point attempt on Timon Stallings’ touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The way the Wilson Hunt defense was locked into the Eagles offense, there was no guarantee that NHS would have won in overtime.
The bottom line is on Friday, the Warriors were the better team.
The surprising element of the game was the Eagles inability to stop the big plays in the running game. Wilson Hunt ran the counter and draw play consistently against the Eagles.
On offense, Northeastern was held to 56 yards rushing in the game.
Maybe this is the smelling salts to the nose game NHS needed. Outside of the Camden game, the Eagles have not played four consecutive quarters of consistent football in any game this season.
From a 2AA or 2A state championship perspective, is NHS a real contender?
Time will tell.
But one thing is for sure, a win against visiting Lake Taylor — the defending Virginia 4A state champions — next week removes doubts about this team.
— Malcolm Shields