After Further Review: Lake Taylor (Va.) at Northeastern

What a game.

Northeastern’s matchup against Lake Taylor had everything.

An early deficit, then a furious comeback by the Eagles. Then a closely played second half and a game-winning score.

Despite coming up short, NHS proved that it can compete against some of the top competition in high school football.

Entering the matchup, Lake Taylor was the 24th ranked program in the nation according to MaxPreps.com.

It could have been easy for the Eagles to not throw the football, but for the majority of the game, NHS went after a Lake Taylor defensive backfield that had multiple Division I prospects.

The Eagles even had a trick play in their back pocket (a throw back pass to quarterback Devonte Rountree) that worked. Rountree ended up scoring on the play, but the referee whistled the Eagles for holding, negating the touchdown.

The defense forced five fumbles and recovered four against the Titans. At least two of those fumbles were recovered when Lake Taylor was inside the NHS 10-yard line.

Barring any additional injuries, this team is the favorite in the Northeastern Coastal Conference.

Northeastern coach Antonio would tell you that he is not in the business of moral victories, but looking at the big picture, the performance that was displayed on Friday night should prepare the Eagles for a deep run in the state playoffs.

— Malcolm Shields

 

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