KINGPORT, Tenn. – The Western Carolina War Eagles opened their season on Saturday, April 6 against the Tennessee Crusaders who won 18-14. This year, the War Eagles are playing in the Imperial Football League (IFL).
The game began with the newly created race to recover the ball, replacing the normal coin toss. The War Eagles chose to kick and fell behind 6-0, but came soaring back to take control of the game.
Led by QB Steve McCoy, fullback Jeremy Watkins, and running back Josue Otero, the War Eagles moved the ball at will going up 14-6.
The defense played as one and stood strong behind lineman Haile Gibson and linebacker Brett Robertson. Gibson left the game due to an injury while making a huge tackle for loss. Robertson had numerous tackles and two fumble recoveries.
Micah Swimmer, an EBCI tribal member, led the secondary with five tackles and a forced fumble. The defense did not give up any yards until the fourth quarter when heat exhaustion began to set in.
The Crusaders then grabbed two quick scores to go up 18-18. The War Eagles marched down the field to the opposing 15, but was left short on 4th and 6.
All fans are invited to a Meet and Greet session with the War Eagles on Saturday, April 13 at 1pm at the Acquoni Expo Center. The game begins at 5pm. Tickets are $5 with kids 12 and under free. Info: www.wareaglesfootball.org
War Eagles home schedule:
- April 13 – Kingsport Generals
- April 27 – Appalachian Wolves
- May 4 – Tennesssee Crusaders
- May 18 – Tri-State Wildcats
– Matt Martens