The weather wreaked havoc on all outdoors activities this past weekend, but the War Eagles played through the worst it could throw at them. The Western Carolina War Eagles (2-1) hosted the Appalachian Wolves (2-1) on a sloshy Ray Kinsland Stadium field on Saturday, April 27.
The Wolves managed to put up 18 unanswered points on two War Eagles turnovers, one coming off of a forced fumbled returned for the touchdown, and just edged the War Eagles 18-16. The Wolves seemed to have the game in the bag until the weather turned for the worse in the fourth quarter.
The War Eagles offense refused to give up and put 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter. Akaba Glaspie had a 50 yard rushing TD to put the War Eagles on the board and threw a 2 yard pass to Kenny Dawkins for the 2-point conversion. The second score came from Glaspie when he threw a 10 yard pass to Sam Wolfe.
The final two points came off a defensive safety the War Eagles forced the Wolves to give up with 0:20 seconds left in the fourth quarter. The game ended with a Glaspie pass attempt to Austin Curtice that was batted away by a Wolves defender.
Despite the loss, the War Eagles defense gave up fewer than 150 yards total offense to the Wolves and managed 4 takeaways. They had four players with nine or more tackles: Micah Swimmer had 9 tackles, one fumble recovery and 3 defended passes; Brett Robertson had 11 tackles and one fumble recovery; Haile Gibson 9 tackles and 1 fumble recovery; Evan Cagle had 9 tackles and 1 forced fumble; and Austin Curtice was able to help with passing defense as he was able to break up 4 pass attempts.
The War Eagles (2-2) host the Tennessee Crusaders (3-1) on Saturday, May 4. Kickoff will be at 5pm. For updates on game times or cancellation, sponsors, team bio, rosters or other information visit wareaglesfootball.org
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