The Forest Hills Eastern Hawks and South Christian Sailors both entered Friday night with 4-4 records. The winner of this game would position themselves for an at-large bid to the postseason, while the losing team would have to wait until next August to strap on the pads under the Friday night lights. The defenses came to play in this one, and the Sailors were able to fend off the Hawks in a 14-11 victory.
Kicking put Forest Hills Eastern ahead early in this one. They marched down the field to the ten yard line, before they trotted out senior kicker Grant Coash. His twenty seven yard field goal sailed through the uprights and the Hawks had a 3-0 advantage. Before the quarter was over, South Christian took the lead. Quarterback Chase Bradman went up top to junior Sam Meengs for a six yard touchdown pass, giving the Sailors a 7-3 lead that would carry into halftime.
In the third quarter, South Christian pushed their lead out to eleven points. Daniel Possett, the junior tailback, punched it in from a yard out for the touchdown. FHE would snap their three quarter scoring drought with a four yard touchdown run by Luke Brenner. The senior also hauled in the two-point conversion pass to move the score to 14-11 in favor of South Christian. Unfortunately for FHE, they were unable to score over the games’ final seven minutes.
The Hawks’ season comes to an end in Week 9 with a 4-5 record. This was their best record since 2015, and three of their losses were within a possession. The best performance in this game had to come from Luke Brenner. He had thirteen carries for 172 yards, a touchdown and a two-point conversion. On defense, he recovered a fumble and caught an interception, leaving it all out there in his final game for Forest Hills Eastern.
The Sailors’ defense yielded 327 yards to FHE, but they were able to keep them out of the end zone for the first forty minutes of this game. Pairing that with two interceptions and a two for thirteen night on third and fourth down conversions, they were able to get the victory. This means that they will more than likely be in the postseason for the fourth straight season and the eighth time in nine years. They will learn their fate on Sunday’s selection show.