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October 18, 2013
Fleming Island scored touchdowns on its first three drives and held on for another win in a divisional game. The Golden Eagles exploded early in the game, scoring three touchdowns in the first 15 minutes of play to establish a lead they would never relinquish, defeating the visiting Fletcher Senators 28-14.
Senior quarterback Michael Scarnecchia threw two touchdowns in the first quarter as the Golden Eagles threw to set up the run. The Fleming Island offensive line dominated in the early going.
After a Fletcher offsides on a field goal attempt set up the first touchdown, Fleming Island forced a three and out. Fletcher shanked the punt, giving Scarnecchia a short field to play with. He didn't wait long before launching a beautiful 34 yard touchdown to senior receiver Darelle Smith.
"With a really good football team like Fletcher, with the way they fight back and the way they come back, it's difficult." Fleming Island coach Frank Hall said of the win, "I thought we responded and did a good job of doing that in the second half."
The Golden Eagle offense went quiet after jumping up three scores, but came back when it counted. When Fletcher clawed back late in the fourth quarter to bring the lead down to one touchdown, senior runningback Nick O'Shea made the play, dashing 50 yards for the game sealing touchdown, his second visit to the endzone of the evening.
"Honestly I was just trying to hold on to the ball. " O'Shea said of the play, "My offensive linemen gave me the biggest hole they could get, you could drive a truck through it. They balled out tonight, they did great."
Fletcher had its chances, but penalties at crucial times caught up with them. After the Senators lined up offsides on opening drive to gift Fleming Island a first and goal, the flags didn't stop flying. A 75 yard return was negated by a holding call and a third quarter interception was called back on a questionable roughing the passer flag.
Additionally, the Senators' Abreon Brown broke a 54 yard run early in the fourth quarter that set Fletcher up on the three yard line, but the Senators couldn't punch the ball in. Darelle Smith made a play on defense to match his earlier touchdown reception by breaking up a fourth down pass from Luke Medlock.
Fletcher Coach Josh Cory wasn't impressed with what he saw from his team, "We didn't do a whole lot right coaching and we didn't do a whole lot right playing tonight."
Fletcher quarterback Luke Medlock (an FIU commit) finished the night with two passing touchdowns and no turnovers.
The Golden Eagles stayed undefeated, now 3-0 in District 3-7A and 7-0 on the season. Fleming Island will clinch the division crown with a win at Atlantic Coast next week. Fletcher falls to 5-2, 1-1 in division, next weekend's tilt at Buchholz becomes a must win for the Senators to reach the playoffs.