Whatever the price of admission was last Friday night at Bill Thorn Stadium was well worth it as the No. 2 ranked Landmark Christian School War Eagles outlasted the Our Lady of Mercy Bobcats by a final score of 17-13 and moved their record to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in region 5-A.
The game was all that anyone could want out of a high school football game in the fall as it featured physical tackles and blocks from both sides, explosive runs and amazing catches, and four lead changes throughout the night including the final lead change which went in the War Eagles favor during the final quarter.
The Landmark defense once again showed that it is all bend and no break as they halted a fourth quarter drive for the third time this season. The aggressive bunch forced three turnovers thanks to a fumble and recovery in the third quarter and two big interceptions by freshmen defensive backs to end the last two Bobcat possessions.
Freshman defensive back Lofton Tidwell continued to impress with his ball hawk skills as he recovered the fumble and later made a leaping interception in traffic. Tidwell now has three interceptions and three fumble recoveries on the season to go along with his two defensive touchdowns.
Fellow freshman defensive back Joey Blount intercepted a tipped pass by senior defensive back Nolan Bryant with under one minute remaining in the game to allow the War Eagles offense to run the victory formation.
Senior linebacker William Higbie and junior linebacker Titus Creamer were the leading tacklers on the night for the War Eagles, and Higbie forced the fumble from the Bobcat ball carrier.
Offensively it was a collective effort as eight different players touched the ball for Landmark.
Sophomore quarterback Stockton McGuire found senior Austin Luckie in the corner of the end zone in the third quarter to score the first offensive points of the night for the War Eagles.
In the fourth quarter with about five minutes left in the ball game and Landmark down three points, senior running back Darius Smith darted off the left tackle and split two defenders as he raced to pay dirt for a 20 yard TD to give his team all the points they would need on the night.
Junior wide receiver Sam Dobbs picked up several first downs to keep drives alive as McGuire found four times for 50 yards.
This Friday night the War Eagles travel to Strong Rock in another region contest as they look to remain unbeaten overall and in region play.