As queen and kings were crowned and homecoming floats drove by, Maranatha Christian was focused on getting their own crowns, with a victory over their Pacific League rivals Army-Navy Warriors.
Starting off in the first quarter, Maranatha claims the first spot on the leader board with quarterback Nick Glenn connecting to Josh Cheigh for a 22 yard touchdown pass. PAT is no good; score 6-0 Maranatha Christian. There would be no more big plays in the first.
Second quarter, Army-Navy decides its their turn to even the score. Warriors quarterback Dylon Zipse finds John Hart for a matching 22-yard touchdown. PAT no good; Score is even 6-6. Both teams would score another touchdown with PATs being good. Going into the halftime game is tied 13-13.
Entering the third quarter, Josh Cheigh would drive in a one yard touchdown. PAT is good. Maranatha Christian leads 20-13. The Warriors would try and fight back, but would come up short of a victory.
Final Score: Maranatha Christian 20- Army/Navy 13
Maranatha Christian would claim their first league victory, whereas Army-Navy now has a three game losing streak.
As league conference games continue until playoffs, Maranatha Christian will play Tri-City Christian and Army-Navy will take on Francis Parker.
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Week 8 has kicked off and that means league conference games have already started. One of the featured games on Friday night will be the Army-Navy Warriors (2-4) traveling to face the Maranatha Christian Eagles in a Pacific League battle (3-2).
Both teams are coming off of 2 straight losses.
Last time the teams met was last season, where the Warriors took not only a win from the Eagles, but their first win after having a rocky start (0-5).
Maranatha, who is under the leadership of second year coach Kyle Duggin, says the team is more diverse now and are working well together, especially after gaining six transfer students from the now closed Horizon Christian Academy. With several returning starters and a handful of transfers, Duggin commented that this definitely isn't the same team as last year, who ended their 2016 season 4-6, with four of their losses being conference league games.
Army-Navy coach, Nehemiah Brunson, said that they are trying to refocus after last season’s gruesome 2-8 record and having a similar start this season. He said that the brotherhood has strengthened and that it takes a team effort to bring home the wins, but the young men are determined to turn this season around so that it’s not a repeat.
Two Warrior players to keep an eye on at Friday’s game are junior running back Hadi Assi and junior corner back John Hart. Assi has 305 rushing yards, 4 touchdowns and averages 101.7 yards per game. Hart holds 440 all purpose yards and has scored 4 touchdowns this season.
Two Eagles to watch out for are senior running back Josh Cheigh and senior slot receiver/back James Shannon. Together the duo have 463 rushing yards, 342 receiving yards, and make up for 16 touchdowns of the 23 that team has scored so far this season.
Kickoff is at 7pm at Maranatha Christian.
Will the Warriors fight back and win again or will the Eagles come diving in and snatch the victory?
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