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One Victory From Perfection
JUST OUT OF REACH. Nash County’s Drake Matthews (9) is unable to come up with this reception during last Saturday’s home game for the Firebirds vs. Sharpsburg. (Graphic photos by Geoff Neville)
STANHOPE -- Only one opponent remains in the way for the Nash County Firebirds in their quest to wrap up a perfect varsity season in the Eastern North Carolina Football League.

Last Saturday, Nash County roared in its next-to-last game as the Firebirds rolled to a 47-0 victory over the Sharpsburg Gators in NC’s regular season home finale at picturesque Firebird Stadium on the campus of Southern Nash High School.

Nash County can wrap up an undefeated campaign this coming Saturday at North Edgecombe. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. in Leggett.

Against Sharpsburg, the Firebirds’ defense came to play, beginning with a four-and-out on the Gators’ initial possession of the showdown.

Following a Sharpsburg punt, Nash County needed just three plays to score as quarterback Zack Foster hooked up with Tahj Deans for an electrifying 42-yard touchdown.

The PAT pass failed, but Nash County had taken the lead to stay at 6-0 at the 6:05 mark of the first period.

Sharpsburg’s next play featured a fumble that was recoved by Nash County’s Kevin Austin, and the Firebirds were back in business at midfield.

Following an exchange of possessions, Nash County dented the scoreboard again when Foster found Nadir Thompson for a 45-yard touchdown pass.

Grant Jones scored the Firebirds’ next tally as he broke free at the line of scrimmage on his way to a 59-yard TD gallop.

Suddenly, Nash County was in control at 19-0 with 4:03 remaining before intermission.

Foster then delivered his third TD pass of the outing -- an 87-yard connection with Deans with just 34 ticks left before the break.

Nash County, however, had one more score in the half as Khalil Brown recovered a fumble for yet another Firebirds’ touchdown.

At halftime, the Firebirds were in charge to stay at 33-0.

In the second half, Nash County tacked on two more touchdowns, beginning with a 49-yard scamper from C.J. Joyner.

The Firebirds’ final touchdown came courtesy of a run from Thompson.

After this week’s game at North Edgecombe, Nash County will then begin defense of its Statewide Athletics Committee Championship.

The Firebirds’ first-round opponent and site will be determined next week.

Nash County scored four victories in the tournament last season en route to garnering the championshp with a tight decision against Scotland County.

Many of the players on that squad returned this fall, and the talented Firebirds have dominated all of their foes in the ENCFL.

After rolling through the regular season, the Firebirds are now just one victory away from an unbeaten campaign. That quest will continue Saturday in their finale against the North Edgecombe Little Warriors in Leggett.

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