By Yasmin Neal
The North Clayton Eagles soared to a victory on homecoming night on Friday at Tara Stadium, defeating North Atlanta 25-9.
The first quarter was plagued with flags and neither team managed to score. Later, Eagles quarterback Morgan Burnett scored the first touchdown of the game on a one-yard run; and the kick by Demond Jones was good to put the Eagles up 7-0.
The Eagle touchdown was answered soon after with a touchdown by the Warriors with 2:07 remaining in the second, but North Clayton's Larry Brooks was injured on the play, and was taken away in an ambulance after a 15-minute delay.
When play resumed, the Eagles' blocked the extra point to keep a 7-6 halftime lead.
In the middle of the third quarter Winston Bowens scored the second Eagle touchdown on a 17-yard bull dozing run that was not accompanied by the extra point and left the score at 13-6 at the end of the third quarter.
At the beginning of the fourth, Eagle second-string quarterback Greg Wilson's pass was intercepted by the Warriors' Antonio Jennings.
The play led to a North Atlanta field goal, closing its deficit to 13-9.
With a little under eight minutes left in the fourth, Burnett threw an easy touchdown pass to the Eagles' Isaiah Cantrell making the score 19-9 Eagles. The Eagles' 2-point conversion attempt was no good. Later in the fourth, the Eagles blocked the Warriors' punt and Patrick Paul caught the ball in the end zone for the Eagles' final score.
The victory improved North Clayton's record to 4-1. Next Saturday the Eagles travel to Lakewood Stadium for a game against Mays. Mays is coached by former Riverdale head coach Rodney Hackney.