On Aug. 29, Varsity football faced off against Blythewood for the annual Battle For the Axe, a tradition that these two schools’ varsity football teams play to win each year.
Both teams were energized and motorized to play, but what counts is the action on the field. During the first quarter, both teams seemed to be playing loosely, resulting in just one touchdown per team. In a move that garnered a “Play of the Week” nomination from WISTV, senior Leroy Isaac recovered a fumble and ran it into the endzone for the score while Blythewood had one rushing touchdown.
Unfortunately, that’s all the scoring we saw for two quarters. Finally, junior Nicolas Gilliam scored a rushing touchdown to make the score 14-7. Blythewood couldn’t come back to score another touchdown even with all the time they had in the second half. Gilliam led the team in rushing with over 100 yards. Senior Ahmon Green added 50 yards of rushing for the Redhawks.
At the Castle, the crowd of Redhawks supporters set a record for attendance. Head Coach Matt Quinn said, “I would like to thank the Redhawk fans and the students that came out and made noise! Y’all made a huge difference for us!”