The varsity football team traveled south on Saturday afternoon to take on the Eagles of Fredericksburg Christian. Entering the game, FCS held an undefeated record of 4-0 while John Paul came in with only one blemish as opposed to the same amount (four) of victories. As all four of those wins have come in a row, the Wolves were looking to get a statement win and emerge with a high-quality victory.
However, a win was not in the cards for JP. They could not muster much offense in the first quarter while falling behind as the quarter came to its conclusion. Fredericksburg Christian opened the scoring with a touchdown with about a minute left in the quarter, giving them a 7-0 lead.
It was the same story in the second quarter. The game dragged on until FCS increased their lead just before halftime. They punched in the ball from the one yard line but missed the extra point, so it was a 13-0 Eagles lead when the game reached its midway point.
A 13 point deficit was certainly not insurmountable, and the Wolves were looking to take advantage in the second half. The breakthrough finally came with 4:04 left to go in the third quarter. Michael Horan ran 10 yards for JP’s first touchdown of the day, and Michael Nguyen’s extra point sailed through the uprights to cut the lead to 13-7.
As the game entered its final quarter, the scoreline remained the same. Then with 7:39 to go in the game, FCS added three points to their lead with a field goal to make the score 16-7. Just over three minutes later, a 33 yard run by the Eagles sealed the game, making the score 23-7. The game ended with that same score.
Defensively, the Wolves were led by Joe Simms, who accounted for 13 tackles and who also forced two fumbles. One of those fumbles was recovered by Kyle Moran, the other by Robby Harper.
The loss marked only the second loss of the season for John Paul, as mentioned before. The Wolves look to rebound this weekend in their homecoming game when they take on another undefeated opponent, Sidwell Friends. The game is at JP at 2 PM. Come out and support JP as they seek to begin another winning streak.