For the Wilson Eagles, the playoffs are something which hasn’t been experienced for the program since 2016, which was the first season the Eagles played 8-man football.
For the Wilson Eagles, the playoffs are something which hasn’t been experienced for the program since 2016, which was the first season the Eagles played 8-man football. After Friday night, the Eagles aren’t just dreaming of the playoffs, but potentially hosting a playoff game. Despite less than perfect conditions at Skinny Stewart Stadium, the Eagles were able to produce just enough offense on the night to put away the Empire Bulldogs by a score of 22-6, improving them to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in district play. The victory puts the Eagles in the drivers seat for second place in District B-4 with two games remaining against Ryan and Bray-Doyle. A victory over the Cowboys on Friday night will secure second place for the Eagles, and a home playoff game in the first round. The Wilson faithful had to wait until the second quarter for the Eagles to grab the lead, as Logan Schaaf connected with Shane Honea for a 13-yard touchdown pass, before Schaaf found Hayden Mantooth for the two-point conversion. Just before the break, the Eagles got some breathing room when Schaaf and Honea connected again, this time from 45 yards out, giving Wilson a 14-0 lead after the failed two-point conversion. Late in the third quarter, it was the Schaaf-Honea connection striking for the third time as the pair combined for a 71-yard touchdown pass, making it 22-0 after Schaaf converted the two-point conversion. Empire struck back just before the end of the third quarter with a 25 yard touchdown pass, but a failed two-point conversion kept the Bulldogs from getting any closer. Schaaf finished 8-for-22 passing for 185 yards and three touchdowns on the night along with 26 carries for 83 yards rushing, while Honea had four catches for 159 yards on the night.