MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT N.C. (OCT. 5, 2010) --
Football season has begun, and several Marines and Sailors at the air station have set aside their cammies for green and gold jerseys to represent the air station as the Cherry Point Eagles.
The Eagles hosted the 2nd Marine Division Warriors out of Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune for their first home game of the season at the all-purpose athletic field in front of the Naval Health Clinic Oct. 5.
Both teams went into the game winless, but the Eagles (1-2) prevailed over the Warriors (0-3) in the physical game, by a final score of 15-0.
“It’s great to be in the military and still be able to live out a dream of playing football,” said Xavier A. Jordan, running back for the Eagles.
The Eagles came out strong with a 45-yard touchdown run by Jordan, followed by an imposing defensive series in which Eagles defenders sacked the Warriors quarterback in his own end zone for a safety.
Though the Eagles took an early 9-0 lead over the Warriors, they sputtered offensively most of the night.
“Lack of focus on offense was our biggest problem,” explained Eagles head coach Brian K. Milson. “We couldn’t get into a good rhythm.”
On the other side of the ball, the Eagles defense picked up the offense’s slack by forcing two fumbles, getting several sacks, and intercepting three passes, all to the hands of Eagles defensive back Larry M. Edmond.
Edmond said the Warriors could see him limping and tried to take advantage of it by throwing his way all night. Edmond seized the opportunity with three picks.
“Defensive effort was phenomenal tonight,” Milson said. “Edmond had a great game.”
The Eagles capped off the game with another rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter to take the 15-0 lead, the final score of the night.
“Cherry Point just outplayed us tonight,” said Warriors head coach Chad Shannon after the game. “They protected their home field.”
Shannon added to his players, “We’re in the Marine Corps, and we get to play football. What a retention tool.”
The Eagles next game is an away game against Marines and Sailors with Brig Company from Marine Corps Air Station New River, N.C., Oct. 26.
“Our goal is to put a complete game together next time we’re out,” said Milson.