NFC overcomes slow start to easily advance

NFC overcomes slow start to easily advance

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NFC overcomes slow start to easily advance

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It wasn’t the best of starts for North Florida Christian in its Class 2A playoff opener agaisnt Jacksonville Eagle’s View on Friday.

Any frustration, however, was erased by a strong finish.

Defending state champion NFC overcame an early 7-0 deficit and rolled to a 41-19 region semifinal victory over Eagle’s View.

As the story has been for most of the year, NFC leaned on running back Marcus Clark. And he was only needed in the opening half.

Clark rushed 18 times for 185 yards and two touchdowns. After struggling in the first quarter, NFC basically ran away with the game – thanks to their senior running back.

“Having to step up this year has been tough, but all of us coming together is what has got us here,” Clark said.

“I just want to do anything I can to help my team win.”

Clark did just that, but he wasn’t the only one.

The NFC defense did their part, too. Both Jared Raddar and Jakari Allen had interceptions, while Dillon Adcock blocked a punt.

Eagle’s View jumped out to an early 7-0 lead on a 13-yard touchdown reception by Andre Winfield after a NFC muffed punt.

But the Eagles wouldn’t stay down for long to advance into next Friday’s regional final at Jacksonville University Christian.

Eagle’s View coach Ryan Keith credited NFC but was also proud of his team.

“Our kids have endured many injuries this year forcing some into positions that they would have never envisioned themselves playing,” Keith said.

“I’m just so proud of my guys and what they have done to get here, and these are really just life lessons.”

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