Southgate, Michigan– Before the game, those in attendance could see the rainbow in the eastern sky, but this sign wouldn’t favor the Kennedy Eagles Friday night in their 41-6 loss to the Southgate Anderson Titans. Unfortunately for the Eagles (0-6), the turnover battle didn’t go well for them early, which helped the Titans (3-3) establish a 41-0 halftime lead. The Eagles managed to force two fumbles, but the Titans recovered both an also recovered the Eagles fumbles.
“A game can switch so fast,” Eagles head coach Steve Rusnak said. “One or two plays here and there.”
The Eagles were also shorthanded this week; as only 19 players suited up, while 11 were injured. This and the fact that several players had their uniforms stolen, created a lot of adversity for the team to have to overcome. Yet, Rusnak continues to be impressed his team’s attitude.
“They’re pretty happy-go-lucky kids,” Rusnak said.
The Eagles were able to take positives out of this game by not allowing any points in the second half, and senior quarterback Faizon Nundley, scrambling across the field for a rushing touchdown during the game’s final minute. Nundley’s run provided a truly highlight reel moment for an Eagles team that needed one before it’s final ever homecoming game.
“We definitely need to practice a little bit harder when we come to practice and get better so we can come out and win next week because it’s definitely a very winnable game.”
The Eagles now prepare for their homecoming game against Melvindale next Friday, a game that could potentially draw a record crowd at Sclater Stadium with all of the alumni reportedly planning on attending.
“I’m sure they’ll get a spark from that,” Rusnak said.