by Jean Racine | Correspondant
ORLANDO The First Academy crushed visiting North Florida Educational Institute on Friday to celebrate its Homecoming Game, 35-8.
The Royals (7-0) established their running game early behind junior Chance Bush, and when Bush left the game early in the first quarter with an ankle injury, sophomores Greg Fields and Rolous Frazier were ready.
First, Fields scored on a 22-yard touchdown with 9:56 left in the first quarter. Fields would finish the game with two touchdowns, total — one rushing and one receiving.
“My offensive line blocked great and I just followed them, led me to the endzone,” Fields said. “We needed this win to keep our streak going.”
Frazier would follow suit and breakaway for an 81-yard touchdown run at the 10:11 minute mark of the second quarter — his first of two touchdowns.
“[The backfield is] probably the most talented part of our team,” said TFA head coach Leroy Kinard. "Some nights it's Bush, some nights it's Fields, some nights it's Frazier.”
On the defensive side of the ball, TFA’s underclassmen continued to shine. Freshman Alex Shields intercepted a pass and ran it back 55-yards for a touchdown.
“(Shields) is like a freak of nature, man” Kinard said. “That kid is a freshman — he can punt, he can shoot basketballs, the kid can bowl. He can do a little bit of everything. I think that he’s going to be a high-level Division I prospect one day.”
Undefeated with two games to play in the regular season, the Royals are excited about a roster loaded with contributors that are juniors or younger.
“I think that bolds well for us,” Kinard said. “We’re playing a lot of young players. We didn’t know what type of team we would have. We knew we had talent, but we didn’t know how they were going to respond because they’re young. So, we are happy that they are where they are."
For The First Academy: The Royals (7-0, 2-0 district) will host Father Lopez (2-5, 1-1 district) in their district finale.