The Constantine Falcons came into the game sitting at 5-0 and ranked 5th in the state. A win would guarantee them a place in the MHSAA playoffs. It was not going to come from the Eagles though.
The rain kept falling, as the score kept climbing, in what would end up as a record setting night for one player. Kobe Clark did something that had never been done before in the state of Michigan. He scored nine rushing touchdowns in ONE game.
The scoring started quickly in the when Clark took the ball eight yards into the rival, Constantine Falcon, end zone. With the dreaded wing-T offense, the Falcons were poised to get into the end zone themselves. Unfortunately for them, the Eagle defense had other plans and forced a fumble that was recovered by Cameron Blalock. The Eagles took advantage of the Falcon’s mistake, resulting with Clark being congratulated in the end zone again, with a 25-yard run, for touchdown number two.
With a four and out, the Falcons had to punt and the ball was blocked giving the Eagles a short field to play with. Still in the first quarter, Clark carried in from nine yards out. The scoreboard was then reading 21-0. The Falcons were finally able to score in the 2nd quarter on two runs from Josh Lawson. The extra point on the second score was no good, making the score 21-13 at half time.
The Eagles had a total of 553 yds of offense for the night. Clark was able to score six more touchdowns, finishing his record setting night with 26 carries, for a total of 380 yds and 9 touchdowns. Alex Thole went three for four on passing, for 58 yards. Mark Fox carried the ball five times, for 27 yards. The Eagles recovered two fumbles by the offense of the Falcons, one by Cameron Blalock and the other by Chris Cooper.
Head Coach Nathan Ferency, got his first win against rival Constantine. He knew how much this game means to the players and the community.
However, the night belonged to Kobe Clark and the Eagles. (The previous rushing touchdown record of eight, was set in 2005, by Mike Golden of Frankenmuth).