Hope extinguishes Flames

Hope Christian School senior Andrew Whitson (67) prepares to take down a Flint Hill player. (Contributed/Rachel Rettig)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Hope Christian School Eagles compiled 360 rushing yards as they routed the Flint Hill Christian Flames 70-12 in eight-man football action Sept. 9.

The 360 rushing yards came on 43 carries, giving the Eagles an average of 8 yards per carry.

“It was an awesome game tonight,” said Hope head coach Mark Rettig. “Consistently tonight, these guys showed a lot more intensity than I’ve ever seen from this group.”

Flint Hill scored first, but Hope quickly regained the lead when quarterback Eric Spence scored on a 3-yard touchdown run and also added the 2-point conversion.

Senior Andrew Whitson scored early in the second quarter on a 5-yard rushing touchdown, and Spence ran in the 2-point conversion.

Spence then connected with Timothy Bell on a 22-yard touchdown pass, and Whitson added the 2-point conversion.

The Flames scored again before the half, bringing the game to 24-12 at halftime.

The third quarter saw three Hope touchdowns: One on a 26-yard Spence rush, one on a 21-yard Spence rush and the third on a Charles Streets 10-yard run. Ben Nafe and Streets added two-point conversions on two third-quarter touchdowns.

The fourth quarter also saw three Eagle touchdowns: One on a Nafe 4-yard run, the next on a Reid Allen 56-yard interception return and the third on a 7-yard Nafe run.

Spence, Nafe and Streets added three two-point conversions in the final quarter.

“I think Flint Hill is one of the better teams we’ve played so far this year,” Rettig said. “Our line did an excellent job tonight. I’m proud of all the guys tonight.”