Manteo claims Marlin Bowl win

Published 8:14 am Thursday, September 29, 2022

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Home field advantage may have contributed to Manteo’s 20-15 conference game win over First Flight in the annual Marlin Bowl football game September 23.

After a series of penalties against both teams, Manteo was the first to score on a quarterback keeper about five minutes into the game. Amid more penalties and fumbles by both teams, Manteo added a score early in the next period followed by a First Flight touchdown called back due to an illegal receiver down field. Another fumble recovered by First Flight led to a Nighthawks touchdown and the half ended with Manteo up 12-6.

First Flight came back with a third quarter touchdown and extra point to move ahead 13-12. It was only a temporary lead, however, and with about a minute left to play in the third quarter Manteo responded with another touchdown. The two-point conversion – and only successful point after attempt for the night – allowed Manteo to retake the lead at 20-13.

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Still in the game, First Flight held the Redskins deep in their own territory and caught Manteo in the end zone for a fourth quarter safety to make it a 20-15 game. But with more fumbles and more penalties, the game ended with that 20-15 score.

An unofficial tally between the two Marlin Bowl rivals credits First Flight with 10 wins and Manteo with 9.

09/23 BOX SCORE     Q1   Q2   Q3   Q4    Final
First Flight                    0      6      7      2       15
Manteo                         6      6      8      0       20