High School Sports

Nation Ford finally gets home contest

FORT MILL -- After three straight road games, Nation Ford's football team gets its first taste of home tonight.

Nation Ford, which opened in August, picked up a late game with Charlotte's Derita Christian Academy several weeks ago and will play the Fighting Deacons at Bob Jones Stadium at Fort Mill High School.

"We are glad to be going over to Fort Mill and finally play a game at home," Falcons coach Rusty Jester said. "It's not exactly a home-field advantage, but it's where we'll be playing our home games. And it's a lot better than going on the road and playing Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Great Falls.

"We picked up this game three or four weeks ago. It gives us the opportunity to play at the stadium before we take on Fort Mill there next week."

Nation Ford is playing tonight because Fort Mill hosts Eastside on Friday.

Derita, which has 75 students in grades 9-12 and dresses 31 players, and Nation Ford go into tonight's game with 0-3 records. Not only will the Falcons be playing their first home game, they'll be seeking the first win in school history.

Nation Ford has scored in all three of its games. The Falcons lost to Forestview (N.C.) in Week 0, to Bamberg-Ehrhardt in Week 1 and to Great Falls last week.

Jester, Fort Mill's coach last season, said he's looking at this year as the building block for a two-year plan because the school doesn't have a senior class. He said it's basically a JV team, playing an independent schedule and joining Region 3-AAAA next season.

The Falcons are led by quarterbacks Mitch Starnes and Joey White, wide receiver Dee Truesdale and running back Tony Hall.

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