It was a happy homecoming at historic Jamieson Stadium Friday night as the struggling Whirlies surprised playoff minded Smith 3-0. Potentially derail the Eagles efforts to garner their first postseason appearance since 2003. Joe Rossabi scored the only points of the evening as his 30yd field goal just before halftime was able to stand up. On a tough note for the Whirliebirds LB Andre Oliver was lost for the season with a lower leg injury serious enough to warrant the appearance of an EMS crew.
Smith had ample opportunity to salvage the contest and nail down the playoff birth but mistakes at critical junctures crippled their chances. Eagles kicker Orlando Lopez had a particularly tough night as he missed four attempts, the last one a 33yd effort which was blocked in the final seconds to preserve the Whirlie win.
Smith drops to 4-6 for the campaign but the Eagles can still put themselves in position for a birth with a win in two weeks time against Southern Alamance. The 2-7 Whirlies flickering playoff hopes brightened a bit and with games left against SA and Dudley there is still a chance for Grimsley to get back into the playoffs after missing the festivities in 2008.