The score, Eagles, 27, FBA 12, did not attest to the quality of the game. Three key turnovers by FBA made the difference in a very well played game on both sides.
The very first play of the game was electrifying. The Eagles' Will Hurst took the opening kickoff and raced 70 yards for an Eagles score. The extra point kick by Emmanuelle Meurgue made it 7-0.
It went to 12-0 in the second quarter on an 20-yard run by Eagles quarterback Jay Vanderjagt.
In the waning seconds of the quarter FBA scored, but missed its two-point conversion try.
It was 14-6 at half time.
At the start of the third quarter FBA used a bruising ground game, with Blaine Briggs and Joe Sporacio mostly following their blocking in some hard-nosed football.
FBA went from its own 16 to the Eagles 38 when Blake Cathey's pass to Chris Handon was intercepted by Josh Wagner on the Eagles 25.
It was Wagner again one drive later, intercepting at the Eagles 22 and racing down the sidelines to the FBA 39-yard line. However, the drive stalled and a field-goal attempt failed.
The Eagles defense held with a gang tackle by Kyle Ginther, Bon Deese and Will Glasser ending the third quarter.
A pass interference call gave the Eagles the ball on the FBA 33. A lucky bounce produced a touchdown. An exchange from Hurst to Gresham resulted in a loose ball but it bonded back up to Gresham who ran 33 yards for a touchdown and a 20-6 lead.
With 2:28 left in the game, Cathey hooked up with Handon for a 28-yard score. The two-point try failed.
An FBA onside kick failed, giving the Eagles ball possession on the FBA 45, Gresham ran for 10 yards, then the final 35 to clinch the victory. Meurgue's extra point closed out the scoring at 27-12.
FBA coach John Briggs said, "I am proud of our team, I love teaching these young men, Practice is not fun, the pay off is the game. Football is about life and life lessons."
Eagles coach Mike Vanderjagt said, "FBA has a very good football program, we anticipated a tough game like this. On offense they ran the ball, just saying 'here we come.' "
Vanderjagt credited linemen Bon Deese and Vincent Mpeller with playing well.
The Eagles travel to La Belle on Thursday, looking for its fourth straight win.