Examples of first down in a Sentence
They have first down on the 20-yard line.
The pass was completed for a first down.
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Steve Nurenberg Special to the Star-Telegram Fossil Ridge Panthers Jaylen Hearst (14) catches a pass for a big first down during the second quarter as Arlington Colts Kyron White (3) makes the stop.
Hurts and the first-team offense got just one first down in the first three possessions.
His fastball velocity had dropped from the mid-90s in the first down to the low-90s in the second.
The Saints coach strives for lasers instead of the chain gang to handle down and distance (basically goodbye to index cards determining a first down).
More Red Wings: Skeleton, in which a single competitor hurtles head-first down an ice chute on a small sled at speeds approaching 90 miles an hour, holds particular interest.
That was fortunate for the White team last year when the Blue rolled up advantages of 432-13 in total yards and 26-1 in first downs in a 26-0 win.
Think of a run of less than two yards or stopping just short of a first down on third and short.
But on first down, Trent Green connected with Johnnie Morton, who read the New England coverage perfectly and took it all the way to the house to seal the game.
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FIRST DOWN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of first down for English Language Learners
American football : the first of a series of usually four downs in which a team must gain 10 yards to keep the ball; also : the right to start a new series of downs after a gain of 10 or more yards
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