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Football Falls in Season Opener at George Walton 41-38

MONROE, Ga.- Allowing 17 points in the first quarter, including two touchdown runs by George Walton’s running back Stanley Williams, the First Presbyterian Day School football team (0-1) fell in an offensive shootout in its season opener 41-38 on Friday night.

Forced to play from behind, the Vikings battled hard the remaining three quarters to almost come back from the early deficit.

Down 31-0 at one point, the Vikings scored their first touchdown of the season with 2:09 remaining in the first half on a 49-yard run by Darron Moore. The Vikings would make an impressive defensive stand to get the ball back and add three on a Connor Albright field goal from 27 yards to make it 31-10 at halftime.

In the second half, the Viking offense and defense tightened up, allowing GWA’s Williams just 15 yards the whole second stanza.

FPD would slowly chip away, as Brooks Stroud pushed in a 1 yard touchdown run with 6:47 to play in the third quarter to make it 31-17.

Perhaps the play of the game came later in the third when the Viking defense forced the Bulldogs to punt. On fourth and long, the snap was botched by GWA’s punter, forcing him to run in hopes to gain a first down. Successfully, the Bulldogs pulled off the play, giving GWA a pivotal first down. The Bulldogs would later score in the series on a Tyler Jarvis 10 yard touchdown run to put the score at 38-17 with 2:33 left in the third quarter.

After George Walton added a field goal to make it 41-17, the Viking offense rallied to score three straight touchdowns in the fourth quarter, highlighted by an onside kick recovery and a Stroud 1 yard touchdown run. The next onside kick was recovered by GWA with 1:07 to play in the game. GWA kneeled the ball twice to run down the clock as the Vikings fell 41-38.

Stanley Williams led the rushing attack for the Bulldogs, scoring three touchdowns on 16 carries for 158 yards. Bulldog quarterback Hunter Rice threw for 45 yards on 5-10 passing.

The Viking offense out-dueled the Bulldogs 464-203 on total yards. FPD rushed for a total of 231 yards while Stroud threw for 233 yards. Moore led the way for the Vikings on the ground, running for 161 yards on 10 attempts and scoring once. Scott McCormick led the Vikings in receiving, bringing in 197 yards and scoring once.

FPD returns to the gridiron Friday, September 7 for their first home game of the 2012 season, hosting Pike County at 7:30 P.M.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics, home to multiple region and state championships in both the GISA and GHSA, strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while continuing to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. Now a member of the GHSA, the Vikings have continued to provide FPD athletes, coaches, fans and surrounding spectators a positive, Christian environment on a daily basis. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

BOX: GEORGE WALTON 41, FPD 38

FPD 0-10-7-21–38

George Walton 17-14-7-3–41

First Quarter

GW — Stanley Williams 42 run (Cole Fisher kick)

GW — Fisher 46 field goal

GW — Williams 6 run (Fisher kick)

Second Quarter

GW — Williams 76 run (Fisher kick)

GW — Nick Waters 2 run (Fisher kick)

FPD — Darren Moore 49 run (Conner Albright kick)

FPD — Albright 24 field goal

Third Quarter

FPD — Brooks Stroud 1 run (Albright kick)

GW — Tyler Jarvis 10 run (Fisher kick)

Fourth Quarter

GW — Fisher 27 field goal

FPD — Will Black 1 run (Albright kick)

FPD — Scott McCormick 38 pass from Stroud (Albright kick)

FPD — Stroud 1 run (Albright kick)

FPD GW

First downs 17 9

Rushes-yards 40-231 37-246

Passing yards 233 45

Comp-Att-Int 7-15-2 5-10-0

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 6-3 1-0

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: Moore 10-161, Black 9-24; George Walton: Williams 16-158, Waters 9-54.

PASSING — FPD: Stroud 7-15-2 233; George Walton: Hunter Rice 5-10-0 45.

RECEIVING — FPD: McCormick 5-197, Moore 1-24; George Walton: Casey Shubert 2-25, Geno Bailey 2-13.