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Vikings Drop Second Round Playoff Game at Landmark 38-24

FAIRBURN, Ga.- Looking to carry the momentum of its first round playoff win into the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) quarterfinals, the First Presbyterian Day School Vikings (7-5) ran into a potent offense and a powerful defense of the Landmark Christian War Eagles, dropping a 34-28 decision on Friday, November 30 to the end the 2012 season.

Landmark’s Jeremiah Kirkland scored four times on the night while rushing for 230 yards on 34 carries.

The War Eagles started the scoring when quarterback Stockton McGuire found teammate Josh Nobles on a 16-yard pass at the 8:11 mark in the first quarter to take a 7-0 lead.

The Vikings answered just over one minute later when FPD quarterback Brooks Stroud ran for a one-yard score to even the game at 7-7.

Neither team scored again until late in the second quarter when Jeremiah Kirkland began his offensive outburst on a nine-yard run to give the War Eagles a 14-7 advantage.

Going into halftime down 14-7, the Vikings were set to receive the opening kickoff of the second half in hopes to even the score. The Vikings botched the return and the War Eagles recovered to shift the momentum in favor of the Landmark.

Kirkland scored the next three touchdowns for the War Eagles, capped off by a 56-yard score at the 3:59 mark.

FPD was able to post a Darron Moore touchdown and a Conner Albright 28-yard field goal during Kirkland’s outbreak as the War Eagles led 38-17 going into the fourth quarter.

In the fourth frame, the War Eagles held the Vikings to one touchdown when Stroud spotted McCormick on a 15-yard pass with just 31 second remaining in the contest.

Landmark took a knee on the final play and ended the season for the Vikings.

FPD tallied 264 yards of offense on the night while Landmark accumulated 318 yards.

Moore led the Vikings on the ground, posting 93 yards on 18 carries and a touchdown. McCormick led FPD in receiving, picking up 76 yards on six receptions. Stroud was 11-for-20 on the night, tossing 118 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.

The Vikings picked up 13 first downs while the War Eagles gathered 12.

The season was a memorable one for FPD as the Vikings advanced to the second round of the GHSA Playoffs for the first time in school history. The Vikings also made the postseason for a second straight year.

The 2012 campaign included thrilling wins for the Red & Black. FPD defeated GHSA AAA opponent Pike County, claimed a come-from-behind victory at Pace Academy, won on Homecoming over Georgia Military College, and beat Brookstone in the first round of the playoffs.

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2013 for their hard work and dedication to FPD. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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 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:

LANDMARK CHRISTIAN 38, FPD 24

FPD 7-0-10-7–24

Landmark Christian 7-7-24-0–38

First Quarter

L — Josh Nobles 15 pass from Stockton McGuire (McGuire kick)

F — Brooks Stroud 1 run (Conner Albright kick)

Second Quarter

L — Jeremiah Kirkland 9 run (McGuire kick)

Third Quarter

L — Kirkland 35 run (McGuire kick)

F — Darron Moore 54 run (Albright kick)

L — Kirkland 1 run (McGuire kick)

F — Albright 27 field goal

L — Kirkland 56 run (McGuire kick)

L — McGuire 28 field goal

Fourth Quarter

F — Scott McCormick 15 pass from Stroud (Albight kick)

FPD LC

First downs 15 13

Rushes-yards 38-167 41-249

Passing yards 93 55

Comp-Att-Int 8-20-1 4-13-0

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 1-1 2-0

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: Moore 9-111; Landmark Christian: Kirkland 34-214.

PASSING — FPD: Stroud 8-20-1 93; Landmark Christian: McGuire 4-11-0 55.

RECEIVING — FPD: McCormick 6-52; Landmark Christian: Nobles 3-48.