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Football Falls to George Walton on Opening Night

MACON, Ga. – The First Presbyterian Day School football team struggled in its season opener, falling 36-10 to a powerful George Walton team led by Kentucky-bound running back Stanley Williams on Friday night.

Williams rushed for 232 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs pulled away in the second half and the mistakes piled up for the Vikings in their season opener at George S. Johnson Stadium.

“It’s a laundry list of mistakes,” head coach Greg Moore said. “It’s early (in the season) and we got a good test tonight.”

FPD trailed just 7-0 at halftime, but George Walton came out firing in the second half to end any hopes of a Viking comeback.

The Bulldogs scored 23 points in the third quarter, including a 63-yard touchdown run from Williams with 5:03 to play.

“When you play somebody as good as George Walton, they can expose real quick some things you have to fix,” Moore said.

FPD was led by Reggie Gantt on the ground, who rushed for 64 yards on 14 carries, including a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Quarterback Will McCormick threw for 39 yards on 2-of-6 passing.

Moore said the Vikings have a lot of work to do in the coming days before Friday’s matchup against AAA Pike County.

“We know what those things are as a coaching staff,” Moore said. “We just have to make sure the players know what those things are by Monday.”

It was an emotional night for the Vikings, who dedicated their football field to Austin Childers, a 2009 graduate who continues to battle a rare mitochondrial disease, during a pregame ceremony.

Childers was transported to the game via ambulance from a local hospice facility.

Former Alabama and Georgia Tech coach Bill Curry addressed the sellout crowd at the newly renovated George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

State representative Allen Peake also gave a proclamation on behalf of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

Moore spoke to the crowd during the dedication as well.

“It’s an understatement to say that Austin has had a good impact on an awful lot of people,” Moore said. “The evidence is in the crowd we had tonight and all the folks we had here to honor him, and rightfully so … He’s a brilliant young man and God has used him in ways that I don’t even think Austin can understand.”

For photos of tonight’s pregame dedication and football game, visit our Flickr page.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory as a member of the Georgia High School Association. 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 SCORE:

GEORGE WALTON 36, FPD 10

George Walton 0-7-23-6–36

FPD 0-0-3-6–10

Second Quarter

GW — Tucker Shull 5 run (Cole Fisher kick)

Third Quarter

FPD — Brad Powell 32 field goal

GW — Stanley Williams 63 run (Fisher kick)

GW — Safety

GW — Williams 26 run (Fisher kick)

GW — Josh Holton 34 interception return Fisher kick)

Fourth Quarter

GW — Shull 33 pass from Cale Brown pass (pass failed)

FPD — Reggie Gantt 3 run (Powell kick)

GW FPD

First downs 9 10

Rushes-yards 40-270 28-69

Passing yards 38 63

Comp-Att-Int 2-7-0 6-15-1

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 2-1 3-0

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — George Walton: Williams 22-232; FPD: Gantt 14-64.

PASSING — George Walton: Brown 2-6-0 38; FPD: Will McCormick 2-6-0 39, Austin Cox 4-9-1 24.

RECEIVING — George Walton: Shull 1-33; FPD: O’Showen Williams 1-29.