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Football Comes Up Short at Lincoln County

LINCOLNTON, Ga. – The FPD football team came up short in its region opener against the Lincoln County Red Devils on Friday night, Sept. 27, falling 21-20 in a back-and-forth battle at Buddy Bufford Field.

Sophomore quarterback Will McCormick rushed for two touchdowns and fellow classmate Reggie Gantt racked up 123 yards on 25 carries for FPD. Senior Joseph Lengel brought in 69 yards on five receptions, as the Vikings nearly pulled out the win.

“I’m proud of the kids,” head coach Greg Moore said. “We certainly had our chances to get it done.”

The Red Devils jumped out to an early lead when Mike McIntire ran for a 38-yard touchdown to give Lincoln a 7-0 advantage at the 10:20 mark of the first period.

LaKeith Lockhart added an eight-yard score with 8:04 to play in the second quarter to give the Red Devils a 14-0 lead.

The Vikings bounced back less than three minutes later when McCormick fell in the end zone on a one-yard touchdown to cut the Red Devil lead to 14-7 before halftime.

In the third quarter, Lincoln struck again, this time on a Lockhart six-yard keeper, to give the Red Devils a 21-7 lead.

FPD would respond with five seconds left in the third period when McCormick found sophomore O’Showen Williams for a 39-yard touchdown and putting the pressure back on Lincoln to start the fourth quarter.

Both teams would trade possessions early in the fourth frame, but the Vikings were able to punch in a score with 4:50 left in the game on a McCormick one-yard keeper. The Vikings went for the two-point conversion, but came up short, and Lincoln would lead 21-20.

With the ball in the Red Devils’ hands, the FPD defense went to work and forced Lincoln to punt. But before the punt was off, the Red Devil punter James Spratlin botched the snap and the officials ruled his knee down, giving the ball back to FPD.

The Vikings marched down to the Lincoln 12-yard line and faced a fourth and one but the Red Devils capitalized on the defensive stand and ran out the clock to hang on for the win.

FPD totaled 414 yards of offense on the night, including 21 first downs, while Lincoln finished with 246 yards and 12 first downs.

Despite the loss, Moore says the team keeps making improvements each week.

“The players still believe in what we’re doing,” Moore said. “They’ve got great character and big hearts.”

McCormick threw for 153 yards on 10-of-19 with one touchdown and one interception.

FPD was whistled for seven penalties for 71 yards, while Lincoln was called for two mishaps for 20 yards.

“The kids knew exactly what we were trying to do late in the game” Moore said. “We wanted a chance late and we had it. It’s not any one person’s fault. It’s our loss as a team and we’ll go back, look at the film and move forward next week.”

The Vikings (1-3, 0-1 Reg. 7A) return to action on Friday, Oct. 4, traveling to play GMC in another region 7A contest.  Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Milledgeville.

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:

LINCOLN COUNTY 21, FPD 20

FPD 0-7-7-6–20

Lincoln County 7-7-7-0–21

First Quarter

LC — Mike McIntire 38 run (James Spratlin kick)

Second Quarter

LC — Ben Turner 8 pass from Lakeith Lockhart (Spratlin kick)

FPD — Will McCormick 1 run (James Collins kick)

Third Quarter

LC — Lockhart 6 run (Spratlin kick)

FPD — O’Showen Williams 39 pass from McCormick (Collins kick)

Fourth Quarter

FPD — McCormick 1 run (run failed)

 

FPD LC

First downs 21 12

Rushes-yards 50-261 33-210

Passing yards 153 36

Comp-Att-Int 10-19-1 5-12-0

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 1-1 3-1

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: Reggie Gantt 25-123, Jam Morris 4-47; Lincoln County: McIntire 20-170.

PASSING — FPD: McCormick 10-19-1 153; Lincoln County: Lockhart 5-12-0 36.

RECEIVING — FPD: Joseph Lengel 5-69, Williams 2-46, Jonathan Raines 2-26; Lincoln County: Max Ashmore 2-20.