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Football Wins in Shootout at Wilkinson County

IRWINTON, Ga. – The FPD football team (5-3, 4-1 Reg. 7A) pushed its winning streak to four games on Friday night with a nail-biting 41-40 victory over the Wilkinson County Warriors (3-5).

After leading 21-0 at the half, the Vikings and Warriors dueled back-and-forth on offense.  Wilkinson out-scored FPD 40-20 in the second period, but the Vikings held on for the victory late.

“There are not enough words to describe this win,” head coach Greg Moore said. “I thought we played well most of the night, but we were our own worst enemy at times.”

FPD committed seven turnovers on the night, four on lost fumbles and three from interceptions. But the Viking defense forced the Warriors into six turnovers (four interceptions and two fumbles).

“It’s unacceptable to be honest,” Moore said. “But the flip side of that is that we won the ball game and we are glad about that.”

The Vikings rushed 37 times and racked up 306 yards, led by the 100 yards of Will McCormick.

Jonathan Raines brought in 27 yards to lead the Viking receivers. McCormick was 3-for-11 passing and 56 yards, respectively.

The touchdowns came often for the Viking offense all evening. O’Showen Williams notched two, while McCormick, Raines, K.J. Spears and Ryan Lindsey all accounted for one score each.

The Warriors racked up 476 yards of total offense, with 403 coming from quarterback Devon Dilson (28-for-48, 403 yards).

“They’re a good football team,” Moore said. “To let them back in was so dangerous.”

But Moore also knows getting the win says a lot about the Vikings.

“The way we responded says a lot about the confidence of our kids,” Moore said. “It says a lot about them, our senior leadership and the coaches on our team.”

One of those seniors is defensive lineman Martin Wilson, who noted the toughness of the squad.

“Everyone did their job,” Wilson said. “The offense and defense came together after Wilkinson punched back.”

Added Wilson: “We kept fighting, believing and playing Viking football,” Wilson said. “If we can do that, we’ll be okay.”

The Vikings return to action on Friday night, Nov. 1, taking on Warren County at 7:30 p.m. on Senior Night at George S. Johnson Stadium.

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.

Postgame Video with Head Coach Greg Moore & Sr. Martin Wilson

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BOX SCORE:

FPD 41, WILKINSON COUNTY 40

 

FPD 7-14-13-7–41

Wilkinson County 0-0-18-22–40

 

First Quarter

F — Will McCormick 2 run (Brad Powell kick)

Second Quarter

F — Jonathan Raines 27 pass from McCormick (Powell kick)

F — O’Showen Williams 34 interception return (Powell kick)

Third Quarter

W — Devon Dilson 5 run (run failed)

W — Dilson 1 run (BJ Davis run)

F — Williams 53 run (run failed)

F — KJ Spears 15 pass from McCormick (Powell kick)

W — Antonio Whipple 2 pass from Dilson (pass failed)

Fourth Quarter

W — Shlauez Underwood 29 pass from Dilson (Whipple from Dilson pass)

F — Brian Lindsey 17 run (Powell kick)

W — Dilson 5 run (pass failed)

W — Quantavious Jones 20 pass from Dilson (Underwood to Dilson pass)

 

F W

First downs 11 19

Rushes-yards 37-306 41-73

Passing yards 56 403

Comp-Att-Int 5-11-3 28-48-4

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 8-4 5-2

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: McCormick 15-100, Jam Morris 4-69, Williams 1-53, Lindsey 13-51; Wilkinson: Dilson 28-50, Davis 10-34.

PASSING — FPD: McCormick 5-11-3 56; Wilkinson: Dilson 28-48-4 403.

RECEIVING — FPD: Raines 1-27, Spears 1-15; Wilkinson: Whipple 9-128, Underwood 8-115, Kareen Sanders 4-91, Jones 5-82.