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Football Comes Up Short at Aquinas

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The FPD football team (6-4, 5-2 Reg. 7A) dropped its final regular season game to the Aquinas Fighting Irish 33-32 on Friday night, Nov. 8.

The loss for FPD puts the Vikings at third place in Reg. 7A with an official notice on a potential playoff spot forthcoming from the GHSA.

“There’s a lot of folks who will speculate over the next couple of days,” head football coach Greg Moore said. “I’m not going to do that. The state will put out its official notice and we will have to see what happens.”

Ryan Lindsey racked up 158 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries to lead the Vikings in rushing.  Quarterback Will McCormick also notched two touchdowns for FPD via the run.

The Vikings were an extra point away from tying the contest as time expired after Will McCormick found O’Showen Williams for an 11-yard touchdown pass with 33 seconds to play in the game.

The Vikings sent out the point-after team, but the snap was botched and Aquinas recovered the loose football and the ensuing onside kick to win the game.

“We’re disappointed in the outcome of the ball game,” Moore said. “We made some critical mistakes that came back and bit us. One of those areas tonight special teams.”

Moore points out that the loss stems from not just one person, but from the entire team.

“Its not any one person’s fault. Our team did some good things and our team did some not so good things.”

After the final horn sounded, Moore gathered the troops just past midfield and echoed the sentiments after a hard-fought game.

“I told the team I was proud of them after tonight’s game,” Moore said. “If we can get in the playoffs, I like where we are and I like our progress.”

The Vikings out-gained the Irish in first downs 24-14 on the night. FPD rushed for 326 yards on 42 carries while Aquinas racked up 335 yards on the ground on 36 attempts.

The Fighting Irish were paced by Ruben Garnett’s three touchdowns on 28 carries for 313 yards, respectively.

“We probably could have and should have thrown the ball a little more during the course of the ball game,” Moore said. “We got behind, had to play catch-up, and then that turned into pure desperation. That last drive showed a lot of people what our kids are capable of doing, and that’s really all I care about.”

Check www.fpdvikings.com throughout the week of Nov. 10-17 on football playoff spots.

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.

Article from Augusta Chronicle (featured in Saturday’s Macon Telegraph)

BOX SCORE:

AQUINAS 33, FPD 32

FPD 6-14-6-6–32

Aquinas 3-20-7-3–33

 

First Quarter

FPD — Will McCormick (kick failed)

A — Justin Thompson 38 field goal

Second Quarter

FPD — Ryan Lindsey 9 run (Brad Powell kick)

A — Ruben Garnett 67 run (Thompson kick)

FPD — McCormick 6 run (Powell kick)

A — Garnett 1 run (Thompson kick)

A — Daniel Lindsey 34 pass from Liam Welch (kick failed)

 

Third Quarter

A — Garnett 66 run (Thompson kick)

FPD — Lindsey 15 run (kick failed)

 

Fourth Quarter

A — Thompson 42-yard field goal.

F — O’Showen Williams 11 pass from McCormick (kick failed)

FPD A

First downs 24 14

Rushes-yards 42-326 36-335

Passing yards 132 91

Comp-Att-Int 8-17-1 5-10-0

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 1-1 3-2

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: Lindsey 16-158, Reggie Gantt 10-92; Aquinas: Garnett 28-313.

PASSING — FPD: Will McCormick 8-17-1 132; Aquinas: Welch 5-10-0 91.

RECEIVING — FPD: Williams 5-83, Joseph Lengel 2-32; Aquinas: Lindsey 2-53