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Football Falls to Calvary in Round One of Playoffs

SAVANNAH, Ga. – The FPD football team (6-5) dropped its GHSA Class-A state playoff opener on Friday night to the Calvary Day School Cavaliers 42-35 at M.C. Anderson Field.

The loss ends the season for the Vikings while Calvary advances to the Elite Eight next week against Prince Avenue.

“This was a great high school football game,” head coach Greg Moore said. “As bad as I feel for our kids and our seniors, I don’t have any problem with the way they played.”

A back-and-forth game saw FPD strike first early in the first quarter, scoring on a Will McCormick keeper to give FPD a 7-0 advantage.

The Cavaliers would duel back, scoring on a three-yard run from Robert Heyward, but the point-after was no good and FPD lead 7-6.

The Vikings marched down the field late in the first quarter to add another touchdown on a 40-yard run by McCormick to give FPD a 14-6 advantage.

In the second quarter, Calvary quarterback Michael Peterson hooked up with Derek Kirkland on a 15-yard pass to the end zone and the Cavalier’s converted the two point conversion to even the game at 14-14.

Both teams added scores midway through the second quarter, but Calvary missed an extra point, giving the Vikings a 21-20 advantage at halftime.

“It was difficult trying to match up with them,” Moore said. “Calvary has a very good football team and they made a couple of more football plays when they had to.”

The third quarter saw Calvary take the lead on a 44-yard pass by Peterson to Jordan Walker, giving the Cavaliers a 28-21 lead after another successful two-point conversion.

The Vikings responded as time expired at the end of the third frame when McCormick found Jonathan Raines on a 27-yard touchdown, evening the game at 28-28 going into the fourth quarter.

“We fought all night long to stay in the game,” Moore said. “I’m very proud of them.”

Calvary outscored FPD 14-7 in the fourth quarter, the final touchdown coming with 2:15 remaining in the game when Peterson found AJ Keene from nine yards out.

FPD’s lone touchdown of the quarter brought the crowd to its feet when O’Showen Williams took a McCormick pass 72 yards to the end zone.

Moore says he’s proud of the effort and the seniors will be sorely missed.

“Those guys (seniors) were great all year,” Moore said. “To say we will miss them will be an understatement.”

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2014 for their dedication and hard work throughout the years.

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:

CALVARY DAY 42, FPD 35

 

FPD 14-7-7-7–35

Calvary Day 6-14-8-14–42

 

First Quarter

FPD — Will McCormick 1 run (Brad Powell kick)

CD — Robert Heyward 3 run (kick failed)

FPD — McCormick 40 run (Powell kick)

Second Quarter

CD — Derrick Kirkland 15 pass from Michael Peterson (Heyward run)

FPD — McCormick 1 run (Powell kick)

CD — Heyward 44 pass from Peterson (kick failed)

Third Quarter

CD — Jordan Walker 11 pass from Peterson (Walker pass from Peterson)

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

Fourth Quarter

CD — Kirkland 26 pass from Peterson (Dan Hatch kick)

FPD — O’Showen Williams 72 pass from McCormick (Powell kick)

CD — A.J. Keene 9 pass from Peterson (Hatch kick)

FPD CD

First downs 11 20

Rushes-yards 32-104 33-123

Passing yards 246 275

Comp-Att-Int 11-20-0 21-31-0

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 1-0 1-1

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: McCormick 20-86; Calvary Day: Heyward 15-116.

PASSING — FPD: McCormick 11-20-0 246; Calvary Day: Peterson 21-31-0 275;

RECEIVING — FPD: Williams 4-131, Raines 4-51, Joseph Lengel 2-47; Calvary Day: Walker 8-82, Heyward 5-82, Kirkland 3-75.