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Football Braves Wilco Warriors 41-32 on Senior Night 2014

MACON, Ga. The GHSA calendar notes the beginning of the Class-A State Playoffs begin on Nov. 21.

For FPD, the road to that game began on Friday night, Oct. 24 according to head coach Greg Moore.

So far so good.

The Vikings held off a tough Wilkinson County Warrior team 41-32 on Senior Night to move to 5-3 and 2-2 in sub-region A play at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium. The victory snaps a short one-game skid by FPD.

“This was a big win for us,” head coach Greg Moore said. “I just can’t say enough about how our kids responded to the events of the day. We showed some resolve tonight and I’m proud of the guys for that.”

Playing without star running back Jam Morris, FPD went down 8-0 midway through the first quarter when Kentavious Waller pushed in a 5-yard touchdown coupled with a Akeem Jackson 2-point conversion.

But the Vikings responded in a big way, primarily due to the spark of Barron Jones.

The senior forced a fumble on a Warrior drive that was recovered by the Vikings. FPD would later score on a Reggie Gantt one-yard touchdown run with 10:29 to play in the second quarter to make it an 8-7 Warrior lead after a Brad Powell extra point.

“I thought we came out and played soft to begin the game, honestly.” Jones said. “I didn’t want to hold anything back. This was my last regular season game on this field. Hopefully we get another chance to play here in the coming weeks (in the playoffs).”

The touchdown by Gantt wasn’t the end of the Viking scoring barrage. FPD posted five unanswered touchdowns to take a commanding 41-8 lead into the fourth quarter.

Two of those touchdowns came via the feet of Jack Sawyer, one coming at 8:19 in the third quarter and the latter at 11:14 in the fourth frame.

“It felt really good to make a contribution (like this),” Sawyer said. “Coach Moore told us before the game that this was the start of our playoff run tonight. We knew we had to win out to improve our chances of getting to the Dome.”

Other touchdowns in the FPD scoring run included Will McCormick, Robert Johnson and Austin Cox.

“We had some guys get the call tonight,” Moore said. “You never know when someone will get their chance. It was good to see guys like Jack, Robert and many others answer the call when they had to and that they were ready to do so.”

The game was far from over, however. The Warriors came marching back, scoring four straight touchdowns, the last three by Quantavious Jones to cut the game to a 41-32 Viking lead.

The FPD defense, though, rallied and forced the clock down as the game ended in FPD’s favor.

“Our team played really well tonight,” Moore said. “We came out early and got things taken care of.”

FPD was led in rushing by McCormick, who posted 68 yards on 18 carries. The junior finished the night 8-for-12 passing for 191 yards and one touchdown. FPD posted 13 first downs, six via the rush, six from the pass and one from a Warrior penalty.

Jonathan Raines paced FPD in receiving, hauling in three catches for 89 yards.

The Vikings tallied 381 yards of total offense, 190 from the rush and 191 through the air. The Warriors finished with 274 yards of offense, led by the 200 yards rushing on 20 attempts by Jones.

“We’re at a point where we are one game at a time,” Moore said. “We’re in a situation where we need to win moving forward. We’ll enjoy this one and turn our attention to Twiggs Country next Friday, which I’m sure will be a tough football game.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 31 in Jeffersonville.

FPD honored its nine seniors – Jam Morris, Austin Cox, Noah Groover, Jonathan Raines, Barron Jones, John-Gordon Thigpin, Cole Thomason Palmer Haynes and Blake Spires – prior to Friday’s game vs. Wilkinson County as part of Senior Night. The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2015 for their hard work and dedication to the football program throughout the years! May God bless you and your families!

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. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

POST-GAME VIDEO:

GAME NOTES:

– With the win, FPD improves to 2-1 all-time against the Warriors. The Vikings have won two straight, including a 41-40 victory in 2013 in Irwinton. Friday’s win was the first on Austin Childers Field against Wilkinson County.

– A total of 217 points have been scored combined in the series.

– There were a total of nine (9) fumbles in Friday’s game vs. Wilkinson County. FPD finished with six fumbles (four lost) and Wilkinson County totaled three, all of which were lost.

– Nineteen (19) penalties were whistled during Friday’s game vs. Wilkinson County. The Vikings finished with six penalties for 75 yards lost. The Warriors totaled 13 mishaps for 121 yards lost.

– Wilkinson County finished with more rushing yards (283) than the total number of yards the Vikings finished with (281).

– There were a total of 90 rushing plays in Friday’s game. FPD finished the night with 40 attempts rushing while Wilkinson County posted 50 rushes.

– 25 first downs were recorded in Friday’s game. The Vikings finished with 13 total.

– Friday’s win was no. 303 in program history. FPD head coach Greg Moore has picked up 113 of those victories.

– Along with honoring the football seniors prior to Friday’s game, the FPD Athletic Department honored the band, dance, cross country and cheerleading seniors.

– Since joining the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are now 30-21.

– FPD is now 4-1 at home in 2014. The win total marks the highest total for the program since joining the GHSA in 2010.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 41, WILKINSON COUNTY 32

FPD 0-27-7-7—41
Wilkinson County 8-0-0-24—32

First Quarter
W — Kentavious Waller 6 run (Waller pass to Akeem Jackson for 2-point conversion)

Second Quarter
F — Will McCormick 1 run (Brad Powell kick)
F — McCormick 24 run (Powell kick)
F — Robert Johnson 11 run (Powell kick)
F — Austin Cox 15 pass from McCormick (kick failed)

Third Quarter
F — Jack Sawyer 20 run (Powell kick)

Fourth Quarter
F — Jack Sawyer 2 run (Powell kick)
W — Brad Mays fumble recovery (conversion failed)
W — Quantavious Jones 49 run (conversion failed)
W — Jones 29 run (conversion failed)
W — Jones 1 run (conversion failed)

FPD — Wilkinson County
First downs 18 — 14
Rushes-yards 36-188 — 43-251
Passing yards 182 — 79
Comp-Att-Int 8-10-0 — 8-18-0
Fumbles-Fumbles lost 0-4 — 0-3

QUICK LINKS:
Macon Telegraph Article by Jane Hammond – Motivated by senior night, FPD tops Wilkinson County