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Football Downed at Tattnall 28-14

MACON, Ga. – It was another frustrating night for the Vikings at Jack Baynes Field.

A rivalry that was renewed for the first time in five years swung in a familiar direction. The no. 7 ranked Tattnall Trojans (7-0, 3-0 A-Region 7-A) knocked off the FPD Vikings  (4-3, 1-2 A-Region 7-A) 28-14 to hand FPD’s its third loss in four games.

The win puts Tattnall in first place in sub-region A play while the Vikings will be in either third or fourth place after Friday’s games are complete on Oct. 17.

With the victory, Tattnall now holds a 30-15 record against the Vikings in the series, including an 18-7 mark on its home turf.

“It’s frustrating,” head coach Greg Moore said. “I thought Tattnall played well and I thought our kids played really hard. We had a couple of chances, dug ourselves into a hole in the second quarter and didn’t execute when it came time for us to do so.”

The Vikings started off the game on a positive note, scoring on a Reggie Gantt two-yard touchdown run with a Brad Powell point-after to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead midway through the first quarter.

“I was really pleased with the way we started tonight,” Moore said. “The kids were excited and ready to play. But along the way, we made some mistakes and its not any one person’s fault. It’s the entire teams’ fault. Those mistakes began to add up quickly and it cost us.”

That early score coupled with Viking miscues on both sides of the ball fueled the Tattnall offensive charge. The Trojans went on to score four unanswered touchdowns including three before halftime to give Tattnall a 21-7 lead at intermission.

The first of those scores for the Trojans came via J.J. Battle on a 43-yard touchdown run with 4:12 remaining in the first quarter.

Tattnall picked back up in the second quarter with two touchdowns from Jonathan Ward, one from one-yard out and the other from 18-yards.

“They have a good football team,” Moore said. “They have guys, like Ward, who can change a game in an instant. He and the Trojans did that in the second quarter.”

Thr Trojans’ final scoring play came with 1:40 to go in the third quarter when Ahmad Barron ran in a 37-yard touchdown. Kicker Loftin Whiddon, who hit all four of his extra-point attempts on the night, made it a 28-7 Trojan advantage.

The Vikings look poised to make a run late in the game, scoring on a 12-yard touchdown run by quarterback Will McCormick with 9:06 to play.

On the ensuing Tattnall possession, the Viking defense forced a Trojan fumble deep in their own territory, but the Vikings couldn’t convert on the opportunity.

The Trojans got the ball back and ran down the clock for the victory.

Moore said FPD, who was out-gained 346-179 offensively on the night, has some work to do before welcoming a, “very physical” Wilkinson County football team on Friday night, Oct. 24 on Senior Night.

“The biggest concern now is getting ready to play a very physical team on Senior Night,” Moore said. “Now we have to understand the hopes of the season hang in the balance. I don’t know for sure where we’re headed with the power rankings. We took a hit tonight, I’m sure.”

“We can’t afford to not play to the best of our abilities the rest of this year.”

Kickoff against the Warriors is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium on Oct. 24.

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GAME NOTES:

– The Trojans lead the all-time series against the Vikings 30-15. At Jack Baynes Field, the Trojans hold an 18-7 record. Since the end of 1987 season, FPD holds a 4-27 record against Tattnall. The Vikings’ last win was in 2005 at Jack Baynes Field,  31-28 overtime win.

– Friday’s game was the first time the Vikings and Trojans met as members of the GHSA. Tattnall is 1-0 in GHSA play.

– The Trojans finished with 305 rushing yards. JJ Battle and Jonathan Ward combined for 204 of those 305 rushing yards.

– The Trojans had two passing plays by Ward. He finished the game at 2-for-2 passing with 41 yards. The longest pass of the night was a 37-yard completion to Ahmad Barron.

– FPD was led in rushing on the 42 yards and 15 carries by Will McCormick. McCormick and Reggie Gantt rushed for 72 yards combined of FPD’s 90 total rushing yards.

– FPD quarterback Will McCormick finished the night at 8-of-15 passing with 80 yards and one interception.

– The Vikings gained 10 first downs on the night, seven coming via the rush and three from the pass. Tattnall earned one dozen first downs, 10 coming from the run and two off the pass.

– There were a total of 10 penalties in Friday’s game. FPD was whistled for four (4) miscues for 25 yards while Tattnall finished with six flags for a loss of 45 yards.

– Kicker Brad Powell was 2-for-2 on extra-points for FPD. Loftin Whiddon was 4-for-4 on PAT’s for Tattnall.

BOX SCORE:

TATTNALL SQUARE 28, FPD 14

FPD 7-0-0-7–14

TSA 7-14-7-0–28

First Quarter
FPD — Reggie Gantt 1 run (Brad Powell kick)
TS — JJ Battle 43 run (Loftin Whiddon kick)

Second Quarter
TS — Jonathan Ward 1 run (Whiddon kick)
TS — Ward 18 run (Whiddon kick)

Third Quarter
TS — Ahmad Barron 37 pass from Ian Hendon (Whiddon kick)

Fourth Quarter
FPD — Will McCormick 12 run (Powell kick)

FPD — TS

First downs 11 — 15

Rushes-yards 33-88 — 45-304

Passing yards 77 — 41

Comp-Att-Int 7-14-1 — 2-2-0

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 1-0 — 3-2

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: 15-34, Gantt 13-33, Torrian McSwain 2-18; Tattnall Square: Battle 8-114, Ward 21-97, Herndon 10-75, Barron 6-18.

PASSING — FPD: McCormick 7-14-1 77; Tattnall Square: Herndon 2-2-0 41.

RECEIVING — FPD: Cox 2-29, Jonathan Raines 2-21, Jam Morris 2-16, Luke Ford 1-11; Tattnall Square: Barron 1-37.

RECORDS: Tattnall 7-0, 3-0 A Reg. 7A; FPD 4-3, 1-2 A Reg. 7A.

Next: Wilkinson County at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Friday (Oct. 24).

POST-GAME VIDEO:

MEDIA LINKS:

13 WMAZ Football Friday Night Highlights – FPD at Tattnall (Oct. 17)

Macon Telegraph article by Ron Seibel – “Ball bounces Tattnall’s way in win over FPD”