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Football Downed at Prince Avenue 55-30 to End 2014 Season

BOGART, Ga. – The FPD football team saw its 2014 season come to a close on Friday night, Nov. 21, dropping a 55-30 decision to the Prince Avenue Christian Wolverines at Brad Akins Field in the first round of the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs.

The loss gives the Vikings a 7-4 record on the year and FPD’s fourth consecutive winning season in the GHSA. Prince advances to play Eagles Landing Christian Academy in the second round. The Chargers knocked off Athens Christian 34-0 Friday night.

“We got beat by a team that was better than us tonight,” FPD head coach Greg Moore said. “All in all they were just better on all sides of the ball.”

FPD didn’t have an answer to Prince running back Jonah Doster, who paced the Wolverines with two touchdowns and 92 rushing yards on nine carries while also hauling in a 47-yard reception.

“They have some good players and he is certainly one of them,” Moore said. “I thought our kids played hard tonight. They just made the plays when they had to.”

Along with Doster’s stellar performance, the Wolverines secured two touchdowns apiece from Jordan Ginnel and Matthew Hill to provide plenty of offense.

The Vikings opened the game with a Will McCormick two-yard touchdown run, but a missed Brad Powell extra point made it a 6-0 Viking advantage.

The Wolverines bit back with two straight touchdowns, one from Hill and the other from Ginnel to take a 14-6 lead.

With 1:12 to play in the first quarter, FPD’s Reggie Gantt rushed in a score from two-yard and Powell nailed the point-after to pull within one at 14-13.

The Vikings recaptured the lead in second quarter on a 39-yard field goal from Powell but on the ensuing kickoff, Prince’s Doster ran in a 99-yard return for a touchdown to give the Wolverines a 21-16 lead.

Doster wasn’t done, though. With 54 seconds remaining in the first half after a long Prince drive down the field, Doster ran in a three-yard touchdown to give the Wolverines a 28-16 advantage at intermission.

“It was a great game,” FPD senior Noah Groover said. “They were very physical and we were too. They have a good team and showed it.”

After both squads traded touchdowns early in the third quarter, Prince’s Matthew Hill blocked a Viking punt and returned it 13 yards for a touchdown to give the Wolverines 41-24 lead.

Doster and Herron tacked on two more scores for the Wolverines followed by a final touchdown by FPD’s Jonathan Raines on a 31-yard pass from McCormick.

“Our guys played hard,” Moore said. “We still felt like we were in the game at halftime. But then we had a couple of tough things happen in the third quarter that swung things around and we couldn’t recover.”

The Wolverines totaled 357 yards of total offense on the night, 304 coming from the rush. The Vikings tallied 360 yards, 216 off the run and 144 through the air.

McCormick led all rushers for the Vikings with 76 yards. He was 10-for-14 passing with 144 yards and one touchdown. Raines finished the night with 86 yards receiving.

Moore says the loss is difficult, especially for the seniors.

“You take notice of our nine seniors throughout the course of their careers,” Moore said. “To watch them come up and grow up in our program says a lot about their commitment, heart and character to our team and our school.”

After a few weeks off, Moore said the team will get back to work to prepare for the 2015 campaign.

“We had a good year and overcame a lot of things along the way,” Moore said. “Over the course of the winter, we’ll get our staff together and assess what worked and what didn’t work.”

“We have a great coaching staff and I’m confident we can do that to get ready to go again in May with spring practice and heading into next summer with workouts.”

One thing is for sure, Groover will miss what he and his teammates built.

“I’m still unbelievably proud of our team,” Groover said. “I’ll miss my friends and the bond that we shared together.”

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2015 for their hard work and dedication to the FPD Football program over the years. We wish you God’s richest blessings in your lives!

Continue to check www.fpdvikings.com for football coverage throughout the offseason.

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.

BOX SCORE:

PRINCE AVENUE 55, FPD 30

FPD 13-3-8-6 — 30
Prince 14-14-13-14 — 55

First Quarter
FPD – Will McCormick 2 run (kick failed)
PA – Matthew Hill 7 run (Jared Pringle kick)
PA – Jordan Ginnel 1 run (Pringle kick)
FPD – Reggie Gantt 2 run (Brad Powell kick)

Second Quarter
FPD – Brad Powell 39-yard field goal (good)
PA – Hill 99 kickoff return (Pringle kick)
PA – Jonah Doster 3 run (Pringle kick)

Third Quarter
PA – Jordan Ginnel 10 run (Pringle kick)
FPD – Gantt 3 run (Jam Morris pass from McCormick)
PA – Hill 13 blocked punt return (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter
PA – Doster 4 run (Pringle kick)
PA – Tyson Herron 7 run (Pringle kick)
FPD – Jonathan Raines 31 pass from McCormick (pass failed)

FPD — PA
First downs 14 — 17
Rushes-yards 38-216 — 44-304
Comp-Att-Int 10-14-0 — 2-3-0

Top Individuals
RUSHING — FPD: Will McCormick 18-78, Gantt 11-60, Torrian McSwain 4-53; Prince Avenue Christian: Doster 9-92, Herron 9-56.

PASSING — FPD: McCormick 10-14-0 144; Prince Avenue Christian: Herron 1-2-0 47

RECEIVING — FPD: Raines 3-86; Prince Avenue Christian: Doster 1-47.

GAME NOTES:
– FPD moved to 0-1 all-time against Prince Avenue after Friday’s 55-30 loss in the first round of the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs.

– FPD is 1-4 in GHSA State Playoff games. The Vikings are now 41-32 all-time in state playoff games in GISA and GHSA play combined.

– Prince Avenue is now 7-5 all-time in GHSA State Playoff games.

– All individual rushers for both teams were held below triple digits in rushing during Friday’s game. Prince’s leading rusher was Jonah Doster (92 yards) while FPD’s was Will McCormick (78 yards).

– There were a total of 31 first downs in Friday’s game. The Wolverines picked up 17 first downs while the Vikings earned 14.

– The Vikings were whistled for eight penalties totaling 70 yards while Prince picked up six penalties for 45 yards.

– The Wolverines have advanced to the second round of the state playoffs two straight years. Prince hosts Eagles Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) on Nov. 28.

– Both teams scored at least three points in each quarter of play during Friday’s game.

– Junior running back Reggie Gantt totaled 60 yards on 11 carries during Friday’s contest against Prince. That total pushed him over the 1,000 rushing yard mark (1,028) for the 2014 season.

– The Vikings totaled 52 plays from scrimmage while the Wolverines finished with 47.

– Wolverine kicker Jared Pringle was 7-for-8 on PAT’s. FPD kicker Brad Powell was 1-for-2 and also nailed a 39-yard field goal in the second quarter.

POST-GAME VIDEOS:

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