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Football Falls to Howard 38-17 in Season Opener at Mercer

MACON, Ga.  – Howard quarterback Courvosier King threw for four touchdowns and 289 yards as the Huskies (2-0) bested the Vikings (0-1) in FPD’s 2015 season opener 38-17 at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium on Thursday night, August 27.

“They have a really good football team and exposed some areas where we weren’t quite ready for,” FPD head football coach Greg Moore said. “I’m pleased, though, with the effort our guys gave. They kept fighting all the way to the very end.”

After choosing to defer to the second half, the Husky defense forced the Viking offense to a quick three-and-out to open the game.

Then, with 7:17 remaining in the first quarter, King hooked up with JaQwun Stinson for a four-yard touchdown pass. The extra point attempt by David Resendiz was no good, and the Huskies took an early 6-0 lead.

“They came out early and set the tone,” Moore said. “But we hung in there and played a really good first half I thought.”

The Vikings took their only lead of the contest less than a minute into the second quarter when senior quarterback Will McCormick found Daniel Weaver for a 14-yard touchdown. Brad Powell tacked on the extra point to give FPD a 7-6 advantage.

But King and the Huskies went back to work.

After multiple turnovers by both squads in the second quarter, Howard punched in a touchdown with 1:40 left in the first half on a 43-yard pass to Alphonso Stephens. The Huskies elected to go for the 2-point conversion and were successful via Antonio Jones to make it a 14-7 Howard advantage.

But FPD answered again.

After receiving the kickoff with limited time remaining in the first half, the Vikings marched down the field and Powell nailed a 28-yard field goal with 2.7 seconds left in the second quarter to make it a 14-10 game in Howard’s favor.

Down by just four entering halftime, things looked bright for the Vikings.

But the Huskies outscored the Vikings 28-7 over the final 24 minutes of play to seal the win.

“They have some senior guys in key spots that made some really nice plays for them,” Moore said. “And they have some older, bigger guys on the front that caused some problems during the course of the night for us. The two combined made for a problem on both sides of the ball.”

McCormick finished with 127 passing yards on 14-of-22 attempts while Daniel Weaver paced the Vikings with four receptions for 47 yards.

Armaun Smith was the leading rusher for the Vikings, totaling 90 yards, 45 in each half, on 10 attempts.

“We have our weapons for sure” Moore said. “Several guys did some big things. We just didn’t get the job done tonight. We have a lot of youth and inexperience and sometimes you need to see some things to be shown to you so you can understand why what you’re doing as a player is important. That’s how we get better as a team.”

“I don’t have a problem with the way we played at all,” Moore said. “We obviously wanted to win the ball game, but our locker room is still upbeat and I think we’ll be fine.”

With Thursday’s loss, FPD moves to 9-13 in season openers on Thursday night. The Vikings are now 17-22 all-time in games played on a Thursday.

Up next is FPD’s scheduled bye-week on Sept. 4.

The Vikings will return to action on Friday, Sept. 11, traveling to Monticello, Ga. for a game against the Monticello High School Hurricanes.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Monticello’s Rose Bowl Stadium.

“We’ll get some guys healed up with some bumps and bruises and get back to work,” Moore said.

The Vikings defeated the Hurricanes 9-6 last season in a weather-shortened contest at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the varsity football team leading up to the Monticello contest.

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 following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FPDathletics.

POST-GAME VIDEO with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

PRE-GAME WARM-UP of FOOTBALL v. HOWARD at MERCER:

PRE-GAME COMMENTS BEFORE KICKOFF with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

LINKS:
PHOTOS on Flickr
13WMAZ Highlights
Macon Telegraph Article

BOX SCORE:

HOWARD 38, FPD 17

FPD 0-10-0-7 – 17
Howard 6-8-21-3 – 38

First Quarter

H – Stinson 4 pass from King (kick failed)

Second Quarter

FPD – Weaver 14 pass from McCormick (Powell kick)
H – Stephens 43 pass from King (Jones run)
FPD — Powell 28 field goal

Third Quarter

H – King 1 run (Resendiz kick)
H – Stephens 25 pass from King (Resendiz kick)
H – Means 57 pass from King (Resendiz kick)

Fourth Quarter

H – Resendiz 29 field goal
FPD – Smith 4 run (Powell kick)

STATS:

FPD — Howard

First Downs 16 — 11

Rushing 41-170 —  25-155

Passing Yards 126 — 286

Comp.-Att.-Int. 14-25-1 — 11-19-0

Penalties 5-31 — 8-65

Fumbles-Lost 6-2 —  2-1

TOP PLAYERS:

RUSHING – FPD: Smith 9-85, Sawyer 2-33, Bradley-McSwain 5-29, Gantt 9-27; Howard: Stinson 11-99, King 9-47.

PASSING – FPD: McCormick 13-21-1 115, Cox 1-3-0 11, Weaver 0-1-0 0; Howard: King 11-19-0 286.

RECEIVING – FPD: Weaver 4-45, Smith 1-23; Howard: Stephens 4-132, Means 3-120, Stinson 3-31.