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Football Drops in First Round of GHSA State Playoffs at Prince Avenue 41-7

BOGART, Ga. – The 2015 FPD football season came to a close on Friday night, Nov. 20 as the no. 16 seeded Vikings (6-5) fell to the no. 1 seeded Prince Avenue Christian Wolverines (11-0) 41-7 at Brad Akins Field in first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs.

The loss marks the end of the season for FPD, while the Wolverines advance to the Quarterfinal Round on Nov. 27 and will host Savannah Christian, who knocked off Landmark 24-14 on Friday night.

“Sometimes you just have to tip your cap,” FPD head coach Greg Moore said. “We knew the task was tough coming in. Prince was the better team tonight from start to finish.”

The Wolverines scored the first four touchdowns of the contest, two in the first quarter and two in the second quarter, for a 28-0 halftime lead. Kevon Hudson, Jordan Hightower, Noah Campbell, and Andrew Hayes all added touchdowns and Jared Pringle connected on all extra points.

“I wish I could tell you that they did something different tonight than they did all season long, but they didn’t,” Moore said. “It’s one thing to know to feel pretty confident is coming. But when you play a really, really good football team it’s another thing to try and stop it.”

In the second half, the Wolverines added two touchdowns, the first with 8:35 remaining in the third quarter on a Hudson one-yard goal line run. Along with Pringle’s PAT, Prince lead 35-0.

The Vikings came back and added their lone score of the contest with just over three minutes to play in the third on a Will McCormick four-yard run. Brad Powell made the extra point to make it a 35-7 Wolverine lead.

The last score of the match came in the third when Prince’s Zack Ragle broke loose for a 26-yard touchdown run, but Pringle missed the extra point for a 41-7 advantage.

“We felt good about our game plan going into the ball game,” Moore said. “Again, I think the credit has to go to Prince Avenue. There’s a reason their the number one team in the state and they are going to cause a lot of problems for some folks before the playoffs are over with.”

Moore noted that the Vikings would have never been in the position to compete in the State Playoffs were it not for his 10 seniors and their leadership throughout the 2015 campaign.

“That’s a special group of guys,” Moore said. “I hate that it has to end this way for them. The things that they’ve learned all year and the especially the leadership over the past six weeks is something I hope they will call on the rest of their lives.”

Added Moore: “It’s why I do what I do. Scoreboards are great. But scoreboards don’t tell stories of kids’ hearts and what they’re all about. I know what’s in their hearts and it’s a good thing.”

With Friday’s defeat, FPD has now advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs five consecutive seasons.

“In general it means that we’re doing things well,” Moore said. “Obviously we’d like to get over the hump and advance further. But when you get down to 16 teams, a lot of things have to go your way. We had a few too many chinks in the armor this season. We’ll take some time off to reevaluate some things and get ready to go again with our coaches this winter and our guys in the spring.”

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2016 for their hard work and dedication to the FPD football program throughout the years. We wish you God’s richest blessings in your lives!

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.

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BOX SCORE:

PRINCE AVENUE 41, FPD 7

Prince Avenue Christian 41, FPD 7
FPD 0-0-7-0—7
Prince Avenue 14-14-13-0—41

First Quarter
Prince Avenue: Kevon Hudson run 5 (Jared Pringle kick) 10:51
Prince Avenue: Jordan Hightower run 41 (Pringle kick) 6:38

Second Quarter
Prince Avenue: Noah Campbell 30 pass from Grant Roland (Pringle kick) 3:59
Prince Avenue: Andrew Hayes 27 run (Pringle kick) 2:02

Third Quarter
Prince Avenue: Hudson run 1 (Pringle kick) 8:55
FPD: Will McCormick 4 run (Brad Powell kick) 3:25
Prince Avenue: Zack Ragle 26 run (kick failed) 2:23

Fourth Quarter
None

FPD — PA
First downs 11 — 10
Rushes-yards 32-106 — 42-314
Passing yards 69 — 63
Comp-Att-Int 7-16-0 — 3-4-0
Fumbles-Fumbles lost 2-1 — 2-1
Penalties-yards 7-70 — 7-55

TOP INDIVIDUALS:
RUSHING — FPD: Reggie Gantt 6-42; Prince Avenue Christian: Zack Ragle 4-123.
PASSING — FPD: Will McCormick 6-15-0 84; Prince Avenue Christian: Grant Roland 3-4-0 63.
RECEIVING — FPD: Daniel Weaver 2-40; Prince Avenue Christian: Noah Campbell 1-30.