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Football Scrimmage Notes: Central 21, FPD 17

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team took to the field for the first time in 2016 on Friday night, August 12, hosting a scrimmage against the Central High School Chargers at Austin Childers Field inside George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

After an hour-long lightening delay just before kickoff, both teams were able to play the entire duration of the contest, with the Chargers taking the win 21-17.

Below are scrimmage notes from Friday’s game.

NOTES:

TOUCHDOWNS:

FPD scored all of its points in the first half of the game. C.J. Harris ran in a 13-yard touchdown with 6:39 to play in the first quarter followed by a Harrison Aulds 17-yard reception from quarterback Dalton Cox with 3:18 to play in the second quarter.

The Chargers scored two of their three touchdowns on the run. Central tied the game at 7-7 with 8:18 to play in the first half when quarterback Stephon Jones air-mailed a 38-yard pass to Kanuri Williams for the score.

Donald Lamb rushed for an 11-yard score with 41.4 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Wesley Alexander gave the Chargers the lead for good in the fourth frame with a 27-yard touchdown run.

PAT’s, FIELD GOALS and PUNTING:

FPD’s Andrei Parrish was a perfect 2-for-2 on PAT’s and nailed a 29-yard field goal with 1.5 seconds remaining in the first half.

Teammate Dane Wiggins saw action at the punting position for the Vikings on Friday night. Wiggins booted four punts for a total of 123 yards and averaged nearly 31 yards per kick.

Jones, who also serves as PAT kicker for the Chargers, was 3-for-3 on PAT’s.

FIRST TIME:

Friday night marked the first time junior quarterback Dalton Cox was under center for the Vikings.

And he didn’t disappoint.

Cox threw 135 yards on 13-of-22 (59 percent). Six of his throws were for double figures and the longest was a 31-yard toss to Titus Moore. Cox threw for one touchdown and did not throw an interception.

PLENTY of WEAPONS:

The Vikings are known to have offensive firepower and Friday night continued that trend.

Seven different players ran the ball for the Vikings, with Harris and Josh Raines each finishing with 22 rushing yards. As a team, the Vikings rushed for 71 yards.

On the receiving end, 10 different receivers caught a pass. Maurice Gordon hauled in 41 yards on three receptions. Five wide receivers posted double digits in yardage for the Vikings.

SMART PLAY:

The Vikings only had four penalties in Friday’s scrimmage.

The FPD defense forced the Chargers into making nine penalties for a total of 90 yards.

FIRST DOWNS:

FPD picked up 14 first downs in Friday’s scrimmage, the most coming via the run (6), followed by the pass (5) and penalties (3).

The Chargers totaled 17 first downs, 14 coming off the rush.

A LITTLE WORK TO DO:

The Vikings allowed 316 rushing yards to the Chargers in Friday’s scrimmage. While that number is high, it is worth noting the first and second unit did not play the entire fourth quarter.

Alexander led the Chargers in rushing with 113 yards on nine attempts and one touchdown, all coming in the second half.

WHAT’s NEXT:

The Vikings open the 2016 season against Howard High School on Saturday, August 27 at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium in Macon.

The overall series is tied at 1-1 between the two schools.

The game, sponsored by the Macon Touchdown Club and others, is part of a double-header.

The contest before FPD and Howard will feature Central and Mount de Sales Academy at 5 p.m.

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.

VIDEOS:

Team Meeting

Head Coach Greg Moore

Jr. WR Maurice Gordon

Sr. C/OL Thomas McBride

Game Highlights (Credit: Sidney Middlebrooks)