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Football Rolls to 34-13 Road Victory Over Brookstone

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Momentum can be a fun thing to watch, especially when it’s on your side.

And it was certainly in favor of the FPD Vikings (2-0) on Friday night, rolling to a 34-13 win over the Class-A Private Brookstone School Cougars (1-1) at Rex Knight Stadium.

“A lot of guys touched the ball tonight and we did a good job early of spreading the wealth,” FPD head coach Greg Moore said. “That’s a positive thing for our football team.”

The Cougars led for only 5:55 of the entire contest after opening up with a 42-yard touchdown run by quarterback Russell Blanchard with 10 minutes to play in the first quarter. Clark Smith added the extra point to give Brookstone an early 7-0 lead.

“I think you have to credit Brookstone,” Moore said. “They have a lot of good players and we didn’t start off the game like we would have liked to. They do a lot of things well with the football and showed that early.”

But the Vikings adjusted.

With 4:05 remaining in the first period, quarterback Dalton Cox bombed a 71-yard touchdown pass to Maurice Gordon and Andrei Parrish nailed the extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

“Maurice has certainly worked hard,” Moore said. “When you’re in high school and you enjoy what you have to spend a lot of hard work doing, it makes it better. He’s having a good time playing receiver for us.”

In the second quarter, the Viking defense held the Cougars scoreless while the offense added two more scores.

With four minutes gone by, Armaun Smith received a pitch from Cox and ran in an 89-yard touchdown. Parrish tacked on the extra point and FPD took the lead for good at 14-7.

“We’ve been practicing hard all week and were working on our responsibilities as a team,” Smith said. “It paid off because we executed in this game.”

The Vikings ended the half when Cox found Gordon again for a 21-yard touchdown with 1:06 on the clock, but the quick-snap two-point conversion failed, giving FPD a 20-7 lead at intermission.

“Offensively we made some mistakes, but the key is we did not turn the ball over,” Moore said. “I think that’s a really big confidence booster for our team.”

In the second half, Brookstone made things interesting with a Joshua Long 6-yard touchdown run with 4:48 to play in the third quarter, but Smith’s PAT sailed wide of the uprights to make it 20-13 FPD.

But in the fourth quarter, the Vikings slammed door on the Cougars.

C.J. Harris rushed in a 14-yard touchdown at the 8:40 mark of the fourth period followed by a Joshua Raines score with 5:42 remaining in the contest. Parrish made both extra points to give the Vikings a commanding 34-13 lead.

“We couldn’t have done anything without our line tonight,” Raines said. “We knew in the second half we had to come back with our momentum. It will be nice to take this win and get ready to play at home.”

The Vikings will take the weekend to rest up before prepping for the Hawkinsville High School Red Devils on Friday night, Sept. 9 for the 2016 home opener.

“We’ve been traveling great,” center Thomas McBride said. “The ‘Viking Walk’ has been incredible and we’re excited to be at home next week.”

Moore agrees.

“Hawkinsville will travel well and will bring a lot of folks,” Moore said. “It will be our first game at our stadium and we’ll be looking forward to that.”

Kickoff on Sept. 9 is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

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BOX SCORE:

FPD 34, BROOKSTONE 13

FPD 7-13-0-14 — 34
BKST 7-0-6-0 — 13

First Quarter
B: Russell Blanchard 42 run (Clark Smith kick)
FPD: Maurice Gordon 71 pass from Dalton Cox (Andrei Parrish kick)

Second Quarter
FPD: Armaun Smith 89 run (Parrish kick)
FPD: Gordon 21 pass from Cox (PAT failed)

Third Quarter
B: Joshua Long 6 run (PAT failed)

Fourth Quarter
FPD: C.J. Harris 14 run (Parrish kick)
FPD: Joshua Raines 1 run (Parrish kick)

FPD — BKST
First Downs: 13 — 11
Rush: 25-193 — 40-211
Pass: 17-26-255-3-0 — 4-9-28-0-3
Fumbles/Lost: 1/0 — 8/3
Penalties: 11-80 — 4-25

RUSHING: FPD – Smith 1-89; Harris 10-47; Raines 5-46; Brookstone: Blanchard 16-99; Richard Hill 7-44; Long 9-43.

PASSING: FPD – Cox 17-26-255-3 TD; Brookstone – Blanchard 4-9-28-0 TD-3 INT.

RECEIVING: FPD – Gordon 4-107; Titus Moore 2-42; Smith 6-32; Brookstone: Frank Waldrep 3-20; Guy Kenimer 1-8.

Records: FPD 2-0, Brookstone 1-1.

Next: Hawkinsville at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Friday (Sept. 9); Brookstone at Landmark Christian, 7:30 p.m., Friday (Sept. 9).

GAME NOTES:

— FPD now leads the overall series against Brookstone 2-0. The Vikings last defeated the Cougars in the first round of the 2012 GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament.

— For a second consecutive game, the Vikings did not record a turnover.

— The FPD defense wreaked havoc on the Cougars all night, causing eight fumbles and forcing three interceptions. Three of the eight fumbles were recovered by FPD. Armaun Smith intercepted two passes while Robert Johnson recorded one pick.

— FPD quarterback Dalton Cox threw for over 200 yards for a second straight game. So far in 2016, Cox has thrown for 532 yards and five touchdowns. He has yet to throw an interception.

—The Vikings totaled 473 yards of total offense on Friday night. FPD rushed for 193 yards on 25 carries while receiving 255 yards in the air on 17 grabs. The Vikings also gained 25 yards on four Cougar penalties.

— RB C.J. Harris and Joshua Raines combined for 93 yards rushing on 12 attempts. Of those 93 yards, 92 came in the second half.

— FPD allowed 127 rushing yards in the first half, but held the Cougars to just 83 yards in the second half.

VIDEOS:

Post-Game Team Meeting:

Head Coach Greg Moore:

Jr. RB/WR Armaun Smith:

Soph. RB Joshua Raines:

Sr. C Thomas McBride: