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Football Drops Region-7 Opener at Twiggs County 29-17

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ga. – For the first time in the five games played between the two schools the Twiggs County Cobras (4-1, 1-0 Reg. 7-A), no. 2 in Class-A Public, defeated the FPD Vikings (4-1, 0-1 Reg. 7-A), no. 1 in Class-A Private, 29-17 at The Pit on Friday, Sept. 30 in the Region-7 opener for both squads.

The loss snaps FPD’s four-game winning streak, the longest in the GHSA program era.

“We have to give a lot of credit to Twiggs County,” FPD head coach Greg Moore said. “They have a really good football team and we knew it coming in. We got behind the eight-ball early, got down more than one possession, and it changed the flow of the game.”

Credit the Cobras, indeed.

Twiggs County racked up 379 yards of offense, 341 coming via a lethal rushing attack led by Ja’Mon Height and Javoris Smith.

The two combined for two touchdowns and 285 yards on the ground in leading the Cobras to their first victory over the Vikings in their program history.

Smith and the Cobras struck first at the 5:13 mark of the first quarter on a two-yard touchdown run and Baylor Butcher hit the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

The Vikings got on the board early in the second quarter on an Andrei Parrish 25-yard field goal, his first of the season, to cut the deficit to 7-3 with 8:46 to play in the first half.

But just over four minutes later, Devion Height ran in a four-yard touchdown. The extra point was good and Twiggs led 14-3 at halftime.

“This is a very tough sub-region,” Moore said. “This game is learning how to get up when you get knocked down. And we got knocked around a good bit in this one.”

Both teams battled back and forth in a scoreless third quarter.

In the fourth frame, the Cobras created separation when quarterback Calvin Stephens ran in a one-yard score. The PAT was blocked, but the Cobras led 20-3 with 11:57 remaining in the contest.

Needing points in a hurry, the FPD quarterback Dalton Cox found Harrison Aulds for a 35-yard touchdown and, with the extra point from Parrish, made it a 20-10 game in favor of the Cobras with 8:08 to play.

Nearing the end of the quarter, Butcher hit a 27-yard field goal to seemingly put the game out of reach at 23-10 with 4:38 to play.

But the Vikings responded again with Dalton Cox found Armaun Smith for a 13-yard score. Parrish made the PAT to bring FPD within six at 23-17 with 3:32 to play.

FPD booted an onside kick that appeared to be recovered by Robert Johnson, but the officials called the recovery out of bounds, giving the ball to Twiggs County.

“I didn’t really have any type of vantage point to think that it wasn’t a good call,” Moore said. “Anytime your at the mercy of needing to get an onside kick, it tells you how things have been going prior to that.

Ja’Mon Height slammed the door, breaking free for a 53-yard touchdown run with 1:45 to play to put the game away. Twiggs missed the extra point, but it was enough to earn to the 29-17 victory.

“Now we’ve really only got two options,” Moore said. “We can get up, go fight and play again or we can lay down and quit. And the latter is not in us. It’s not in the guys that I know and that I’m coaching right now.”

The Vikings will look to bounce back on Friday, Oct. 7, hosting the Wilkinson County Warriors on Homecoming 2016.

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

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Records: FPD 4-1, 0-1 Reg. 7-A; Twiggs County 4-1, 1-0 Reg. 7-A.

Next: Wilkinson County at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Friday; Stratford at Twiggs County, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

POST-GAME VIDEOS:

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