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Tattnall Comes From Behind to Defeat FPD 38-29 on Senior Night 2016

MACON, Ga. – The FPD Vikings (5-3, 1-3 Reg. 7-A) cruised to a 17-7 halftime lead on Friday night.

But in the second half, specifically in the third quarter, the Tattnall Trojans rallied to score 17 unanswered points en route to 38-29 come-from-behind region victory at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium on Senior Night 2016.

Tattnall’s Ahmad Barron led the charge for the Trojans, scoring two of his three touchdowns in the second half.

The Trojans out-scored the Vikings 31-14 in the second half to take the win.

The Vikings took the lead early after a punt by Dane Wiggins was botched by the Trojans’ special teams.

Andrei Parrish then broke the 0-0 barrier with a 33-yard field goal to give the Vikings a 3-0 lead with 8:07 to play in the first quarter.

On the ensuing drive, the Trojans answered with a Barron 6-yard score and Bryce Pruitt added the extra point for a 7-3 Trojan lead.

In the second quarter, FPD took control of the game, scoring twice to take a 17-7 lead at intermission.

FPD’s first score in the second frame came on a 5-yard run by C.J. Harris followed by a 6-yard reception by Armaun Smith from Dalton Cox.

Winning the coin toss and electing to defer, the Trojans swung the momentum immediately in the third quarter when Antoine Davis ran back an 80-yard kickoff for a touchdown and Pruitt made the PAT to pull Tattnall within three at 17-14.

The Trojans took the lead with 6:42 to play in the third quarter on a Vasco Sanders 5-yard touchdown run and Pruitt tacked on the extra point for a 21-17 Tattnall advantage.

Then, with 3:35 to play in the third quarter, Pruitt hit a 21-yard field goal to extend the Trojan lead to 24-17.

In the fourth quarter, FPD drove to Tattnall’s goal-line and quarterback Dalton Cox ran in a one-yard touchdown. But the extra point failed on the hold and FPD trailed by one at 24-23 with 8:57 to play in the contest.

Tattnall answered back with Barron on a 47-yard touchdown run with 7:20 to play. Pruitt nailed the PAT to extend Tattnall’s lead to 31-23.

But the Vikings showed resolve again.

With 5:27 remaining, Cox fired a 35-yard touchdown pass to Titus Moore. But the two-point conversion was called down on a pass to Gordon at the goal line and FPD trailed 31-29.

Tattnall sealed the deal with a 21-yard score by Barron with 2:27 to play in the game.

FPD finished with 396 yards of offense, 229 coming via the rush.

C.J. Harris paced FPD with 17 carries and 100 yards.

Cox threw for 167 yards and completed 16-of-22 passes with two touchdowns and one interception.

Titus Moore led the Viking receivers with 10 catches for 116 yards.

The Trojans tallied 298 yards of offense, with 289 yards coming on the ground.

Barron rushed for 193 yards on 22 carries to lead the rush attack for the Trojans.

The Vikings were whistled for 12 penalties for 100 yards while Tattnall was penalized three times for 15 yards.

The Vikings are back in action on Friday, Oct. 28, traveling to Mount de Sales Academy for another GHSA Class-A Region 7 division contest.

Kickoff against the Cavaliers is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Mike Garvin Stadium at Sister Elizabeth Lowman Field.

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GAME NOTES:

— Tattnall leads the GHSA series against FPD 2-1. The Vikings defeated Tattnall in 2015 on Homecoming 31-6 before falling 38-29 on Friday night, Oct. 21, 2016.

— FPD finished with 17 first downs while Tattnall totaled 11.

— The Vikings threw the ball 22 times while the Trojans tossed the pigskin just four times.

— Friday’s meeting with Tattnall was the 47th in program history. The Trojans lead the all-time series 31-16.

— The Vikings ran 77 plays from scrimmage while Tattnall finished with 45.

— Each kicker had a field goal in Friday’s contest. Andrei Parrish gave FPD a 3-0 lead with a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter. Tattnall’s Bryce Pruitt hit a 21-yard attempt in the third quarter.

— The lead changed four times in Friday’s contest against the Trojans.

— FPD outscored Tattnall 17-7 in the first half while the Trojans bested the Vikings 31-12 in the second half.

— Both teams combined for 589 yards rushing. Seventy-seven percent of the yards gained in the game came via the rush.

BOX SCORE:

TATTNALL 38, FPD 29

TSA 7-0-17-14 — 38
FPD 3-14-0-12 — 29

First Quarter:
FPD – Andrei Parrish 33 kick
TSA – Ahmad Barron 6 run (Bryce Pruitt kick)

Second Quarter:
FPD – C.J. Harris 5 run (Parrish kick)
FPD – Armaun Smith 6 from Dalton Cox (Parrish kick)

Third Quarter:
TSA – Antoine Davis 83 kickoff return (Pruitt kick)
TSA – Vasco Sanders 5 run (Pruitt kick)
TSA – Pruitt 21 kick

Fourth Quarter:
FPD – Cox 1 run (kick failed)
TSA – Barron 47 run (Pruitt kick)
FPD – Titus Moore 35 from Cox (2-point conversion failed)
TSA – Barron 21 run (Pruitt kick)

TSA — FPD
First Downs 12 — 17
Rushes-yards 41-289 — 50-229
Passing yards 167 — 9
Comp-Att-Int 1-4-0 — 16-22-1
Fumbles-Fumbles Lost 0-0 — 4-1
Penalties-Yards 3-15 — 12-100

Individual Leaders:
Rushing: TSA – Ahmad Barron 22-193, Antione Davis 6-45; FPD – C.J. Harris 17-100, Armaun Smith 6-60, Joshua Raines 6-40.
Passing: TSA – Miles Morris 1-4-0 9; FPD – Dalton Cox 16-22-1 167.
Receiving: TSA – Barron 1-9; FPD – Titus Moore 10-116, Maurice Gordon 3-24.

Records: Tattnall 8-0, 6-0 Reg. 7-A; FPD 5-3, 1-3 Reg. 7-A.

Next: FPD at Mount de Sales, 7:30 p.m., Friday (Oct. 28).