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VICTORY!

Forty-Eight Minutes wasn’t enough on Friday night for FPD against Tattnall, and with the score tied at 35 they headed to overtime to determine who would emerge victorious in the region 7A game. The FPD defense held Tattnall to a 3 and out on their possession and a botched snap didn’t allow Tattnall to even get the field goal attempt off the ground. Three plays later QB Dalton Cox would sneak the game winning touchdown in from just outside the one for the win.

 

FPD took the lead early in the first quarter on their second possession with a 79-yard touchdown pass from Cox to Titus Moore, but Tattnall would tie the score late in the first quarter. The teams would trade touchdowns in the second quarter and it looked as if the game would head to halftime tied at 14, but a fumble with just over a minute to go gave the ball back to Tattnall, who would capitalize on the turnover with a 33-yard touchdown pass to take a 21-14 lead into the locker room.

 

The Tattnall half-time lead was short lived when Moore returned the opening kick of the second half for an 86-yard touchdown. When Coach Greg Moore was asked after the game about the mood of his team at half he responded, “They were mad, and they were frustrated that we were behind, but the kickoff return got us back on the right track,” and that it did. One could feel the momentum begin to shift but the battle was far from over. Tattnall would answer back with a 40-yard touchdown run to go up 28-21, but again FPD would answer back with a 10 play 65-yard drive capping it off on a 12-yard touchdown pass from Cox to Harrison Aulds to even the score late in the 3rd quarter.

 

FPD would take the lead early in the fourth quarter on a 41-yard touchdown pass from Cox to Maurice Gordon, but Tattnall would answer back with a 12-play time consuming drive to again even the score at 35. FPD on their next possession would go three and out, punting the ball back to Tattnall with just over 3 minutes to go in the game. Tattnall began their possession in FPD territory on the 47. After two consecutive runs, they were facing third and six from FPD’s 43 when they ran a jet sweep to Destin Mack who was stripped of the ball by defensive lineman Bryant Beal and linebacker Ryan Jones recovering the fumble to give FPD the ball back with less than two minutes in regulation.

 

FPD would convert a critical fourth and four from midfield with just under a minute to go in the game and proceed to drive the ball to Tattnall’s two-yard line setting up a potential game winning field goal but the snap was high and the game headed to overtime.

 

Tattnall had the ball first in overtime from the 15. FPD’s defense delivered as they had the entire second half with a three and out setting up a twenty-six-yard field goal to take the lead but the holder dropped the ball and now it was FPD’s turn to attempt the win the game.

 

On their first play from scrimmage in overtime running back Robert Johnson would gain 11 yards to make it first and goal from the four. The next play Johnson again would get the carry and drive his way to inside the one and set up the game winning sneak from Cox, to start the celebration. Victory had been achieved. The team physically exhausted but triumphant.

 

There is a Vince Lombardi quote that hangs in the hallway of the FPD locker room which says, “I firmly believe that any man’s finest hour, the greatest fulfillment of all that he holds dear, is that moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle – victorious,” and the FPD Football team had just experienced those exact words

 

For the night, offensively Cox would finish the night 16 of 28 for 236 yards 3TD passes and 2 rushing. Other offensive highlights included Moore’s 5 receptions for 110 yards and a TD, Gordon’s 6 receptions for 88 yards and a TD, and Johnson’s 15 rushes for 103 yards.

 

On the defensive side Ryan Jones led the way with 12 tackles, 4 assists and a fumble recovery. Bryant Beall had 7 tackles, 5 assists, and a forced fumble and Ja’Cobe Singletary had 6 tackles and 3 assists.

 

FPD returns to action Friday night at home against Mount De Sales.