Football Outduels Pace Academy Knights

MACON, Ga. – Jam Morris rushed for two touchdowns and the Viking defense stymied a lethal Pace Academy attack as the FPD football team (1-2) rolled to a 28-18 win over the Knights on Friday night for the first win on the newly named Austin Childers Field.

“I’m so proud of our football team,” head coach Greg Moore said. “It took everything we had to win this one.”

The Vikings used its balanced scoring attack to near perfection.

FPD got touchdowns from Morris, Reggie Gantt and O’Showen Williams to secure the win.

FPD’s offense arose midway through the first quarter when Will McCormick connected with Gantt for a 56-yard touchdown to give FPD a 7-0 lead.

Pace would respond on an 8-yard goal-line score from Malik Staples, but the PAT was blocked to make it a 7-6 FPD advantage.

Morris broke loose towards the end of the second quarter on a 35-yard touchdown but Pace punched back with a 4-yard score from Staples.

Pace’s two-point-conversion failed and FPD headed into the locker room at halftime with a slim 14-12 lead.

The second half saw Pace take its only lead of the game when Denzel Franklin ran for a 40-yard score at the 6:14 mark of the third quarter. However, the two-point attempt was no good.

Less than two minutes later, McCormick connected with Williams on a 74-yard touchdown to give FPD the lead for good at 21-18.

FPD added more insurance late in the third quarter on a 90-yard touchdown run from Morris to seal the win and send Viking Nation to its feet.

“The guys on our team keep wanting to get things right,” Moore said. “That’s a good sign of getting our season turned around in the right direction.”

Morris totaled 125 yards on five carries to lead the Viking rushing attack, while Williams’ 74-yard score led FPD in receiving. McCormick completed 3-of-6 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns, respectively.

“We felt like on offense we had to get a little more aggressive,” Moore said. “We did some things a little quicker than what we have been doing in the past.”

The defensive effort for FPD was equally as impressive.

The Vikings were able to contain a Knight offense that had scored over 35 points in each of its prior three contests.

FPD forced Pace into one interception and three fumbles on the night.

Moore said the win could be a turning point for the young Vikings with region play beginning on Sept. 27 at Lincoln County.

“We feel like we salvaged our season,” Moore said. “We did so just in time for region play, which starts next week. If you want to be the region champion, everyone is 0-0 starting now.”

Kickoff against the Red Devils is set for 7:30 p.m.

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FPD 28, PACE 18


Pace 0-12-6-0–18

FPD 7-7-14-0–28


First Quarter

F — Reggie Gantt 56 pass from Will McCormick (Brad Powell kick)

Second Quarter

P — Malik Staples 7 run (kick blocked)

F — Jam Morris 35 run (Powell kick)

P — Staples 4 run (pass failed)

Third Quarter

P — Denzel Franklin 44 run (run failed)

F — O’Showen Williams 74 pass from McCormick (Powell kick)

Fourth Quarter

F — Morris 90 run (Powell kick)



First downs 17 9

Rushes-yards 35-281 32-208

Passing yards 151 149

Comp-Att-Int 14-29-1 3-7-0

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 8-2 1-0


RUSHING — Pace: Malik Staples 17-125; Kevin Johnson 10-64; Denzel Franklin 5-92; FPD: Jam Morris 4-127, Reggie Gantt 18-77.

PASSING — Pace: Johnson 13-29-1 151; FPD: McCormick 3-7-0 149.

RECEIVING — Pace: Kameron Uter 6-62; Trevor Cefalu 4-20.

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