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Football Drops First Game of 2014 at Lincoln County

LINCOLNTON, Ga. – The Vikings hoped to go into Lincoln County to right the ship after last season’s heart-breaking, one-point loss.

But those hopes were temporarily put on hold on Friday night, as the Vikings (3-1) dropped a 10-0 decision to the Red Devils at Larry Campbell Stadium at Buddy Bufford Field.

“I’m proud of our guys tonight,” head coach Greg Moore said. “We faced a lot of tough circumstances. We played hard, just didn’t translate it into a win.”

One of those tough situations revolved around the Viking offense, who was shutout for only the fourth time since joining the GHSA. The last time that happened was in 2013, a 30-0 loss at Pike County on Sept. 6.

“There are some things that we can control a lot better than what we did tonight,” Moore said. “When we had our chances, we didn’t capitalize on them.”

After a scoreless first quarter, the Red Devils struck at the 10:47 mark of the second when kicker Ryan O’Niell booted a 37-yard field goal through the uprights, giving Lincoln a 3-0 lead.

Nearly 10 minutes later, the Red Devils punched in a 12-yard touchdown run via Jamar Norman with an O’Neill extra point to provide the Lincoln defense a 10-0 advantage and enough support for the rest of the night.

“They are a good football team,” Moore said. “They’ve got some special players, we just didn’t do what we needed to do tonight to go out and win the game.”

Quarterback Will McCormick led the FPD offense with 107 yards on 20 attempts. The senior finished the night at 12-for-19 for 109 yards and one interception. FPD’s leading receiver was senior Jam Morris, who totaled 59 yards on four receptions.

Both squads were whistled for multiple penalties throughout the game. The Vikings totaled 11 flags for 90 yards while Lincoln picked up nine miscues for 86 yards.

“Hopefully we can learn from this tonight,” Moore said. “The season is not lost. We have some work to do in order to get ready for next Friday.”

Jamar Norman led all rushers with 138 yards on 14 carries. Lincoln quarterback LaKeith Lockhart was 3-for-6 with 23 yards passing. The Red Devils finished the night with 247 yards of offense, 224 of which came via the rush.

The Vikings return to the grid iron on Friday, Oct. 3, hosting cross-town and sub-division rival Stratford Academy (2-2).

FPD holds a 19-18-1 all-time record against the Eagles, who knocked off GMC Prep 48-16 on Friday night in Macon. The last time the Vikings faced the Eagles was in 2009, with FPD taking the contest 27-6.

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

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

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GAME NOTES:

– The Vikings were shutout for only the fourth time since joining the GHSA in 2010. The last time that happened was in a 30-0 loss at Pike County in 2013. Others include losses in 2010 at Athens Academy and at ELCA. All shutouts have occurred on the road.

– Lincoln County leads the all-time series against Vikings 3-0 after Friday’s win at Buddy Bufford Field at Larry Campbell Stadium.

– There were a total of 20 flags thrown in Friday’s contest. The amount of yards lost in the game totaled 176.

– Both teams finished with 11 first downs. The Vikings moved the chains on five rushing plays, four pass plays and two penalties.

– The Vikings were out-gained in yards on the night 247-239. Lincoln County finished with 224 yards rushing.

– Daniel Weaver punted the ball four times in Friday’s contest. Each punt sailed at least 33 yards, the longest of the night a 40-yard punt.

BOX SCORE:

LINCOLN 10, FPD 0

FPD 0-0-0-0–0
Lincoln County 0-10-0-0–10

Second Quarter

Ryan O’Neill 37 field goal

Jamar Norman 10 run (O’Neill kick)

FPD LC

First downs 11 11
Rushes-yards 31-130 39-224
Passing yards 109 23
Comp-Att-Int 12-19-0 3-6-0
Fumbles-Fumbles lost 4-2 1-0

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: Will McCormick 20-107; Lincoln County: Norman 14-138
PASSING — FPD: McCormick 12-109-0 100; Lincoln County: LaKeith Lockhart 3-6-0 23.
RECEIVING — FPD: Morris 4-59; Jonathan Raines 3-26. Lincoln County: Norman 1-11.