Football Pulls Away Late for 35-17 Region 7 Win vs. Wilkinson County on Homecoming

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team (5-1, 1-1 Reg. 7-A) used a balanced rushing and passing attack en route to a 35-17 victory over the Wilkinson County High School Warriors (0-6, 0-2 Reg. 7-A) on Homecoming 2016 on Friday, Oct. 7, at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

The win snaps FPD’s quick one-game skid after last Friday’s loss at Twiggs County.

The Vikings rushed for 187 yards with two touchdowns and threw for 149 yards and two scores. The other touchdown came via a 90-yard kickoff return from Robert Johnson.

Wilkinson County struck first in the contest when Deandre Fordham nailed a 19-yard field goal after the Warriors blocked a Viking punt to take a 3-0 lead with 8:42 t0 play in the first quarter.

“Things didn’t get going early for us like we would have liked,” FPD head football coach Greg Moore said. “This is a hard sub-region and Wilkinson County is a very dangerous team. They showed that throughout the ball game tonight.”

On the ensuing kickoff, Johnson fielded Fordham’s kick at the 10-yard line and ran it to the house 90 yards to take the lead. Andrei Parrish made the extra point for a 7-3 Viking advantage.

With the ball at the beginning of the second quarter, FPD extended its lead when Dalton Cox found Titus Moore for a 43-yard touchdown. Parrish booted the PAT through the uprights and the Vikings led 14-3.

At the 5:38 mark of the second period, the Warriors struck back when quarterback Tylan Grable ran in a one-yard touchdown. Fordham made the extra point and FPD led 14-10 at halftime.

“At halftime I told the guys we just needed to stick to the game plan and that it wasn’t time to panic,” Moore said. “We just needed to play better and I thought the way we ran the ball in the second half helped get control of the game at a very key time. I think it helped calm everyone down and let us play like we know we can.”

In the second half, the Warriors took the lead briefly at the end of the third quarter.

With 2:35 on the clock, Grable connected with Gary Burns on a 19-yard touchdown pass and Fordham tacked on the extra point for a 17-14 Warrior lead.

But the Viking offense caught fire in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 unanswered points to seal the win.

Joshua Raines began the quarter with a six-yard touchdown run just seven seconds into the period. Parrish’s PAT was good and the Vikings reclaimed the lead at 21-17.

In the final two minutes, Cox found Harrison Aulds from 26-yards out for a touchdown followed by a C.J. Harris 30-yard touchdown with under one minute to play. Parrish made both extra points and FPD won 35-17.

“I’m not too picky on how we get it done,” Moore said. “I’m really proud of how our kids responded in the second half. Our defense bowed their necks and we made some big plays on offense and on special teams when we needed to.”

FPD is now 7-0 in Homecoming games since moving to the GHSA in 2010.

“It’s great to win on Homecoming,” Moore said. “It’s a special time and a big night for our school, for our team and a much-needed win.”

FPD will look to keep momentum on its side next week, hosting arch-rival Stratford Academy in a key GHSA Class-A Region 7 contest.

The Eagles fell to Twiggs County on Friday night 21-0 in Jeffersonville, Ga.

“It’s a big rival game and everyone will be excited about that,” Moore said. “But you still have to block, tackle and do the fundamental things that help you win ball games. They had a tough one tonight, but we’ve been there too this year.”

“We’ll enjoy this one and start getting ready for Stratford later this weekend,” Moore added.

Kickoff against the Eagles is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

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WCHS 3-7-7-0 — 17
FPD 7-7-0-21 — 35

First Quarter:
WC: Deandre Fordham 19-yard field goal.
FPD: Robert Johnson 90-yard kickoff return (Andrei Parrish kick).

Second Quarter:
FPD: Titus Moore 43 yards from Dalton Cox (Parrish kick).
WC: Tylan Grable 1 yard run (Fordham kick).

Third Quarter:
WC: Gary Burns 19 yards from Grable (Fordham kick).

Fourth Quarter:
FPD: Joshua Raines 6 yard run (Parrish kick).
FPD: Harrison Aulds 26 yards from Cox (Parrish kick).
FPD: C.J. Harris 30 yard run (Parrish kick).

First Downs: 14 — 14
Rushes-Yards: 35-187 — 33-144
Passing yards: 149 — 190
Comp-Att-Int: 10-23-0 — 15-30-1
Fumbles-Fumbles Lost: 1-1 — none
Penalties-yards: 2-20 — 13-115

Individual Leaders:

Rushing: FPD – C.J. Harris 21-138, Joshua Raines 9-63; WILCO – Akeem Jackson 20-86, Tylan Grable 10-37.
Passing: FPD – Cox 10-for-23, 149 yards, 2 TD; WILCO – Tylan Grable 15-for-30, 190 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT.
Receiving: FPD – Titus Moore 3-62, Harrison Aulds 2-36; WILCO – Gary Burns 6-87, Brandon Mays 5-77.

Records: FPD 5-1, 1-1 Reg. 7-A; Wilkinson County 0-6, 0-2 Reg. 7-A.

Next: Stratford at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Friday.


C.J. Harris:

Dalton Cox:

Thomas McBride:

Head Coach Greg Moore:

2016 Homecoming Queen: Miss Carli Sutton!