Football Falls to ELCA 59-7 in Sweet 16 to End 2016 Season

McDONOUGH, Ga. – The 2016 varsity football season came to an end for the no. 17 seeded FPD Vikings (7-4), falling to the no. 1 seeded Eagles Landing Christian Academy Chargers (11-0) 59-7 at Commitment Field on Friday night, Nov. 18.

“We knew ELCA had a great team going in,” FPD head coach Greg Moore said. “They played great in every facet of the game and earned the win. Hats off to Coach (Jonathan) Gess and his staff.”

The Vikings trailed 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

ELCA’s Justin Menard returned the opening kickoff 76 yards for a touchdown and Alex Usry made the extra point for an early 7-0 lead.

Jelan Pearson and Josh Mays each added rushing touchdowns in the quarter as well.

ELCA added four scores in the second quarter, with two rushing touchdowns, one via the pass and the other on a 39-yard field goal by Usry to lead 45-0 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Trevor Gear ran in an 11-yard touchdown to give the Chargers a 52-0 lead after Usry’s PAT.

The Vikings got on the board with 11:45 remaining in the game when Dalton Cox found Titus Moore for an 89-yard touchdown. Andrei Parrish made the extra point to make it 52-7 in ELCA’s favor.

The Chargers scored one last time with 8:15 to play in the contest on a one-yard rush from Keaton Mitchell. Usry nailed the extra point for a 59-7 lead.

With the loss, FPD finishes the season at 7-4, their sixth winning season since moving to the GHSA in 2010.

The Vikings also picked up their second GHSA playoff win in program history on Nov. 11,  a 35-10 victory at no. 16 Aquinas High School.

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2017 for their hard work and dedication to the varsity football program.

We wish you God’s richest blessings in your lives!

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