Fourth Quarter Surge Pushes Vikings Past Aquinas in Opening Round of GHSA Playoffs

AUGUSTA, Ga. – The no. 17 seeded FPD varsity football team (7-4) picked up their second GHSA playoff win in program history on Friday night, defeating the no. 16 seeded Aquinas Fighting Irish 35-10 at Aquinas Stadium.

The win puts FPD in the GHSA 1A Private Sweet 16 on Friday, Nov. 18 at no. 1 seededed ELCA.

The Vikings opened the floodgates offensively in the fourth quarter, scoring 28 unanswered points while holding the Fighting Irish scoreless the final two quarters of the contest.

Trailing 10-7 early in the final frame, FPD quarterback Dalton Cox found Titus Moore for what proved to be a game-winning 19-yard touchdown and Andrei Parrish nailed the extra point to take a 14-10 lead with 9:33 to play in the contest.

On the ensuing kickoff, the return was botched by Aquinas and FPD recovered deep in Fighting Irish territory.

Cox then punched in a one-yard keeper at the 8:11 mark of the fourth and Parrish tacked on the extra point for a 21-10 lead.

Then, with Aquinas driving, C.J. Harris intercepted a JP Lambert pass and FPD scored again at the 6:51 mark of the fourth quarter on another Cox one-yard quarterback keeper. Parrish split the uprights and FPD took a commanding 28-10 advantage.

Joshua Raines added FPD’s final score with 2:10 remaining with a 22-yard run. Parrish made the PAT for a 35-10 lead to put the game out of reach.

The Vikings struck first in the contest with 9:28 to play in the first quarter on a 68-yard drive by the Vikings capped off by a Harris five-yard score. Parrish’s PAT was good for a 7-0 lead.

But the Fighting Irish posted 10 points in the second quarter, the first on a Lambert one-yard keeper and a Crimmins Hankinson extra point to tie the game at 7-7.

Aquinas took its only lead of the game as time expired in the first half on a 48-yard field goal by Hankinson.

Both teams battled in a scoreless third quarter before FPD’s offense caught fire in the final quarter.

The Vikings totaled 276 yards of offense, with 278 yards coming via the rush.

Harris paced the Viking rush attacked with 171 yards on 20 carries.

Cox finished the game 12-for-21 with one touchdown and one interception and 98 yards.

Moore was FPD’s leading receiver with 71 yards on seven grabs.

FPD picked up 17 first downs (13 from the rush) while Aquinas finished with 11.

Lambert threw for 167 yards on 12-of-26 passing with three interception. The quarterback also led the squad with 50 yards rushing on seven carries.

Kickoff for Friday’s GHSA Class-A Private Sweet 16 match-up at ELCA is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in McDonough, Ga.

FPD trails the all-time series against ELCA 2-0, with the last meeting coming back on Sept. 23, 2011.

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FPD 7-0-0-28 — 35
Aquinas 0-10-0-0 — 10

First Quarter:
FPD – C.J. Harris 6 run (Andrei Parrish kick)

Second Quarter:
JP Lambert 1 run (Crimmons Hankinson kick)
Hankinson field goal 48 (good)

Fourth Quarter:
Titus Moore 19 yards from Dalton Cox (Parrish kick)
Cox 1 run (Parrish kick)
Cox 1 run (Parrish kick)
Joshua Raines 22 run (Parrish kick)

First downs 18 — 11
Rushes-Yards 43-278 — 21-55
Passing-Yards 12-21-98 — 12-26-167
Comp-Att-Int 12-21-1 — 12-26-3
Fumbles-Fumbles Lost 1-0 — 2-0
Penalties-Yards 8-80 — 2-6

Rushing: FPD – Harris 20-171, Raines 9-68; Aquinas – Lambert 15-50.
Passing: FPD – Cox 12-for-21, 98 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; Aquinas – Lambert 11-for-16, 167 yards, 3 INT.
Receiving: FPD – Moore 7-71; Aquinas – Bradley White 3-45, George Welch 2-20

Records: FPD 7-4, Aquinas 6-5.

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


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