FCS Beats George Walton to Open GHSA Class A-AA Private Volleyball Championships
The Fellowship Christian School varsity volleyball team has advanced to the second round of the GHSA Class A-AA Private Volleyball Championships.
FCS (21-14 overall) defeated George Walton Academy in three sets in a first-round match hosted by Fellowship at Paladin Gym on Oct. 19. The Lady Paladins won the first set, 25-13, took the second, 25-20, and claimed the third, 25-19.
The Lady Paladins host Atlanta International School on Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in a second-round match. AIS defeated St. Vincent's earlier in the day at Paladin Gym to earn the right to face FCS.
A change in rotations led to a 5-1 running one setter by senior Meredith Rush helped key the FCS win. Rush, a senior, topped the team with 33 assists.
Junior Elizabeth Powers led FCS with 12 kills, while junior Caroline Holman had the highest hitting percentage as she went 7-for-9 in kill attempts.
Senior Taylor Herrmann had 28 digs to lead the Lady Paladins, who had a team serve percentage of 98.6 percent and four total blocks.
FCS, back-to-back Area 5 champions, is the top seed from Area in the state tourney. AIS is the No. 3 squad from Area 1.
George Walton entered the day as the No. 4 from Area 7, while St. Vincent was No. 2 from Area 3.
(Photo from @PaladinsFCS)
FCS Football Team's Historic Point Run Continues with Road Win at KR; Paladins Improve to 7-0
Fellowship Christian School's varsity football team is only the 12th team in Georgia high school football history to begin the season with seven straight contests with 40 or more points, according to Georgia High School Football Daily.
FCS (5-0 in Region games, 7-0 overall) defeated King's Ridge Christian School 49-0 on Oct. 18 to keep the streak going. Eagle's Landing Christian School (6-1 overall) scored at least 40 points in their first seven games of the season (Aug. 23-Oct. 11). The Chargers had a bye week last night so their streak is still alive.
Three teams in state history (Thomson in 2011, GAC in 2013 and Pelham in 2018) have scored 40 or more points in nine straight games to start a season, while Monroe Area (2013) and Pickens (2018) reached that point level for eight contests to begin the season. Seven schools, dating back to Claxton in 1950, have reached the same streak for seven games. That list includes both FCS and ELCA from this season.
In Alpharetta, the Paladins scored six times in the first half and collected 291 yards on 31 plays to King's Ridge minus-32 yards on 23 plays. Overall, FCS finished with 395 yards (246 rushing, 149 passing) to nine for the Tigers in the game.
Junior Murphy Reeves led Fellowship with three rushing touchdowns (8 yards at 8:21 of the first quarter, 53 at 5:17 of the first, and 10 yards at 10:18 of the second). Freshman Nick Persiano, who scored on a nifty 86-yard run with 4:06 to play, led Fellowship with 93 yards on two carries.
A total of 11 players ran the ball at least one in the game for Fellowship. Reeves finished the game with 77 rush yards on eight attempts, sophomore Josh Cole collected 31 yards on five carries, junior Brad Rodgers earned 25 yards on two carries and freshman Jayven Hall added 24 yards on two rushes.
Fellowship led 28-0 after the first quarter.
Hall scored on a 2-yard run to close out a drive set up by Cole's interception to make it 21-0 at 2:43 of the first. Junior quarterback Eli Hildebrandt scored on a 3-yard keeper with three seconds left in the quarter. He connected with junior Jordan Brewer on a 50-yard pass play to take the ball inside the 5-yard-line to set up his rushing score.
Hildebrandt completed 4-of-9 pass attempts for a season-high 140 yards.
Following Reeves' third rush score, which was set up by freshman Kyle Elphick's blocked punt, FCS scored again in the second quarter on a 69-yard pass play from Hildebrandt to Hall. After junior Matt Rodgers booted his sixth straight extra point, the score was 42-0 in favor of FCS.
Following a scoreless third quarter, Persiano scored the lone touchdown of the second half.
Hildebrandt, junior Joey Archer (1-for-1 for 8 yards) and freshman Caleb McMickle (1-for-1 for 1 yard) combined for 149 pass yards. Brewer led FCS with four catches for 79 yards, while Hall had one grab for 69. Persiano also made one catch.
On the defensive side of the ball, 30 Paladins recorded at least one solo or assisted tackle.
Junior Brady Niblock (three solo, two assists) and freshman Jonathan Long (one solo, four assists) led the team five tackles apiece. Niblock, Persiano and junior Nathan Nardone shared the lead with three solo stops.
Nardone and junior Cole Chapman each recorded one sack. Nardone and Archer shared the team lead with two tackles for a loss. Cole and Matt Rodgers both recorded an interception.
It was Fellowship's second shutout victory of the 2019 season.
(Photos by Chip Cookston)
Road Trip Continues for FCS Varsity Football Squad at King's Ridge
The varsity football team from Fellowship Christian School has prepared a bit differently this week.
FCS faces King's Ridge Christian School on Friday night (Oct. 18) in Alpharetta in a Region contest and the team's second of three straight road contests. The team is getting ready for two different offensive styles.
"They are a young football team," said Al Morrell, who has posted a 50-24 all-time record at FCS. "Their starting quarterback got hurt 2-3 weeks ago, and they had a completely different offense last week. We will have to adjust our defense differently depending on their quarterback. If [Braxton] Chadwick is back, then they'll run the option. If not, they'll probably have a similar offense to what we have faced the last couple of games."
Solid defense and offensive consistency are keys for the Paladins (4-0 in Region games and 6-0 overall) on Friday.
"Offensively, we have to do what we do well," Morrell said. "We hope to throw the ball a bit more on Friday [and over the next few weeks]. But our run game has been outstanding. We knew we had some good backs, but our line has been great. The left side of our line is new this year, and those kids have really stepped up. Coach Rice has done a great job getting our line ready."
Through six games, the Paladins have gained 2,536 yards (including 2,069 yards on the ground). Junior Murphy Reeves leads the FCS team with 729 yards and 73 carries, and shares the lead with eight rushing scores.
Junior Eli Hildebrandt leads the FCS passing game with 382 yards (20-for-39), and has picked up 205 yards on 36 scrambles. As a team, the Paladins have 467 pass yards.
Freshman Jayven Hall has collected 405 yards on 49 attempts, while sophomore Josh Cole has added 349 yards on 32 rushes. Hall and Hildebrandt have both scored eight rushing TDs, while Hall has scored seven touchdowns on the ground.
Cole leads the FCS defense with 29 assisted tackles and 44 total stops, while Hall ranks second with 39 tackles (14 solo stops, 25 assists). Junior Nathan Nardone leads the team with 18 solo stops, and ranks third with 38 tackles overall.
The Paladins extended their win streak to six games with a 48-21 victory at Saint Francis on Oct. 11. It was the team's sixth straight game with at least 40 points to start the season.
"It was a good game," Morrell said. "They played us tough, especially early in the game."
Fellowship enters the game with a 6-3 all-time record against the Tigers, including a 40-14 win at Bob Lord Field on Oct. 12, 2018.
King's Ridge (0-4 in Region games and 1-5 overall) enters the game on a four-game losing skid that includes a 35-7 loss to The Walker School on Oct. 11.
(Photo by Chip Cookston)
Fellowship to Host Pair of GHSA Class A-AA Private Volleyball Championship Matches on Oct. 19; Lady Paladins will face George Walton at 12:30 p.m.
Fellowship Christian School will host a pair of GHSA Class A-AA Private Volleyball Tournament Championship matches on Oct 19.
The Lady Paladin volleyball squad (20-14 overall) faces George Walton Academy in the second of two matches at Paladin Gym on Oct. 19 at 12:30 p.m. FCS is seeded first from Area 5, while George Walton is the fourth seed from Area 7.
In the first match, No. 3 Atlanta International School (Area 1) faces No. 2 St. Vincent's (Area 3) at FCS at 11 a.m.
The winners of Saturday's matches face off at Paladin Gym on Oct. 22 at a time TBD.
Four FCS Players Named to All-Area Volleyball Team
Four members of Fellowship Christian School varsity volleyball team have been selected for the Class A-AA All Area 5 Volleyball Team. The honorees are seniors Taylor Herrmann and Meredith Rush, and juniors Elizabeth Powers and Mary Kate Shaw.
- Through the match on Oct. 12, Herrmann has recorded 737 digs, 45 assists, 14 kills and a 97 percent serving average. She has set a new single-season record for digs, and also holds the school career record of 1,641 digs.
- Rush has set a new school single-season record with 70 aces (stats through the match on Oct. 12). She has also recorded 376 assists, 144 digs, three kills and a 93 percent serving average this season.
- Powers owns the school single-season record with 55 blocks (through the Oct.12 match). She is also the Lady Paladin career leader with 112 blocks. Powers has also recorded 215 kills, 78 digs, 30 aces and a 97 percent serving average in 2019.
- Through Oct. 12, Shaw has registered 235 digs, 40 kills, 21 aces, a 95.75 percent serving average and nine blocks.
Picture caption: From left, Taylor Herrmann, Mary Kate Shaw, Meredith Rush and Elizabeth Powers.
(Photo by Tina Herrmann)
Lady Paladin Volleyball team Beats Mount Pisgah in Championship game
The Fellowship Christian School varsity volleyball team has captured its second straight Class A-AA Private Area 5 Volleyball Tournament Championship.
The Lady Paladins (20-14 overall) won the two-day double elimination tournament with a best-of-three finals victory over Mount Pisgah Christian School held at Paladin Gym on Oct. 12.
Mount Pisgah won the first set, 25-20, but the Lady Paladins rallied. Fellowship claimed the second set, 25-19, and went on to win the title with a 15-8 win in the third and deciding set.
Junior Mary Kate Shaw led FCS with 13 kills, while senior Meredith Rush was tops with 32 assists, and senior Taylor Herrmann was first on the squad with three aces and 35 digs.
Junior Caroline Holman and senior Cassie Tardif each had solo blocks, for the Lady Paladins, who will have a top seed in the upcoming state playoffs.
Tourney details will be announced soon.
(Photo by Tina Herrmann)
Win Streak Continues: FCS Football Team Tops 40 Points again in Victory at Saint Francis
The historic streak continues for the Fellowship Christian School football team.
FCS' 48-21 victory at Saint Francis on Oct. 11 marks the team's sixth straight victory and its sixth straight win topping 40 points.
When the Paladins reached 40 or more points for the fifth game in-a-row two weeks ago it marked only the 32nd time in state history – and second occasion this season – that a Georgia high school team has scored 40-plus points in each of its first five games of the season, according to Georgia High School Football Daily. Now the FCS squad has extended the streak that's been accomplished by even fewer teams.
At Saint Francis, Murphy Reeves led the FCS run attack that was a big reason why the Paladins (6-0 overall and 4-0 in Region play) continued its streak.
The junior back gained 198 yards and scored four touchdowns on 20 attempts at Saint Francis. The Paladin run game picked up 441 of the team's 503 yards in the game, and accounted for seven touchdowns.
It marked the second straight game that Fellowship finished with 500 or more yards on offense. The defense held the Knights 305 yards, including 189 passing yards and 116 on the ground.
Sophomore Josh Cole collected 138 yards on nine attempts and one touchdown, while freshman Jayven Hall added 53 yards and one score on 10 attempts against the Knights.
Junior quarterback Eli Hildebrandt passed for 62 yards (3-for-7), and picked up 26 yards on seven rushes and one rush TD. Senior Bryce Paul earned 26 yards on six carries. Cole, Paul and senior Trexton Lewis all picked up one reception.
The game was tied at 7-7 after the first quarter. Reeves scored from 4 yards out at 9:59 of the first quarter to open the scoring. Sophomore Jack O'Connor booted the extra point.
The Knights tied the game on a 38-yard TD pass and extra point before the Paladins exploded for four straight touchdowns to take a 35-7 lead after the third quarter, including three in the second quarter.
The second-quarter scores came on Hall's 3-yard run at 10:49, Reeves 1-yard run at 3:16 and Hildebrandt's 1-yard QB keeper with 1:21 left. Junior Matt Rodgers booted the extra-point after Hall's score, missed the kick after Reeves' score, and junior Jordan Brewer caught a two-point conversion pass from Hildebrandt to make it 28-7.
FCS' second scoring drive was set up by a blocked field goal and return, and Brewer's interception in the end zone started up the third TD drive. Reeves'60-yard gain helped set up Hildebrandt's TD run.
Reeves scored again, this time from 6 yards out, with 2:27 left in the third quarter for FCS' fourth straight touchdown. Rodgers booted the first of consecutive extra points to put FCS ahead 35-7.
The Knights scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns – a 5-yard pass and a 68-yard pass – that sandwiched Reeves' fourth rush touchdown that left the score 42-21 with less than five minutes to go.
FCS closed out the scoring on Cole's 44-yard run with 3:18 to go. It was 48-21 after the missed extra point.
Junior Cole Chapman led the Paladin defense with three tackles, and tacked on one for a loss and a sack. Josh Cole (one solo, one assist), junior Charlie Patterson (one solo, one assist) and Hall (two assists) each added two tackles.
The game at Saint Francis began a string of three straight road contests for Fellowship. The team travels to King's Ridge Christian School on Oct. 18 at 7:30 p.m., and plays in Johns Creek at Mount Pisgah Christian School on Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m.
The Paladins host Whitefield on Homecoming Night on Nov. 1 at Bob Lord Field. The school will host a crossover game – which will hopefully be for the Region championship – on Nov. 8 at Bob Lord Field. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.
(Photos by Chip Cookston, Jennifer Jordan)
On to the Title Match: FCS Beats Mount Pisgah in Area Semifinals
The Fellowship Christian School varsity volleyball team has advanced to the championship game of the Class A-AA Private Area 5 Volleyball Tournament.
The Lady Paladins posted a two-set victory over Mount Pisgah Christian School in the semifinals of the double-elimination tournament being hosted by Fellowship at Paladin Gym.
FCS (19-14 overall) won the first set, 25-18, and claimed the second, 26-24.
Senior Cassie Tardif led the team in hitting percentage, and senior Taylor Herrmann recorded a team-best 29 digs and junior Elizabeth Powers added a team-leading 12 kills.
Earlier in the evening, Fellowship opened the tourney with a two-set win over Pinecrest Academy.
FCS plays in the championship game at Paladin Gym on Oct. 12 at noon.
The Lady Paladins opened the tourney with a 25-11, 25-10 win over Pinecrest Academy.Herrmann led FCS with 20 digs, while freshman Perrin Evertsen recorded three aces and Tardiff added five kills top top the team.
(Photo by Tina Herrmann)
Week 6 Preview: Region Showdown Between FCS and Saint Francis Expected to Show Plenty of Offense
Scoring points has not been a problem for the Fellowship Christian School varsity football team this season.
In fact, FCS' 48-17 victory over Mount Paran Christian School at Bob Lord Field on Sept. 27 marked only the 32nd time in state history – and second occasion this season – that a Georgia high school team has scored 40-plus points in each of its first five games of the season, according to Georgia High School Football Daily.
The Paladins (5-0 overall and 3-0 in Region play) will need a strong offense effort on Friday night (Oct. 11) at Saint Francis, according to FCS head coach Al Morrell. Kickoff in Alpharetta is slated for 7:30 p.m.
"We're going to need to score points against Saint Francis," Morrell said. "We need to continue to score [40 points a game]. They are very strong at every position, and are bigger up front than we are. They are the most athletic team we have faced, and have four players – a quarterback, fullback and two wide receivers – who are very explosive and very, very fast. I said at the beginning of the year that Saint Francis and Whitefield will be our toughest opponents of the season. I still believe that."
The Knights (3-2 overall and 2-1 in Region games) enter the game against the Paladins coming off a 45-27 road victory at The Walker School on Oct. 4. On Sept. 27, Saint Francis lost 20-17 to Whitefield. The team's other loss came earlier in the season to North Cobb Christian School, which Morrell calls "a very talented team."
Fellowship, coming off a bye week, impressed its coach against Mount Paran.
"It was very exciting," Morrell said. "It was a big win for us. In the last few years, the winner of that game has gone on to win the sub Region. We beat a very good football team."
Fellowship's keys against the Knights will be to hold Saint Francis to short drives and limit the team's big plays on defense, and establish a strong run game and sustain long drives on offense.
"We need to play our best defensive game of the year," Morrell said. "We have to keep their receivers from making big plays, and stop their fullback from long runs. That quarterback can run and throw too. We need to continue our strong run game."
Through five games, FCS has outgained its opponents 2,050 yards to 1,093, including 1,645 to 465 advantage on the ground. A total of 15 Fellowship rushers have combined for 29 touchdowns on the ground, while the Paladin defense has held opponents to just five run TDs this season.
Junior Murphy Reeves leads the way for the Paladin run game with 53 carries and 526 yards, while freshman Jayven Hall has collected 352 yards on 39 attempts and sophomore Josh Cole has registered 233 yards on 23 rushes. Hall shares the team lead with seven rush TDs, while Cole has scored six and Reeves four.
Junior quarterback Eli Hildebrandt has shown good balance. He leads Paladin passers with 320 yards (17-for-32) and three touchdowns, while he's gained 179 yards on 29 rushes with seven rush touchdowns to share the team lead.
Junior Nathan Nardone leads the FCS defense with 15 solo tackles and 32 total stops, while Cole has registered 31 total tackles with a team-high 21 assists. Hall is next on the squad with 29 tackles, 16 assists and 13 solo stops. His six tackles for a loss top the Paladins.
The game at Saint Francis begins a string of three straight road contests for Fellowship. The Paladins host Whitefield on Homecoming Night on Nov. 1 at Bob Lord Field. The school will host a crossover game – which will hopefully be for the Region championship – on Nov. 8 at Bob Lord Field. Both games begin at 7:30 p.m.
(Photos by Chip Cookston)
FCS Wins Pair of Matches in Johns Creek to Wrap up Undefeated Area Regular Season• Read North Roswell Sports' feature on FCS senior Taylor Herrmann (pages 12-13)
The Fellowship Christian School varsity volleyball team defeated both Saint Francis and King's Ridge Christian School in matches hosted by Mount Pisgah Christian School in Johns Creek on Oct. 8.
The Lady Paladins (17-14 overall) finished the evening with a 25-5, 25-14 victory over King's Ridge. The team wrapped up a 10-0 record in Area play in the regular season.
FCS will host the Area Tournament on Oct. 10 and 12. The Lady Paladins are the No. 1 seed.
If the Lady Paladins win the tournament, they would be Area Champions for the second consecutive season and earn a No. 1 seed in the State Volleyball Playoffs that begin next week. FCS will likely host a state volleyball playoff match on Saturday, Oct. 19.
in the first match at Mount Pisgah, Fellowship posted a two-set victory over Saint Francis. FCS took the first set, 25-11, and captured the second, 25-16.
Girls Cross-Country Squad Takes Home Fourth Place; Loechl and Beard Finish in Top 12
The girls varsity cross-country team from Fellowship Christian placed fourth out of 14 teams – and second out of all teams from the Region – at the ASICS Invitational held in Douglasville on Oct. 5.
At the Foxhall Hunting Club, North Cobb Christian was the top team at the evnt from the Region, followed by FCS.
In the girls varsity race, sophomore Elsa Loechl placed seventh in a field of 112 runners and senior Abby Beard finished 12th overall. Both runners earned a medal for their efforts and set new personal records on this course.
Freshmen Lauren Garretson and Elizabeth Bishop set new personal records, improving upon their previous bests by over a minute.
In the boys varsity race, several runners brought their personal best times:
- Sophomore Garrett Lengefeld broke 19 minutes for the first time in his high school career.
- Sophomores Chris Gibson and Jake Cartrett both earned new personal bests.
- Freshmen Max Sears and Tommy Adair, and juniors Griffin Robinson and Owen Reedy improved upon their individual times in the varsity race.
"All in all, it was a good day for the Fellowship Paladins," head coach Tom Harrison said. "The ASICS Invitational always provides runners a great opportunity to run a great race, and today did not disappoint."
(Photo of Loechl and Beard submitted by Tom Harrison)
Senior Night: FCS Honors 4 Volleyball Seniors
The Fellowship Christian School athletic department honored four senior volleyball players on Oct. 3.
The honorees – pictured from left to right – were Taylor Herrmann, Meredith Rush, Gwen Smith and Cassie Tardiff.
The squad began senior night with a loss to 6A Johns Creek High School.
The Lady Paladins dropped the two-set decision, 21-25, 14-25.
Fellowship came up a little short in its second match to 5A Riverwood High School, 11-25, 13-25.
The team is now 15-14 overall, which includes a 7-0 mark in Area matches.
(Photo by Lisa Webb of Your Spirit Photography)
Lady Paladin Softball Team Wraps Up Season with Win
The Fellowship Christian School varsity softball team ended its season in style.
On Senior Night, the Lady Paladins posted an 11-3 victory over 7A Discovery High School at Paladin Park to finish the 2019 season. The game lasted five innings.
The school honored seniors Baylor Aycock, Noelle Durham, Emma Jones and Emma Yeager.
"I am so proud of this group of young ladies," head coach Shawn Oliver said. "They always just battled and gave our program everything they had. We are definitely going to miss them, and I'm excited to see them continue to grow as young ladies."
(Photos by Larry Moore)
Girls Team Tops all Region Foes at Darlington Cross-Country Meet
The girls varsity cross-country team from Fellowship Christian School placed ninth among all 26 teams from Classes A to 6A in the team competition at the Darlington Festival hosted by The Darlington School in Rome, Ga., on Sept. 28.
The FCS girls finished higher than any of the teams from the Region.
"In spite of the heat and humidity, unusual for this time of year, the girls varsity team had a great placement," head coach Tom Harrison said. "They placed first among our Region's competitors, including North Cobb Christian School, Whitefield Academy, The Walker School and Mount Pisgah Christian School. Importantly, each of the girls who ran in the varsity or JV races at the Darlington meet this same time last year improved upon their times from those races this Saturday [Sept. 28]."
Junior Sami Rickheim led the Fellowship girls with an 11th-place finish out of 185 runners on Sept. 28.
For the boys, senior Jackson McGill led the way for varsity this year. He completed the race in 20.37, and was followed by freshman Aubrey Moraitakis and sophomore Garrett Lengefeld.
Freshmen Tommy Adair and Will Morris and sophomore Chris Gibson also represented Fellowship in the varsity boys race.
Sophomore Jake Cartrett finished first for the JV Paladin team. "He ran a strong race, after having to sit out the previous race due to an injury," Harrison said.
Competing on this course will help the Paladin squads prepare for the Region meet.
"For both the girls and boys teams, the Darlington cross country meet provided an opportunity to preview our region meet, which will be held in Darlington on the same course at the end of October," Harrison said.
The Fellowship squads will compete at ASICS Invitational being hosted by the Foxhall Sporting Club in Douglasville on Oct. 5 at 8 a.m.
(Photos by Leigh-Ann Thompson)
Now 5-0: Paladins Win Battle with Rival Mount Paran in Varsity Football Action at Home
Even Al Morrell was a little bit surprised at the big-play ability his team showed on Sept. 27.
Of the Fellowship Christian School varsity football team's seven touchdowns in Friday night's 48-17 victory over Region rival Mount Paran Christian School at Bob Lord Field, four went for more than 50 yards.
"We did not expect that many big plays," Morrell said. "We beat a very good football team tonight. It's a great feeling that we won this game. The coaches and I are very happy for the kids, and especially the seniors."
In WSB-ABC's Viewers' Choice Game of the Week, the Paladins offense exploded for season highs with 547 total yards and 457 rushing yards as the team matched its' season-high for points in a game. The FCS squad (5-0 overall and 3-0 in Region games) opened the season with 48 points in a victory over 5A North Springs Charter High School on Aug. 23.
The packed house at Bob Lord Field witnessed the Paladins beat a previously unbeaten Eagle squad in a contest that has been a key contest in the sub-Region standings for the past several years. In fact, the winner of this game has gone on to win the last three sub-Region titles.
"We still have a lot of good opponents left," Morrell said. "We have to face Saint Francis and Whitefield – two very talented teams. But this game has been huge for both our schools. The last few years the winner of this game has gone to win the sub Region."
Fellowship Christian School has improved to 4-3 all-time in varsity football against Mount Paran, including a 4-1 mark since 2016.
On Friday night, the trio of junior Murphy Reeves (14 for 263 yards), freshman Jayven Hall (17 for 162) and sophomore Josh Cole (eight for 113) combined for 438 yards and five touchdowns.
"Reeves, Hall and Cole are running the ball so well," Morrell added. "They're getting a lot of yards. Jordan Brewer is also running so well after the catch. The key is our blocking. The offensive line is doing a great job, and our backs are blocking for each other."
Mount Paran (2-1 overall) gained 190 of its 320 yards through the air.
Junior Nathan Nardone led the Fellowship defense with eight tackles (six solo), while senior Trexton Lewis finished with six tackles. Lewis, Nardone and junior Joey Archer all recorded one sack for the Paladin defense that pressured star Mount Paran quarterback Niko Vangarelli all night.
FCS quarterback Eli Hildebrandt had a good game of his own. The junior signal caller completed 3-of-5 pass attempts for 90 yards, including a 70-yard TD catch-and-run for Brewer. Hildebrandt also scored one rushing TD on a 2-yard plunge."The O Line had a heck of a game," Hildebrandt told WSB. "They blocked out of their minds."
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The Eagles jumped on the board first with a rush touchdown to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter before the Paladins scored twice (Cole on a 3-yard first-quarter TD run and Hall's 67-yard sprint to the end zone after breaking two tackles in the second quarter).
Following a 20-yard Eagle field goal, Reeves broke a tackle, bounced outside and sprinted down the sidelines. Hall's two-point conversion run put FCS up 21-10.
Brewer's TD pass from Hildebrandt opened the third-quarter scoring with 6:38 left. It capped a 93-yard drive set up by a key stop by the FCS defense's stop on a 4th-and-2 scramble by Vangarelli from the Paladin 3-yard-line. Junior Matt Rodgers' extra-point kick was just wide, but he finished 4-of-6 on the night.
Mount Paran's TD pass play with 3:25 left in the quarter cut the Fellowship lead to 27-17.
But the Paladins went on to score on three more rushing plays over the final 15:25 (Cole from 54, Hall from 3 and Hildebrandt from 2).
(Photos by Chip Cookston)