When 56 points are put on the scoreboard by an offense, odds are that it’s the result of more than the work of one or two individuals. And that was absolutely the case Friday for FPD against GMC.
The Vikings blasted the visiting Bulldogs 56-21, getting eight touchdowns from seven different players to improve to 2-1. FPD rolled up 439 yards of offense, blowing open the game with a 21-point second quarter to lead 28-7 at halftime.
“You can get a lot accomplished when nobody cares who gets the credit,” FPD head coach Greg Moore said. “That’s kind of how we are right now, and it’s a wonderful thing for a high school football team to be that unselfish.”
Taking advantage of chances spurred FPD to its big lead.
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Leading 14-7, a pair of Robert Johnson interceptions set up a two Vikings touchdowns -- a 10-yard run by Dontrez Johnson and a 25-yard pass from Will McCormick to Daniel Weaver. McCormick turned in a strong performance. He rushed for 78 yards and threw for 56, and he also helped set up both touchdowns by Johnson, the only Vikings player with multiple scores against the Bulldogs.
FPD also drew first blood with a trick play. A halfback pass from Reggie Gantt was good for 41 yards to Garrison Hotchkiss.
“We’re looking for a lot of help from the younger guys, because we have a young team this year,” McCormick said. “We have some great senior leadership, but a lot of young guys are having to play, and they did real well.”
Johnson rushed seven times for 42 yards. Like many of FPD’s starters, he was replaced by a flurry of Vikings backups as the game went past the halfway point of the third quarter. FPD scored 14 points in both the third and fourth quarters. After an 18-yard run by Gantt made it 35-7, the final three Vikings scores also came on the ground from Josh Raines, Gavin Bloodworth and Blake Jones.
GMC, which got its first score in the opening quarter on a 1-yard keeper by quarterback Tyler MacCartee, picked up a pair of late scores on a 10-yard run by Michael Skinner and 65-yard pass from backup quarterback Cory Bivins to Marino McDonald. Skinner rushed nine times for 108 yards.