High School Sports

FPD pulls out thrilling overtime win over Tattnall Square

FPD's Maurice Gordon (2) hauls in a bomb from Dalton Cox with Jamal Marshall (2) defending in the fourth quarter to give the Vikings a 35-28 lead.
FPD's Maurice Gordon (2) hauls in a bomb from Dalton Cox with Jamal Marshall (2) defending in the fourth quarter to give the Vikings a 35-28 lead. bcabell@macon.com

The FPD Vikings rallied from a seven-point halftime deficit to end Tattnall Square’s hopes of an undefeated season with a 41-35 overtime win Friday night.

Dalton Cox scored from 2 yards out in overtime after the FPD defense stopped Tattnall from scoring to take the win. The game featured more than 700 yards of offense.

FPD improves to 6-2 overall and 3-1 in GHSA Region 7A-1A play, while Tattnall falls to 7-1 and 3-1.

Five who mattered

Cox: The senior quarterback threw for 232 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for two more scores.

Robert Johnson: The senior running back for FPD was quiet in the first half but rushed for 80 yards in the second half to give FPD a run and pass option, which Tattnall never quite figured out.

FPD’s receivers: Titus Moore had 109 yards receiving, including a 79-yard score, Maurice Gordon had 88 yards receiving with a pivotal 40-yard score, and Harrison Aulds had 27 yards receiving, including a touchdown.

Jamal Marshal: The Tattnall running back had 183 yards rushing, including a 40-yard score. His 70-yard run in the first quarter set up a Miles Morris 1-yard run for Tattnall’s first score.

Destin Mack: FPD was ready for Mack, but the senior running back still managed to score twice and ended up with 79 yards rushing.

Turning Point

Tattnall had all of the momentum heading into the half as it took advantage of an FPD fumble and scored on a Morris-to-Mack 34-yard touchdown with only six seconds left in the half. But all the momentum was taken away as Moore returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown to tie the score.

They said it

FPD head coach Greg Moore on the halftime mood of his players: “They were mad, and they were frustrated that we were behind, but the kickoff return got us back on the right track.”

Moore on the running game in the second half: “We feel like we can run the football, and we did a very good job of taking advantage of what they were giving us. We never were thinking like we could wear them down because they are a very good football team, but we are very good offensively when we can run and pass.”

Cox on the win: “I know it was the biggest win I have had as a quarterback, and it was just a great game to be involved in. After we lost to Stratford (last week), we were kind of down, but everyone on this team feels like we are better than we played last week. This was just a huge win for this football team.”

Tattnall head coach Chance Jones on the loss: “They did a great job in the second half of stretching us out, and they were able to move the ball on us, but I thought we did a good job of moving the football. It’s a tough loss, but we will bounce back and learn from it.”

What’s next?

FPD plays Mount de Sales on Friday while Tattnall hosts Stratford.

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