FPCA continued its winning ways Friday, beating Hilton Head Christian Academy 38-21.
After being led in prayer by injured senior Jamison Golson, the Highlanders quickly took control of the field when senior Brantley McCorkle intercepted the ball at their 33 yard line. Junior Khalyn Weekley scored his first of four touchdowns 58 seconds into the game.
Sophomore Sensier Carnes scored the two point conversion off a delayed handoff.
Hilton Head scored two minutes later, making the score 8-7.
Quarterback Steven Young found Weekley again for a Highlander touchdown with seven minutes left in the quarter.
Another touchdown by Weekley started the second quarter. Hilton Head struggled to move the ball. The Highlander defense denied Hilton Head progress and repeatedly pushed its offense back. At the half, the score was 20-7 FPCA.
The Highlanders kept Hilton Head scoreless through the third quarter.
Weekley and Young showed chemistry throughout the game. Weekley scored his final touchdown with three minutes left in the quarter. The score was 26-7 at the end of three quarters, FPCA lead.
Fatigue of the ironmen set in during the fourth quarter. Hilton Head was able to capitalize twice in the final minutes. But offensively, Highlander Sensier Carnes dominated the quarter. He was impressive throughout the game, carrying the ball numerous times and getting first downs, but he had been unable to get into the end zone. In the final quarter he scored twice, the final TD coming with 50 seconds left.
Coach Terry Middleton said, “We were bigger and more physical on the inside, so we took advantage of that. We played with 16 players this week and they left it all out there on the field.”
He did address the fourth-quarter fatigue.
“We have more conditioning to do, to make sure we can maintain a lead late in the game,” he said. “I am proud of their efforts tonight. Momentum is building.
Right now we are still playing without Jamison Golson and Nick Bolton, and I know their return will be a boost out there.”