Last year, First Presbyterian Christian Academy made history when it beat Crisp Academy 18-6 at Long Bell Stadium in Hinesville for the first win in the football program’s history.
It was a triumphant moment for the fledgling team, and this Friday, the Highlanders have an opportunity to make it two in a row over the Wildcats as they take on Crisp Academy in Cordele.
FPCA (0-4) went on to hit their second win and earn a spot in the playoffs last season, sparked primarily by their flawless performance against Crisp.
Head coach Terry Middleton told the players that night that they were no longer anyone’s floor mat. But this season, playing in one of the toughest schedules in Class 2-AA of the Georgia Independent School Association, it’s been difficult to believe the Highlanders can clear the hurdle.
Crisp Academy (1-3) held last year’s game tied 6-6 last year until third- and fourth-quarter drives by FPCA made the Highlanders surge ahead.
FPCA also proved last year that it can win on the road. Its second win happened in Stillmore when FPCA faced David Emanuel Academy.
Last week, FPCA lost to Pinewood Christian Academy 55-6 in Bellville.
Middleton said it wasn’t a good matchup for the Highlanders, as the host Patriots are a big, physical team.
FPCA also hurt itself with penalties that erased big plays.