First Presbyterian Christian Academy edged out Brentwood 34-30 Friday night in a close game at home.
The Highlanders improved to 4-3 and are in the midst of the most successful season the football program has had since it was started in 2012.
But this one wasn’t easy.
Brentwood took the lead with one minute left on the clock in the first quarter.
Another touchdown and conversion by the Eagles midway through the second quarter put their lead at 14-0.
The Highlanders would get on the scoreboard with a touchdown at four minutes left in the second quarter. The attempt at a conversion was denied. Score at half was 6-14, Brentwood lead.
The momentum changed in the third quarter when Khalyn Weekley found the end zone.
A successful conversion added two points for a tied game at 14-14.
Newcomer to the squad, Junior, Daviyhn Adams, added six more points with three minutes left in the quarter. Two more points on the conversion had the Highlanders leading, 22-14.
The Eagles answered back with one minute left with a touchdown and conversion to again tie the game at 22-22.
With only 44 seconds left on the clock, Adams unexpectedly passed the ball back to an unguarded Khalyn Weekley.
Shaking off any attempts of an Eagle tackle, Weekley ran the ball 80 yards for a touchdown. The Highlanders led 28-22 at the end of the third quarter.
Brentwood scored within the first two minutes of the fourth quarter and added the conversion to take a 30-28 lead.
The Highlanders struggled in the next ten minutes trying to create a scoring opportunity while successfully defending against another Eagle touchdown.
In the final 30 seconds of the game, FPCA’s Seniser Carnes scored the final touchdown of the game.
Head coach Terry Middleton, was highly encouraged by his squad.
“The game we played tonight is a great indication with how far this team has come,” he said. “We are missing numerous starters that could have been disastrous for us. Senior lineman, Austin Hendrix is out for the rest of the season due to an ACL tear. This is a huge loss for our defense. Jamison Golson, Isiah Dickey, and Sisquo Westbrook are not able to return for another two weeks. The kids out there tonight were playing out of position and they played their hearts out.”
He spoke of the season’s winning record and said, “We are winning games and are competitive despite all of our injuries, that proves are program is growing stronger and is working.”
The Highlanders are off this week. They play FPCA at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Long Bell Stadium in Hinesville.