Anyone who follows the First Presbyterian Christian Academy Highlanders knows the team is willing to fight to the finish.
However, on Friday night, FPCA decided to stop its home game at half time due to concerns about player safety, giving Southwest Georgia Academy a 47-12 win.
FPCA’s coaching staff and school administrators called off the remainder of the game when several Highlanders, whose roster was not big to begin with, sustained apparent injuries. FPCA school administrator Shannon Hickey believed the visiting team was deliberately targeting players.
Highlander Joshua Armour appeared to have suffered a broken arm and immediately was transported to the hospital. After the game, Hickey said everyone was surprised to learn the arm was not broken. She said Armour’s arm looked like it was hanging as he came off the field, but X-rays showed no broken bones.
Linebacker Austin Hendrix was directly hit with a helmet to the center of the chest and also was transported by EMS.
Hickey said Saturday that Hendrix seemed to be OK.
Dylan Stewart and Nasmeek Murphy both appeared to have sustained concussions and will be monitored.
Hickey said the game wasn’t worth the safety and welfare of the players. She said the team has never stopped fighting and have never given up. Head coach Terry Middleton agreed that ending the game early was the right thing to do.
The FPCA players all came together, some with tears in their eyes, as they worried about their teammates.
Middleton said the Highlanders have a bye week to heal, and then it’s right back to business. FPCA, now 1-5 overall, will host Memorial Day on Oct. 17.
Upadted to reflect the correction of the game being called at half time not the fourth quarter as previously reported.