It’s been a tough first year, record-wise, for the First Presbyterian Christian Academy football program, but that has not stopped the Highlanders from being competitive.
Despite being 0-6 overall and 0-1 in the Georgia Independent School Association Region 2-AA, the Highlanders have notched 114 points on the scoreboard, an average of 19 points per game. Tonight, they will need every point they can muster against Robert Toombs Christian Academy at 7:30 at Long Bell Stadium.
The Crusaders run a spread offense similar to what FPCA coach Andy Yanzetich employs.
“They have size and they run a spread like we do … they are big and strong, so it’s going to be a tough challenge,” he said.
Yanzetich added his team has to avoid errors.
Last week two turnovers by FPCA led to two touchdowns in a 38-15 loss to Frederica.
“Offensively, we need to keep moving the chains and stay away from simple mistakes like fumbles and penalties,” he said, adding the Highlanders have incorporated more game-like scenarios into practices.
“We do a lot of drills, and that is great, but all of a sudden it’s a Friday night, and they don’t understand how to react or respond so we try and throw game-like situations as much as we can during practice,” he said.
Tackling also has been amped up in practice, Yanzetich said.
“We didn’t do a very good job at tackling (against Frederica), and it’s something we need to work on,” he said.