The athletes at First Presbyterian Christian Academy played their hearts out in the school’s inaugural football season.
While they didn’t win a game, the boys managed to put up 224 points. Not bad, considering the roster barely topped 20 players and everyone played on both sides of the ball and on special teams.
Several players emerged as leaders, but one stood out with performances that earned him the Highlanders first Coastal Courier Player of the Year.
Herbert Roberts is predominantly known for his basketball skills and admits it was a long time since he played football.
In the seven games he played for FPCA, the sophomore quickly showed his natural talent on the gridiron. Roberts scored three defensive touchdowns, two on interceptions and one after a fumble recovery. He had a total of eight interceptions and four fumble recoveries and tallied 54 total tackles.
“Without a doubt he is worthy of this award,” FPCA football coach Andy Yanzetich said. “It’s just amazing the stuff he can do and a lot of it comes naturally. Earlier in the year we ran a 4-4 (defense) and he was our safety back, so he had to go from one side of the field to the other… You can only do so much. You have to be able to anticipate and he was always in the right place at the right time. He got four interceptions against St. Andrews and they’re a running team. Against a team like that you usually anticipate and come up for the run but he stayed back… A lot of his talent is natural, athletic ability.”
On offense he ran for three touchdowns, threw five touchdown passes and caught four TD passes.
“He played safety, kick returns, kick offs, quarterback, running back, wide receiver tight end, I mean he did it all for us,” Yanzetich said.
On the same day Roberts was named Courier Player of the Year he was told he was selected to the Georgia Independent School Association Class A All-State Team.
“It’s an honor,” Roberts said. “I haven’t played football in so long and since it was my first time playing in a long time I put my heart into it and I got player of the year. Hopefully next year we can win some games. That’s our main goal.”
Yanzetich said Chris Guilfo also was chosen to the All-State Team. Guilfo had 56 receptions for 6 touchdowns and 597 yards and returned 2 kickoffs for touchdowns.
Roberts, Guilfo, Domonique Kirkley, DeAngelo Streeter and Trevon Harris had already made the All-Region Team.