First Presbyterian Christian Academy played its first away game in history at Curtis Baptist Friday night. The Highlanders fell 26-19, but were driving for a potential tying score as time ran out.
“We got tackled on the 2-yard line right as time expired,” FPCA coach Andy Yanzetich said. “We threw a slant from the 12-yard line but we just didn’t get in.”
Yanzetich said the Highlanders also missed extra points they might have put them back in the game. And being on the road took some getting used to as well.
“It’s tough playing on another field filled with things you can’t control, like field condition or the crowd, but other than that offensively we ran the ball extremely well,” Yanzetich said. “We knew we would have a problem passing with the type of corners they had on us, but we did have a couple of big pass plays that did make a difference and our defense made a couple of stops we needed.”
The Highlanders are still working on the basics, however, and at times it shows.
“I guess our biggest problem was inexperience,” Yanzetich said. “We got three or four penalties for not having enough people on the field, or not enough people on the line, the little things that a veteran team would likely not have a problem with.”
Despite that, Yanzetich said the team was disappointed with the loss.
“It’s getting better every week and our kids are hurt this week because they lost,” Yanzetich said. “At the beginning of the year it was more about ‘let’s not get hurt’ or ‘let’s not get blown out every week.’ Now all of a sudden they are upset because they want to win. The change has been 180 degrees going from just wanting to participate to knowing we want to win. You can’t complain about that. We are close and just want to hit that next level.”
Last week FPCA had a 28-27 lead before the St. Andrews Lions scored a touchdown to claim a 35-28 win.
FPCA (0-3) will be at David Emanuel on Friday.
Charlton County 12, Bradwell 0
The Bradwell Institute Tigers fell to 0-3 after losing 12-0 to Charlton County on Friday night in Folkston. Stats were not available by press time. The Tigers have a bye week before they start Region play hosting Effingham County on Sept. 28.