No. 4 Fellowship Christian clinches sub-region title with explosive 42-40 win at rival Whitefield Academy
By: Robert Hydrick — sportalspace contributorFollow @sportalspace
October 26, 2018 (Mableton, GA) – Fourth-ranked Fellowship Christian ran for more than 400 yards and took advantage of two second half turnovers to win a wild 42-40 shootout over region rival Whitefield Academy Friday night in Mableton.
The victory clinches the 6-A sub-region B title for the unbeaten Paladins and earns them a berth in next week’s region championship game.
Paladin sophomore Murphy Reeves ran for 291 yards and scored two touchdowns and senior Cameron Gill had 113 yards and one score on the ground and hauled in a touchdown pass.
Whitefield Academy quarterback Cole Peterson threw three touchdown passes to Bryce Davis and sophomore running back Erik Little scored two touchdowns including a 66-yarder in the second quarter.
Wolfpack kicker Matthew Sumlin booted two field goals including a 41-yarder in the first quarter.
Sumlin’s second field goal in the final seconds of the first half gave the Pack a 20-14 lead and momentum for the second half.
Fellowship Christian grabbed momentum back when Blake Scott intercepted a Cole Peterson pass on the third play of the second half.
Three plays later, Joey Archer completed a 54-yard touchdown strike to Gill to put the Paladins back in front 21-20.
After the two teams exchanged turnovers, Peterson hit Davis with a slant and the junior outran the Paladin defense for a 60-yard touchdown and 27-20 lead.
It took Fellowship Christian just three plays to get the lead back with Cameron Gill scoring on a 29-yard run to put the Paladins in front for good.
An interception by Jake Short got the ball back for the Paladins who needed just two plays to find the endzone as Reeves’ eight-yard run extended the lead to 35-27.
A blocked punt early in the fourth quarter got the Wolfpack in the game with Little scoring his second touchdown from two yards out but the two-point conversion try failed and the Paladins maintained a slim 35-33 lead.
The key play of the night came on the next Wolfpack possession when Little was tackled for a three-yard loss on fourth-and-inches at the Whitefield 29-yard line.
Two runs by Reeves gave the Paladins a first-and-goal at the one with Archer scoring his second touchdown of the game on a quarterback sneak and Fellowship Christian had some breathing room at 42-33.
Peterson quickly drove the Wolfpack down the field and found Davis for a 33-yard touchdown pass down the middle of the field with just under two minutes to play.
Fellowship Christian recovered the ensuing onside kick and a 15-yard run by Reeves to pick up a first down allowed the Paladins to run out the clock for the victory.
Fellowship Christian (9-0, 7-0) will now play at Mt. Zion-Carrollton for the region title next week and Whitefield (6-3, 5-2) will play at Darlington in their crossover game.