For the Augusta Christian football team, FPD is worse than a four-letter word.
First Presbyterian Day beat the Lions 21-7 in the Georgia Independent Schools Association state quarterfinals Friday at Pride Valley in an all-too-familiar outcome.
Augusta Christian ended last season with a playoff loss to the Vikings, and also fell to First Presbyterian Day 30-0 in Macon on Sept. 27.
After that defeat, the Lions won five straight to capture the Region 1-AAA title, but the Vikings used a high-powered offense and sure tackling to take another victory over Augusta Christian.
"FPD was the state runner-up last year, and this year they're in the final four. They've got a good team," Augusta Christian coach Bruce Lane said. "We made tremendous improvement from the first time we played them. You can't fault the kids for their effort. It just didn't happen."
The Vikings took the opening kickoff and drove to the Lions' 8-yard line, but on fourth-and-3, Augusta Christian's Scott Brantley recorded a tackle for a loss to end the threat.
In the second quarter, First Presbyterian Day took advantage of some missed tackles by the Lions, and took a 7-0 lead on a short run by Scott Calhoun.
Augusta Christian received the kickoff to open the second half, but the Lions fumbled the ball away. The Vikings capitalized and went up 14-0.
First Presbyterian quarterback Patrick Jackson, the top passer in the GISA, completed 7 of 9 throws in the third, including a 27-yard strike to Alex Gainey to make it 21-0.
The Lions averted the shutout when Adam McKinney found Matt Lane with a short touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter.
"All year long our kids fought hard," Lane said. "The same guys out here who didn't get a 'W' tonight were out there for nine wins. I wouldn't trade 'em for that bunch that beat us tonight."
Reach Mike Howell at 863-6165, ext. 116.
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