10-0 Paladins Battle Back to Beat Mount Zion, Claim Region 6-A Championship
The undefeated Fellowship Christian School varsity football team has accomplished plenty this season, but Friday night's feat is arguably the most memorable in school history.
The Paladins extended their win streak to a school-record 10 games with a 28-14 victory over Mount Zion High School in Carrollton to capture the Region 6-A Championship game in a matchup of unbeaten private and public schools on Nov. 4.
"What a tremendous night for our program," head coach Al Morrell said. "The coaches and I are so proud of these kids. They have worked so hard this season on and off the field. They have earned this championship."
In Carrollton, FCS added the overall title to its sub-Region championship. The school is headed for the GHSA Class A Private School Football Championships for the first time since 2007 and the second time in school history. FCS, which posted a 7-0 Region record this season, was the No. 4 ranked Class A Private School in the Nov. 1 GHSA Rankings. In those same rankings, Mount Zion was the state's No. 1 ranked GHSA Class A public school team.
The Paladins will have a first-round bye in the state playoffs. FCS, the No. 3 seed out of 24 teams, face No. 14 George Walton Academy of Monroe at Bob Lord Field on Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. FCS is 0-2 all-time against the Bulldogs, who opened the playoffs with a 38-14 victory over No. 19 Mount Vernon Presbyterian on Nov. 11.
"We are now focused on the state playoffs," Morrell said. "We enter the playoffs healthy and with momentum. We'll enjoy this victory for the weekend, but we will get back to work on Monday to prepare for our next game."
The Eagles struck first on Friday on a 6-yard touchdown run in the first quarter. The Paladins trailed 7-0 after the first quarter, one of only a couple of times all season that the Paladins trailed an opponent after the end of any quarter.
But FCS railed in the second quarter to notch a pair of 20-yard scoring runs from seniors Jack Hardin and Andrew Minkert at 3:18 and 1:25, respectively. Senior Garret Depew booted two of his four extra-point kicks to put Fellowship up 14-7 at the half.
The Eagles tied the game on a 75-yard pass play and extra-point kick at 3:36 of the third, but the Paladins rallied again.
In the fourth quarter, the Paladins jumped ahead 21-14 on Minkert's second TD (from 5 yards out) at 7:24 of the fourth quarter.
Following senior Trey Robinson's interception with 6:53 to play, the Paladins put the game out of reach on Hardin's 1-yard QB plunge with 5:15 to play.
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Keim, Baehman Compete at State Cross Country Meet
Fellowship Christian School juniors Johnny Baehman and Caroline Keim both competed at the GHSA Class A Cross Country Championship held in Carrollton, including a top 25 finish for Keim.
Keim placed 24th out of 110 runners in the girls’ race.
Baehman came in 34th out of 116 competitors in the boys varsity race.
“It was a good race and a good effort by both of them,” head coach Tom Harrison said. “It was a very competitive field.”
Fellowship has sent runners to the state meet several times, including 2014 when Emma Grace Hurley captured the first state championship for a FCS athlete in school history.
“It was a good, successful season for Caroline and Johnny,” Harrison said. “They both ran a good race today.”
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