FCS Varsity Football Team Opens Region Slate Against Pinecrest at Home on Sept. 6
Al Morrell is a firm believer in consistency and fundamentals for his football team.
The keys for the football team from Fellowship Christian School have remained pretty much the same since he took over the program in 2013.
"I feel like they are always the same," said Morrell, who is 44-24 at FCS. "But that's what's made our program successful. We have to take care of ourselves first in each game. We have to block, execute and control the ball. And we can't beat ourselves. We also have to play sound defensively. The Pinecrest game is no different."
Following a bye week, FCS hosts Pinecrest Academy in the Region opener at Bob Lord Field on Sept. 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The Paladins from FCS kicked off the regular season with a 48-19 victory over 5A North Springs Charter High School at Bob Lord Field on Aug. 23. That game came a week after a 48-7 scrimmage victory at home over 2A McNair High School.
Pinecrest scrimmaged at Riverside Military Academy on Aug. 16, but due to a scheduling issue the Paladins from Cumming have not played a regular-season game.
"They double booked themselves, and had to forfeit a game," Morrell said. "But we exchanged video from our scrimmages. They run a spread offense and throw the ball more than we do. They also have a 4-4 defense."
Fellowship won the last game between the Paladins, 48-30, on Aug. 24, 2018 in Cumming.
"That was a close game," Morrell said. "It was very competitive, which is normal for our games against them."
FCS will be ready for the game.
"We're going to move some kids around [on defense]," Morrell said. "We are excited about the game, and are happy to begin our Region schedule."
The Paladins out gained the Spartans, 415 yards to 207 overall, on Aug. 23. FCS gained 350 yards on the ground, and held NSCHS to just six yards on the ground. The Spartans passed for 201 yards to FCS' 65.
A total of 12 Fellowship players made at least one run attempt and five different runners had at least one touchdown in the contest. Junior Murphy Reeves led the way with 104 yards on six carries, while freshman Jayven Hall made his varsity debut with 62 yards on eight attempts with three TDs (the first ones of his varsity career).
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