Tigers get win over Lions
Fayetteville High School's Tigers picked up their only win of the season in their final game defeating Franklin Grace Christian, 14-0. The win came as Coach Alvin Palmer coached his final game of his 41 year career.
Since FHS was formed and playing a varsity schedule the Tigers have made playoff appearances in four of those six years - as a whole the 2018 season was not kind to Fayetteville due to dismissals and injuries. But the win Friday night kept the Tigers out of the cellar and momentum to build on.
In Region 5-1A ball Cornersville is the top seed with a 6-0 record; Mt. Pleasant, 4-2; Huntland, 4-2; Moore Co., 3-3; Richland, 2-4; Fayetteville, 1-5 and Franklin Grace Christian, 1-5.
"I couldn't be more proud of this win," Coach Palmer said. "It was a team effort on both sides of the ball. Issac Pace had a great game running behind the offensive line and the defense did their job as a team. We got some big stops in the red zone."
"It was a wonderful night on Tiger Hill," Coach P added. "To finish the season and by coaching career with a win is something I will always remember. I've had many special moments throughout my career and appreciate all the support I've been given."
Friday night FHS controlled all four quarters of the game but first half penalties stalled more drives than the Lions defense. Fayetteville would be flagged 13 times for 110 yards over the night.
At the 4:19 mark in the first quarter Isaac Pace broke loose on a 41 yard romp. Stephen Yatsko was good on the PAT and FHS was up 7-0.
With 7:57 on the clock in the second quarter the Lions attempted a 35 yard field goal that missed its mark. FHS was up 7-0 at the break.
In their opening possession of the third quarter it took the Tigers seven plays to score with Isaac Pace pushed it in from the one. On the PAT Fayetteville was tagged with a delay of game but Stephen Yatsko was good on the attempt. With 9:05 on the clock FHS was up, 14-0.
Throughout the game the Tiger defense made the stops they needed. The Lions converted only 4 of 11 third down attempts and 1 of 8 fourth down conversions. At the Buzzer FHS had the win, 14-0.
Tigers by the numbers
Offense: The Tigers put up 278 total yards of offense with 264 coming on the ground and 14 in the air.
Rushing: Isaac Pace 27 carries for 226 yards and 2 scores; Akaikua McMullen 8 carries for 25 yards; Jaden Hadley, 4 for 11 yards; Levi Sloan 6 for 2 yards.
Passing: Isaac Pace completed 2 of 4 attempts for 14 yards
Receiving: Akaikua McMullen, 1 catch for 8 yards; Guy Vanhooser, 1 for 6 yards
Defense: FHS defense gave up 145 total yards; 56 on the ground and 89 in the air; Jaden Hadley, 9 tackles; Isaac Pace, 6; KeVonte Thomison, 4.5; Shavion Edminston, 2; Zayshon Pullen, 2; Jaylen Williams, 1.5; Dylan Hobbs, 1; Montez Pullen, 1; Jay Buchanan, 1; Aubre Brown, 1; Richard Bryant, 1 and Levi Sloan had an interception.
1st Downs: Tigers, 15; Franklin Grace, 7
Turnovers: City, 1; Lions, 3
Punts: Stephen Yatsko, 3 for 32 yard average
PAT's: Stephen Yatsko, 2 for 2
Penalties - Yards: FHS, 13 for 110 yards; Franklin Grace, 7 for 40 yards