Skipstone Academy won its first game of the season, an 18-16 triumph over Peoples Baptist last Friday night, while FCA lost 62-32 to its nemesis Grace Baptist and Griffin Christian was hammered 68-0 by Piedmont Academy.
Skipstone (1-1) will have the best chance of the three local private schools to start a winning streak on Friday, as the Warriors host a Philadelphia Christian team they have blitzed the last two times they’ve played. Last year, Skipstone demolished Philly Christian, a team out of Conyers, Ga., 58-0 and in the 2011 8-man football preseason jamboree this past August, the Warriors whipped Philly again 30-0.
Salvador said last week’s win over Peoples showed the team’s heart and will to win, especially at the end of the game. The Warriors could’ve held their heads low after falling behind 16-12 in the fourth quarter, but they fought back and won the contest. Skipstone’s game against Philly is slated for Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Warriors Field.
FCA (1-1) will once again hit the road Friday, this time traveling to Jeffersonville, Ga. to face the Twiggs Academy Trojans in ICSGA 8-man football action at 7:30 p.m. Last year behind four touchdowns from senior running back Robert Jackson, the Lions snapped Twiggs 48-20 at home. Jackson is gone, but FCA running back/wideout/defensive back Kelveyun Newton is doing his best Jackson impersonation and Twiggs will have to game-plan for him.
Newton has scored 8 touchdowns in two games, including one on an interception return against Colonial Hills in FCA’s season opener. The question for FCA will be the health of its next best offensive player, Corin Jones, who’s also scored several TDs this season. At press time, Jones’ suffered a hand injury last week at Grace Baptist and may be doubtful against Twiggs.
Griffin Christian (0-2) travels to Pinehurst, Ga. to face the Fullington Academy Trojans Friday at 7:30 p.m. in their last non-region contest before GISA Region 4-AAA play begins. Last year, GCHS beat Fullington 35-7 at Nix Field. The 2011 Trojans are currently 1-1 and will be ready to go as they are coming off a 62-13 loss in their home opener to the Valwood School last Friday. Fullington won its season opener 46-0 over John Hancock Academy.
The Crusaders of GCHS were mauled in their home opener last week and hopefully some of their injured players will be ready to play Friday night. If not, it stands to be another long evening for the young and small Crusaders squad. The Crusaders field nearly 20 players for each game and they have the heart and will to win, but their lack of players and size puts them at a severe disadvantage each week.