SENOIA – Flint River Academy played in Senoia against Bethlehem Temple Christian Academy, formerly Dawson Street Christian, and brought home their first region victory. So far FRA is 3-4 for the season, but last Friday night was the first region game, and they won handily, 33-0, under foggy, wet conditions.
Five minutes into the first quarter FRA scored on a run but then missed the PAT. Before the first was over QB Parker Williams zipped into the end zone on a 33-yard run. The Cats went to the air with Williams throwing to James Murphy for the two-point conversion and the Cats led 14-0.
Bethlehem always has good athletes so FRA stayed prepared for the surprise or quick move that could mean a score, but the Cats’ defense contained their offense, one which didn’t go for much variation. The Bethlehem QB would look for someone to pitch the ball to, but generally repeated a QB sweep to gain ground, usually to FRA’s strong side. The Cats’ defense was prepared and held them.
FRA started and ended the second quarter with TDs, making one PAT and went out at the half 27-0.
Bethlehem kicked to FRA to open the second half and FRA scored right away to lead 33-0. With such a commanding lead, FRA used the talents of younger players who gained valuable game experience.
Scoring touchdowns for the Cats: Murphy on runs picking up a TD on a 25-yard run and later a 59-yard run, plus he was the receiver on a passing two-point conversion; Brett Williamson scored on a 2-yarder, then a 26-yard run; and Williams on a 33-yard TD run. Overall, FRA picked up 185 rushing yards to Bethlehem’s 17.
FRA went to the air four times and completed half, marred by one interception. Bethlehem threw the ball 13 times with three completions and also one interception. Bethlehem’s total offense picked up 72 yards. This Friday night, FRA has the night off. They will be back home on Oct. 16, hosting Southwest Georgia. It will be Senior Night. FRA’s next region opponent is Piedmont Academy and that game is on Oct. 30.