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Football: Pinecrest falls to Fellowship Christian in season opener
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Pinecrest's Patrick Sullivan attempts to break away from a tackler during the Paladins' game against Fellowship Christian on Aug. 24, 2018 at Pinecrest Academy. - photo by Bill Brown

By Eric McDonald

For the Forsyth County News

Pinecrest Academy fell in its home football opener on Friday, losing to Fellowship Christian 48-30.

With its first loss of the season, Pinecrest (0-1) continued a 10-game losing streak which began September 1, 2017 against Discovery.

This is the third straight loss in a row against Fellowship Christian (2-0) which leads the series against Pinecrest, 6-3.

“These guys haven’t played enough football to play situation football yet,” Pinecrest head coach Terance Mathis said, “We’re still growing as a team, we’re still young yet. We don’t understand situational football, where you have an opportunity to get back in the game and fight your way through it.”

Fellowship Christian won the toss to receive and wasted no time establishing a 11-play in their flex-bone offense that concluded on an end around handoff from Brooks Bryant to Parker Addison, who rumbled 22-yards to put Fellowship Christian on the board first.

On the very first offensive series for Pinecrest on its own 30-yard line, Ryan DiFazio connected with Peter Hoover on a go route pass play for a 70-yard touchdown. After a failed field goal attempt, Fellowship still led 7-6.

Fellowship Christian answered back on its next series with a five-play drive ending with Brooks Bryant connecting with Jordan Brewer on a pass-play to the corner for a 36-yard touchdown.

Fellowship Christian capitalized on a Pinecrest fumble, going three plays for a score on the subsequent drive.

Pinecrest rallied around its quarterback with seconds remaining in the first quarter as Ryan DiFazio connected with David Stubbs for 54yards to Fellowship Christian’s one-yard line. Patrick Sullivan then took the handoff from DiFazio for Pinecrest’s first rushing touchdown of the night.

Pinecrest Defense came to life in the second quarter as Brooks Bryant threw an ill-advised pass which was interception by Bryce Balthasar for Pinecrest’s first defensive turnover of the night.

Pinecrest takes advantage of the Fellowship Christian turnover putting together a 9-play drive ending in a one-yard quarterback sneak by Ryan DiFazio keeping Pinecrest in the ball game.

After another Fellowship touchdown, a 40-yard kick by Conner Sassine ended the first half with the score at 27-23.

Fellowship then opened the second half with three straight touchdowns, and while Pinecrest put together one final drive that resulted in a touchdown from Ryan DiFazio to Colby Managan to make it 48-30, it was too little, too late.

“We will find a way (to win),” Mathis said. “We need guys that need to step up, right now, it hurts, but we will be okay.”