Pinecrest Academy 14, Fellowship Christian 7
Pinecrest Acad. 7 0 0 7_14
Fellowship Chr. 7 0 0 0_7
PA: Hamilton 17 pass from McCarthy (kick good), 6:37
FC: Minkert 66 run (kick good), 0:22
PA: Ojeda 5 run (kick good), 4:22
ROSWELL – With the score tied at seven late in the fourth quarter, Fellowship Christian kicker Jake Williamson prepared to kick the go-ahead 40-yard field goal. Williamson had made 7 of 9 field goals this season going into the game, and another one would have left a Pinecrest team that hadn’t scored since their opening possession only 5:12 to come back.
That all changed with a surge up the middle. A blocked field goal scooped up and returned by sophomore Sean Flannigan gave Pinecrest the ball at the Fellowship 6-yard line. Pinecrest scored three plays later and went on to win a 14-7 victory at Paladin Field on Friday.
"We dedicate as much time to the kick game as we do our offense and defense," Pinecrest head coach Todd Winter said. "It is truly one-third of the game. Those are things we practice and we watch those things on film."
Junior running back Mitchell Ojeda (9 carries, 107 yards, TD) scored the game-winning touchdown from 5 yards out on a third-and-goal play after the blocked field goal return. Pinecrest lined up in their Yankee formation, which is an unbalanced line, and pitched it out to Ojeda who followed his blockers around the edge and into the end zone.
"We were pretty focused this time," Ojeda said. "The line did a good job, Matt Walters is going to hit every play. Just an overall great job."
"I wish I would have gotten into our Yankee formation earlier," Winter said. "They really had a lot of guys in the box. So I’m like, ‘We got to be able to get on the perimeter right now,’ and we ran it the first time with Mitchell and we just missed a block so I knew we could come back with him and we could get that in the end zone."
Fellowship got the ball back with 4:22 remaining and in one play moved the ball to the Pinecrest 33. Senior quarterback Shane Young (3-for-7, 56 yards) connected with wide receiver Jake Williamson on a go-route for 41 yards. After a bad snap and a sack, Fellowship was faced with a fourth-and-15 on the Pinecrest 25 with 1:43 on the clock.
Young scrambled after dropping back to pass. He made a dash to the sideline and was tackled at the 11-yard line.
One yard short. Turnover on downs.
Fellowship still had two timeouts, however. If Pinecrest didn’t gain a first-down, it would be forced to punt and give Fellowship the ball in presumably good field position with approximately 35 seconds left.
Pinecrest never gave Fellowship that chance. On third-and-6, Pinecrest went back to the Yankee formation for a 70-yard run by Ojeda down the sideline to end any hope Fellowship had for a comeback.