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Pinecrest Academy falls to No. 4 Mount Paran
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Pinecrest Academy sophomore Sean Flanigan returns a kick against Mount Paran Christian on Friday. - photo by Bill Brown

Mount Paran 45, Pinecrest 14

Pinecrest Acad. 7 0 0 7–14

Mount Paran 17 14 14 0–45

First Quarter

MP: FG 31 Mezei, 9:52

MP: Walker 3 run (kick good), 8:58

PA: McCarthy 2 run (kick good), 4:35

MP: Trammell 80 run (kick good), 4:19

Second Quarter

MP: Allen 21 pass to Walker 21 (kick good), 5:00

MP: Allen 40 pass to Rowan (kick good), 0:00

Third Quarter

MP: Walker 8 run (kick good), 9:19

MP: Trammell 8 run (kick good), 6:47

Fourth Quarter

PA: Ojeda 33 run (kick good), 0:42

KENNESAW – The scoreboard might have indicated a 45-14 blowout loss but for the Pinecrest Paladins it was the little things that decided the game.

Playing No. 4 ranked Mount Paran Christian taught Pinecrest (3-0, 0-1 Region 6-A, Div. B) how much the tiny details impact the result of a football game.

"That’s what I’ve been stressing to them all season, if we’re going to accomplish some of our goals it’s the little things that are going to matter the most," said Pinecrest coach Todd Winter. "I don’t know if we took care of the little things."

The trend seemed to be big plays and simple mistakes given up by the Paladins which ultimately led to their defeat. Pinecrest started the game off on the wrong foot when they fumbled a kickoff early in the first quarter. The fumbled kick led to a Dorian Walker (19 carries, 166 yards, 2 TDs) 2-yard touchdown run to put Mount Paran up 10-0 early in the game.

Ryan McCarthy then led the Paladins down the field ending an 11-play drive with a 2-yard touchdown run of his own to make the score 10-7.

That was as close as the Paladins would get as on the very next play from scrimmage the Paladins’ defense gave up an 80-yard touchdown run to Taylor Trammell.

One Mount Paran touchdown later, the Paladins once again made a mistake that weighed heavily on the outcome of the game.

With the end of the first half rapidly approaching, Mount Paran’s offense was driving down the field looking to score once more. With no time left on the clock, Mount Paran quarterback Jake Allen heaved up a long, 40-yard pass towards the end zone that was caught by receiver Jack Rowan as time expired.

"We’re supposed to have four guys in deep quarter coverage and we lost one of their guys in that quarters coverage," Winter explained. "We had some opportunities but we missed out on them."

Although the Paladins lost, they are still confident in their football team and their ability to make it to the playoffs potentially leading to a rematch with Mount Paran.

"To beat a good team like that you can’t mess up anything. The little things always matter and tonight we didn’t do the little things that well but we will see them again," sophomore quarterback Ryan McCarthy stated.

"No single game makes or breaks your season," said Winter. "If we take care of business on our side we’ll get a chance to come back over here."