LOGANVILLE, Ga. — The dream season for the Faith Christian Academy Lions football team came to a bitter end Saturday afternoon in the Independent Christian Schools of Georgia and Alabama Athletic Association (ICSGA) 8-man league championship game at Loganville Christian Academy’s Hawkins Field.
The Trinity Christian Lions scored touchdowns on four of their first five possessions, to take a 30-0 lead into the half before rolling to a 52-22 victory over FCA to win the ICSGA 8-man league title.
After a punt on its first possession, Trinity (13-0) moved the ball at will on the depleted FCA Lions, who played with 10 total players and were without seniors Jamal Foster (hernia), Willie Kennedy (suspended) and Adam Toluba (sickness). Trinity quarterback Adam Downs had a hand in all four scores in the first half, throwing two touchdown passes, catching a TD pass and rushing for a 20-yard TD. The Trinity defense was also tough on FCA (5-6) in the first half, holding senior Robert Jackson to 35 yards rushing on 12 carries and eighth-grader Nic Williams to 17 yards on 6 carries.
“The kids played hard, but we were undermanned and undercoached,” said a somber FCA head coach Nelson Grist. “Trinity Christian is a very good team and they just beat us.”
FCA did put a slight scare in Trinity at the start of the third quarter. Williams had a long kickoff return and on the very next play, Jackson went around the right end 40 yards for the TD. Williams’ 2-pt. conversion run was good and suddenly FCA closed the gap to 30-8 with 11:13 remaining in the third.
FCA looked to seize even more momentum on Trinity’s next possession as Downs fumbled a pitch and FCA’s Josiah Daugherty recovered the ball. But on a fourth-and-1 play, FCA fumbled the ball right back to Trinity. Downs took advantage, tossing a 55-yard TD pass to Emery Johnson at the 7:16 mark. The ensuing 2-pt. conversion was good and Trinity led 38-8 and never looked back.
After being held in check in the first half, Jackson exploded for 124 yards rushing in the second half for FCA. For the game, Jackson rushed for 159 yards on 19 carries and scored two TDs, including a nice 62-yard run along the left sideline in the fourth quarter. Jackson ended his senior year in style, stripping the ball from Trinity fullback Chris Braswell and scampering 65 yards for FCA’s final TD of the game, making the score 52-22 with a minute remaining in the contest.
FCA defeated No. 2 seeded Colonial Hills 46-42 and No. 1 seeded CrossPointe Christian 44-36 in consecutive weeks for the chance to play for the ICSGA state title. FCA lost to Trinity 34-0 at home earlier in the regular season.