Monroe County boys led the way again in FPD’s stunning 20-0 win over previously unbeaten Tattnall Square Academy on Friday.
The Vikings (4-2, 1-0 region) used a tenacious defense to shutdown the Trojan (5-1, 0-1) passing attack and force three turnovers. Ten inches of rain during the week didn’t help the Trojans who played before a huge crowd on their home field. Tattnall had cancelled school one day during the week due to flooding.
Fans weren’t sure either team would score on the boggy field until the second quarter when junior Jaylun Goodrum fielded a Tattnall punt at his own 45 and took down the left sideline before going out of bounds inside the 10. From there Monroe County’s own Griffin Green, the junior running back, carried it into the end zone. The extra point from Monroe County sophomore Lucas Buckner made it 7-0. Green would carry the ball 16 times for 89 yards and the score.
It remained 7-0 at the half.
The Vikings took control in the third quarter. A punt by Monroe County senior Park Davis pinned Tattnall inside at the 3 yard line. Then the Trojans fumbled and Goodrum recovered and scored. Buckner’s PAT made it 14-0 with 6 minutes left in the third quarter.
Three minutes later Davis pinned Tattnall deep in its own territory again. Then Monroe County’s Garrett Veal intercepted a Trojan pass to set up FPD inside the red zone. A senior defensive back, Veal had three tackles and also a fumble recovery. Moments later sophomore quarterback Jahkari Williams scored to make it 20-0.
Other Monroe County contributors offensively included senior receiver Jackson Moore, who caught a pass for 22 yards.
Defensively Monroe County senior linebacker Coleman Cauley had another big game with 16 tackles, two for a loss, in the shutout.
Davis punted 6 times averaging 33 yards per punt.
The Vikings host Mt. de Sales (3-3, 1-2 region) in a key region match this Friday at 7:30 p.m.