Staff photos by Paul Henry
Fayetteville High School’s Tigers picked up their only win of the season in their final game, defeating Franklin Grace Christian, 14-0. The win came as Coach Alvin Palmer coached the final game of his 41-year career.
Since FHS was formed and playing a varsity schedule, the Tigers have made playoff appearances in four of those six years. As a whole, the 2018 season was not kind to Fayetteville due to dismissals and injuries. But, the win Friday night kept the Tigers out of the cellar and with momentum to build on.
In Region 5-1A ball, Cornersville is the top seed with a 6-0 record; Mt. Pleasant, 4-2; Huntland, 4-2; Moore County, 3-3; Richland, 2-4; Fayetteville, 1-5; and Franklin Grace Christian, 1-5.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this win,” Coach Palmer said. “It was a team effort on both sides of the ball. Isaac Pace had a great game running behind the offensive line, and the defense did their job as a team. We got some big stops in the red zone.
“It was a wonderful night on Tiger Hill,” Coach P added. “To finish the season and my coaching career with a win is something I will always remember. I’ve had many special moments throughout my career and appreciate all the support I’ve been given.”
Friday night, FHS controlled all four quarters of the game, but first half penalties stalled more drives than the Lions’ defense. Fayetteville would be flagged 13 times for 110 yards over the night.
At the 4:19 mark in the first quarter, Isaac Pace broke loose on a 41-yard romp. Stephen Yatsko was good on the PAT, and FHS was up 7-0.
With 7:57 on the clock in the second quarter, the Lions attempted a 35-yard field goal that missed its mark. FHS was up 7-0 at the break.
In their opening possession of the third quarter, it took the Tigers seven plays to score with Isaac Pace pushing it in from the one. On the PAT, Fayetteville was tagged with a delay of game, but Stephen Yatsko was good on the attempt. With 9:05 on the clock, FHS was up 14-0.
Throughout the game, the Tiger defense made the stops they needed. The Lions converted only 4 of 11 third down attempts and 1 of 8 fourth down conversions. At the buzzer, FHS had the win, 14-0.