Big third quarter leads win --
DONELSON – Friendship Christian scored 16 points in just over six minutes in the third quarter as the Commanders beat Donelson Christian Academy 22-6 Friday at Ken Redmon Stadium.
FCS, the DII-A runner-up last season, led just 3-0 at halftime as Neill Kane’s 23-yard field goal in the first quarter was the only scoring of the game to that point.
Quarterback Justin Seagraves started the third quarter with a 22-yard run to the DCA 39. Jaheim Robinson ended the nine-play, 61-yard drive with a 5-yard touchdown run with 7:57 left in the quarter. Eight of the plays on the drive were running plays.
“We did what we talked about doing at halftime, taking that first drive of the second half down there to set the tone,” FCS coach John McNeal said.
On the next DCA offensive series, defensive tackle Ryan Jackson intercepted a pass and returned the ball to the DCA 10. The Commanders (2-1, 2-0 DII-A East) did not score, with Seagraves stopped on fourth down as he stretched to try to reach the end zone.
“I would have scored if that joker hadn't been jumping on my back” said Jackson, an Eastern Kentucky commitment whom McNeal said predicted during practice last week that he would intercept a pass in the game. Jackson recovered a fumble in the season opener.
The FCS defense got a three-and-out, and added two points when the DCA (2-1, 0-1) punter stepped out of the back of the end zone for a 12-0 lead with 3:39 left in the third quarter.
Seagraves scored on a 9-yard run for a 19-0 lead on the next possession. He had set up Kane’s first field goal with a 23-yard jump-pass to Drew Porter on a fake punt, getting the ball to the DCA 11.
Seagraves, the team’s leading rusher in the season opener, rushed 19 times for 62 yards and completed 4-of-6 passes for 61 yards.
Dorian Champion, the team’s leading rusher in the second game, had 28 yards on three carries and caught two passes for 32 yards against DCA.
Robinson was the Commanders’ top rusher against DCA with 94 yards on 14 carries, including 75 rushing yards in the second half.
“We switched the game plan at halftime and decided to go up the middle more because we knew they couldn't stop it,” Robinson said.
Kane added a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. He also had three punts, averaging 36.7 yards per kick.
“We are real excited to have that kind of weapon,” McNeal said of his fourth-year kicker.
FCS kept its defensive level high in the second half, not allowing a first down in the third quarter and losing its shutout on a long touchdown pass with about two minutes left in the game.
“That is the best team we have played so far this season and probably the best team we will play all year until the playoffs,” said DCA coach Paul Wade, whose team did not win a game last season in his first year.
The Commanders play their third region game in a row next week with a trip to Chattanooga to play Grace Baptist.