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Long accounts for 5 TDs in 42-7 FCS victory

From staff reports • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:36 AM

NASHVILLE — Friendship Christian got in a final tuneup for next Friday’s East-Middle District 1-A showdown with Donelson Christian by methodically defeating host Davidson Academy 42-7 Friday night.

The Commanders scored three first-quarter touchdowns and led 35-0 at halftime as they won their third straight to improve to 5-2.

Quarterback A.J. Long scored on runs of 10 and 20 yards and threw a pair of 37-yard touchdown passes to Austin Taylor and Steven Hollis and a 35-yarder to Hollis.

Taylor tacked on an 18-yard scoring run in the third quarter for a 42-0 lead.

Davidson Academy, coached by former Mt. Juliet Christian coach Paul Townsend, averted a shutout in the fourth quarter on Kyle Gilbert’s 64-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Starling.

Long hit 4 of his 5 passes for 113 yards while rushing eight times for 71 more.

DCA will visit Friendship’s Pirtle Field at 7 p.m. next Friday with the winner likely earning a first-round home game in the Division II-A playoffs.

Friendship Christian 42, Davidson Academy 7

Friendship Christian 21 14 7 0—42

Davidson Academy   0 0 0 7—7

First quarter

Friendship Christian—A.J. Long 10 run [Blake Grosch kick], 8:57

Friendship Christian—Austin Taylor 37 pass from Long [Grosch kick], 2:05.

Friendship Christian—Steven Hollis 37 pass from Long [Grosch kick], 1:01.

Second quarter

Friendship Christian—Hollis 35 pass from Long [Grosch kick], 6:11.

Friendship Christian—Long 20 run [Grosch kick],5:09.

Third quarter

Friendship Christian—Taylor 18 run [Grosch kick], 4:32.

Fourth quarter

Davidson Academy—Tyler Starling 64 pass from Kyle Gilbert [Gilbert kick], 4:56.

Team statistics

            Friendship Christian Davidson Academy

Rushes-yards 31-138           26-61

Passing yards            113     124

Comp.-Att.-Int.           4-5-0  11-19-2

Punts-average           2-28.0

Fumbles-lost  2-0      3-3

Individual statistics

RUSHING—Friendship Christian: Steven Hollis 5-25, A.J. Long 8-71, Austin Taylor 7-34, Price Cochran 1-[-1], Spencer Burge 5-10, John Michael Petty 5-[-1]. Davidson Academy: Zack Sweeney 14-44, Kyle Gilbert 9-15, Eli Breeze 3-2.

PASSING—Friendship Christian: A.J. Long 4-5-0—113. Davidson Academy: Kyle Gilbert 11-18-1—124, No. 8 0-1-1—0.

RECEIVING—Friendship Christian: Steven Hollis 2-71, Austin Taylor 1-36, Cody Walker 1-6. Davidson Academy: Andrew Swann 4-32, Tyler Starling 5-79, Zack Sweeney 1-2, Haden Hollinsworth 1-11.

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