ROME, Ga. – The Fellowship Christian Paladins opened their season Friday night, Aug. 22, with a decisive 44-17 victory at Armuchee, piling up 332 yards rushing in the victory.
Sophomore Andrew Minkert carried 10 times for 95 yards and scored three touchdowns for FCS, with quarterback Shane Young adding 99 yards and a TD on eight carries in his first start for the Paladins.
Ryan Reid also had a rushing touchdown for Fellowship, with Young passing to Drew Williamson for the other FCS score. Young completed five of 11 passes for 57 yards.
The Paladins trailed 10-6 after the first quarter, but outscored the Indians 38-0 the next two periods to take a 44-10 lead into the final quarter.
Sophomore Jack Hardin keyed the Paladins' defensive effort with five solo tackles and 11 assists. Fellowship also enjoyed success in the return game, with Dalton Depew picking up 97 yards on kickoff returns and Austin Bell adding 55 yards on punt returns. Bell also rushed for 61 yards.
Fellowship Christian plays its home opener Friday night against Riverside Military Academy.