What started out so well for Oklahoma State Cowboys commitment and standout Fitzgerald, Ga., running back J.D. King ended with a gallant effort that along with his Purple Hurricane teammates fell short.
King's Fitzgerald High School team was matched against Benedictine in the Georgia High School Association Class 2A Championship Game in the Georgia Dome. Fitzgerald had played so well all season and the Purple Hurricane took the opening kickoff and marched 80 yards. King had a pair of carries for 48 yards including a 36-yard touchdown run on a student body left sweep out of the double wing formation. King turned the corner in a hurry and then exploded past the Benedictine defenders on the back end of the defense.
The Benedictine defense seemed to really focus on King and he wasn't used a whole lot as Benedictine built up a 35-12 halftime advantage.
To start the second half Benedictine drove the ball down to the Fitzgerald goal line but the Purple Hurricane held and it was King that sparked the comeback as he came out of the backfield and caught a pop pass over the middle from quarterback Graham and went 81 yards all the way to the Benedictine 18-yard line.
Fitzgerald scored and went on to score 20 unanswered points to pull to 35-26, but that was as close as they could get. A pair of interceptions, one returned for a touchdown late, pushed the final score to 49-26.
King, who committed to Oklahoma State early and has stayed steadfast with his pledge, finished with 13 carries for 97 yards and he caught two passes for 84 yards.
King, who is 5-11, 205 pounds, finished the season with 1,810 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground and right at 600 yards and 10 touchdowns as a receiver.
He will officially visit Oklahoma State on Jan. 20. King committed to Oklahoma State in May and his offers include N.C. State, Minnesota, Central Florida, Western Kentucky, Memphis, Marshall, Tulane, Troy, Georgia Southern, Georiga State, Troy, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, and Appalachian State.
The quarterback for Fitzgerald is junior James Graham, a 6-1, 180-pound dual threat player who is being recruited as a quarterback, running back, and all around skill athlete. Oklahoma State has offered.