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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Howard

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team kicks off the 2014 season Friday night, August 29 at 7:30 p.m. at George S. Johnson Stadium.

Below are game notes on the event for Viking fans and media members to stay in-the-know.

 FOOTBALL GAME NOTES

FPD vs. HOWARD

August 29, 2014, 7:30 p.m.

Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium

QUICK FACTS:
HOWARD –
City: Macon, GA.
Colors: Maroon and White
Mascot: Huskies
Region: 2-AAAA
Head Coach: Barney Hester (2nd Year)
Career Record: 324-143-9
2013 Record: 2-8, 0-7 Reg. 2-AAAA

FPD –
City: Macon, GA.
Colors: Red, Black & White
Mascot: Vikings
Region: 7-A
Stadium: George S. Johnson Stadium
Field: Austin Childers Field
Head Coach: Greg Moore (15th Year)
Career Record: 108-62 overall
2013 Record: 6-5, 0-2 Reg. 7-A
State Championships: 2 (1980, 85 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)

THE GAME:
The FPD football team opens the 2014 season against the Howard High School Huskies on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

SERIES HISTORY:
Tonight’s game against Howard marks the first time in program history that the Vikings and the Huskies have met.

CITY HISTORY:
Tonight’s game marks the first time a Bibb County private school has squared off against a public school in nearly 50 years. The last time that happened was in 1965 at Henderson Stadium, when Mark Smith defeated Mount de Sales 20-0 to finish the season at 7-1.

RED OUT: Tonight’s game vs. Howard is “Rock the Red.” Students, parents and fans are encouraged to wear red to support the Vikings as they take on the Huskies.

COACHING FRIENDS:
FPD head coach Greg Moore and Howard skipper Barney Hester have a well documented past. Hester is the former coach of Tattnall Square Academy, who was a member of the GISA with FPD before the Vikings left the league in 2010. Both coaches have surpassed the triple digit win mark. Hester stands at 324-143-9 while Moore is at 108-62 overall.

LAST TIME OUT FOR HOWARD:
The Huskies are one game into the 2014 campaign, tying Lamar County (AA Runner-Up in 2013) 19-19 last week, Aug. 22. The Huskies led 13-0 at halftime, thanks to a Courvosier King 25-yard touchdown run in the first quarter followed by another King score in the second quarter. Lamar County rattled off 13 unanswered points to tie the game in the third quarter. Both squads would add a score in the fourth quarter, Howard’s on a Marcus Fuller 8-yard run, to end in a tie.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings last played in the 2013 GHSA Class-A State Playoffs, falling at Calvary Day School in the first round 42-35 to end the season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7). The trip to the playoffs was FPD’s third consecutive postseason appearance and fourth overall since joining the GHSA in 2010.

38th EDITION:
The 2014 season marks the 38th year of Viking football. FPD has delivered countless Friday night memories since the school’s inception in the 1970’s. FPD’s overall record stands at 274-161-5, good for a 62.2 winning percentage.

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2013 season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7) while Howard posted a 2-8 (0-7 Reg. 2-AAAA).

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR HOWARD:
• # 4 Courvosier King (QB, Jr.): Rushed for 44 yards on nine attempts and two touchdowns in Howard’s opener vs. Lamar County on Aug. 22.
• # 11 Tahjae Morant (B, Sr.): Rushed for 70 yards on 16 carries in Howard’s opener vs. Lamar County.
• # 2 Rodney Stubbs (WR, Sr.): Finished with 16 receptions for 70 yards against Lamar County on Aug. 22.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
• # 14 Will McCormick (QB, Jr.): Second-year starting quarterback with versatility in the pocket and on the run. Rushed for 11 touchdowns and 388 yards in 2013. The righty also threw nine touchdowns and racked up 1,154 yards in the air.
• # 1 Reggie Gantt (RB, Jr.): Second-year starter at running back for FPD with strength up the middle. Finished 2013 with 484 yards rushing and five touchdowns. Averaged 53.8 yards per game rushing.
• # 21 Jonathan Raines (WR, Sr.): Will be relied on heavily as one of McCormick’s main targets this fall. Scored one touchdown in 2013.

CAPTAINS FOR FPD:
Tonight’s captains for FPD are #18 Noah Groover and #58 Palmer Haynes. The honorary captains are #21 Jonathan Raines and #76 Robby Watson.

AT .500 IN SEASON OPENERS:
Since joining the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 2-2 in season openers. FPD’s two wins came against Irwin County in the 2010 and 2011 season, the most recent a 28-12 win. The Vikings have dropped back-to-back openers, falling last year to George Walton 36-10.

WELL WORTH THE MOVE:
Since joining the GHSA, the Vikings have enjoyed success on the local and statewide level. FPD has never had a losing season since joining the GHSA, posting an overall record of 26-18. FPD’s best year in the GHSA was in 2011, finished at 8-3 overall.

HOME COOKING:
Since joining the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 11-8 inside the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium. FPD has posted at least three wins at home in each season but one (2011) since becoming a member of the league.

UP NEXT:
The Vikings take their open week on Sept. 5 before returning to action on Friday, Sept. 12, hosting Monticello High School. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at George S. Johnson Stadium.

FANFARE COMES TO CAMPUS:
This fall, FPD Athletic Director and head football coach Greg Moore is pleased to announce the additions to Viking Fanfare to its pre-game activities on campus before every home football games, except Homecoming.

The main premise is to get people on campus early and partake in a family-fun, hour long pre-game party from 5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

“We’re excited about Fanfare and getting our students, families, faculty and staff and fans on campus early. There will be a lot of activities for elementary, middle and high school kids to participate in.”

Once Fanfare ends, fans are encouraged to move to The Viking Walk outside the back doors of The Middlebrooks Athletics Center to cheer on the Vikings entering in the stadium for warm-ups.

For details, contact Amy Kenney at amy.kenney@fpdmacon.org

MOMENT OF SILENCE:
Before tonight’s kickoff, the FPD football team and school family will pause for a moment of silence to honor the untimely passing of Joan Adams, former cheerleading coach, earlier in the spring. FPD will also honor Austin Childers, who the football field is named after. Childers passed away in February after a long battle with Mitochondrial Disease.

WEBCAST:
Tonight’s FPD football opener vs. Howard will be webcast over the internet live. SID Chandler Lee and middle school football coach and Bible teacher Bob Veazey return for their third season of calling Viking football. This year, the webcast program is being revamped with new equipment and software. Log on to www.livestream.com to create an account and search for “Chandler Lee” or “FPD Football vs. Howard.” You must have an account to watch the game via LiveStream. Signing up is simple, so be sure not to miss any of the action! To directly access the event, CLICK HERE.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Tonight’s game can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings host Howard. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball and #FPDhwd14.

ATHLETIC WEBSITE:
For all the latest scores, news releases, videos and other information, visit the official website for FPD Athletics at: www.fpdvikings.com.

FACEBOOK:
The Vikings are now on Facebook! Be sure to like at “FPD Athletics” to keep up with the Vikings and Lady Vikings year-round.

VIDEO:

QUICK LINKS:
FPD Roster and Schedule
Head coach Greg Moore interview on FoxSports 1670 AM
Howard Roster
Howard Schedule
Macon Telegraph Preview