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MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team travels across town on Friday night, Oct. 17, taking on sub-region rival Tattnall Square Academy at 7:30 p.m. at Jack Baynes Field. Below are game notes on the event for Viking fans and media members to stay in-the-know.

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GAME NOTES

FPD at #7 Tattnall Square Academy
10.17.2014
7:30 p.m.

Jack Baynes Field
(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
Tattnall – 6-0 (2-0 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 4-0; Away: 2-0
City: Macon, GA
Colors: Blue and Gold
Mascot: Trojans
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium/Field: Jack Baynes Field
Head Coach: Clint Morgan (2nd Year at Tattnall, 14th overall)
Career Record: 100-50-1
Career Record at Tattnall: 14-3
2013 Record: 8-3
State Championships: 11 (Last: 2011 as member of GISA AAA)
Region Championships: 19 (Last: 2011 as member of GISA AAA)
Overall Home Record: 213-62-6
Overall Away Record: 157-81-2
Overall Program Record: 370-143-8
2014 Wins: vs. Stratford, vs. Wilkinson County, at Hancock Central, vs. Strong Rock, at Warren County, vs. GMC Prep.

FPD – 4-2 (1-1 Sub Region A 7-A)
Home: 3-1; Away: 1-1.
City: Macon, GA.
Colors: Red, Black & White
Mascot: Vikings
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium: George S. Johnson Stadium
Field: Austin Childers Field
Head Coach: Greg Moore (15th Year)
Career Record: 112-64 overall
2013 Record: 6-5, 0-2 Reg. 7-A
State Championships: 2 (1980, 1985 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)
Overall Home Record: 172-71-3
Overall Away Record: 130-103-2
Overall Program Record: 302-174-5
2014 Wins: vs. Mt. de Sales, at GMC Prep, vs. Monticello, vs. Howard.
2014 Losses: vs. Stratford, at Lincoln County.

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its seventh game of the year and third road contest of the 2014 season, taking on the Tattnall Square Academy Trojans on Friday night, Oct. 17 at Jack Baynes Field at 7:30 p.m. The series dates back to 1975 with 44 games played between the two teams.

Friday’s match is the first time the two schools have played each other as members of the GHSA. All prior games took place when both schools were a member of the GISA.

The game is also a sub-region A, Region 7-A contest for both teams.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Trojans lead the overall series against FPD 29-15. The Trojans took the last game played between both schools 14-7 on Oct. 23, 2009.

THIRD SUB-REGION A CONTEST:
Friday’s game is the third sub-region game for both teams. The Vikings and Trojans are members of the GHSA Class-A, Region 7, Sub-Region A. Other sub-division teams include Stratford Academy, Mt. de Sales, Twiggs County and Wilkinson County.

FPD dropped its first sub-region game to Stratford 28-21 on Oct. 3 but picked up a 42-21 victory over Mt. de Sales on Oct. 10 on Homecoming.

Tattnall’s sub-region wins include Stratford on Oct. 10 and Wilkinson County on Oct. 3, both coming at Jack Baynes Field.

LAST TIME OUT FOR TATTNALL:
The Trojans took down cross-town rival Stratford Academy 24-7 on Friday, Oct. 10 at Jack Baynes Field to move to 6-0 and 2-0 in GHSA A Region 7-A play.

Senior Jonathan Ward rushed for two touchdowns and 194 yards on 18 carries. Kicker Loftin Whiddon nailed a 21-yard field goal in the second quarter as well to provide plenty of offense for the Tattnall defense.

The Trojans picked up 17 first downs and rushed for a total of 307 yards in the win.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Viking snapped a two-game losing streak on Friday night, Oct. 10, doubling-up the Mt. de Sales Academy Cavaliers 42-21 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium on Homecoming 2014.

Reggie Gantt rushed for 171 yards and one touchdown on 24 carries to lead the Vikings, who rushed for 305 yards as a team.

Quarterback Will McCormick was 9-for-15 passing, throwing two touchdowns and racking up 114 yards in the air. He also rushed for two touchdowns in the second half.

Garrison Hotchkiss and Jam Morris hauled in a touchdown pass from McCormick. Kicker Brad Powell hit all six PAT’s on the night as well.

FPD’s offense picked up 20 first downs on the evening, 17 via the rush. The Vikings were only whistled for one penalty.

42nd EDITION:
The 2014 season marks the 42nd 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 302-174-5, good for a .627 winning percentage.

112 WINS and COUNTING:
FPD head coach Greg Moore picked up his 100th win during the 2012 season with a victory at Hancock Central. Nearly two years later, the skipper has earned his 112th victory at the helm after a 42-21 win against Mt. de Sales at home on Oct. 10. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 112, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

NEW FACE FOR THE TROJANS, BUT NOT TO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
The Trojans are led by second-year head coach Clint Morgan, who took over after former long-time head coach Barney Hester departed and later ended up at Howard High School.

Morgan is off to a fast start, leading the Trojans to a 14-3 record in less than two years at the helm.

He is no stranger to the high school football scene, though, serving as the head coach at David Emmanuel Academy from 1996-98, at Bulloch from 2004-10 and starting the program at Frederica in 2011-12 before taking the Trojan head spot.

At David Emmanuel, his overall record was 17-18-1, at Bulloch 55-27 and at Frederica 14-2.

In 14 seasons as a head coach, his record stands at 100-50-1 overall.

Morgan led Frederica to a GISA Class-A State Title in 2012 over Robert Toombs.

WHAT ABOUT BARNEY?
It’s difficult to not think about Barney Hester when talking Tattnall Square Academy football.

Hester served as the head coach for the Trojans from 1982-2012, racking up an overall record of 306-79-7.

The former Trojan finished with 28 winning seasons, including an unprecedented 11 state championships and 13 region titles.

Hester is sixth all-time in wins amongst Georgia High School head football coaches (327-146-9).

He currently serves as the head football coach at Howard High School. The Vikings defeated Howard in their season opener 26-25 on Aug. 29.

TATTNALL BY THE DECADES:
The Trojans have won at least one state title in the past four decades, the most coming in the 1990’s with five.

State titles by decades include include: 1980’s – 2 (1988, 1989), 1990’s – 5 (1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998), 2000’s – 3 (2001, 2006, 2007), and 2010’s – 1 (2011).

All state championships came under Hester.

ON THE ROAD AGAINST THE TROJANS:
The Vikings have struggled against the Trojans at Jack Baynes Field.

A total of 24 games have been played at Tattnall in the series with the Trojans holding a 17-7 record against the Vikings on their home turf.

FPD’s last win at Jack Baynes Field was in 2005, a 31-28 overtime victory for the Vikings.

PLENTY OF HISTORY AGAINST TATTNALL IN THE PLAYOFFS:
The Vikings and Trojans have met a total of nine (9) times in post-season play, with all games being GISA contests.

The Trojans hold a commanding 9-0 record against the Vikings in the playoffs.

In the 2000’s, the Trojans bested FPD in the GISA semifinals in 2006 and 2000 and claimed a 12-7 win in the GISA State Championship game in 2001.

In the 1990’s, Tattnall picked up a quarterfinals victory in 1996 and 1990 and knocked off FPD in the GISA State Semifinals in 1992 and 1991.

The Vikings dropped the only two playoff games played against the Trojans in the 1980’s, both times in the state finals in 1988 and 1989.

Seven of the nine playoff games against the Trojans have been played at Jack Baynes Field, including all State Championship contests.

FIRST TIME AGAINST TATTNALL IN GHSA PLAY:
Friday’s game is the first time the Vikings have taken on the Trojans when both schools have been members of the GHSA.

The Vikings joined the league in 2010 while the Trojans entered in the fall of 2014.

A GOOD START AGAINST TATTNALL:
From 1975-1987, a total of 13 games were played between FPD and Tattnall.

The Vikings own a 11-2 record in that time span, defeating the Trojans all but two years (1984 and 1976).

Since the end of the 1987 season, the Vikings are 4-27 against the Trojans.

STREAKS FOR FPD and TATTNALL:
FPD’s longest winning streak against the Trojans stands at seven (7). The Vikings picked up wins from 1977-1983 over their cross-town nemesis.

Tattnall’s longest winning streak against FPD is 13 games. That run was from the 1994-2003 season.

2013 RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2013 season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7A) in the GHSA while Tattnall posted an 8-3 record, advancing to the GISA-AAA State Playoffs before falling to Southland Academy 29-26 at home.

FPD advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs for a third consecutive season, falling to Calvary Day School in Savannah 42-35.

Last season was Tattnall’s final year in GISA play.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR TATTNALL:
#21 Jonathan Ward (Sr., FB/RB): Tattnall’s main offensive weapon is Ward, who posted 194 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns in last week’s win over Stratford. According to the Tattnall stats on MaxPreps, Ward was averaging over 90 yards per game rushing for the Trojans through the first three games of the season.
#12 Ian Herndon (Sr., QB): Herndon compliments Ward in a strong way on offense for the Trojans. According to the Tattnall stats on MaxPreps, through the first four games of 2014 Herndon had rushed for over 230 yards and thrown for over 140 yards. His average yards per game rushing through the season’s first four contests stood at 58.8.
Tattnall Offensive Line: With plenty of rushers such as Ward, Herndon, Ahmad Barron, JJ Battle, and Jack Haughawout, Tattnall’s offensive line will be relied upon heavily to continue to create space for its rushers.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
#1 Reggie Gantt (Jr., RB): Rushed for one touchdown on 24 attempts and 171 yards in FPD’s last game vs. Mt. de Sales on Oct. 10. Gantt leads the Vikings in rushing yards per game in 2014, averaging 91.5 per contest. Gantt is tied for first on the squad with five (5) touchdowns. The junior has rushed for 549 total yards in 2014 and is picking up nearly seven yards (6.8) per touch.
#19 Brad Powell (Jr., K): Powell nailed all six extra point attempts in FPD’s Homecoming win against Mt. de Sales on Oct. 10. The right-footed kicker has posted 26 of FPD’s 160 points in 2014. He is averaging 4.3 points per game, nearly 20 percent of FPD’s total offense each Friday night.
FPD Defensive Line: With a strong running option that Tattnall presents, the Viking defensive line will have to tighten up holes that could allow running back Jonathan Ward to gain big yards.

CAPTAINS FOR FPD:
Captains for FPD are seniors Noah Groover (#18), Palmer Haynes (#58).

Honorary Captains are changed on a weekly basis and are announced the Thursday before a game.

ROAD VIKINGS:
The Vikings have played 23 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 14-9 record on the road in that span. FPD’s most recent road win came at GMC Prep on Sept. 19, 2014 – a 62-21 victory.

Altogether, the Vikings are 130-103-2 on the road all-time, good for a .556 winning percentage.

FPD’s next road contests are Friday, Oct. 17 at Tattnall Square Academy followed by a trip to Jeffersonville on Halloween Night, Oct. 31, at Twiggs County High School. Kickoff for both games is at 7:30 p.m.

COUNTING BACK 10 GAMES AGAINST TATTNALL:
The Vikings hold a 2-8 record against Tattnall in the past 10 games.

FPD’s two wins during that span came in back-to-back years, a 27-21 win at home in 2004 followed by a 31-28 overtime win at Tattnall in 2005.

SIXTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 12:
The fifth edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Oct. 14 with the Vikings coming in at no. 12 overall in the polls.

The rankings are used at season’s end to determine playoff seeding, with the Top-16 teams from Class-A Public and Private qualifying for spots in the postseason.

Power ratings will be updated every Tuesday for the remainder of the 2014 season.

2014 Power Ratings:

Oct. 14: #12

Oct. 8: #14 (changed by GHSA)

Sept. 30: #8

Sept. 23: #4

Sept. 16: #3

Sept. 9: T-27

Tattnall is no. 6 according to the most recent GHSA Class-A Power Rankings.

A link to the most recent GHSA Power Rankings is available in the “QUICK LINKS” section of this Fan Guide.

TATTNALL IN THE TOP-10 in MULTIPLE GEORGIA HIGH SCHOOL POLLS:
For the first time this season, the Trojans are ranked in the top-10 in the state according to the Georgia Sports Writers Association (GSWA). The Trojans are ranked no. 7 after a 6-0 start to the 2014 season.

The Trojans are no. 8 according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution (AJC) and the Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) polls.

Score Atlanta has the Trojans at ninth (9th) overall in the state amongst Class-A squads.

SOME IMPRESSIVE ALL-PURPOSE YARDS for the VIKINGS:
FPD is averaging 415.2 all-purpose yards per game in 2014.

The trio of Reggie Gantt, Jam Morris and Will McCormick are averaging 225 of those 415.2 all-purpose yards on the year, good for over half of FPD’s offense per contest.

Gantt leads the list at 96.8 all-purpose yards per game, followed by Morris at 88.7 then McCormick at 39.5.

CLEANER IS BETTER:
FPD has cleaned up its act on offense recently.

Prior to last Friday’s win against Mt. de Sales at home, FPD posted 19 penalties for a total of 148 yards lost.

Against the Cavaliers on Oct. 10, FPD accrued just one penalty for five yards.

GANTT, McCORMICK and McSWAIN – OH MY!
Through six games, Reggie Gantt, Torrian McSwain and Will McCormick have accounted for 1,014 of FPD’s 1,307 rushing yards.

That’s an average of 77.5 percent of FPD’s rushing offense coming from that trio.

HOMECOMING 2014 WEEKEND A BLAST FROM THE PAST:
FPD hosted another successful Homecoming Weekend on Oct. 10-11, 2014.

A plethora of pre-game and weekend activities took place on campus, including the annual pre-game alumni dinner at the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion. The night was also the school’s designated tailgating night for all grades K-12.

The FPD Advancement and Alumni Office announced the Alumni Award winners for 2014 on the field with the FPD Service Award given to Dallis Jones and the FPD Distinguished Alumni Award given to Cheri Gunnells (1989) Frame.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, FPD hosted the Second Annual Day School Dash at the George Peake and Anne Peake Cross Country Trail on campus with hundreds of runner participating in the event.

FPD welcomed back the Classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009.

ON DECK:
The Vikings return home for their final regular season home game of the 2014 season, hosting Wilkinson County on Oct. 24, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The game is FPD’s designated Senior Night for the Class of 2015.

DEDICATION OF WILSON-ANDERSON FAMILY PAVILION:
FPD dedicated the newly built Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion prior to Friday’s home game against Stratford on Oct. 3.

The structure is used for outdoor events throughout the football season and school year and features a red metal roof covering, a matching brick scheme identical to the school, an outdoor fireplace and signage.

Events that have already taken place at the pavilion include FPD’s annual New Family Dinner and an athletic sponsorship thank-you dinner. The 2014 Homecoming Alumni Tailgate dinner will also take place under the pavilion on Friday, Oct. 10.

300th WIN in PROGRAM HISTORY:
FPD picked up its 300th win in program history on Friday night, Aug. 29 vs. Howard, a dramatic 26-25 overtime victory. A recap of the game is linked at the end of this week’s Viking Fan Guide.

CITY HISTORY MADE:
FPD’s game against Howard on Aug. 29 marked the first time a Bibb County public and private school have faced each other in nearly 50 years. The last time that happened was in 1965 at Macon’s own Henderson Stadium when Mark Smith defeated Mount de Sales 20-0 to finish the season at 7-1.

SEASON OPENING SUCCESS:
Since joining the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 3-2 in season openers. FPD’s two wins came against Irwin County in the 2010 and 2011 season, the most recent a 28-12 win before the victory over Howard on Aug. 29. The Vikings dropped back-to-back openers, falling last year to George Walton 36-10 as well as a year prior in 2012, also to the Bulldogs.

FPD took its season opener this year, a 26-25 overtime win over Howard on Aug. 29 at home.

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 while in the league, posting an overall record of 29-20. FPD’s best year in the GHSA was in 2011, finishing at 8-3 overall.

HOME COOKING:
Since moving to the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 14-9 inside the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium. FPD has won at least three games at home in each season but one (2011) since becoming a member of the league.

The Vikings are 3-1 at home this season with wins against Howard (Aug. 29), Monticello (Sept. 12) and Mt. de Sales (Oct. 10).

VIKING FOOTBALL LEAGUE NIGHT A SUCCESS:
FPD hosted “Viking Football League Night” on Sept. 12 vs. Monticello. Youth football players and cheerleaders in Grades 1-6 from across the middle Georgia community were honored in a ceremony at halftime of the game.

FPD Athletic Director Greg Moore and a devoted parent conceived the league in 2001. Their sole purpose was and still is to introduce football to the youth of the Middle Georgia community, emphasizing the fundamentals of the game while encouraging teamwork, fair play and most of all, fun!

Today, the VFL consists of more than 200 young boys and girls. More information on the Viking Football League can be found at www.fpdvikings.com/vfl.

NEW FAMILY DINNER DRAWS BIG CROWD:
FPD Enrollment Director Cheri Frame and the FPD Admissions office hosted the annual “New Family Dinner” prior to the Sept. 12 game vs. Monticello. All new families were provided a meal under the newly installed Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion prior to kickoff.

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

The main purpose is to get fans on campus early to 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,” Moore said. “There will be a lot of activities for elementary, middle and high school kids to participate in.”

Once Viking 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.

Remaining dates for Viking Fanfare are Oct. 24 vs. Wilkinson County.

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

PEP CLUB:
FPD is proud to offer students the opportunity to join the newly, reinstated Pep Club for the 2014-15 school year!

Students will cheer on the Vikings and Lady Vikings at various athletic events throughout the year.

The Pep Club and fan theme for Friday’s game at Tattnall is a White Out!

Fans can follow the Pep Club on Twitter here.

WEBCAST:
FPD is pleased to offer online streaming on LiveStream for its home football games this season! FPD’s next scheduled webcast is Friday, Oct. 24 vs. Wilkinson County at 7:20 p.m.

Simply visit us on Livestream (www.livestream.com), create an account, and search for “Football vs. Wilkinson County” to watch live. Please note you must create a Livestream account to view the game. The account is free of charge and is quick to set up.

Archived games are also currently available to view for 30 days after the completion of a home football contest.

The webcast is a student-run initiative at FPD, run by members of the 9th-12th grade. Students are involved in running production software, switching, graphic overlays and camera operating.

Sports Information Director and play-by-play “Voice of the Vikings” Chandler Lee and FPD faculty member and middle school football coach Bob Veazey return for their third season calling Viking football together.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Friday’s game at Tattnall can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings travel to take on the Trojans. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDtsa14 and #BeatTattnall

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

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

PRE-GAME VIDEO with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

QUICK LINKS:
Live Webcast (provided by Tattnall) of Friday’s game on Oct. 17
FPD Football 2014 Roster and Schedule
FPD Football Stats – 2014
-GHSA Class-A Power Ratings (Oct. 14)
Game 6 Win vs. Mt. de Sales on Homecoming (Oct. 10)
Game 5 Loss vs. Stratford (Oct. 3)
Game 4 Loss at Lincoln County (Sept. 26)
Game 3 Win at GMC Prep (Sept. 19)
Game 2 Win vs. Monticello (Sept. 12)
Game 1 Win vs. Howard (Aug. 29)

Macon Telegraph Game Preview Article by Ron Seibel (Oct. 17)
Macon Telegraph High School Football Capsule (Oct. 17)
AJC Prep Sports Game Preview – FPD at Tattnall (Oct. 17)
Tattnall Football Roster on MaxPreps
Tattnall Football Schedule on MaxPreps
Tattnall Football Stats on MaxPreps
FPD Athletics on Twitter (@FPDVikingSports)
FPD Athletics on Facebook