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MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team travels to Twiggs County High School on Friday night, Oct. 31, for its final regular season sub-region A/Region 7-A game in Jeffersonville at The Pit. Below are game notes on the event for Viking fans and media members to stay in-the-know.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at Twiggs County
10.31.2014
7:30 p.m.

The Pit
(Jeffersonville, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
Twiggs County – 0-8 (0-5 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 0-4; Away: 0-4
City: Jeffersonville, GA
Colors: Black, Gold
Mascot: Cobras
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium/Field: The Pit
Head Coach: Dexter Copeland (14th season overall, 10th year at Twiggs)
Career Record: 100-57
2013 Record: 2-8
State Championships: none
Region Championships: 3 (Last: 2009; Others: 2007, 2002).
Overall Home Record: 55-49
Overall Away Record: 48-57
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-2
Overall Program Record: 103-108-0
2014 Wins: none.
2014 Losses: Tattnall (37-26), Stratford (42-0), Wilkinson County (44-26), Mt. de Sales (34-20), Hancock Central (14-6), Lincoln County (41-13), Dublin (55-18), East Laurens (49-20).

FPD – 5-3 (2-2 Sub Region A 7-A)
Home: 4-1; Away: 1-2.
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: 113-65 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: 172-72-3
Overall Away Record: 130-104-2
Overall Program Record: 303-175-5
2014 Wins: vs. Wilkinson County (41-32), vs. Mt. de Sales (42-21), at GMC Prep (62-21), vs. Monticello (9-6), vs. Howard (26-25 OT)
2014 Losses: at Tattnall (28-14), vs. Stratford (28-21), at Lincoln County (10-0).

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its ninth game of the year and fourth road contest of the 2014 season, taking on the Twiggs County High School Cobras from Jeffersonville, Ga. on Friday night, Oct. 31 at The Pit at 7:30 p.m. The series is one of the newest for the FPD football program, with just two games played between each other for both schools.

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

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings lead the Cobras 2-0 in the short series history. Both games have been played at George S. Johnson Stadium, with FPD winning 48-13 in 2013 and claiming a 63-21 win in 2012.

FIFTH SUB-REGION A CONTEST:
Friday’s game is the fifth sub-region game for both teams. The Vikings and Cobras are members of the GHSA Class-A, Region 7, Sub-Region A. Other sub-division teams include Stratford Academy, Mt. de Sales, Tattnall Square Academy 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. The Vikings fell at Tattnall 28-14 on Oct. 17 but bounced back with a 41-32 win last Friday night on Oct. 24.

The Cobras are 0-5 in sub-region A action, most recently dropping a 37-26 decision to Tattnall Square at The Pit on Oct. 24.

LAST TIME OUT FOR WILKINSON COUNTY:
Twiggs County fell to Tattnall Square Academy at home on Friday night, Oct. 24 at The Pit in Jeffersonville.

The loss put Twiggs in last place in rub-region A play and 0-8 on the season.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Viking snapped a quick one-game skid with a 41-32 victory over Wilkinson County on Oct. 24 on Senior Night. The victory put FPD in third place in sub-region A play.

FPD rallied around the absence of Jam Morris to score 41 unanswered points after an opening drive touchdown by the Warriors.

Jack Sawyer rushed for two touchdowns to lead the Viking offense. FPD outscored the Warriors 34-0 in the second and third quarter combined.

Quarterback Will McCormick led FPD in rushing with 68 yards on 18 carries while Reggie Gantt picked up 51 yards on 10 carries.

The Vikings used the air attack effectively in the contest. McCormick finished the game at 7-for-11 with 163 yards. Jonathan Raines hauled in three receptions for 89 yards.

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 303-175-5, good for a .627 winning percentage.

113 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 113th victory at the helm after a 41-32 win at home over Wilkinson County. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 113, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

FAMILIAR FACE FOR THE COBRAS and HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
The Warriors are led by 14th year head coach Dexter Copeland.

Copeland is serving his second stint at Twiggs County. He was the head coach for the Cobras from 2001-09 before taking the reigns of the Baldwin High School football team in Milledgeville from 2010-13.

Copeland has posted an overall career record of 100-57. His career record at Twiggs County stands at 73-40 and at Baldwin High a mark of 27-17.

Copeland’s best season at Twiggs County came in the 2002 season, where his Twiggs squad posted a 12-1 record.. The Cobras advanced to the quarterfinals of the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs, picking up wins over Temple and Heard County before dropping to Metter 21-19.

A year later, Copeland paced the Cobras to a 10-2 campaign and a trip to the second round of the GHSA State Playoffs.

He led Twiggs to another 10-2 record in 2004 before the Cobras bowed out in the second round of the GHSA State Playoffs to McIntosh County Academy.

The 2005 could be argued as Copeland’s best effort despite an 8-5 overall record. Twiggs caught fire in the post-season, advancing to the quarterfinals before dropping to Class-A powerhouse Lincoln County 22-0.

At Baldwin, Copeland pushed the Braves into the State Playoffs three times at the Class-AAAA level. In 2010, Baldwin lost in the second round to Burke County. In 2011 and 2012, the Braves fell in the first round.

Overall Copeland has led teams to 10 GHSA State Playoff appearances as a head coach.

A LOT OF POINTS AGAINST THE COBRAS:
Each time the Vikings have met the Cobras, the FPD offense has posted some big numbers.

In 2012, FPD posted the most points in program history since joining the GHSA with a 63-21 victory at George S. Johnson Stadium.

The Vikings have outscored the Cobras 111-34 in the series. On average, FPD is scoring 55.5 points per game each time out against Twiggs.

2013 RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2013 season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7A) in the GHSA while Twiggs County posted a 2-8 record (1-6 Reg. 7-A).

FPD advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Private Playoffs for a third consecutive season in 2013, falling to Calvary Day School in Savannah 42-35.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR TWIGGS COUNTY:
• #1 Raquantez Brown (Jr., QB)
• #10 Robert Cornelius (Jr., RB)
#31 Justin Butts (Jr., RB)

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
• #1 Reggie Gantt (Jr., RB): Rushed for 51 yards on 10 carries in FPD’s last game against Wilkinson County. Gantt is tied with McCormick for the team lead in rushing touchdowns with seven (7) on the year.
• #21 Jonathan Raines (Sr., WR): Raines is one of McCormick’s favorite targets. The senior picked up 89 yards in FPD’s last game, a 41-32 victory over Wilkinson County on Oct. 24.
The Spark: Jack Sawyer rushed for two touchdowns in FPD’s last win over Wilkinson County on Oct. 24. Barron Jones provided multiple big tackles and a caused fumble as well. Sophomore Torrian McSwain has shown that he can gain significant yards on any given play this season. If FPD is to make the playoffs in 2014, a spark will have to come from one of these players or another.

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 24 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 14-10 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 in Milledgeville.

Altogether, the Vikings are 130-104-2 on the road all-time, good for a .551 winning percentage.

FPD’s next road contest is a trip to Jeffersonville on Halloween Night, Oct. 31, at Twiggs County High School. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

EIGHTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD STILL NO. 12:
The eighth edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Oct. 28 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. 28: #12

Oct. 21: #12

Oct. 14: #12

Oct. 8: #14 (changed by GHSA)

Sept. 30: #8

Sept. 23: #4

Sept. 16: #3

Sept. 9: T-27

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

SOME IMPRESSIVE ALL-PURPOSE YARDS for the VIKINGS:
FPD is averaging 387.1 all-purpose yards per game in 2014.

The foursome of Reggie Gantt, Jam Morris, Will McCormick and Jonathan Raines are averaging 261.4 of those 387.1 all-purpose yards on the year, good for over half of FPD’s offense per contest.

Gantt leads the list at 87.3 all-purpose yards per game, followed by Morris at 82.7, Raines at 51.6 then McCormick at 39.9.

GANTT, McCORMICK and McSWAIN – OH MY!
Through seven games, Reggie Gantt, Torrian McSwain and Will McCormick have accounted for 1,109 of FPD’s 1,406 rushing yards.

That’s an average of 78.8 percent of FPD’s rushing offense coming from that trio.

SENIOR NIGHT for FALL SPORTS/ACTIVITIES a TIME TO REMEMBER:

FPD honored the Class of 2015 for those participating in various fall sports and activities in their final year as a Viking and Lady Viking on Oct. 24 vs. Wilkinson County.

The FPD football, band and dance seniors were honored at 7:10 p.m. in a special pre-game ceremony. The cross country team and cheerleaders (spirit and competition) were also honored at halftime of last Friday’s game (Oct. 24).

The FPD Athletic Department sincerely thanks the Class of 2015 for their hard work and dedication through the years! We wish you God’s richest blessings in your lives!

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 hit the road for the GHSA Class-A sub-region cross-over game on Friday, Nov. 7. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. against a team to be determined.

Check www.fpdvikings.com for updates.

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 30-21.

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 15-9 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 4-1 at home this season with wins against Howard (Aug. 29), Monticello (Sept. 12), Mt. de Sales (Oct. 10) and Wilkinson County (Oct. 24).

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.

Thanks for your help in making Viking Fanfare this year the place to be before a home FPD football game!

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.

Fans can follow the Pep Club on Twitter here.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Friday’s game at Tattnall can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings host the Warriors. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball#FPDtc14 and #BeatTwiggs

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!

QUICK LINKS:
FPD Football 2014 Roster and Schedule
FPD Football Stats – 2014
-GHSA Class-A Power Ratings (Oct. 28)

Game 8 Win vs. Wilkinson County (Oct. 24)
Game 7 Loss at Tattnall (Oct. 17)
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)
Twiggs County Football Roster on MaxPreps
Twiggs County Football Schedule on MaxPreps
Region 7-A A Standings (as of Oct. 30, 2014)
FPD Athletics on Twitter (@FPDVikingSports)
FPD Athletics on Facebook