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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Mt. de Sales (Homecoming)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team returns home on Friday night, October 10, hosting long-time and cross-town rival Mt. de Sales Academy on Homecoming Night 2014. Below are game notes on the event for Viking fans and media members to stay in-the-know.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD vs. Mt. de Sales Academy
10.10.2014
7:30 p.m.

Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium
*Homecoming 2014*
(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:

Mt. de Sales Academy – 3-2 (1-0 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 3-1; Away: 0-1.
City: Macon, GA
Colors: Navy Blue, Gold, White
Mascot: Cavaliers
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium/Field: Mike Garvin Stadium at Sister Elizabeth Field
Head Coach: Keith Hatcher (1st Year)
Career Record: 3-2
2013 Record: 3-8
State Championships: 4 (Last: 1996 as member of GISA AAA)
Region Championships: 12 (Last: 1997 as member of GISA AAA)
Overall Home Record: 159-115-5
Overall Away Record: 152-133-5
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-2-0
Overall Program Record: 312-248-10
2014 Wins: vs. GMC Prep, vs. Strong Rock Christian, vs. Twiggs County
2014 Losses: at Pacelli, vs. Aquinas.

FPD – 3-2 (0-1 Sub Region A 7-A)
Home: 2-1; 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: 111-64 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)
Program Record: 302-175-5
Overall Home Record: 171-71-3
Overall Away Record: 130-103-2
Overall Program Record: 301-174-5
2014 Wins: at GMC Prep, vs. Monticello, vs. Howard.
2014 Losses: vs. Stratford, at Lincoln County.

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its sixth game of the year and fourth home game of the 2014 season, hosting local rival Mt. de Sales Academy at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium on Friday night, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The series dates back to 1981 with 30 games played between the two teams.

Friday’s game is Homecoming Night at FPD as well.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings lead the overall series against Mt. de Sales 18-11-1. FPD took the last game played between both teams in 2009, a 35-0 victory at George S. Johnson Stadium.

SECOND SUB-REGION CONTEST:
Friday’s game is the second sub-region game for both teams. The Vikings and Cavaliers are members of the GHSA Class-A, Region 7, Sub-Region A. Other sub-division teams include Stratford Academy, Tattnall Square Academy, Twiggs County and Wilkinson County.

FPD dropped its first sub-region game to Stratford 28-21 on Oct. 3 while de Sales knocked off Twiggs County 34-20 at home on Oct. 3.

LAST TIME OUT FOR Mt. de SALES:
The Cavaliers took down the Twiggs County Cobras 34-20 on Friday night, Oct. 3 at Mike Garvin Stadium.

The win pushed the Cavaliers’ season record to 3-2 and 1-0 in Sub-Region A play.

Quarterback Carson Leatherwood was 8-for-13 on the night with 119 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The senior also rushed for 84 yards on 16 attempts and one touchdown.

Senior running back Keith Farris finished with 58 yards rushing on 17 attempts and two touchdowns for the Cavs while senior wide-out Bailey Michael brought in four receptions for 75 yards and a touchdown as well.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Viking dropped a 28-21 heart-breaking loss to cross-town rival Stratford Academy on Friday, Oct. 3 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

The Vikings tied the game with just over three minutes to play on a Reggie Gantt touchdown and 2-point conversion before Stratford drove the length of the field to score on an O’Showen Williams 16-yard touchdown run with 23 seconds to play in the game.

Gantt led FPD in rushing with 119 yards on 22 attempts and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Will McCormick finished the game at 9-of-17 passing and 184 yards.

Senior Jam Morris hauled in four catches for 102 yards as the FPD offense gained 17 first downs on the night.

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 301-174-5, good for a .627 winning percentage.

111 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 111th victory at the helm after a 62-21 win at GMC Prep on Sept. 19. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 111, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

NEW FACE FOR THE CAVALIERS:
Mt. de Sales is led by first-year head coach Keith Hatcher.

Hatcher took over for long-time head coach Robert Slocum who served at the helm from 1991-2013.

Slocum led de Sales to its only GISA State Championship in school history in 1996.

The Cavaliers finished that season 13-1 and defeated Tattnall Square Academy 29-27 in the GISA Finals. Mt. de Sales racked up wins in the playoffs over Brookwood, Westfield and John Milledge Academy before advancing to the State Championship game.

Slocum and his Cavaliers also defeated FPD in 1996, a 14-0 victory at George S. Johnson Stadium.

LAST 2 HOMECOMING GAMES FOR FPD:
The Vikings have won their past two Homecoming games, rolling past Hancock Central 41-18 in 2013 and defeating GMC Prep 31-7 in 2012.

THINKING OF DE SALES MEANS THINKING OF MIKE GARVIN
Those associated with the Cavalier football program always remember Mike Garvin, who served as head coach from 1968-1990.

Garvin’s all-time record stands at 160-80-5, good for a .663 winning percentage.

Garvin had just three losing seasons while at the helm of Mt. de Sales. His teams finished with 10 or more wins three times and seven or more wins 11 times.

The 1973 Cavalier football squad finished with a record of 14-0 and captured the GHSA Class-A State Championship.

Mt. de Sales posted two undefeated years under Garvin: 1971 and 1973.

He is a member of the Macon Sports Hall of Fame and Mt. de Sales Athletic Hall of Fame.

DID YOU KNOW:
Did you know that Mt. de Sales is a former member of the Georgia High School Association?

The Cavaliers played in the GHSA through the 1979 season, finishing 7-4 and falling to Johnson County in the State Semifinals of that year.

The Cavaliers were a member of Region 4-A during that season.

All-time in the GHSA, Mt. de Sales’ record stands at 107-70-4.

The Cavaliers picked up GHSA State Championships in 1970, 1971 and 1973. The state title runs in 1970 and 1971 came as a member of the GHSA Class C, which no longer exists today.

GARVIN and GARVIN:
Former Mt. de Sales head football coach Mike Garvin is related to FPD defensive coordinator Ken Garvin.

Mike was Ken’s uncle before his untimely passing in June of 2014.

HATCHER and HATCHER:
Mt. de Sales head coach Keith Hatcher’s first cousin is Murray State head football coach Chris Hatcher.

A Macon, GA native, Chris served as the head coach for Valdosta State University and helped guide the Blazers to the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship.

He was also the head coach for the Georgia Southern football program from 2007-2009.

His overall record as a collegiate coach stands at 119-49 and 25-22 at Murray State. At Georgia Southern, Hatcher posted an 18-15 record and a 56-6 mark at Valdosta State.

A quarterback for Blazers from 1991-94, Chris was named an NCAA All-American, racking up 11,363 yards and 121 touchdowns in his career.

He was chosen as recipient for the 1994 Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top player in DII football.

His assistant coaching gigs include 1996 at the University of Central Florida (QB/TE) and Kentucky in 1999 (QB/WR).

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE AGAINST THE CAVS:
The Vikings have hosted the Cavaliers a total of 16 times on their home turf.

FPD owns an 11-4-1 record all-time in home matches played against the Cavaliers.

FPD has outscored de Sales 330-120 in all home games played. On average, FPD is posting 20.6 points per game and holding de Sales to 7.5 points per game at home.

JUST ONE TIME IN THE PLAYOFFS:
The Vikings have played Mt. de Sales only one time in the postseason.

That was in the 1988 season in the GISA State Semifinals. The Vikings went on to claim a 31-7 victory at home on Nov. 25 of that year.

FIRST TIME AGAINST Mt. de SALES ON AUSTIN CHILDERS FIELD:
Friday’s game is the first time the Vikings have hosted the Cavaliers on Austin Childers Field.

The gridiron was named after the 2009 FPD grad who passed away in early 2014 after a long battle with mitochondrial disease.

FIRST MATCH-UP IN GHSA PLAY FOR FPD vs. de SALES:
Tonight’s game vs. Mt. de Sales is the first time the two schools have played each other when both schools were a member of the GHSA.

The Vikings have been a member of the league since the 2010 season while the Cavaliers were former GHSA members prior to the 1980 season.

SHUTOUTS ABOUND IN THE SERIES AGAINST THE CAVS:
A total of 10 games have been played in the series where either FPD or Mt. de Sales failed to score.

Those years include: 1981 (18-0 FPD), 1983 (3-0 MDS), 1987 (3-0 MDS), 1992 (28-0 FPD), 1993 (48-0 FPD), 1995 (41-0 MDS), 1996 (14-0 MDS), 2003 (7-0 FPD), 2006 (41-0 FPD), 2009 (35-0 FPD).

FPD is 6-4 in shutout games against de Sales.

COACH MOORE vs. Mt. DE SALES:
FPD head football coach Greg Moore took over as Viking head coach in 2000.

Since then, his teams have put up an astounding 9-1 record against the Cavaliers, the first a 21-14 win in 2000 and the last a 35-0 shutout in 2009.

STREAKS, A TIE AND MORE HISTORY AGAINST DE SALES:
FPD’s longest winning streak against the Cavaliers was from 1999-2007, winning nine straight contests.

The longest losing skid for the Vikings occurred from 1994-1998, a run of four consecutive defeats.

The only tie in the series against the Cavaliers came back in the 1989 season, a 14-14 draw at home on Sept. 8 of that season.

2013 RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2013 season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7) in the GHSA while Mt. de Sales posted a 3-8 record, advancing to the GISA-AAA State Playoffs before falling to Deerfield-Windsor in Albany 42-7.

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 de Sales’ final year in GISA play.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR MT. DE SALES:
#22 Carson Leatherwood (Sr., QB): Leatherwood is a dual-threat quarterback with the ability to pass for big yards and shuffle out of the pocket on the run. He has thrown for six touchdowns in five games this year and is averaging 106.6 yards per game. He is 38-for-71 on the season.
#5 Keith Farris (Sr., RB): Farris leads the team in rushing with 358 total yards on 81 carries this season. He is averaging 71.6 yards per game on the ground and has scored eight touchdowns in five games.
#19 Bailey Michael (Sr., WR): Michael is the top receiver for de Sales, averaging 61.6 receiving yards per game. He has hauled in four touchdowns in 2014 on 21 receptions totaling 308 yards.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
#1 Reggie Gantt (Jr., RB): Rushed for two touchdowns on 22 attempts and 119 yards in FPD’s last game vs. Stratford on Oct. 10. Gantt leads the Vikings in rushing yards per game in 2014, averaging 75.6 per contest. Gantt is first on the squad with four (4) touchdowns. The junior has rushed for 378 total yards in 2014.
#19 Brad Powell (Jr., K): Powell nailed two big field goals in FPD’s 28-21 loss to Stratford at home on Oct. 3, the longest a 35-yard attempt in the second quarter that gave FPD a 13-7 lead at halftime. Powell has accounted for 20 of FPD’s points in 2014.
FPD Pass Rush and Secondary: Mt. de Sales quarterback Carson Leatherwood has thrown for 533 yards and rushed for 264 yards in 2014. If the Vikings are to win on Friday night against the Cavaliers, FPD’s defensive line will have to provide plenty of pressure against the fleet-foot and sharp pass of Leatherwood. The Viking secondary will look to limit Leatherwood getting the ball to receivers Bailey Michael and Keith Farris.

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 DE SALES:
The Vikings hold a 9-1 record against the Cavaliers over the last 10 games played between the two schools.

FPD’s lone loss came in 2008, a 21-7 defeat at Mike Garvin Stadium.

FIFTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 14:
The fifth edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Wednesday, Oct. 8 with the Vikings coming in at no. 14 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. 8: #14

Sept. 30: #8

Sept. 23: #4

Sept. 16: #3

Sept. 9: T-27

Mt. de Sales is no. 19 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.

HOMECOMING 2014 WEEKEND:
Homecoming 2014 is scheduled for this weekend, October 10-11.

A plethora of pre-game and weekend activities are on the schedule, including the annual pre-game alumni dinner, scheduled to take place under the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m. The night is also the school’s designated tailgating night for all grades K-12. (Reminder: There is no Viking Fanfare scheduled for Homecoming on Oct. 10.)

The FPD Advancement and Alumni Office will announce the Alumni Award winners for 2014 on the field at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, FPD will host the Second Annual Day School Dash at the George Peake and Anne Peake Cross Country Trail on campus at 10 a.m.

More details on Homecoming 2014, including information on the Day School Dash sign-up, can be found by visiting the Alumni Events page on the FPD Homepage.

FPD will welcome back the Classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 on Oct. 10-11, 2014.

ON DECK:
The Vikings travel across town to Tattnall Square Academy for a GHSA Class-A Sub-Region-A game against the Trojans on Friday, Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

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 28-20. 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 13-9 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 already 2-0 at home this season with wins against Howard (Aug. 29) and Monticello (Sept. 12).

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. There is no Viking Fanfare on Homecoming Night on Oct. 10.

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.

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. 10 vs. Mt. de Sales at 7:20 p.m.

Simply visit us on Livestream (www.livestream.com), create an account, and search for “Football vs. Mt. de Sales” 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:
Tonight’s game can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings host Mt. de Sales Academy. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDmds14 and #BeatdeSales

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 COACH MOORE:

 

QUICK LINKS:
FPD Football 2014 Roster and Schedule
FPD Football Stats – 2014

Live Webcast of FPD football vs. Mt. de Sales on Oct. 10
GHSA Class-A Power Ratings (Oct. 8)

Macon Telegraph preview by Brad Harrison and Macon Telegraph
Macon Telegraph Football Capsule: FPD vs. Mt. de Sales (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)
Mt. de Sales Roster on MaxPreps

Mt. de Sales Schedule on MaxPreps
Mt. de Sales Football Stats on MaxPreps
FPD Athletics on Twitter (@FPDVikingSports)
FPD Athletics on Facebook

 

*Sources: The Georgia High School Football Historians Association aided in this report. Contact Sports Information Director Chandler Lee for FPD football press relations. Stats and information are compiled from the FPD Communications Department and FPD Athletic Department and www.maxpreps.com