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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Wilkinson County

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team hosts the Wilkinson County High School Warriors on Senior Night on Friday, Oct. 24 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium. Below are game notes on the event for Viking fans and media members to stay in-the-know.

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GAME NOTES

Wilkinson County at FPD
10.24.2014
7:30 p.m.

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

QUICK FACTS:
Wilkinson County – 3-4 (2-1 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 3-2; Away: 0-2
City: Irwinton, GA
Colors: Blue, Gold and White
Mascot: Warriors
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium/Field: n/a
Head Coach: James Hagins (19th season, all at Wilco.)
Career Record: 117-90-2
2013 Record: 4-7
State Championships: none
Region Championships: 4 (Last: 2010 as member as GHSA 7-A; Others: 2000, 1999, 1976)
Overall Home Record: 138-149-12
Overall Away Record: 118-173-5
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-5
Overall Program Record: 256-327-5
2014 Wins: Mt. de Sales (28-21), Twiggs County (44-26) and Warren County (24-7)
2014 Losses: Central-Macon (41-14), Washington-Wilkes (27-18), Johnson County (28-12), Tattnall Square (27-16)

FPD – 4-3 (1-2 Sub Region A 7-A)
Home: 3-1; 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: 112-65 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: 172-71-3
Overall Away Record: 130-104-2
Overall Program Record: 302-175-5
2014 Wins: 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 eighth game of the year and fifth home contest of the 2014 season, taking on the Wilkinson County High School Warriors from Irwinton, Ga. on Friday night, Oct. 24 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium 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. It is FPD’s designated “Senior Night” game, as FPD will honor all fall sports and activities during pre-game and halftime ceremonies on the field.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings and Warriors are tied 1-1 in the brief history between the two schools.

The Warriors defeated FPD 42-21 in Oct. of 2012 at George S. Johnson Stadium before the Vikings returned the favor in 2013 at Wilkinson County, a 41-40 victory on Oct. 25, 2013.

FOURTH SUB-REGION A CONTEST:
Friday’s game is the fourth sub-region game for both teams. The Vikings and Warriors 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 Tattnall Square Academy.

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. Most recently, the Vikings fell at Tattnall 28-14 on Oct. 17 to move to 1-2 in sub-region A play.

The Warriors are 2-1 in sub-region A action, knocking off Mt. de Sales 28-21 on Oct. 17 after handling Twiggs County 44-26 on Oct. 10.

LAST TIME OUT FOR WILKINSON COUNTY:
The Warriors defeated Mt. de Sales Academy at home 28-21 at home on Oct. 17 to earn their second consecutive win and third in four games.

The victory gives the Warriors a 2-1 record in sub-region A play, good for a current spot of T-2 with Stratford Academy.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Viking dropped their third game in the last four weeks 28-14 at Tattnall on Friday night, Oct. 17.

The loss puts FPD in a T-4 in sub-region A play with Mt. de Sales. (FPD owns the tie-breaker with a 42-21 victory on Oct. 10 against the Cavaliers).

The Vikings finished with just 179 yards of offense in the game against the top-ranked Trojan defense. FPD posted 99 yards rushing, 42 coming from quarterback Will McCormick and 30 from the feet of Reggie Gantt.

FPD lead 7-0 mid-way through the first quarter, but Tattnall answered with four consecutive touchdowns.

McCormick posted FPD’s final score early in the fourth quarter.

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 302-175-5, good for a .626 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).

FAMILIAR FACE FOR THE WARRIORS and HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
The Warriors are led by 15th year head coach James Hagins.

During his time at the helm of the Warrior program, Hagins has posted a 117-90-2 record for a .565 winning percentage.

The skipper has posted nine winning seasons, the best record coming in 1999 when leading the Warriors to an 11-1 finish and trip to the GHSA Class-A State Playoff Second Round before falling to Miller County 32-26.

Hagins has led the Warriors to the GHSA Class-A State Semifinals twice, falling each time. In 2011, the Warriors fell to Clinch County 35-14 and five years earlier, dropped a 15-7 decision to the Emanuel County Institute in 2008.

A LOT OF POINTS AGAINST THE WARRIORS:
Each time the Vikings and Warriors get together, fans are almost guaranteed to see plenty of offense. In just two games played in the series, a combined number of 144 points has been posted.

The Vikings have scored 62 of those points while the Warriors have 82.

2013 RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2013 season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7A) in the GHSA while Wilkinson County posted an 4-7 record (4-3 Reg. 7-A), advancing to the GHSA Class-A State Public Playoffs before falling to Seminole County 21-14 on the road on Nov. 22.

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 WILKINSON COUNTY:
• #2 Akeem Jackson (Soph., RB)
#3 Kentavious Waller (Sr., CB)
#12 Keldrick Anderson (Sr., QB)

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
• #1 Reggie Gantt (Jr., RB): Rushed for one touchdown on 12 attempts and 30 yards in FPD’s last game at Tattnall on Oct. 17. Gantt leads the Vikings in rushing yards per game in 2014, averaging 82.7 per contest. Gantt is tied for first on the squad with five (6) touchdowns. The junior has rushed for 579 total yards in 2014 and is picking up nearly seven yards (6.2) per touch.
#5 Jam Morris (Sr., WR/RB)Morris leads FPD in receiving yards at 355 in 2014. One of McCormick’s favorite targets, Morris has hauled in 50.7 receiving yards per game and has caught two touchdowns.
• Mental Approach: With an athletically tough team on hand like Wilkinson County, FPD’s mental approach will be tested. The Vikings have dropped three of their past four games. If the Vikings are to make the GHSA State Playoffs, Friday’s game could be looked at as a must-win.

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.

SEVENTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD STILL NO. 12:
The seventh edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Oct. 21 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. 21: #12

Oct. 14: #12

Oct. 8: #14 (changed by GHSA)

Sept. 30: #8

Sept. 23: #4

Sept. 16: #3

Sept. 9: T-27

Wilkinson County is currently no. 22 according to the most recent GHSA Class-A Public Power Rankings.

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.

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 and Trojans, FPD has posted just five penalties in the same number of games played.

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:

FPD will honor the Class of 2015 for those participating in various fall sports and activities in their final year as a Viking and Lady Viking.

The FPD football, band and dance seniors will be honored at 7:10 p.m. on the football field in a special pre-game ceremony. The cross country team and cheerleaders (spirit and competition) will be honored at halftime of Friday’s game.

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!

COMMUNITY SERVICE NIGHT:
Friday’s game is also Community Service Night at FPD.

Community Service Director and head varsity girls cross country coach Holly Scott will welcome five local agencies to the game and all will be honored in special ceremonies.

Please help us welcome these special folks to the FPD campus!

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 their final regular season game of 2014, traveling to Jeffersonville for a game against the Twiggs County High School Cobras on Friday, Oct. 31. Kickoff is slated for 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 29-21.

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 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.

Friday’s game vs. Wilkinson County is a “Black Out” theme. Fans are encouraged to wear black to the game!

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 host the Warriors. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball#FPDwc14 and #BeatWilco

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:
FPD Football 2014 Roster and Schedule
FPD Football Stats – 2014
-GHSA Class-A Power Ratings (Oct. 21)

Macon Telegraph High School Football Capsule (Oct. 24)
Macon Telegraph GHSA Region 7-A Playoff Outlook (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)
Wilkinson County Football Roster on MaxPreps
Wilkinson County Football Schedule on MaxPreps
Region 7-A A Standings (as of Oct. 22, 2014)
FPD Athletics on Twitter (@FPDVikingSports)
FPD Athletics on Facebook

Live Webcast of FPD vs. Wilkinson County