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Football Takes Down GMC Prep Bulldogs 31-7 in Region Crossover

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – FPD head football coach Greg Moore knew the importance of Friday’s GHSA Region 7-A Crossover game at GMC Prep.

A win would nearly guarantee the Vikings a spot in the Class-A Private State Playoffs for a fourth straight year. A loss could bring an end to the season.

The Vikings (7-3) accepted the challenge and responded in a major way, rolling to a 31-7 victory over the GMC Prep Bulldogs at Davenport Field.

FPD, who won its third straight, will await official word from the GHSA once the final Class-A Power Ratings and playoff brackets are released on Tuesday, Nov. 11.

“I’m just really proud of our guys,” Moore said after the game. “To finish the season at 7-3 with some tough things along the way is a testament that our guys keep playing hard.”

FPD used a three-touchdown performance by junior Reggie Gantt to earn the win. It was also FPD’s second victory this season at GMC Prep. The Vikings now lead the overall series against the Bulldogs 8-0.

“I was able to get some great blocking from my teammates,” Gantt said. “The play-calling was great and I’m just happy we got the win.”

“It’s a blessing from God. I’m thankful to the Lord for giving me the ability to run.”

Austin Cox got the call at starting quarterback for Friday’s game as well. The senior didn’t disappoint, finishing the game with 47 yards passing on 5-for-11 and one touchdown to go with an interception.

“The line blocked great and Reggie (Gantt) ran it well,” Cox said. “That makes it really easy when you’re a quarterback to have everyone chip in when we needed it. The receivers also made catches when we needed them to.”

The Vikings struck first less than two minutes into the game when Gantt ran in a 57-yard touchdown along with a Brad Powell extra point to put the Vikings ahead 7-0.

Just over a minute later, GMC’s star running back T.J. Lowe answered with the Bulldogs’ only score of the night with a 46-yard run coupled with a Tyler Oates extra point to deadlock the game at 7-7.

The Vikings bounced back with a touchdown less than two minutes into the second quarter when Cox found Luke Ford on a 16-yard touchdown pass.

Gantt added another score followed by a Powell 31-yard field goal at the end of the second quarter to put the Vikings ahead 24-7 at halftime.

In the second half, the Viking defense held the Bulldog offense scoreless and Gantt scored his final touchdown of the night with 2:09 remaining in the third quarter to seal the  victory.

“Our guys like the way we do things as a team,” Moore said. “They like to play the game and play it the right way. I’m happy for them that it turned out the way it did.”

Gantt finished the game with 244 yards rushing on 12 carries. Senior Jonathan Raines posted 18 receiving yards while Ford hauled in one grab for 16 yards.

GMC’s Lowe picked up 110 yards rushing on 21 attempts. He was at 115 yards at the end of the first half, but a stingy Viking line held him to -5 yards in the second period.

Bulldog quarterback Tyler MacCartee was 9-for-16 with 122 yards passing. His top receiver was Brandon Davis, who brought in nine receptions for 123 yards.

The Vikings and Bulldogs each picked up 11 first downs in Friday’s game. FPD was called for just three penalties totaling 18 yards while GMC was penalized six times for 40 yards.

Moore says he’s pleased with the overall play of team, especially during FPD’s current three-game winning streak and heading into a hopeful state playoff berth.

“We had another fast start tonight,” Moore said. “But overall, it says a lot about concentration and the efforts that are going into getting ready to play these games that we value as important.”

Continue to check www.fpdvikings.com for FPD Football breaking news on the GHSA State Playoffs. Check @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates as well.

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GAME NOTES:

– FPD moved to 8-0 all-time with Friday’s 31-7 win at GMC Prep. The Vikings have claimed two victories over the Bulldogs in 2014, the first a 62-21 win on Sept. 19 at Davenport Field.

– The Vikings have outscored the Bulldogs 93-28 in the two games played in 2014.

– FPD picked up its 305th program win on Friday night. Altogether, the Vikings are 305-175-5.

– Head coach Greg Moore earned his 115th victory at the helm of the Viking football team.

– The Vikings have now scored 283 points in the eight games played between the two schools. FPD is averaging just over 35 points per game when playing GMC Prep.

– Coming into Friday’s game, the FPD defense was allowing 7.14 points per game against the Bulldogs. The defense answered the call, allowing just seven points in the contest.

– The Vikings are now 16-10 all-time on the road in GHSA play. FPD is 3-0 at GMC Prep since joining the league in 2010.

– With Friday’s win at GMC, the Vikings are 31-21 in 52 games played in the GHSA.

– FPD is 5-0 all-time at GMC Prep at Davenport Field. Along with two wins in 2014, the Vikings also took down the Bulldogs in 2013, 1986 and 1984.

– The Vikings have now won three straight, matching a season high three game winning streak from Aug. 29-Sept. 19 with wins over Howard, Monticello and GMC Prep. FPD’s wins in the current streak are Wilkinson County, Twiggs County and GMC Prep.

BOX SCORE:

FPD 31, GMC 7

FPD 7-17-7-0 — 31
GMC 7-0-0-0 — 7

First Quarter
FPD — Reggie Gantt 57 run (Brad Powell kick)
GMC — T.J. Lowe-Foston 46 run (Tyler Oates kick)

Second Quarter
FPD — Luke Ford 16 pass from Austin Cox (Powell kick)
FPD — Gantt 39 run (Powell kick)
FPD — Powell 32 field goal

Third Quarter
FPD — Gantt 23 run (Powell kick)

FPD — GMC
First downs 11 — 11

Rushes-yards 22-291 — 36-134

Passing yards 47 — 137

Comp-Att-Int 5-11-1 — 10-17-1

Fumbles-Fumbles lost 0-0 — 0-0

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: Gantt 12-244; GMC: Lowe-Foster 24-110.

PASSING — FPD: Cox 5-11-1 47; GMC: Tyler McCartee 10-17-1 137.

RECEIVING — FPD: Jonathan Raines 2-18, Ford 1-16; GMC: Brandon Davis 8-121.

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