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Viking Fan Guide: Football at GMC Prep (Region Crossover)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football travels to GMC Prep in Milledgeville on Friday night, Nov. 7, for the GHSA Class-A Region 7-A Crossover game at 7:30 p.m. at Davenport Field. Below are game notes on the event for Viking fans and media members to stay in-the-know.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at GMC Prep – Region 7-A Crossover Game
11.07.2014
7:30 p.m.

Davenport Field
(Milledgeville, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
GMC Prep – 3-6 (3-2 Sub-Region B 7-A)
Home: 1-3; Away: 2-3
City: Milledgeville, GA
Colors: Black, Red and White
Mascot: Bulldogs
Region: 7-A, Sub Region B
Stadium/Field: Davenport Field
Head Coach: Steven Simpson (2nd season, all at GMC Prep)
Career Record: 7-12
2013 Record: 4-6 (3-2 Region 7-A)
State Championships: none
Region Championships: 1 (Last: 1960 as member of GHSA 1-C)
Overall Home Record: 158-186-9
Overall Away Record: 111-212-5
Overall Neutral Site Record: 3-1-1
Overall Program Record: 318-419-23
2014 Wins: at Glascock County (35-24 on Sept. 5), at Warren County (14-13 on Oct. 17), at Hancock Central (12-6 on Oct. 31)
2014 Losses: at Tattnall (61-28 on Aug. 29), at Mt. de Sales (34-7 on Sept. 12), vs. FPD (62-21 on Sept. 19), at Stratford (48-16 on Sept. 26), vs. Aquinas (55-27 on Oct. 10), at Lincoln County (34-21 on Oct. 24).

FPD – 6-3 (3-2 Sub Region A 7-A)
Home: 4-1; Away: 2-2.
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: 114-65 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: 173-71-3
Overall Away Record: 131-104-2
Overall Program Record: 304-175-5
2014 Wins: at Twiggs County (55-28 on Oct. 31), vs. Wilkinson County (41-32 on Oct. 24), 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 fifth road contest of the 2014 season, traveling to GMC Prep in Milledgeville for the GHSA Class-A Region 7-A sub-region game. The Vikings claimed the no. 3 seed in sub-region A play while the Bulldogs picked up the no. 3 seed from sub-region B after a 12-6 win against Hancock Central on Oct. 31

The game has plenty of significance for the Vikings. A win nearly guarantees a spot on the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs for a fourth consecutive season for FPD. A loss, however, could eliminate the Vikings from post-season play.

State playoff scenarios will become clearer due to the GHSA power ratings at the end of play on Friday.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings lead the Bulldogs 7-0 in the series.

FPD took down GMC Prep earlier this season, claiming a t 62-21 victory at Davenport Field on Sept. 19. It was the most points the Vikings have posted against the Bulldogs in since both schools began playing each other in 1984.

The Vikings are 4-0 in Milledgeville all-time against the Bulldogs.

LAST TIME OUT FOR WILKINSON COUNTY:
The Bulldogs slid past Hancock Central on 12-6 Friday night, Oct. 31, to claim the third seed from sub-region B in Region-7A.

The win snapped a short one-game losing streak for the Bulldogs.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
Senior running back Jam Morris returned in a major way after missing Senior Night against Wilkinson County, scoring five touchdowns (three via the rush) as FPD blasted the Twiggs County Cobras 55-28 on Friday night, Oct. 31, at The Pit in Jeffersonville.

The Vikings finished with 450 yards of offense, 306 coming from the run, to claim its second consecutive win and move to 6-3 (3-2 sub-region A/Region 7) on the year.

FPD led 21-0 after three straight Morris touchdowns to begin the game. The senior finished with 129 yards rushing and 223 total yards of offense.

Robert Johnson also added two touchdowns for the Vikings.

A complete game recap from last Friday’s win at Twiggs County can be viewed HERE.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST GMC PREP for the VIKINGS:
FPD took down GMC Prep in Milledgeville 62-21 on Sept. 19. CLICK HERE for a complete game recap from the Viking victory.

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 304-175-5, good for a .628 winning percentage.

114 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 114th victory at the helm after a 55-28 win at Twiggs County on Oct. 31. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 114, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

NEW HEAD BULLDOG IN THE MIX:
The Bulldogs are led by second year head coach Steven Simpson.

According to the Georgia High School Football Historian’s Association, Simpson is the 32nd head coach in program history at GMC Prep.

Simpson takes over for Brad Owens, who served as head coach from 2009-2012 and paced the Bulldogs to a 19-21 record in four seasons.

Overall at GMC, Simpson has posted a 7-13 mark in nearly two seasons of action.

A LOT OF POINTS AGAINST THE BULLDOGS:
Each time the Vikings and Bulldogs get together, fans can be guaranteed to see plenty of offense, at least from the Red & Black.

In seven games, the Vikings have scored 252 points, good for an average of 36 points per game each time out against GMC Prep.

In FPD’s four road games to GMC (2014, 2013, 1986 and 1984), the Vikings have scored on average 38.25 points per contest.

DEFENSE NOT TO BE OUT-DONE AGAINST THE BULLDOGS
The Vikings have held the Bulldogs to 50 points in the seven games played between the two schools.

The FPD defense has allowed GMC to record eight or more points just one time in the series history. That came earlier this season in a 62-21 victory in Milledgeville at Davenport Field on Sept. 19.

FPD has shutout GMC Prep one time in seven games – a 33-0 win at George S. Johnson Stadium in 1987.

The Bulldogs are averaging just 7.14 points against the Vikings all-time.

2013 RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2013 season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7A) in the GHSA while GMC Prep posted a 4-6 record (3-4 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. The Bulldogs failed to qualify for the postseason.

DID YOU KNOW?:
FPD assistant football coach and current head girls basketball coach John Griffin served as the head football coach at GMC prep for two years.

During the 1988 and 1989 season, Griffin led the Bulldogs to a 2-18 combined record. Both wins came over Athens Academy.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR GMC PREP:
• #3 T.J. Lowe (Jr., RB): Lowe has  surpassed 1,000 rushing yards this season (1,465 through eight games according to Max Preps) and has rushed for 16 touchdowns. He is averaging 183.1 yards per game. The junior rushed for 349 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns in FPD’ 62-21 win at GMC Prep on Sept. 19.
#12 Tyler MacCartree (Sr., QB): MacCartree is the lead facilitator for the GMC offense. Although his primary goal is give the ball to Lowe, MacCartree can still throw effectively, racking up over 500 yards in the air in 2014. The FPD defense limited his numbers on Sept. 19, holding him to 39 yards in the air and forcing one interception.
#1 Brandon Davis (Sr., WR): Although a run-first team, GMC Prep still has the athletes to gain big yards. Davis 369 receiving yards through eight games according to the teams’ stats on MaxPreps.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
• #14 Will McCormick (Jr., QB): McCormick led the Vikings to a 62-21 victory at GMC Prep on Sept. 19 on 9-of-11 passing for 158 yards. The junior threw for two touchdowns in that game and has surpassed the 1,000 yard mark passing this season (1,164). On average, McCormick’s passes are gaining an average of 16.9 yards per completion. He is one touchdown away from 10 passing touchdowns.
• #5 Jam Morris (Sr., WR/RB)Morris returned with a bang in last Friday’s 55-28 win at Twiggs County on Oct. 31. The senior finished with 129 yards rushing on just three attempts. He has posted nine touchdowns in 2014.
Defensive Front Line: The FPD defensive line will be relied upon heavily on Friday night at GMC Prep. With a lethal weapon like Lowe who has the ability to change a game in a hurry, it will be crucial for the Vikings to claim that first hit to stop the fleet-footed running back.

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 25 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 15-10 record on the road in that span. FPD’s most recent road win came at Twiggs County – a 55-28 victory on Oct. 31 in Jeffersonville.

Altogether, the Vikings are 131-104-2 on the road all-time, good for a .551 winning percentage.

One of those road victories came against the Bulldogs as well this season, a 62-21 win on Sept. 19 in Milledgeville.

EIGHTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 13:
The eighth edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Nov. 4 with the Vikings coming in at no. 13 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:

Nov. 4: #13

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

GMC Prep is currently no. 24 with 8.63 points 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:
The Vikings have posted some impressive all-purpose yards in 2014. Through eight (8) games, FPD’s trio of Jam Morris, Reggie Gantt and Jonathan Raines have accounted for 2100 all-purpose yards.

Morris tops the list with 818 on the year, followed by Gantt at 760. Raines is at 522.

A total of seven Vikings have triple digits in all purpose yards in 2014.

GANTT, McCORMICK and McSWAIN – OH MY!
Through seven games, Reggie Gantt, Torrian McSwain and Will McCormick have accounted for 1,386 of FPD’s 1,902 rushing yards.

That’s an average of 72.8 percent of FPD’s rushing offense coming from that trio.

SENIOR NIGHT for FALL SPORTS/ACTIVITIES:
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 prior to the Oct. 24 home football game against Wilkinson County.

It was the school’s designated “Senior Night.”

The FPD football, band and dance seniors were honored on the football field in a special pre-game ceremony. The cross country team and cheerleaders (spirit and competition) were also recognized 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 will await official word from the GHSA on the final Class-A Private Power Ratings on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Appeals will be made in a 24-hour period on Nov. 11-12.

If the Vikings are in the Top-16, they will qualify for their fourth consecutive post-season since joining the league in 2010.

Brackets will be released by the GHSA on Nov. 12 on the GHSA website.

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 31-21.

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 finished 2014 4-1  with wins against Howard (Aug. 29), Monticello (Sept. 12) and 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.

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.

Students are encouraged to attend the game on Friday night in Milledgeville on Nov. 7!

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#FPDgmc14 and #BeatGMCagain

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 (Nov. 4)
Game 9 Win at Twiggs County (Oct. 31)
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)
GMC Prep Football Roster on MaxPreps
GMC Prep Football Schedule on MaxPreps
GMC Prep Football Stats on MaxPreps
Region 7-A A Standings (as of Oct. 30, 2014)
FPD Athletics on Twitter (@FPDVikingSports)
FPD Athletics on Facebook