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Viking Fan Guide: Football at Prince Avenue (State Playoffs)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team travels to Prince Avenue Christian on Friday night, Nov. 21, for the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs at Wolverine Field. Below are game notes on the event for Viking fans and media members to stay in-the-know.

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GAME NOTES

FPD at Prince Avenue – GHSA State Playoffs (First Round)
11.21.2014
7:30 p.m.

Brad Akins Field
(Bogart, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
Prince Avenue – 8-2 (7-1 Region 8A)
Home: 3-2; Away: 5-0
City: Bogart, GA
Colors: Navy Blue and Gold
Mascot: Wolverines
Region: 8-A
Stadium/Field: Brad Akins Field
Head Coach: Jeff Herron (2nd season at Prince, 25th season overall)
Career Record: 260-49-0
2013 Record: 10-2 (6-0 Region 8-A)
State Championships: none
Region Championships: 2 (Last: 2013)
Overall Home Record: 32-15-1
Overall Away Record: 32-24-0
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-1-0
Overall Program Record: 64-40-1
2014 Wins: Providence Christian (Nov. 7), Lakeview Academy (Oct. 31), Towns County (Oct. 17), Athens Academy (Oct. 10), Commerce (Oct. 3), George Walton Academy (Sept. 12), Oglethorpe County (Sept. 5)
2014 Losses: Athens Christian (Sept. 19), Aquinas (Aug. 29).

FPD – 7-3 (3-2 Sub Region A 7-A)
Home: 4-1; Away: 3-2.
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: 115-65 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: 132-104-2
Overall Program Record: 306-176-5
2014 Wins: at GMC Prep (31-7 on Nov. 7), 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:
After a week off, the FPD football team returns to action, traveling to Prince Avenue Christian just outside of Athens in Bogart, GA for the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs.

Friday’s game marks the fourth consecutive season the Vikings have qualified for the state playoffs.

FPD is the no. 13 seed in the tournament while Prince Avenue is the no. 4 seed after claiming the Region 8-A Championship earlier in the season.

SERIES HISTORY:
Friday’s game against Prince Avenue is the first meeting between the two schools.

LAST TIME OUT FOR PRINCE AVENUE:
The Wolverines dominated Providence Christian 54-10 on Friday, Nov. 7 in Region 8-A action. The victory gave Prince their second region title in three years, vaulting them to the no. 4 seed in the tournament.

The win over Providence was the sixth consecutive victory for the Wolverines.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
Junior running back Reggie Gantt rushed for three touchdowns and the Vikings cruised to a 31-7 victory at GMC Prep at Davenport Field in Milledgeville on Nov. 7.

The victory secured a spot in the post-season for the Vikings, who moved to 8-0 all-time against the Bulldogs.

Gantt finished with 244 yards rushing on 12 attempts. Junior Brad Powell also nailed a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the first half.

A complete game recap from the Nov. 7 win at GMC Prep can be viewed HERE.

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 306-176-5, good for a .628 winning percentage.

115 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 115th victory at the helm after a 31-7 win at GMC Prep on Nov. 7. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 115, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

NEW WOLF IN THE PACK FOR PRINCE, BUT NOT TO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
Prince Avenue head coach Jeff Herron may only be in his second season at the school, but he is no stranger to the high school football scene.

Before beginning his stint at Prince, Herron served as the head coach at Camden County High School from 2000-12 where he led the Wildcats to three GHSA AAAAA State Titles in 2003, ’08 and ’09. Each year under Herron’s tenure, the Wildcats advanced to GHSA post-season play as well. His overall record at Camden County stands at a remarkable 154-18.

Prior to the successful stint at Camden County, Herron was the head coach AAA Oconee from 1997-99, leading the Warriors to a 1999 State Championship and a 15-0 record during that season.

Herron also served as the head football coach at AAAA Wheeler High School from 1995-96 and at AAAA Cedar Shoals from 1990-93. Herron began his coaching career at Walton High School in 1989.

Remarkably, Herron has never had a losing season as a head coach. Combined, his record stands at 260-49, good for a winning percentage of .841. In 25 years, Herron has led his teams to 18 GHSA post-season berths and four state titles.

Herron is currently no. 20 all-time amongst Georgia high school football coaches. A win on Friday night would put him at 261, tying him with Charlie Grisham for 19th on the list. Grisham served 29 years as the head coach at Carrollton High School from 1958-86.

SCHOOL SET FOR VIKING SEND-OFF:
The FPD football team will travel to Prince Avenue for the first round of the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 21, and the school has planned a special send-off event for the squad upon its departure from campus.

Students, faculty, staff, and parents are all encouraged to line the sides of the road in front of the Clark Fine Arts Building on campus beginning at 1 p.m. on Friday.

The bus will depart at approximately 1:20 p.m. to Athens.

Fans are also encouraged to bring signs and cheer loud for the Vikings.

The event can be followed on Twitter by using the hashtags #FPDfootball and #VikingSendoff.

FPD HISTORY IN THE STATE PLAYOFFS:
The Vikings are 1-4 in GHSA State Playoff games. The Vikings dropped their first round contest in 2011 to Bremen 43-28 and to Calvary Day 42-35 in 2013.

FPD’s only GHSA state playoff victory came in the 2012 season at Brookstone, a 49-33 win against the Cougars. The Vikings would later drop to Landmark in the quarterfinals 38-24 in Atlanta.

Interestingly enough, all of FPD’s GHSA State Playoff games have occurred on the road.

In GHSA and GISA state playoff games combined, the Vikings are 41-31 all-time in postseason action.

FPD’s two state titles came in the 1980 and 1985 season in GISA play. The Vikings finished as the State Runners-Up in 1979, 1983, 1988, 1989, 2001, 2004 and 2005.

PRINCE AVENUE HISTORY IN THE STATE PLAYOFFS:
Although a fairly new program (only 105 games played in program history), the Wolverines have still managed to make a name for themselves when the state playoffs come around.

All-time, Prince Avenue is 7-4 in GHSA State Playoff games, their best finish coming in 2012 under former FPD head coach and current Stratford head coach Mark Farriba. During that season, the Wolverines finished as the State Runner-Up, falling to Eagles Landing Christian Academy 33-0 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

In 2013, Prince Avenue took down Brookstone in the first round before falling to Calvary Day, the team that also eliminated FPD, 33-14.

2013 RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2013 season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7A) in the GHSA while Prince Avenue finished 10-2 (6-0 Reg. 8A).

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 Wolverines advanced to the second round of the tournament, dropping a 33-14 decision to Calvary Day in Savannah.

BOTH TEAMS ON A STREAK:
The Vikings and Wolverines are playing some quality football at just the right time.

FPD has won their past three games and Prince has racked up six straight wins heading into Friday’s first round state playoff match.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR PRINCE AVENUE:
#4 Jonah Doster (Sr., RB)
#7 Tyson Herron (Sr., QB)
#24 Matthew Hill (Fr., RB)
#43 Zach Ragle (Jr., MLB):

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
• #1 Reggie Gantt (Jr., RB): Gantt has been FPD’s work-horse over the teams’ current three-game winning streak, rushing for 389 yards on 31 carries and four touchdowns. If the Vikings are to move the football effectively, Gantt could prove key throughout much of the contest.
• Class of 2015FPD’s nine seniors (Jam Morris, Jonathan Raines, Palmer Haynes, Cole Thomason, Blake Spires, Austin Cox, Noah Groover, John Gordon Thigpin, and Barron Jones) will be relied upon heavily during Friday’s game.
• Defensive Front Line: According to multiple sources, Prince Avenue is a very patient team that has the capability to gain small increments of yardage over a long period of time. The Viking defense will need to ensure the first hit against a well-balanced Wolverine squad.

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 26 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 16-10 record on the road in that span. FPD’s most recent road win came at GMC Prep – a 31-7 victory on Nov. 7 in Milledgeville.

Altogether, the Vikings are 132-104-2 on the road all-time, good for a .551 winning percentage.

FINAL POWER RANKINGS and BRACKETS RELEASED, FPD NO. 12:
The final edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Nov. 11 with the Vikings coming in at no. 12 overall in the polls after appeals.

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. 11: #12

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

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

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:
If the Vikings defeat Prince Avenue on Friday night, they would advance to play the winner of the Eagles Landing Christian/Athens Christian game on Nov. 28 in the GHSA Class-A Private Quarterfinals.

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 32-21.

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 at Prince Avenue on Nov. 21!

Fans can follow the Pep Club on Twitter here.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Friday’s game at Prince Avenue can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings travel to play the Wolverines in the first round of the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball#FPDprince14 and #BeatPrince.

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!

VIDEOS:

Interview with FPD head coach Greg Moore:

Football Seniors Promo Video for 2014 GHSA State Playoffs:

QUICK LINKS:
FPD Football 2014 Roster and Schedule
FPD Football Stats – 2014
GHSA Class-A Playoff Brackets

GHSA Class-A Power Ratings (after appeals) (Nov. 11)
Game 10 Win at GMC Prep (Region Crossover) (Nov. 7)
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)
Prince Avenue Football Roster on MaxPreps
Prince Avenue Football Schedule on MaxPreps
FPD Athletics on Twitter (@FPDVikingSports)
FPD Athletics on Facebook

WEBCAST:
Friday’s first round GHSA State Playoff game at Prince Avenue will be webcast live. The cost is $9.95 to view the game. CLICK HERE to subscribe and watch live.

DIRECTIONS TO PRINCE AVENUE:
Traveling with the Vikings? No problem!

Click HERE to download and print directions to Prince Avenue Christian

COST:
As a reminder to all parents, faculty and staff, students and fans, there will be an $8 admission charge for Friday’s game at Prince Avenue. The fee is sanctioned by the GHSA.

LOCAL MEDIA COVERAGE:
Macon Telegraph
FPD Hopes to Take Advantage of Week Off (by Ron Seibel)

Morning Show with Charles Olson and Daniel Shirley – FOX Sports 1670 AM
Interview with FPD head coach Greg Moore on Friday’s GHSA first round state playoff game at Prince Avenue.

13WMAZ Feature on FPD Football in GHSA State Playoffs at Prince Avenue
FPD Begins Postseason this Week (Frank Malloy, Wes Blankenship)

AJC Prep Sports
First Round Preview – Class A Private (Todd Holcomb)

PLAYOFF INFOGRAPHICS LEADING UP to FRIDAY’s GAME at PRINCE:

Thursday, Nov. 20 Infographic – 2 Days Until the State Playoffs:

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Wednesday, Nov. 19 Infographic – It’s the Playoffs!:

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Tuesday, Nov. 18 Infographic – FPD/Prince By The Numbers:

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The Georgia High School Football Historians Association aided in this report.