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Lincoln County Red Devils Battle Past FPD Vikings 14-0

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team (2-2) fought as hard as they could, but in the end it wasn’t enough to stop the no. 10 Lincoln County Red Devils (5-0), dropping a 14-0 contest on Friday night, Sept. 25 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

The win gives Lincoln County a 4-0 edge in the series history and a second consecutive shutout after defeating FPD 10-0 in Lincolnton, Ga. in 2014.

“That was just a hard fought Friday night football game,” FPD head coach Greg Moore said. “I don’t question one bit the way we approached the game or how hard our guys played. We played with a lot of guts and just didn’t get it gone against a very, very good football team.”

After battling to scoreless first half, the Red Devils broke the tie at the 5:56 mark of the third quarter with a Quay Hartfield one-yard goal line run. Ryan O’Neill tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 Lincoln advantage.

“We came out of the locker room in the second half with some energy I thought,” Moore said. “But we allowed some of their big play-makers big yards in the second half and that ultimately led to them scoring.”

Lincoln County added its final score of the game with 6:27 left to play when Jamal Norman marched in a two-yard touchdown and O’Neill made the PAT for a 14-0 advantage.

“It just goes to show you how good that team is,” Moore said. “Our kids spilled their guts and there’s no doubt I’d take my chances with them again.”

Lincoln County finished the night with 244 yards of offense, 235 coming on the ground. Norman paced the Red Devil attack with 118 yards on 21 carries.

FPD totaled 175 yards of offense, 144 of which came via the rush. Armaun Smith led the Vikings on the ground with four carries and 66 yards.

“Offensively we didn’t get it done tonight in the end.” Moore said. “They are a hard team to move against and we had a tough time getting into a rhythm when we had the ball.”

Moore said now it’s time to put the first month of the season away and learn from it in order for the Vikings to be ready for sub-region play the rest of the season.

“We’re at the point of the year now where non-region play is over,” Moore said. “I’ll have to convince my team that we’re 2-2 now and that’s done. But now we start a sub-region schedule next week with a very good football team and that’s where our focus has to go. We have to learn from this first month of the season and put it behind us and get going.”

That good team Moore is referring to is Stratford Academy (2-2), one of FPD’s longtime rivals. The Eagles defeated GMC Prep 68-6 in Milledgeville on Friday night.

Last season, the Eagles edged the Vikings 28-21 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

This year, the second game between both schools since joining the GHSA, will be played at Stratford.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 2.

The all-time series between Stratford and FPD is tied at 19-19-1.

Check www.fpdvikings.com leading up to next Friday’s first sub-region game at Stratford.

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ODDS and ENDS from FRIDAY NIGHT vs. LINCOLN COUNTY:
-FPD trails the all-time series with Lincoln County 0-4.
-FPD totaled four first downs in the first half and three in the second half while Lincoln County finished with four first downs at the end of the first half and 10 in the second half.
-Lincoln County totaled 244 yards of offense, 235 via the run.
-Each team was called for two delay of game penalties.
-Both teams combined for just 40 passing yards.
-FPD’s Daniel Weaver totaled seven punts in Friday’s contest, his longest a 64-yard bomb. Altogether, Weaver’s punts totaled 268 yards.
-At halftime, both squads had under 100 yards of offense: Lincoln County (79) and FPD (76).
-During a special pre-game ceremony, FPD honored the 1974 football team. The squad is the only undefeated team in program history to date.
-It was Viking Football League Night on campus. VFL players, cheerleaders and coaches were acknowledged at halftime of Friday’s game.

POST-GAME VIDEOS:
Post-Game Team Meeting on Field

FPD Head Coach Greg Moore

LINKS (Webcast, Photos):
REPLAY of FPD Football Webcast vs. Lincoln County
PHOTOS from FPD football vs. Lincoln County on Flickr (Sept. 25, 2015)
1974 Undefeated Football Team Reunion

MEDIA COVERAGE:
FPD Comes Up Short Against Lincoln County (Macon Telegraph – Brad Harrison)

BOX SCORE:

LINCOLN COUNTY 14, FPD 0

Lincoln 0-0-7-7–14
FPD 0-0-0-0–0

Third Quarter
L – Hartfield 1 run (O’Neill kick)

Fourth Quarter
L – Norman 2 run (O’Neill kick)

LC — FPD

First Downs
14 — 9

Rush (att.-yards)
49-188 — 36-152

Pass-Yards
8 — 28

C-A-I
1-8-0 — 5-13-0

F-FL
3-0 — 2-1

Penalties-yards
5-40 — 6-40

TOP INDIVIDUALS:
Rushing: Lincoln County – Reid 13-56, Hartfield 12-35, Norman 23-106. FPD – D. Johnson 9-19, R. Gantt 7-28, A. Smith 4-66, McCormick 16-31.
Passing: Lincoln County – Reid 1-8-0. FPD – McCormick 5-13-0.
Receiving: Lincoln County – Park 1-8. FPD – Bradley-McSwain 3-18.