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Viking Fan Guide: Football at Monticello

MACON, Ga.  – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the second time in 2015 on Friday night, Sept. 11, traveling to Monticello, Ga. for a non-region contest against the AA-Monticello Hurricanes at Rose Bowl Field.

Below are game notes to keep Viking and Hurricane fans in-the-know.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at Monticello
Friday, September 11, 2015
7:30 p.m.

Monticello’s Rose Bowl Field
(Monticello, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
MONTICELLO (2015) – 0-2 (0-0 Reg. 4-AA)
Home: 0-1; Away: 0-1; Neutral: 0-0
City: Monticello, GA
Colors: Purple, White, Black
Mascot: Hurricanes
Region: 4-AA
Stadium/Field: Rose Bowl Field (Click HERE for Directions)
Head Coach: Doug Huff (6 years overall – all at Monticello)
Career Record: 17-36
State Championships: 2 (1955, 1966 as member of GHSA Class-C)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 1992 as member of GHSA 8-A)
Overall Home Record: 204-167-8
Overall Away Record: 169-203-8
Overall Neutral Site Record: 4-1
Overall Program Record: 377-371-16
2015 Losses: L 20-15 vs. Walnut Grove on Aug. 28; L 28-0 at Jackson High School on Sept. 4
2014 GHSA State Playoffs: L in Rd. 1 of Class-AA Playoffs 20-14 at Screven County on Nov. 14, 2014.

FPD (2015) – 0-1 (0-0 Reg. 7A-A)
Home: 0-0; Away: 0-0; Neutral: 0-1
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 (16th Year)
Career Record: 115-67 overall
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: 132-105-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-1
Overall Program Record: 306-178-6
2015 Losses: L v. Howard 38-17 at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium on Aug. 27.
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 on Oct. 10), at GMC Prep (62-21 on Sept. 19), vs. Monticello (9-6 on Sept. 12), vs. Howard (26-25 OT on Aug. 29)
2014 Losses: at Tattnall (28-14 on Oct. 17), vs. Stratford (28-21 on Oct. 3), at Lincoln County (10-0 on Sept. 26), at Prince Avenue (55-30 on Nov. 21)
2014 GHSA State Playoffs: L Rd. 1 at Prince Avenue 55-30 on Nov. 21

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD: The Vikings dropped their 2015 season opener to the Howard High School Huskies 38-17 at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 27. The game was just the third time in Bibb County history that a public and private school football team played one another. FPD owns two of those games with a 1-1 record in those contests.

The Vikings trailed 14-10 at halftime against the Huskies, but couldn’t overcome a powerful second half surge as Howard outscored FPD 24-7 over the final two quarters.

Daniel Weaver and Armaun Smith picked up touchdowns in the loss while Brad Powell nailed a 28-yard field goal while going 2-for-2 on PAT’s.

LAST TIME OUT FOR MONTICELLO: The Hurricanes were shutout at Jackson High School 28-0 on Sept. 4, marking their second straight loss to start the 2015 campaign. Monticello also lost it’s season opener at home to Walnut Grove 20-15 on Aug. 28.

Dating back to last year’s playoff loss to Screven County, the Hurricanes are currently on a three-game losing streak.

SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s meeting between FPD and Monticello marks just the second time both teams have face each other and the Vikings hold a 1-0 advantage against the Hurricanes.

FPD took the series opener in 2014 back on Sept. 12 in a 9-6 GHSA-ruled weather-shortened contest at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

A recap of that game is available below in this edition of the Viking Fan Guide.

PLAYERS to WATCH for FPD: 
Soph. RB Armaun Smith: Impressed many in Viking Nation with his quickness and versatility while carrying and returning the football. Smith finished with 90 rushing yards on 10 carries that included a four-yard touchdown in the second half.

Sr. Daniel Weaver: Weaver appeared comfortable throughout FPD’s loss to Howard at the wideout position. He hauled in four receptions for 45 yards. One of those catches was a 14-yard touchdown from classmate and quarterback Will McCormick in the second quarter.

Sr. K Brad Powell: Was a perfect 2-for-2 on PAT’s in FPD’s opener v. Howard at Mercer. He also punched in a 28-yard field goal just before halftime for his first official make of the 2015 season. On kickoffs, Powell sent three into the end zone for touchbacks as well.

Safeties: The Viking safeties had a tough time guarding the quick wideouts of Howard, allowing Husky quarterback Courvosier King to through for 289 yards on the night, three of which were completed for 40-yard gains or more.

PLAYERS to WATCH for MONTICELLO:
— Jr. Jay Johnson: Rushed for 40 yards in last year’s game against FPD.

— Sr. QB Thomas Deraney: Threw for just nine yards in last year’s contest against the Vikings.

— Hurricane Wideouts: Monticello has plenty of options at wideout: jr. Matthew Lawson, jr. Malcolm Smith, jr. Jakeir Stone, sr. Matthew Hollis and sr. Chad Gain.

First Power Ratings Released for 2015: The first edition of the GHSA Class-A Private Football Power Ratings were released on Tuesday Sept. 8.

Currently, the Vikings are no. 11 overall in the polls.

For the complete list of the GHSA Power Ratings from Sept. 8, CLICK HERE.

For the FPD release on the Power Ratings from Sept. 8, CLICK HERE. 

PRACTICE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: To reward hard work at practice. FPD head coach Greg Moore and his coaching staff are rewarding players by naming “Practice Players of the Week” every Wednesday of the 2015 season. Below are the current players of the week through Week 2 of the regular season that have been honored. You can read more by clicking the link to the story of each week:

Week 1: Blaine Kizer and Ryan Jones

Week 2: Dontrez Johnson, Jordan McCallum and Jarred Brooks

43rd EDITION: The 2015 season marks the 43rd year of FPD Football. The Vikings have delivered countless memories since starting its program in the 1970’s. To date, FPD’s overall program record stands at 305-177-5

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).

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 32-23.

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 with a home record of 4-1 with wins against Howard (Aug. 29), Monticello (Sept. 12), Mt. de Sales (Oct. 10) and Wilkinson County (Oct. 24).

ON DECK: The Vikings are back to work next week, opening the home portion of their schedule against the GMC Prep Bulldogs.

The Vikings defeated the Buldogs twice in 2014. The first time came on Sept. 19 in a 62-21 blowout win and the second was in the Region-7 crossover resulting in a 31-7 victory on Nov. 7.

Both games were played at historic Davenport Field in Milledgeville, Ga.

The last time FPD played GMC at home was in the 2012 season on Homecoming 2012 on Oct. 5. FPD won that contest 31-7.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Friday’s game at Monticello can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live in-game updates as the Vikings take on the Hurricanes. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball#FPDmont15 and #FPDRightNow.

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!

VIDEO PREVIEW with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

GAMEDAY BANNER:
Football Gameday-Monticello-9-11-2015

 

LINKS:
Directions to Rose Bowl Field
FPD Football Homepage (Roster and Schedule)
FPD Football 2015 Statistics (MaxPreps)
Monticello Roster (MaxPreps)
Monticello Schedule

MEDIA COVERAGE:
MDS, FPD Get Chance to Work on Improving with Week Off  (Macon Telegraph)
FPD No. 11 in First GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings (Macon Telegraph)
Week 3 – Middle Georgia High School Football Capsules (Macon Telegraph)

2014 GAME vs. MONTICELLO:
Football Weathers Storms, Hurricanes in 9-6 Win.

 

**The Georgia High School Football Historians Association, MaxPreps.com and The Macon Telegraph aided in gathering information for this report. Contact FPD Sports Information Director Chandler Lee for more information.