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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. GMC Prep

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team welcomes the GMC Prep Bulldogs of Milledgeville, Ga. on Friday night, Sept. 18, for its home opener of the 2015 season.

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

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GAME NOTES

FPD vs. GMC Prep
9.18.2015
7:30 p.m.

Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium
(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
GMC Prep – 1-2 (1-0 Sub-Region B 7-A)
Home: 0-1; Away: 1-0
City: Milledgeville, GA
Colors: Black, Red and White
Mascot: Bulldogs
Region: 7-A, Sub Region B
Stadium/Field: Davenport Field
Head Coach: Steven Simpson (3rd season, all at GMC Prep)
Career Record: 8-15
2014 Record: 3-7 (2-2 Region 7B-A)
State Championships: 7 (3 in GIAA, 4 n/a) (GIAA: 1930-1929-1921/Other: 1917-1916-1915-1913)
Region Championships: 1 (Last: 1960 as member of GHSA 1-C)
Overall Home Record: 158-189-9
Overall Away Record: 113-213-5
Overall Neutral Site Record: 3-1-1
Overall Program Record: 320-423-23
2015 Wins: W 38-21 at Glascock Co. on Sept. 4
2015 Losses: L 37-7 vs. Tattnall Square on Aug.28; L 31-7 vs. Mount de Sales on Sept. 11

FPD – 1-1 (0-0 Sub Region A 7-A)
Home: 0-0; Away: 1-0; 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: 116-67
2013 Record: 7-4, 3-2 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: 133-105-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-1
Overall Program Record: 307-178-5
2015 Wins: 21-0 at Monticello on Sept. 11
2015 Losses: L 38-17 v. Howard at Mercer on Aug. 27

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its third game of the 2015 season, welcoming the GMC Prep Bulldogs for a non-region contest at 7:30 p.m. at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

The game is Hereoes Night throughout the contest and the return of Viking Fanfare from 5:15-6:30 p.m. on the practice field adjacent to the stadium.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings lead the Bulldogs 8-0 in the series history.

FPD took down GMC Prep twice last season, claiming a 62-21 victory at Davenport Field on Sept. 19 followed by a 31-7 win again on Nov. 7 in the Region-7 Crossover game. The 62 points was the most points the Vikings have posted against the Bulldogs since both schools began playing each other in 1984.

The Vikings are 4-0 all-time against the Bulldogs in the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium. The last time both squads met on FPD’s campus was Oct. 5, 2012 on Homecoming. The Vikings won in convincing fashion 31-7.

LAST TIME OUT FOR GMC PREP:
The Bulldogs dropped their second home game of the 2015 season 31-7 to the Mount de Sales Cavaliers.

The loss snapped a quick one game winning streak for the Bulldogs.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
After battling to a 0-0 tie against AA-Monticello at halftime, FPD scored 21 unanswered points in the second half en route to its first win of the 2015 season.

Dontrez Johnson, Daniel Weaver and Reggie Gantt all scored touchdowns for the Vikings in the road victory.

Brad Powell continued his stellar play on special teams, going 3-for-3 on PAT’s.

The shutout for the Viking defense was the first since 2012 when FPD knocked off Pike County 24-0 on Sept. 7.

A complete game recap from last Friday’s win at Monticello is available in the LINKS section below.

LAST TIME OUT AGAINST GMC PREP for the VIKINGS:
FPD took down GMC Prep 31-7 in a Region Crossover game in 2014. A recap of that contest is available in the LINKS section below.

43rd EDITION:
The 2015 season marks the 43rd year of Viking football. FPD has delivered countless memories since the school’s inception in the 1970’s. FPD’s overall record stands at 307-178-5, good for a winning percentage of .632.

116 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 116th victory at the helm after a 21-0 win at Monticello on Sept. 11, 2015. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 114, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

DID YOU KNOW?:
Former 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:
— Sr. QB Tyler MacCartee: Completed three of nine passes in GMC’s loss to Mount de Sales.

— Bulldog Running Backs: Sr. Marino McDonald and jr. Michael Skinner teamed up to rush for 208 yards on 40 attempts.

— GMC Offensive Line: The Bulldogs rushed for 213 yards in last week’s lost to Mount de Sales compared to just 26 passing yards. How long the OL holds up for GMC Prep will be crucial in Friday’s contest.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
— Sr. RB Reggie Gantt: Rushed for his first touchdown of the season late in the second half in FPD’s 21-0 shutout win at Montiello. Finished with 65 yards on six caries.

— Sr. WR/P Daniel Weaver: Weaver is one of McCormick’s favorite targets to throw to. In the first two games of the 2015 season, Weaver has caught a touchdown from McCormick, the most recent a 30-yard score at Monticello. Weaver also finished with 48 receiving yards at Monticello.

— FPD Defense: FPD’s front line shut down a lethal Monticello rushing and passing attack on Sept. 11. The Vikings held the Hurricanes to just 154 yards of total offense, averaging just 38.5 yards per quarter.

ALOT OF POINTS AGAINST THE DAWGS:
FPD has scored plenty of offense in its eight game history with GMC Prep.

To date, FPD has scored 283 points, averaging over 35 points per game against the Bulldogs.

The most points FPD has posted on GMC Prep came in 2014 when the Vikings posted a 62-21 victory at Davenport Field on Sept. 19.

LET’S NOT FORGET THE D AGAINST THE DAWGS:
FPD’s defense against the Bulldogs has been stellar nearly every time out.

Prior to allowing 21 points to the Bulldogs last season, FPD’s defense had held GMC Prep to seven points or less in each outing.

FPD has shutout GMC Prep only once. That occurred on Nov. 6, 1987 at George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

The Viking defense is allowing 7.6 points per game against the Bulldogs in the series history.

ROAD VIKINGS:
The Vikings have played 27 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 16-11 record on the road in that span. FPD’s most recent road win came at Monticello in a 21-0 shutout.

Altogether, the Vikings are 133-105-2 on the road.

Two of those road victories came against the Bulldogs last season.

SECOND POWER RATINGS RELEASED FOR 2015: The second edition of the GHSA Class-A Private Football Power Ratings were released on Tuesday Sept. 15.

Currently, the Vikings are no. 10 overall in the polls, moving up one spot from last week’s ranking.

For the complete list of the GHSA Power Ratings from Sept. 15, CLICK HERE.

For the FPD release on the Power Ratings from Sept. 15, 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

Week 3: Reggie Gantt, Jack Sawyer and Dillian Rosado

300th WIN in PROGRAM HISTORY:
FPD picked up its 300th win in program history on Friday night, Aug. 29, 2014 last season vs. Howard in a dramatic 26-25 overtime victory.

FPD is currently at 307 program wins to date.

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 33-23.

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).

FPD TO WELCOME NEW FAMILIES at NEW FAMILY DINNER:
Admission Director Cheri Frame and her staff will welcome all new families to the game vs. GMC Prep on Friday night, Sept. 18. The dinner will take place at the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m.

FPD TO HONOR LOCAL HEROES THROUGHOUT FRIDAY’S GAME vs. GMC PREP:
Friday’s game has been deemed Heroe’s Night at FPD as the school will welcome all local first responders and military personnel will be admitted into the game free of charge.

They will also be honored with special recognitions during pre-game and halftime.

CLICK HERE to read more.

AUSTIN CHILDERS to BE HONORED ON HEREOS NIGHT:
As part of Heroe’s Night, FPD will honor one of its biggest and beloved heroes in Austin Childers (Class of 2009), who lost a longtime battle of mitochondrial disease, in a pre-game ceremony.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early for all special pre-game recognitions on Heroes Night.

FANFARE FIRES BACK UP:
After a successful 2014 season of Viking Fanfare, FPD’s official family-fun pre-game tailgate, Fanfare is set to return on Friday night.

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 Pep Club for the 2015-16 school year!

Students will cheer on the Vikings and Lady Vikings at various athletic events, both home and away.

Students are encouraged to attend the game on Friday night at home on Sept. 18. The theme is Superhero Night.

Fans can follow the Pep Club on Twitter here.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Friday’s game vs. GMC Prep can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings host the Bulldogs. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball#FPDgmc15 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!

ON DECK:
The Vikings host the Lincoln County Red Devils next Friday, Sept. 25 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 pm.

The Vikings are 0-3 all time against the Red Devils, falling last season in Lincolnton, Ga. 10-0.

VIDEO PREVIEW with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

HEREOS NIGHT BANNER:
Heroes (1)

GAMEDAY BANNER:

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LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage (Roster and Schedule)
FPD Football 2015 Statistics (MaxPreps)
GMC Prep Roster (MaxPreps)
GMC Prep Schedule (MaxPreps)

FPD 2015 GAME RECAPS/RELEASES:
Game 2 at Monticello (W 21-0)
Game 1 v. Howard (L 38-17)

MEDIA COVERAGE:
FPD Seeking Another Step Forward Against GMC – Macon Telegraph
Macon Telegraph Football Capsules

2014 GAMES vs. GMC PREP:
1) Nov. 7, 2014: Football Takes Down GMC Prep Bulldogs 31-7 in Region Crossover
2) Sept. 19, 2014: Football Rolls Past GMC Bulldogs 62-21 in Milledgeville

 

**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.