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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Lincoln County

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team returns to action this Friday night, Sept. 25 welcoming the Lincoln County Red Devils to Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Below are game notes on the event for media members, Viking fans and Red Devil fans to stay in-the-know.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD vs. Lincoln County
9.25.2015
7:30 p.m.

Austin Childers Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium

(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
Lincoln County – 4-0
City: Lincolnton, GA.
Colors: Red and White
Mascot: Red Devils
Region: 7-A, Sub Region B
Stadium: Buddy Bufford Field
Head Coach: Kevin Banks (2nd Year)
Career Record at Lincoln County: 11-4
2014 Record: 7-4, 3-1 Reg. 7B-A
State Championships: 14 (most recent in 2006…All as a member of GHSA)
Region Championships: 37 (most recent 2012)
Program Record: 725-256-24 (Overall program marks include when school was named Lincolnton HS from 1922-1969)
Overall Home Record: 508-256-24
Overall Away Record: 300-142-111
Overall Neutral Site Record: 6-5-0
2014 Postseason: L Rd. 1 23-22 at Charlton County.

FPD – 2-1
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: 117-67 overall
2014 Record: 7-3, 3-2 Reg. 7-A
State Championships: 2 (1980, 1985 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)
Program Record: 308-178-5
Overall Home Record: 174-71-3
Overall Road Record: 133-105-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-6
2014 Postseason: L Rd. 1 55-30 at Prince Avenue.

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its fourth game of the year and second home contest of the season, hosting one of the most historic high school football programs in the state of Georgia in the Lincoln County Red Devils from Lincolnton, Ga.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings trail the overall series against the Red Devils 0-3. Lincoln County picked up a 49-27 victory at FPD in 2012 before sliding past the Vikings 21-20 on Sept. 27, 2013 in Lincolnton. In 2014 at Buddy Bufford Field, the Red Devils shutout out the Vikings 10-0. A recap of the 2014 game is available in the LINKS section below.

LAST TIME OUT FOR LINCOLN COUNTY:
The Re Devils handled the Twiggs County Cobras with ease, claiming a 47-8 win at Buddy Bufford Field. Kicker Ryan O’Neill nailed a 50-yard field goal just before the end of the fist half. The field goal is considered to be one of the longest in Red Devil program history.

Quay Hartfield racked up two touchdowns and 131 yards on 13 carries while the Red Devil defense picked off two Cobra passes.

Lincoln County led 37-8 at halftime.

A LINK to Lincoln County’s last game and football website is available below.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings kicked off their home opener in convincing fashion, taking a 56-21 win vs. the GMC Prep Bulldogs at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium. The win moved FPD to 9-0 all-time against GMC Prep.

FPD started the scoring via a little trickery when senior quarterback Will McCormick received he snap, pitched it to running back Reggie Gantt, who then fired a 41-yard touchdown pass to Garrison Hotchkiss for a 7-0 lead.

Dontrez Johnson rushed for two touchdowns in the contest.

FPD’s defense was spot-on most of the night, racking up four sacks and two interceptions. Both picks were done by Robert Johnson.

STATE RANKING for LINCOLN COUNTY:
The Red Devils come into Friday’s contest as the no. 10 team in Class-A according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

FPD to HONOR 1974 UNDEFEATED FOOTBALL TEAM:
The FPD family will welcome back members of the 1974 football team, the only unbeaten team in program history.

That season, the Vikings finished 10-0 under former head coach Philip McLeroy.

For more information, click HERE.

BLUE WEEK for GHSA:
The GHSA is partnering with the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition to raise awareness for the week of Sept. 21-25.

Announcements will be read throughout Friday’s game to raise awareness for the disease.

FPD coaches will wear blue bands in honor of awareness week and the blue prostate ribbon will be painted on the field.

For more information, CLICK HERE.

AUSTIN CHILDERS HONORED ON HEREOS NIGHT:
FPD honored 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 prior to the GMC Prep foootball game on Sept. 18.

FPD also honored local first responders and military members.

Childers was honored as part of the field reconstruction project that took place over the summer for the first time since 1986.

LAST GAME AGAINST LINCOLN COUNTY:
Click here to view the release from last year’s game at Lincoln County on Sept. 27, 2014.

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 308-178-5, good for a winning percentage of .632.

117 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 117th victory at the helm after a 51-26 win vs. GMC Prep on Sept. 25. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 117, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2014 season at 7-4 (3-2 Reg. 7) while Lincoln County posted a 7-4 (3-1 Reg. 7) record.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR LINCOLN COUNTY:
Jr. RB Quay Hartfield: Has racked up six touchdowns in four games for the Red Devils. Totaled 44 carries for 420 yards and averaging 9.55 yards per carry. Hartfield is also averaging 105 yards rushing per contest.
Soph. QB Javon Reid: Completed 12 of 20 passes for 122 yards in 2015. Has thrown for two touchdowns.
Soph. RB Jamal Norman: Has 29 carries and 260 yards rushing for the Red Devils entering Friday’s contest. Has three rushing touchdowns to his credit in 2015.
Red Devil Defense: The Red Devils have allowed just 30 points in four games in 2015. That’s an average of 7.5 points per game allowed.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
Sr. RB Dontrez Johnson: Scored three touchdowns in FPD’s last two games, including two in a 56-21 victory over GMC Prep on Sept. 15.
FPD Defensive Front Line: Top stop a large rushing team like Lincoln County, FPD’s defensive line and corners will need to be ready to limit the run against the Red Devils.
FPD Skill Players: FPD has plenty of weapons in its arsenal ranging from Johnson, Armaun Smith, Reggie Gantt, Daniel Weaver, Garrison Hotchkiss, and Torrian Bradley-McSwain amongst others. If FPD can spread the ball evenly through Friday’s game, the Vikings could have a legitimate chance at a victory.

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 103-105-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

LINCOLN COUNTY PROGRAM HISTORY:
Former Red Devil head coach Larry Campbell announced his retirement before the 2014 season. The long-time head coach finished his career with an astounding all-time record of 477-85-3 from 1972-2013. The win total is first amongst high school football coaches in the state of Georgia.

Lincoln County leads all small classifications with 14 state championships, most wins, and the most Georgia Dome finals and semi-final appearances (8). The team has put 224 members on the All-State Team over its tenured history since 1922. Of those 224, 137 were First-Team Selections.

According to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, five Red Devils have or are currently serving time in the NFL: Jarius Wynn (2009-13), Garrison Hearst (1993-2004), Charles Glaze (1987), Barney Bussey (1986-1995) and Brandon Barden (2012).

A total of 86 players have have played at the collegiate level for Lincoln County.

THIRD POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 14:
The third edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Sept. 222 with the Vikings coming in at no. 14 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:

Sept. 22: #14

Sept. 15: #10

Sept. 8: #11

The most recent GHSA Power Ratings can be viewed HERE.

Lincoln County is #9 on the Class-A Public side of the rankings.

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

Week 4: Garrison Hotchkiss, Robert Johnson and Joshua Raines.

ON DECK:
The Vikings hit the road for the second time in 2015, traveling less than three miles from campus to take on their arch-rival in the Stratford Academy Eagles.

It also marks the first Region game of the year for the Vikings.

Stratford defeated FPD at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium in 2014 in a thriller 28-21.

Next Friday’s game is the second football contest against Stratford since both teams have joined the GHSA.

FPD has been a member of the league since 2010 while Stratford officially joined in the fall of 2014.

The overall series between both school stands at 19-19-1.

300th WIN in PROGRAM HISTORY:
FPD picked up its 300th win in program history on Friday night, Aug. 29, 2014 vs. Howard, a dramatic 26-25 overtime victory at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

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 since joining the GHSA, posting an overall record of 34-23. FPD’s best year in the GHSA was in 2011, finished at 8-3 overall.

HOME COOKING:
Since joining the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 15-9 inside the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium. FPD has posted at least three wins at home in each season but one (2011) since becoming a member of the league.

The Vikings are already 1-0 at home with a 56-21 win over GMC Prep at Austin Childers Field at George S. John Stadium.

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. 18 game vs. GMC Prep. All new families were provided a meal under the newly installed Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion prior to kickoff.

FINAL VIKING FANFARE for 2015:
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 newly reinstated Pep Club for the 2015-16 school year!

Students will cheer on the Vikings and Lady Vikings at various athletic events throughout the year.

Fans can follow the Pep Club on Twitter here.

WEBCAST:
FPD is pleased to offer online streaming on LiveStream for its home football games this season! FPD’s next scheduled webcast is this Friday, Sept. 25 vs. Lincoln County at 7:25 p.m.

Simply visit us on Livestream (www.livestream.com), create an account, and search for “FPD Football vs. Lincoln Conty” to watch live. Please note you must create a Livestream account to view the game. The account is free of charge and is quick to set up.

Archived games are also currently available to view for 30 days after the completion of a home football contest.

The webcast is a student-run initiative at FPD, run by members of the 9th-12th grade. Students are involved in running production software, switching, graphic overlays and camera operating.

Sports Information Director and play-by-play “Voice of the Vikings” Chandler Lee and FPD faculty member and middle school football coach Bob Veazey return for their fourth season calling Viking football together.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Tonight’s game can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings travel to play the Lincoln County Red Devils. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDlc15 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 at “FPD Athletics” to keep up with the Vikings and Lady Vikings year-round!

VIDEO WITH COACH MOORE:

 

GAMEDAY BANNER:
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LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage (Roster and Schedule)
FPD Football 2015 Statistics (MaxPreps)
Lincoln County Roster (MaxPreps)
Lincoln County Schedule (MaxPreps)
Lincoln County Football Website

FPD 2015 GAME RECAPS/RELEASES:
Game 3 vs. GMC Prep (W 56-21)
Game 2 at Monticello (W 21-0)
Game 1 v. Howard (L 38-17)

2014 GAME at LINCOLN COUNTY:
Vikings Drop First Game of 2014 Season at Lincoln County 10-0 (Sept. 26, 2014)

MEDIA COVERAGE:
FPD Gears Up for Undefeated Lincoln County (Macon Telegraph)
Macon Telegraph Football Capsules – FPD a Top-5 Game to Watch (Macon Telegraph)

*Sources: The Georgia High School Football Historians Association, the Lincoln County High School Football website and The Macon Telegraph aided in this report. For more information, contact FPD Sports Information Director Chandler Lee at chandler.lee@fpdmacon.org.