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Vikings Roll to 21-0 Shutout Over Monticello Hurricanes

MONTICELLO, Ga. – Head football coach Greg Moore said FPD’s  open week couldn’t have come at a better time last Friday.

And he was right.

His Vikings (1-1) proved that with a convincing 21-0 shutout victory over the AA-Monticello Hurricanes (0-3) on Friday night at Rose Bowl Field to pickup their first win of the 2015 season.

FPD improves to 2-0 all-time against the Monticello after last year’s 9-6 win at home.

“We got some great work done in the open week and got better overall as a football team,” Moore said. “We knew how important that week was coming into tonight against a good team like Monticello.”

Both squads battled to a 0-0 draw at halftime.

But in the second half, FPD’s offense ignited, scoring 21 unanswered points over a 24 minute stretch. That, coupled with a defense that totaled four sacks, two each by Daniel Weaver and Michael Yopp, certainly bodes well for a young, but talented squad.

“Bottom line is I’m just proud of the kids,” Moore said. “They were eager to prove to a lot of folks and, probably mostly to themselves, that we have a chance to have a good football team.”

“We weren’t perfect tonight by any means but we played with a lot of heart and consistently made a lot of big plays when we needed them.”

Those big plays came three times on the offensive end in the second half for the Vikings.

With 9:23 remaining in the third quarter, senior Dontrez Johnson ran in a four-yard touchdown and Brad Powell tacked on the first of his three PAT’s to give FPD a 7-0 lead.

“It was tough at first,” Johnson said. “We were dropping the ball and missing assignments, but we came back out in the third quarter with a positive attitude and I think scoring that first one was a momentum changer for us.”

After the FPD defense got another stop, the Vikings struck again in the third quarter at the 4:31 mark when senior quarterback Will McCormick hooked up with classmate Daniel Weaver for a 30-yard touchdown reception. Powell added his second extra point to make it a 14-0 FPD advantage.

“Will and I had talked about it at halftime,” Weaver said. “He gave me a really good pass and I went up and grabbed it and took it to the house.”

FPD’s final scoring play, again after holding the Hurricanes scoreless, came with 5:59 to play in the fourth quarter.

McCormick took the snap and pitched the ball to senior Reggie Gantt for a 26-yard touchdown run. With Powell’s PAT, FPD led 21-0 and the rest was history.

“It was perfect timing,” Gantt said. “He told me he was going to get it to me and I was just blessed to get into the end zone.”

While scoring 21 points is nice, Moore noted that pitching a shutout against a talented Hurricane team is something the FPD defense should be proud of.

“Our defense took a little bit of a beating after the Howard game,” Moore said. “But they learned from what they did wrong and they did some good stuff tonight. I’m proud of our coaches who got them ready to play and the kids did it and deserve the credit.”

The Vikings now shift their focus to GMC Prep next Friday night, Sept. 18.

It’s FPD’s home opener at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium with plenty of events scheduled: Viking Fanfare, New Family Dinner and the Austin Childers Field Reconstruction recognition during pre-game.

“We’re excited to get this win, get one under our belts and get ready for our first home game next week,” Moore said.

FPD is 8-0 all-time against GMC Prep, including two wins in 2014, the last a 31-7 victory at Davenport Field in Milledgeville in the GHSA Class-A Region-7 Crossover game.

FPD’s last game at home against the Bulldogs came back on Homecoming 2012, where the Vikings won 31-7.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. against the Bulldogs.

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POST-GAME VIDEOS:

Post-Game Team Meeting, Comments from Coach Moore and Prayer

Sr. WR/P Daniel Weaver

Sr. RB Reggie Gantt

Sr. RB/OLB Dontrez Johnson

Head Coach Greg Moore

BOX SCORE:

FPD 21, MONTICELLO 0

FPD 0-7-7-7—21
Monticello 0-0-0-0—0

Third Quarter
FPD — Johnson 4 run (Powell kick)
FPD — Weaver 30 pass from McCormick (Powell kick)

Fourth Quarter
FPD — Gantt 26 run (Powell kick)

FPD — M
First downs 11 — 10
Rushes-yards 28-173 — 44-101
Passing yards 41 — 53
Comp-Att-Int 4-7-0 — 4-14-0
Fumbles-Fumbles lost 7-4 — 1-1
Penalties-yards 2-20 — 3-50

TOP INDIVIDUALS:
RUSHING — FPD: Gantt 6-65, McCormick 9-48, Johnson 8-44; Monticello: Stone 12-58.
PASSING — FPD: McCormick 4-7-0 41; Monticello: Deraney 4-14-0 53.
RECEIVING — FPD: Weaver 3-48; Monticello: Stewart 1-21.

Records: FPD 1-1; Montiecllo 0-3

Next: GMC Prep at FPD, 7:30 p.m., Friday (Sept. 18).