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Vikings Trounce GMC Prep Bulldogs 56-21 in Home Opener

MACON, Ga. – The theme all week at FPD’s varsity football practices was sharpness according to head coach Greg Moore.

He wanted his team to focus more on the details that win football games and implement those into a live-game situation.

Consider it a success.

The Vikings (2-1) rolled to a 56-21 home opening victory over the GMC Prep Bulldogs (1-3) to get over .500 for the first time in 2015.

“I’m really proud of their effort,” Moore said. “We had a few miscues in the first half and played well, but we came out really sharp in the third quarter and put the game away.”

FPD’s first touchdown of the game came via a little trickery.

From 41 yards out in GMC territory, senior quarterback Will McCormick received the snap, pitched the ball to classmate Reggie Gantt, who then threw a perfect spiral to senior Garrison Hotchkiss for a touchdown. Brad Powell tacked on the extra point and the Vikings led 7-0 early in the first quarter.

“That’s a fun play right there,” McCormick said smiling.

Added Hotchkiss: “We had been working on it in practice all week and it was fun to pull off. It’ll look good in the stats with Reggie throwing a touchdown for sure.”

But the Vikings weren’t done by any means scoring the football.

With 8:07 remaining in the second quarter, senior Dontrez Johnson punched in the first of his two touchdowns of the first half from two-yards out and Powell added another extra point to give FPD a 14-0 advantage.

“I just thank God for my blockers,” Johnson said. “They did an outstanding job and I just kept playing hard and things came through for me.”

GMC scored its only touchdown of the first half when senior quarterback Tyler McCartee ran in a one-yard score and Tyler Oates added the extra point for a 14-7 FPD lead.

But Johnson and the Vikings responded sharply just like Moore wanted.

With 2:10 gone by after GMC’s score, Johnson got loose for a 10-yard touchdown run and Powell nailed the point-after for a 21-7 lead.

“It’s a good feeling, I’m not gonna lie,” Johnson said.

Then after the kickoff and few plays from scrimmage for GMC, FPD sophomore Robert Johnson picked off a McCartee pass to give the Vikings another chance at scoring before intermission.

And that’s exactly what the Vikings did.

With 2:00 remaining in the half, McCormick threw a 25-yard pass to Daniel Weaver and Powell made the PAT for a 28-7 lead.

“He’s awesome,” McCormick said of Weaver. “I love getting the ball to him. He’s a great play-maker and showed it on that play for sure.”

Moore also commented on an observation he’s seen on the 2015 squad thus far.

“The great thing about the way we are on offense right now is that nobody cares who gets the credit, they just want to get the job done and get the win,” Moore said. “That’s a sign of an unselfish group of young men right there.”

In the second half, FPD scored twice in third quarter via an 18-yard run by Gantt and a seven-yard run by Gavin Bloodworth with both PAT’s knocked in by Andrei Parrish.

Blake Jones rounded out FPD’s offensive attack with a 21-yard score with 1:40 to play and Parrish made the extra point again.

“It was great to see the young guys get in there and play great and get some minutes,” Hotchkiss said. “We were all in their shoes before and we were proud to watch them and cheer them on.”

The Vikings now turn their attention to the Lincoln County Red Devils from Lincolnton, Ga.

FPD has not fared well against Lincoln in their brief three-game series history. The Red Devils own a 3-0 lead.

“We’ll enjoy this one really quick, but what lies ahead next week for our guys is a really good football team in Lincoln County,” Moore said. “We’ll have to get in the film room, get after it at practice and be mentally ready for next Friday night.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium on Sept. 25.

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ODDS and ENDS:

—The Vikings lead the series against GMC Prep 9-0, including a 5-0 record at George S. Johnson Stadium. Friday’s win was the first on Austin Childers Field against the Bulldogs.

—The 56 points scored against GMC Prep is the second-most in the series history. The Vikings defeated GMC 62-21 in 2014 in Milledgeville, Ga.

—In the series history, FPD has totaled 339 points scored. That’s an average of over 37 points per game scored against the Bulldogs.

—FPD sophomore Robert Johnson had two interceptions in Friday’s 56-21 win vs. GMC Prep.

—FPD rushed for 323 yards as a team on 35 carries, averaging 9.2 yards per rush.

—Senior Reggie Gantt threw his first career touchdown, a 41-yard pass to senior Garrison Hotchkiss in the first quarter for FPD’s first touchdown of the game.

—In the first two games of the season against Howard and Monticello, FPD combined for 13 fumbles, six of which were lost. In Friday’s win, the Vikings had just one fumble and one fumble lost.

—The Vikings posted double figures scoring  in the second (21), third (14) and fourth (14) quarters.

—FPD’s offense totaled 444 yards (323 rushing and 121 passing)

—Three different players completed a pass for FPD: Will McCormick (4-for-5), Reggie Gantt (1-for-1) and Dalton Cox (2-for-2).

—Brad Powell was 5-for-5 on PAT’s while Andrei Parrish was 3-for-3.

—FPD’s special teams of kick-off and punt returners totaled 99 yards of offense on the night.

—Head coach Greg Moore picked up win no. 117.

—FPD hosted it’s annual New Family Dinner at the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion before all the pre-game activities began.

—Friday’s game was Heroes Night on campus. All local law enforcement agencies, first responders and military personnel were honored. FPD also honored two of it’s own heroes: Austin Childers (Class of 2009), who lost a battle with mitochondrial disease in 2013 and Maj. Cole Hogan, was was killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the Pentagon.

POST-GAME VIDEOS:
Team Meeting:

Sr. QB Will McCormick:

Sr. WR/B Garrison Hotchkiss:

Sr. Dontrez Johnson:

Defensive Coordinator Ken Garvin:

Head Coach Greg Moore:

 

BOX SCORE:
FPD 56, GMC 21

GMC 0-7-0-14–21
FPD 7-21-14-14–56

First Quarter
FPD — Hotchkiss 41 pass from Gantt 9Powell kick)

Second Quarter
FPD — Johnson 2 run (Powell kick)
GMC — MacCartee 1 run (Oates kick)
FPD — Johnson 10 run (Powell kick)
FPD — Weaver 25 pass from McCormick (Powell kick)

Third Quarter
FPD — Gantt 18 run (Powell kick)
FPD — Raines 12 run (Parrish kick)

Fourth Quarter
FPD — Bloodworth 7 run (Parrish kick)
GMC — Skinner 10 run (Oates kick)
FPD — Jones 21 run (Parrish kick)
GMC — McDonald 65 pass from Bivins (Oates kick)

GMC — FPD
First Downs 10 — 22
Rushes-yards 30-162 — 35-314
Passing yards 94 — 124
Comp-Att-Int 4-14-2 — 8-10-0
Fumbles-Fumbles Lost 3-0 — 2-0
Penalties-yards 4-23 — 5-40

LINKS/MEDIA:
Photos from Heroes Night and FPD’s 56-21 victory over GMC Prep
Wide-ranging Effort Leads FPD to Big Win Over GMC (Macon Telegraph)
Football Friday Night Highlights (FPD vs. GMC) (13WMAZ Sports)

ARCHIVED WEBCAST:
CLICK HERE to watch the archived webcast of FPD vs. GMC on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015!