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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Hancock Central (Reg. 7 Crossover)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team returns home on Friday night, Nov. 6, to take on the Hancock Central Bulldogs in the Region-7 Crossover game.

The game has much significance for both teams in their search for a playoff bid. A win for FPD would almost lock up a spot in the postseason while a win for Hancock would inch them closer to no. 16 in the Class-A Public Power Ratings.

Below are game notes for Viking fans, Bulldog fans and media members to stay in-the-know.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD vs. HANCOCK CENTRAL (Region-7 Crossover)

11.06.2015
7:30 p.m.

Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium

(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:

HANCOCK CENTRAL – 4-4 (3-1 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 2-0; Away: 2-4
City: Sparta, GA
Colors: Maroon and Gold
Mascot: Bulldogs
Region: 7-A, Sub-Region B
Stadium/Field: n/a
Head Coach: Zachary Harris (8th season at Hancock Central)
Career Record: 24-56
2014 Record: 4-5 (1-3 B-Reg. 7-A)
State Championships: none
Region Championships: none
Overall Home Record: 69-170-5
Overall Away Record: 57-187-4
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-3-0
Overall Program Record: 133-362-10
2015 Wins: at GMC Prep (66-21) on Oct. 30, at Warren County (14-0) on Oct. 9, at Tattnall 42-19 (Sept. 18), vs. Josey (24-14) on Sept. 11
2015 Losses: vs. Lincoln County (7-6) on Oct. 16, vs. Aquinas (48-14) on Oct. 2, vs. Twiggs County (24-6) on Sept. 25, at Greene County (20-0) on Sept. 4, vs. Baldwin (12-0) on Aug. 28.
Current Streak: W 1
2014 Postseason: Did not qualify.

FPD – 5-4 (3-2 Sub-Region A 7-A)
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: 120-70 overall
2014 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)
Program Record: 311-181-5
Overall Home Record: 176-72-3
Overall Road Record: 134-107-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-6-0
2015 Wins: vs. Twiggs County (52-38) on Oct. 20, at Wilkinson County (31-9) on Oct. 23, vs. Tattnall (31-6) on Oct. 16, vs. GMC Prep (56-21) on Sept. 18, at Monticello (21-0) on Sept 11.
2015 Losses: at Mount de Sales (22-21) on Oct. 9, at Stratford (41-21) on Oct. 2, vs. no. 10 Lincoln Co. (14-0) on Sept. 25, v. Howard at Mercer (38-17).
Current Streak: W 3
2014 Postseason: L Rd. 1 55-30 at Prince Avenue.

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its tenth and final regular season game on Friday night, Nov. 6, hosting the Region-7 Crossover against the Hancock Central Bulldogs at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

The game has plenty of importance. A win for either team could lock up a spot in the 2015 postseason while a loss would certainly end the season either squad.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings lead the overall series against the Bulldogs 2-0. FPD won two straight from the 2012-13 season.

In the 2012 season, FPD picked up a 42-14 win at home over Hancock while in 2013 the Vikings won in Sparta 41-8.

SUB-REGION RECORDS:
FPD finished the season at 3-2 in A-Region-7 while Hancock Central finished 2-2 in B-Region-7.

LAST TIME OUT for HANCOCK CENTRAL :
The Bulldogs snapped a quick one-game slide by claiming a 66-21 victory over GMC Prep.

The win came off one of the best game the Bulldogs have played in 2015 after falling at home to Lincoln County 7-6 on Oct. 16.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings trailed 6-0 to Twiggs County in the first quarter but outscored the Cobras 45-8 over the final 13:30 of the first half en route to a crucial 52-38 Sub-Region 7-A victory.

Senior Dontrez Johnson scored four touchdowns, all in the second quarter, to seal the win.

Will McCormick also rushed for two touchdowns and Daniel Weaver posted one score.

Kicker Brad Powell was 7-for-7 on PAT’s and added a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the third quarter.

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 311-181-5, good for a winning percentage of .631.

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2014 season at 7-4 (3-2 A-Reg. 7) while Hancock Central finished at 4-6 (1-3 B-Reg. 7).

FPD advanced to the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

The Bulldogs did not qualify for postseason play.

HIGH NUMBERS WHEN FPD MEETS UP with HANCOCK CENTRAL:
Each time the Vikings and Bulldogs, the FPD offense hasn’t disappointed.

In the brief series history, FPD has totaled 83 points for an average of 41.5 points scored per game.

SOLID DEFENSE AGAINST THE BULLDOGS:
The FPD defense has allowed just 21 points against the Bulldogs in the series history.

That’s good for just an average of seven points allowed per game against Hancock Central.

NINTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 16:
The ninth edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Nov. 3 with the Vikings coming in at a no. 16 overall in the polls, up one spots from one week ago and eight spots from the Oct. 13 rating.

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 2015 season.

2015 Power Ratings:

Nov. 3: #16

Oct. 27: #17

Oct. 20: #19

Oct. 13: #24

Oct. 6: #18

Sept. 29: T-14

Sept. 22: #14

Sept. 15: #10

Sept. 8: #11

The most recent GHSA Power Ratings can be viewed HERE.

GHSA ROAD VIKINGS:
The Vikings have played 30 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 17-13 record on the road in that span. FPD’s most recent road win came at Wilkinson County on Oct. 30, a 31-9 Victory.

The Vikings also shutout Monticello earlier this season on the road 21-0.

Altogether, the Vikings are 134-107-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

ON DECK:
If FPD wins Friday’s game, the squad will await word from GHSA on an at-large bid to the 2015 GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament next Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates and announcements.

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 5 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.

Week 5: Ja’Cobe Singletary, Seth Wilson and John Lester.

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 37-26. 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 17-10 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 3-1 at home with a 52-38 win over Twiggs County, a 31-6 victory over Tattnall and a 56-21 win over GMC Prep. FPD’s lone home loss was a 14-0 defeat vs. Lincoln County.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR HANCOCK CENTRAL:
Sr. QB Brandon Sibert
Sr. RB/CB Shimu Bryant
Jr. WR Devojia Tucker

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
Sr. RB Dontrez Johnson: Has been the stronghold in the backfield for FPD in this current three-game winning streak. Has scored 10 touchdowns in FPD’s last three games while rushing for 495 yards on 65 attempts.
Sr. K Brad Powell: A perfect 15-for-15 on PAT’s in FPD’s last three games. Is also 3-for-3 in field goals, averaging one made per game over the last three weeks ranging from 30, 22, and 32 yards. Has also recorded 10 touchbacks in FPD’s four-game winning streak.
Class of 2016: A win almost guarantees a spot in the 2015 Class-A Private State Tournament for the Vikings. The senior class has led FPD’s current charge of winning three straight. They will hope to make it four straight against Hancock Central.

SENIOR NIGHT FOR FPD FOOTBALL, CHEERLEADING, BAND/DANCE and CLAY TARGET SHOOTING TEAM:
The seniors on the FPD varsity football team will be honored on Senior Night 2015 in a special pre-game ceremony at 7:05 p.m.

Seniors on the cheerleading team, band and dance team and clay target shooting team will be honored at halftime.

HOMECOMING 2015 A BLAST FROM THE PAST!:
A good time was had by all on Homecoming Weekend 2015 on Oct. 16-17! The Vikings defeated Tattnall Square 31-6 and the classes of 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 were all invited back to campus.

The Alumni Office awarded the FPD Service Award to Frank Carl Amerson, III and the Distinguished Alumni Award to Cpl. Adam Michie.

All classes were treated to a pre-game dinner at the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion prior to Friday’s contest.

At halftime, the 2015 Homecoming Court was presented along with the crowning of the Homecoming Queen, who turned out to be senior Sydney Reese.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, FPD hosted the Third Annual Day School Dash at the George Peake and Anne Peake Cross Country Trail on campus.

A Legends Luncheon with former and current faculty also took place on the Saturday of Homecoming after the Day School Dash.

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.

VIKING FOOTBALL LEAGUE NIGHT A SUCCESS:
FPD hosted “Viking Football League Night” on Sept. 25 vs. Lincoln County. Youth football players and cheerleaders in Grades 1-6 from across the middle Georgia community were honored in a ceremony at halftime of the game.

FPD Athletic Director Greg Moore and a devoted parent conceived the league in 2001. Their sole purpose was and still is to introduce football to the youth of the Middle Georgia community, emphasizing the fundamentals of the game while encouraging teamwork, fair play and most of all, fun!

Today, the VFL consists of more than 200 young boys and girls. More information on the Viking Football League can be found at www.fpdvikings.com/vfl.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Friday’s game can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for live game updates as the Vikings host Hancock Central. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDhc15 and #BeatHancock

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!

PRE-GAME VIDEO with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

GAMEDAY BANNER:

Football Gameday Banner - RegCrossover

Football Runout - Playoff Fighting

 

 

 

MEDIA COVERAGE:
FPD Moves in to Playoff Postilion for Now (Macon Telegraph – Ron Seibel)
Macon Telegraph Top-10 High School Football Games to Watch (Michael Lough and Ron Seibel)

REGION 7-A STANDINGS:

7-A

REGION 7-B STANDINGS:

7-B

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage (Roster and Schedule)
FPD Football 2015 Statistics (MaxPreps)
Hancock Central Roster (MaxPreps)
Hancok Central Schedule (MaxPreps)

FPD 2015 GAME RECAPS/RELEASES:
Game 9 vs. Twiggs County (W 52-38)
Game 8 at Wilkinson County (W 31-9)
Game 7 vs. Tattnall (W 31-6)
Game 6 at Mount de Sales (L 22-21)
Game 5 at Stratford (L 41-21)
Game 4 vs. Lincoln County (L 14-0)
Game 3 vs. GMC Prep (W 56-21)
Game 2 at Monticello (W 21-0)
Game 1 v. Howard (L 38-17)

2013 GAME RECAP vs. Hancock Central:
Football Wins on Homecoming 2013 vs. Hancock Central 41-8

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