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MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team returns to action on Friday night, Nov. 20, traveling to Athens, Ga. to take on the Prince Avenue Christian Wolverines in the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs.

Below are game notes for Viking fans, Wolverine fans and media members to stay up to date on Friday’s playoff contest.

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FPD at Prince Avenue (GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament – Rd. 1)

11.20.2015
7:30 p.m.

Brad Akins Field

(Athens, GA)

QUICK FACTS:

PRINCE AVENUE – 10-0 (8-0 Reg. 8-A)
Home: 5-0; Away: 5-0
City: Athens, GA
Colors: Navy Blue and Gold
Mascot: Wolverines
Region: 8-A
Stadium/Field: Brad Akins Field
Head Coach: Jeff Herron (3rd year at Prince, 26th year overall)
Career Record: 271-50
2014 Record: 9-3 (7-1 Reg. 8-A)
State Championships: none
Region Championships: 4 (2015, 2014, 2013, 2011)
Overall Home Record: 38-16-1
Overall Away Record: 37-24-0
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-1-0
Overall Program Record: 75-41-1
2015 Wins: at Providence Christian on Nov. 6 (49-0), vs. Lakeview Academy on Oct. 30 (56-0), vs. Towns County on Oct. 16 (42-14), vs. Athens Academy on Oct. 9 (45-14), at Commerce on Oct. 2 (35-14), vs. Hebron Christian on Sept. 25 (45-0), at Athens Christian on Oct. 18 (41-7), at George Walton on Sept. 11 (45-6), vs. Oglethorpe C0unty on Sept. 4 (48-12), at Aquinas on Aug. 28 (42-12).
Current Streak: W 10
2014 Postseason: W in First Round vs. FPD (55-30), L in Quarterfinals vs. ELCA (47-17)

FPD – 6-4 (4-2 Reg. 7)
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: 121-70 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: 312-181-5
Overall Home Record: 177-72-3
Overall Road Record: 134-107-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-6-0
2015 Wins: vs. Hancock Central (34-14) on Nov. 6, 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 4
2014 Postseason: L Rd. 1 55-30 at Prince Avenue.

THE GAME:
The FPD football team takes to the road for the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 20.

FPD, the no. 16 seed, will travel to Athens, Ga, to play the no.1 seeded Prince Avenue Christian Wolverines.

The game marks the second straight year FPD and Prince have met in the first round of the Sate Tournament.

Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Brad Akins Field.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings trail the overall series against the Wolverines 0-1 after last season’s 55-30 loss in the first round of the 2014 GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs.

REGION RECORDS:
FPD finished the season at 4-2 in Region 7 while Prince Avenue claimed the Region 8-A title going a perfect 8-0.

LAST TIME OUT for PRINCE AVENUE:
The Wolverines captured their fourth region title in program history on Nov. 6, taking down Providence Christian 49-0.

The region title is the third straight for the Wolverines, having won in 2013 and 2014.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings ensured a playoff berth on Friday, Nov. 6, defeating the Hancock Central Bulldogs 34-14 in the Region-7 Crossover at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

Senior Reggie Gantt racked up three touchdowns for the Vikings, who led 20-0 at halftime.

FPD rushed for 305 yards and totaled 390 total yards in the contest.

Senior quarterback Will McCormick and sophomore running back Armaun Smith also added touchdowns in the victory.

LETHAL THREAT:
The Wolverines are the no. 1 seed in Class-A Private for a reason.

In 2015, the Prince Avenue has outscored opponents 448-79, good for an average score per game of 49-8.

In their current 10-game winning streak, the Wolverines have posted three shutouts.

The Wolverine defense has not allowed a team to score more than 14 points against them all season. Those teams that only scored 14 were: Towns County, Athens Academy, and Commerce.

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 312-181-5, good for a winning percentage of .632.

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 Wolverines finished 2014 at 9-3 (7-1 Reg. 8-A) and advanced to the GHSA Class-A Private Quarterfinals.

STREAKING:
Both FPD and Prince Avenue are entering Friday’s playoff contest on winning streaks.

After a 2-4 start to the regular season, FPD rattled off four straight wins to earn a playoff bid.

Prince Avenue has also won ten straight.

FINAL POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 16:
The tenth and final edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Nov. 10 with the Vikings coming in at a no. 16 overall in the polls. The ranking was good enough for a State Playoff berth.

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. 10: #16

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.

NEW WOLF IN THE PACK FOR PRINCE, BUT NOT TO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
Prince Avenue head coach Jeff Herron may only be in his third season at the school, but he is no stranger to the high school football scene.

Before beginning his stint at Prince, Herron served as the head coach at Camden County High School from 2000-12 where he led the Wildcats to three GHSA AAAAA State Titles in 2003, ’08 and ’09. Each year under Herron’s tenure, the Wildcats advanced to GHSA post-season play as well. His overall record at Camden County stands at a remarkable 154-18.

Prior to the successful stint at Camden County, Herron was the head coach AAA Oconee from 1997-99, leading the Warriors to a 1999 State Championship and a 15-0 record during that season.

Herron also served as the head football coach at AAAA Wheeler High School from 1995-96 and at AAAA Cedar Shoals from 1990-93. Herron began his coaching career at Walton High School in 1989.

Remarkably, Herron has never had a losing season as a head coach. Combined, his record stands at 260-49, good for a winning percentage of .841. In 25 years, Herron has led his teams to 18 GHSA post-season berths and four state titles.

Herron is currently no. 20 all-time amongst Georgia high school football coaches. A win on Friday night would put him at 261, tying him with Charlie Grisham for 19th on the list. Grisham served 29 years as the head coach at Carrollton High School from 1958-86.

SCHOOL SET FOR VIKING SEND-OFF:
The FPD football team will travel to Prince Avenue for the first round of the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs on Friday, Nov. 20, and the school has planned a special send-off event for the squad upon its departure from campus.

Students, faculty, staff, and parents are all encouraged to line the sides of the road in front of the Clark Fine Arts Building on campus beginning at 1:20 p.m. on Friday.

The bus will depart at approximately 1:30 p.m. to Athens.

Fans are also encouraged to bring signs and cheer loud for the Vikings.

The event can be followed on Twitter by using the hashtags #FPDfootball and #VikingSendoff.

FPD HISTORY IN THE STATE PLAYOFFS:
The Vikings are 1-5 in GHSA State Playoff games. The Vikings dropped their first round contest in 2011 to Bremen 43-28 and to Calvary Day 42-35 in 2013.

FPD’s only GHSA state playoff victory came in the 2012 season at Brookstone, a 49-33 win against the Cougars. The Vikings would later drop to Landmark in the quarterfinals 38-24 in Atlanta.

Interestingly enough, all of FPD’s GHSA State Playoff games have occurred on the road.

In GHSA and GISA state playoff games combined, the Vikings are 41-32 all-time in postseason action.

FPD’s two state titles came in the 1980 and 1985 season in GISA play. The Vikings finished as the State Runners-Up in 1979, 1983, 1988, 1989, 2001, 2004 and 2005.

PRINCE AVENUE HISTORY IN THE STATE PLAYOFFS:
Although a fairly new program (only 117 games played in program history), the Wolverines have still managed to make a name for themselves when the state playoffs come around.

All-time, Prince Avenue is 7-4 in GHSA State Playoff games, their best finish coming in 2012 under former FPD head coach and current Stratford head coach Mark Farriba.

During that season, the Wolverines finished as the State Runner-Up, falling to Eagles Landing Christian Academy 33-0 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

In 2013, Prince Avenue took down Brookstone in the first round before falling to Calvary Day, the team that also eliminated FPD, 33-14.

In 2014, the Wolverines claimed a first round win over FPD 55-30 before being eliminated by ELCA at home 47-17.

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 playoff game, the Vikings would face the winner of the Savannah Christian/Landmark Christian game on Nov. 27.

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 38-26. 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 PRINCE AVENUE:
Sr. RB Jordan Hightower (#6)
Sr. C/HB Kevon Hudson (#9)
Sr. LB/FB Zack Ragle (#43)

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
Sr. RB Dontrez Johnson: Has been the stronghold in the backfield for FPD in FPD’s current four-game winning streak. Has scored 10 touchdowns in FPD’s last four games while rushing for 573 yards on 80 attempts. That’s good for an average of 7.2 yards per carry.
Sr. WB Will McCormick: McCormick had one of his best outings of 2015 in the Nov. 6 Region-7 Crossover win against Hanock Central. The veteran rushed for 122 yards on 10 attempts that included a touchdown. He also threw for 85 yards and three touchdowns with six completions on eight attempts.
Class of 2016: The senior leadership has been credited for FPD’s turnaround after a 2-4 start. The leadership will need to be present on Friday night if the Vikings are to stop the no. 1 seeded Wolverines.

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, #FPDprince15 and #BeatPrince

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:

GHSA playoffs-11-11-15

 

 

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage (Roster and Schedule)
FPD Football 2015 Statistics (MaxPreps)
Prince Avenue Roster (MaxPreps)
Prince Avenue Schedule (MaxPreps)

LIVE WEBCAST:
Prince Avenue is offering a LIVE WEBCAST of the first round Class-A Private State Playoffs via the NFHS Network. Subscribe HERE to watch.

Note: There may be a fee to watch the game.

RADIO BROADCAST:
The Wolverines broadcast their football games on WMSL 88.9 FM. Click HERE to visit their website to see if you can catch the game on Friday night.

MEDIA COVERAGE:
FoxSports 1670AM Morning Show Interview with Head Coach Greg Moore
Rested FPD Opens Playoffs with Tough Task (Macon Telegraph – Justin Baxley)
Middle Georgia High School Football Playoff Capsules (Macon Telegraph)

FPD 2015 GAME RECAPS/RELEASES:
Game 10 vs. Hancock Central (W 34-14)
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)

BRACKET:
Click HERE to view the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoff Bracket

2014 PLAYOFF GAME RECAP vs. Prince Avenue:
Football Downed at Prince Avenue 55-30 to End 2014 Season

PLAYOFF HYPE VIDEO: “It’s the Playoffs!”

*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.