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Viking Fan Guide: Football at Twiggs County (Sept. 30)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the fifth time in 2016 on Friday night, Sept. 30, traveling to Jeffersonville, Ga. to take on the Twiggs County High School Cobras in GHSA Class-A Region 7 action

Below are game notes to keep Viking and Cobra fans informed.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at Twiggs County
Friday
, September 30, 2016
7:30 p.m.

The Pit
(Jeffersonville
, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
TWIGGS COUNTY (2016) – 3-1 (0-0 Reg. 7-A, Div. A)
Home: 2-1; Away: 1-0; Neutral: 0-0
City: Jeffersonville, GA
Colors: Black and Gold
Mascot: Cobras
Region: 7-A Div. A
Stadium/Field: The Pit
Head Coach: Ashley Harden (2nd season at Twiggs County, 7th overall)
Career Record: 29-37-0
Record at Twiggs County: 7-8
State Championships: none.
Region Championships: 3 (2002, 2007, 2009 as member of Region 7-A)
Overall Home Record: 59-52-0
Overall Away Record: 52-63-0
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-2
Overall Program Record: 322-280-16
2016 Wins: W 24-17 at Toombs County (August 26), W 23-0 vs. Northeast (Sept. 9), W 35-18 vs. Greene County (Sept. 16)
2016 Losses:  L 38-14 vs. Cambridge Christian (Tampa) at Freedom Field in Warner Robins, Ga. on Sept. 3.
2015 Record: 4-7 (3-2 Reg. 7-A, Div. B)
2015 Wins: W 24-6 at Hancock Central (Sept. 25), W 38-7 vs. Mount de Sales (Oct. 2), W 20-14 vs. Wilkinson County (Oct. 9), W 22-20 at Tattnall Square (Oct. 23).
2015 Losses: L 20-13 at East Laurens (Sept. 4), L 36-14 at Dublin (Sept. 11), L 47-8 at Lincoln County (Sept. 18), L 50-0 at Stratford (Oct. 16), L 52-38 at FPD (Oct. 30), L 26-14 vs. Lincoln County (Nov. 6), L 22-20 at Marion County (Nov. 20).
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: L Rd. 1 at Marion County (Nov. 20)

FPD (2016) – 4-0 (0-0 Sub Region-A 7-A)
Home: 1-0; Away: 4-0; Neutral: 1-0
City: Macon, GA.
Colors: Red, Black & White
Mascot: Vikings
Region: 7-A, Div. A
Stadium: George S. Johnson Stadium
Field: Austin Childers Field
Head Coach: Greg Moore (17th Year)
Career Record: 125-71-0 overall
State Championships: 2 (1980, 1985 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)
Overall Home Record: 176-72-3
Overall Away Record: 135-109-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-1
Overall Program Record: 316-182-5
2016 Wins: W 34-14 v. Howard at Mercer (Aug. 27); W 34-13 at Brookstone (Sept. 2), W 56-0 vs. Hawkinsville (Sept. 9), W 13-7 at Warren County (Sept. 16)
2016 Losses: none.
2015 Wins: W 21-0 at Monticello (Sept. 11); W 56-21 vs. GMC Prep (Sept. 18); W 31-6 vs. Tattnall Square (Oct. 16); W 31-9 at Wilkinson County (Oct. 23); W 52-38 vs. Twiggs County (Oct. 30); W 34-14 vs. Hancock Central (Nov. 6)
2015 Losses: L 38-17 v. Howard at Mercer (August 27); L 14-0 vs. Lincoln County (Sept. 25); L 41-21 at Stratford (Oct. 2); L 22-21 at Mount de Sales (Oct. 9); L 41-7 at Prince Avenue (Nov. 20)
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: L Rd. 1 at Prince Avenue 41-7 on Nov. 20

LAST TIME OUT for FPD: The Vikings battled the Warren County Screaming Devils in Warrenton, Ga. on Sept. 16, coming away with a hard-fought 13-6 win.

Armaun Smith scored the first touchdown of the game late in the first quarter to give the Vikings a 7-0 lead.

Warren County answered late in the second quarter on Javaris Collins 2-yard touchdown, but the two-point conversion failed to give the Vikings a 7-6 lead at halftime.

In the second half, both defenses battled to a scoreless third quarter.

In the final quarter and the game hanging in the balance, FPD’s Robert Johnson intercepted a Collins pass and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown. The PAT failed, but the Vikings held on late for the 13-6 win.

FPD totaled 282 yards of offense, but 100 of those yards came from Warren County penalties.

Quarterback Dalton Cox was 10-for-22 passing with 126 yards.

Maurice Gordon led the team in receiving with 60 yards while Armaun Smith and Robert Johnson led the Vikings in rushing with 24 yards each.

LAST TIME OUT for TWIGGS COUNTY: The Cobras picked up their second straight victory (and third of the season) with a 35-18 home win vs. Greene County at The Pit.

Javoris Smith rushed for two touchdowns on 12 carries and 123 yards.

Smith also caught two touchdowns in the contest.

Quarterback Calvin Stephens was 3-for-8 with two touchdowns and 86 yards.

The Cobra defense wreaked havoc all evening against Greene County, totaling 15 sacks and recording two interceptions.

The 3-1 start for Twiggs County is the best since 2009.

SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s contest is the fifth meeting between the two teams.

The Vikings are 4-0 all-time against Twiggs County.

The series began in 2012 with a 63-21 win for the Vikings on the road.

In 2013, FPD picked up a 48-13 win at Austin Childers Field, followed by a 55-28 win on the road in 2014.

Last season, the Vikings claimed a 52-38 victory over the Cobras in Jeffersonville.

ALOT of POINTS AGAINST TWIGGS COUNTY: The Vikings have scored 48 or more points each time facing the Cobras.

Altogether, FPD has outscored Twiggs County 218-100 in the series.

The average score is FPD 54, Twiggs County 25.

COACH HARDEN of TWIGGS COUNTY: Coach Ashley Harden is in his second season at Twiggs County and his seventh season overall as a head coach.

Harden was previously the head coach at Jenkins County from 2012-2013 and at Butler from 2009-2011.

His best season came in 2011 at 3A Butler, finishing 8-3 and advancing to the first round of the GHSA State Tournament before being beaten by Sandy Creek.

SHUTOUTS: The Viking defense picked up their third shutout of the GHSA era with last Friday’s 56-0 win over Hawkinsville.

The other two previous shutouts came in 2015, a 21-0 victory at Monticello, and in 2012, a 24-0 home win over Pike County.

CUTTING BACK ON PENALTIES: In the first two games of the 2016 season, the Vikings were flagged for 26 penalties for a total of 195 yards.

In last two games against Hawkinsville and Twiggs County, FPD has been penalized 11 times for 105 yards.

DEFENSE WREAKING HAVOC: The Viking defense has been all over the field for the Vikings so far in 2016.

FPD has forced 17 fumbles and recovered 11.

The Vikings have also intercepted opposing quarterbacks 10 times in 2016.

FPD has also racked up 16 tackles for a loss this season, averaging four per game.

The Vikings have also totaled four sacks so far this season.

TAKING CARE OF THE PIGSKIN: While the Viking defense has been causing problem for opponents, the FPD offense has done a stellar job of keeping the football.

Entering into Friday’s contest against Twiggs Conty, FPD has only turned the ball over three times.

In 196 plays from scrimmage, the Vikings have only lost the ball three times.

CLIMBING IN THE RANKS: The Vikings were rated no. 7 in the first GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings of 2016 last week prior to Friday’s 56-0 home-opening victory vs. Hawkinsville on Sept. 9.

The Vikings are now no. 1 in the GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings for the second straight week and no. 8 in the SCORE Atlanta Poll and AJC Poll.

Georgia High School Football Daily ranks FPD at no. 8 as well.

Max Preps has FPD ranked at no. 10.

2016 GHSA POWER RATING TRACKER:

September 7: #5; September 14: #1; September 21: #1; September 28: #1

SATURDAY’S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING: A high school football game is usually played on a Friday night, but did you know FPD has an extensive history playing on Saturday’s?

FPD has played a Saturday game in six different seasons in program history: 1973, 1982, 1991, 1992, and 1997 and 2016.

The most Saturday games the Vikings played came in the 1973 season, the first season of competition for the school under former head coach Philip McLeroy.

FPD went 3-1 in 1973 on Saturday’s with home wins against Nathanael Green on Sept. 8 (13-3), Macedonia Christian on Sept. 29 (27-6) and Josey Academy on Oct. 20 (38-0).

The lone loss on Saturday in the 1973 campaign was on Oct. 6 when the Vikings fell on the road at Beachwood Academy 8-0 on Oct. 6

FPD played one Saturday contest under former head coach Bobby Brown.

In 1982, FPD went on the road and defeated Tattnall 23-6 on Oct. 23.

The Mark Farriba era saw two Saturday games for the Vikings in 1991 and 1992.

In 1991, FPD defeated Westwood 22-21 on Nov. 16 followed by a victory a year later against the same opponent, a 22-8 win on Oct. 17, 1992.

The last Saturday game on the gridiron for the Vikings came in 1997 under former head coach Cater Pierce.

It was a GHSA playoff contest vs. John Milledge Academy at home on Nov. 22. The Trojans bested the Vikings 16-13 in the quarterfinal match.

Altogether, FPD is 7-2 in Saturday games after this year’s 34-14 season-opening victory v. Howard at Mercer.

TEAM CAPTAINS: Team captains for FPD have been selected!

Two seniors and one junior will lead the Vikings this season: Seniors – Thomas McBride and E.J. Tobler; Junior – Dalton Cox.

Ryan Jones will serve as the honorary team captain on Friday night at Twiggs County.

PLAYERS to WATCH for FPD:
Jr. QB Dalton Cox: Has thrown for over 800 yards in his first four starts under center for the Vikings, including five touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. Threw for over 100 yards in FPD’s last win at Warren County.

Jr. WR’s Titus Moore and Maurice Gordon: Moore finished with eight receptions, 108 yards and two touchdowns in FPD’s season-opening victory over Howard. Gordon followed with four catches, 108 yards and two touchdowns in FPD’s road win at Brookstone on Sept. 2.

Jr. RB C.J. Harris: FPD’s leading rusher with 37 carries and 250 yards on the season in four games played. Leads the team in touchdowns with four.

FPD Defensive Line: The Viking defense has caused 15 turnovers on opposing offenses in the 2016 season, forcing on average just under four turnovers per contest. The line will be tested again with a fast-paced Twiggs County offense in the backfield.

PLAYERS to WATCH for TWIGGS COUNTY:
Jr. RB Javoris Smith: Smith has been tremendous in leading the Cobra rushing attack. On 50 carries, Smith has racked up 416 yards, good for an average of 8.3 yards per carry.

Smith as averaging 104 yards of rushing per contests and has five rushing touchdowns and two receiving touchdowns in 2016.

Sr. QB Calvin Stephens: Stephens has done a fine job in leading the Twiggs County offense, who averages 361 yards per game. Stephens is 11-for-31 with 175 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in 2016.

Sr. RB Ja’Mon Height: Height is the lethal weapon for Twiggs County. The senior has a whopping 94 carries for 655 yards rushing in 2016.

The 205 lb. back has three rushing touchdowns and is averaging 7 yards per carry and 163.8 yards per game.

HOW ‘BOUT THAT 4-0 START for FPD? Since joining the GHSA, the Vikings have never started the season at 4-0.

FPD has started 3-0 twice: 2014 and 2016.

The 2014 team advanced to the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament.

In GISA play, FPD started the season 3-0, its final year in the league in 2009.

44th EDITION: The 2016 season marks the 44th year of FPD Football. The Vikings have delivered countless memories since starting its program in the 1970’s. To date, FPD’s overall program record stands at 316-182-5

125 WINS and COUNTING: FPD head coach Greg Moore picked up his 100th win during the 2012 season with a victory at Hancock Central. Two years later, the skipper earned his 115th victory at the helm after a 31-7 win at GMC Prep on Nov. 7.

Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 125, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

2015 a SEASON to REMEMBER: FPD advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs for a fifth consecutive season before falling at Prince Avenue in the first round.

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 while in the league, posting an overall record of 42-27.

FPD’s best year in the GHSA was in 2011, finishing at 8-3 overall.

HOME COOKING: Since moving to the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 19-10 inside the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium. FPD has won at least three games at home in each season but one (2011) since becoming a member of the league.

The Vikings finished 2015 with a home record of 4-1.

BROADCAST: Friday’s game at Twiggs County will be audio-cast LIVE on the Viking Sports Radio Network!

To listen, sign up for a FREE Livestream account then visit the FPD/Twiggs County broadcast page.

SID and the “Voice of the Vikings” Chandler Lee will have the play-by-play call as FPD takes the field against the Cobras.

Assistant middle school football coach and high school Bible faculty member Rev. Bob Veazey will join Lee in the booth.

Pre-game coverage starts at 7:10 with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on the Vikings Sports Radio Network.

ON DECK: The Vikings return home on Oct. 7 for Homecoming 2016 against the Wilkinson County Warriors.

Further details about Homecoming 2016 are available at www.fpdmacon.org.

Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Friday’s game at Twiggs County can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live in-game updates as the Vikings take on the Cobras

The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDtwiggs16 and #FPDALLin.

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!

MEDIA:

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage
FPD Football Stats (MaxPreps)
Warren County Roster (MaxPreps)
Warren County Stats (MaxPreps)
Warren County Schedule (MaxPreps)

2016 GAME RECAPS:
Game 4: FPD 13, Warren County 6 (Sept. 16, 2016)
Game 3: FPD 56, Hawkinsville 0 (Sept. 9, 2016)
Game 2: FPD 34, Brookstone 13 (Sept. 2, 2016)
Game 1: FPD 34, Howard 14 (August 27, 2016)

PRE-GAME VIDEO with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

GAMEDAY BANNER:

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