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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Hawkinsville

MACON, Ga.  – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the third time in 2016 on Friday night, Sept. 9, opening the home portion of the schedule against the Hawkinsville High School Red Devils at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

Below are game notes to keep Viking and Red Devil fans informed.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD vs. Hawkinsville
Friday
, September 9, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium
(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
HAWKINSVILLE (2016) – 2-0 (0-0 Reg. 4-A)
Home: 1-0; Away: 1-0; Neutral: 0-0
City: Hawkinsville, GA
Colors: Red, White and Blue
Mascot: Red Devils
Region: 4-A Div. B
Stadium/Field: Bobby Gentry Stadium
Head Coach: Will Conner (1st season at Hawkinsville and overall)
Career Record: 2-0
Record at Hawkinsville: same
State Championships: 6 (2014, 2004, 2003, 1959, 1954, 1953)
Region Championships: 12 (Last: 2004; First: 1928)
Overall Home Record: 239-153-14
Overall Away Record: 198-172-9
Overall Neutral Site Record: 11-5-0
Overall Program Record: 450-332-23
2016 Wins: W 21-14 vs. Bleckley County in OT (August 26); W 20-14 at Wilcox County in OT (20-14).
2016 Losses: none.
2015 Record: 5-5 (4-4 Reg. 4-A)
2015 Wins: W 16-0 vs. Wilcox County (Sept. 4); W 21-7 at Taylor County (Sept. 11); W 13-0 at Central-Talbotton (Sept. 25); W 21-0 vs. Greeneville (Oct. 2); W 34-6 at Schley County (Oct. 23)
2015 Losses: L 13-0 at Bleckley County (August 28); L 14-0 vs. Brookstone (Sept. 18); L 35-7 at Dooly County (Oct. 9); L 20-7 vs. Marion County (Oct. 16); L 17-10 at St. Anne Pacelli (Oct. 30)
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: Did not qualify.

FPD (2016) – 2-0 (0-0 Sub Region-A 7-A)
Home: 0-0; Away: 1-0; Neutral: 1-0
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 (17th Year)
Career Record: 123-71-0 overall
State Championships: 2 (1980, 1985 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)
Overall Home Record: 177-72-3
Overall Away Record: 134-109-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-1
Overall Program Record: 314-182-5
2016 Wins: W 34-14 v. Howard at Mercer (Aug. 27); W 34-13 at Brookstone (Sept. 2)
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 opened up the road portion of their schedule last Friday, Sept. 2, claiming a convincing 34-13 win over the Class-A Brookstone School Cougars at Rex Knight Stadium in Columbus, Ga.

Dalton Cox threw for 255 yards, his second straight game of 200-plus yardage in the air. The righty threw for two touchdowns while completing 17 of 26 passes on the night.

Maurice Gordon caught four passes for 107 yards and two touchdowns, his longest reception a 71-yarder from Cox.

C.J. Harris and Armaun Smith each rushed for one touchdown.

The FPD defense forced Brookstone into eight fumbles and recovered three. The Vikings also recorded three interceptions in the contest, all coming from Smith.

With the win at Brookstone, FPD leads the all-time series 2-0.

LAST TIME OUT for HAWKINSVILLE: For the second consecutive game, the Hawkinsville Red Devils went into overtime and prevailed on the road at Wilcox County 20-14.

In the first game of the season, the Red Devils held on in overtime at home on August 26, winning against Bleckley County 21-14.

SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s contest is the first meeting between FPD and Hawkinsville.

The two teams planned to scrimmage three years ago at George S. Johnson Stadium, but severe weather caused cancellation in 2013.

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 last week’s 34-14 season-opening victory v. Howard at Mercer.

TEAM CAPTAINS: Team captains for FPD have been selected!

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

Blaine Kizer will serve as an honorary team captain on Friday night against Hawkinsville as well.

PLAYERS to WATCH for FPD: 
Jr. QB Dalton Cox: Has thrown for over 500 yards in his first two starts under center for the Vikings, including four touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.

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: Rushed for 90 yards on 12 carries and scored one touchdown in FPD’s win over Howard. Harris totaled 79 yards in the second half to help propel FPD to victory. In FPD’s 34-13 win over Brookstone, Harrish rushed for 47 yards and one touchdown. Forty-six of his 47 yards came in the second half.

CB Armaun Smith: Smith intercepted Brookstone quarterback Russell Blanchard three times in last Friday’s 34-13 victory over Brookstone.

PLAYERS to WATCH for HAWKINSVILLE: 
#1 Java’n Singletary – Soph. SS/RB, 6’0, 180 lb.

#2 Dontavious Davenport – Sr. RB/FS, 5’10, 180 lb.

#15 Chandler Jones – Jr. QB, 5’11, 140 lb.

#16 Jacob Cody – Soph. QB, 6’0, 150 lb.

HAWKINSVILLE CLAIM to FAME: One player has made it to the NFL from Hawkinsville High School: Charles Johnson.

Johnson played from 2007-15 for the Carolina Panthers as a defensive end.

HAWKINSVILLE WELL KNOWN: With six state titles and 12 region championships, it’s no surprise that many players from Hawkinsville have been recognized over the years.

The Red Devils have put 81 members on the 1st Team All-State in program history and 115 altogether have been named All-State.

LONG TIME WITH NO LOSS: A storied program such as Hawkinsvile that dates aback to 1924 is well documented.

Hawkinsville’s longest winning streak is 29 games, according to the George High School Football Historians Association.

AN ODE TO THE PAST: It’s hard not to think of Hawkinsville without remembering long-time coach Bobby Gentry.

The former skipper lead the Red Devils from 1948-1976.

In that time frame, Gentry led the Red Devils to three GHSA Class-C State Titles in 1953, 1954 and 1959.

He also racked up seven of Hawkinsville’s 12 region titles (1953, ’54, ’58, ’59, ’62, ’68, and ’69).

BACK-to-BACK and MORE: The Red Devils won the GHSA Class-A State Championship in 2003 and 2004, prior to the Public/Private split.

They also claimed the GHSA Class-A Public State Title in 2014.

HOW ‘BOUT THAT 2-0 START for FPD? The Vikings have only started the season 2-0 three times in the GHSA era: 2011, 2014 and now in 2016.

FPD finished with an 8-3 record in 2011 and a 7-4 mark in 2014.

Both squads advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Tournament.

VIKING FANFARE RETURNS!: FPD is pleased to announce that “Viking FanFare” will return prior to FPD’s home opener against Hawkinsville.

Family, friends, students, faculty and and staff are all encouraged to attend beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Games and tailgating will be available for all ages.

And new this year to Viking FanFare is the Viking Walk! FPD will enter the stadium through the practice field next to the tennis courts at 6 p.m. Arrive early and get ready to cheer on the Vikings!

NEW FAMILY DINNER 2016: The FPD Admissions Office will hold its annual “New Family Dinner” at the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion inside George S. Johnson Stadium.

New families will be treated to a free meal and fellowship prior to kick-off vs. Hawkinsville.

The New Family Dinner will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday night.

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 314-182-5

123 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 123, 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 40-27.

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 18-10 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 against Hawkinsville will be audiocast LIVE on the Viking Sports Radio Network!

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

SID Chandler Lee will have the play-by-play call as the Vikings take the field against the Red Devils. 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 7:15 with kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

ON DECK: The Vikings are back on the road next Friday night, traveling to Warren County High School in Warrenton, Ga.

Kickoff against the Screaming Devils is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Albert Massey Field.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Friday’s game vs. Brookstone can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live in-game updates as the Vikings take on the Red Devils

The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball#FPDhawk16 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:
Unbeaten Vikings Face Defensive Test Again Red Devils (Macon Telegraph)

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage
FPD Football Stats (MaxPreps)
— Hawkinsville Homepage (MaxPreps)
Hawkinsville Schedule (MaxPreps)
Hawkinsville Roster

2016 GAME RECAPS:
Game 2: FPD 34, Brookstone 13 (Sept. 2, 2016)
Game 1: FPD 34, Howard 14 (August 27, 2016)

VIDEO PREVIEW with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

GAMEDAY BANNER:

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VIKING FANFARE GUIDE:

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