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Vikings Stomp Hawkinsville Red Devils 56-0 in 2016 Home Opener

MACON, Ga. – The FPD Vikings (3-0) set a new program record and tied another on Friday night.

FPD scored the most points in a half in its GSHA era (49) and starts a season at 3-0 for the second time as the Vikings squashed the Hawkinsville Red Devils (2-1) in the 2016 home opener at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

“I just can’t say enough about our kids and how hard they are working and doing things the right way,” FPD head football coach Greg Moore said. “They all want to represent our school well and they are doing that each day at practice. It’s showing when we take the field.”

It was certainly apparent in the first quarter of play.

The Vikings scored four touchdowns over a six-minute span to take a 28-0 lead.

FPD began its scoring barrage at the 8:24 mark of the first period when C.J. Harris ran in a 12-yard touchdown and Andrei Parrish tacked on the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

“We just take every game week by week,” Harris said. “We knew they were a good team. We just had to come out and play our game and that’s what happened.”

Fifty-nine seconds later, the Red Devils fumbled and Robert Johnson returned the turnover 22 yards for another Viking score. Parrish’s point after made it 14-0 in FPD’s favor.

“Our mentality was sharp tonight,” Johnson said. “Our defense really stepped up and they started to doubt themselves. When that happened, we knew we had a good chance to win the game.”

The Viking defense stymied the Red Devils again, putting the ball back into the hands of the FPD offense and with 6:04 to play in the first period, Armaun Smith rushed in a five-yard touchdown. Parrish made the PAT and the Vikings were in full control at 21-0.

After another defensive stop, FPD quarterback Dalton Cox found Harrison Aulds for a 15-yard touchdown reception and, along with Parrish’s extra point, the Vikings lead 28-0.

“We were really getting a great push up front from our line,” Cox said. “Our running backs really came out tonight. Robert and C.J. brought a lot of hype and energy to the game. They just explode through the holes. It’s great and fun to watch.”

FPD wasn’t done scoring in the first half, though.

In the second quarter, the Vikings added three more touchdowns.

With 8:03 to play in the first half, Joshua Raines ran in a 10-yard touchdown and with 4:38 to play in the quarter, Harris struck again for a five-yard score. Parrish booted both extra points through the uprights for a 35-0 lead.

“To be honest, it was a hard week of getting ready,” Moore said. “We still think Hawkinsville has a really good football team. But our kids put in the work to prepare and I’m proud of them.”

Johnson then ended the half in style.

With under 30 seconds remaining, Johnson broke free from midfield and ran in a 51-yard touchdown to send FPD into the locker room with a 49-0 lead. (Parrish, again, made the extra point.)

“Along with our guys that made the scoring plays, you have to give the guys up front a lot of credit,” Moore said. “Without them, all you really have is hope. They make Dalton’s life a lot easier along with our guys on the perimeter and in the back field.”

With a running clock in the second half, the Vikings added one more touchdown with 2:36 to play in the third quarter when Griffin Brown ran in a three-yard touchdown. Parrish, who finished the night 8-for-8 on PAT’s, made his final attempt for a 56-0 Viking lead.

“It was a great team win,” Cox said. “We have to keep doing what we’re doing and everything will fall into place.”

Moore agrees.

“We’ll enjoy this one tonight and our staff will get back to work to get ready for Warren County next week,” Moore said. “I’m really proud of our staff and players on the way they’re working their tails off to prepare for each game every day.”

The Vikings will travel to Warrenton, Ga. to take on the Warren County Screaming Devils on Friday, Sept. 16 in a non-region contest.

Warren County (3-0) knocked off Bradwell Institute 24-16 on Friday night, Sept. 9.

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

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BOX SCORE:

FPD 56, HAWKINSVILLE 0

HHS 0-0-0-0 — 0
FPD 28-21-7-0 — 56

First Quarter
FPD: C.J. Harris 12 run (Andrei Parrish kick)
FPD: Robert Johnson fumble recovery touchdown (Parrish kick)
FPD: Armaun Smith 5 run (Parrish kick)
FPD: Harrison Aulds 15 pass from Dalton Cox (Parrish kick)

Second Quarter:
FPD: Joshua Raines 10 run (Parrish kick)
FPD: Harris 5 run (Parrish kick)
FPD: Johnson 51 run (Parrish kick)

Third Quarter:
FPD: Griffin Brown 3 run (Parrish kick)

FPD — HAWKINSVILLE
First Downs: 18 — 5
Rush: 27-211 — 22-65
Pass: 22-29-1 TD-1 INT — 5-12-37-0-0
Fumbles/Lost: 2-1 — 3-3
Penalties: 4-45 — 6-35

RUSHING: FPD – Smith 8-96, Johnson 2-56, Raines 3-36; Hawkinsville – Hunter Tovet 10-38, Dontavius Davenport 5-23.

PASSING: FPD – Cox 20-25, 236, 1 TD, 0 INT; Noah Takac 2-5, 10, 0 TD, 1 INT; Hawkinsville – Jacob Coody 4-11, 9; Davenports 1-1, 28.

RECEIVING: FPD – Titus Moore 6-91, Maurice Gordon 3-34, Harrison Aulds 2-29; Hawkinsville – Markell Lawson 2-33.

Records: FPD 3-0, Hawkinsville 2-1.

Next: FPD at Warren County, 7:30 p.m., Friday;

GAME NOTES:

— Friday’s meeting with Hawkinsville was the first in FPD football program history. The Vikings lead the series 1-0 after a 56-0 shutout win.

— FPD set a new program record in its GHSA era with the most points scored in a half (49).

— The Viking defense forced the Red Devils to three turnovers on Friday night, recovering all three fumbles by Hawkinsville.

— FPD quarterback Dalton Cox threw for over 200 yards for a third consecutive game (236 yards). In 2016, Cox has thrown for 768 yards total. He is on pace to throw for over 2,500 yards in 2016.

— In the first three games of 2016, the Viking defense has forced opposing offenses to turn the ball over 17 times.

— FPD totaled 492 yards of offense on Friday against Hawkinsville, the most thus far in 2016.

— The last time the Vikings started a season with three straight wins was in 2014, the school’s fifth year in the GHSA.

— FPD shutout the Hawkinsville Red Devils on Friday night. The last shutout by the FPD defense was in 2015, a 21-0 victory at Monticello. Altogether, FPD has three shutouts in the GHSA era.

MEDIA COVERAGE:
Vikings continue impressive start, steamroll Red Devils (Macon Telegraph)
FPD vs. Hawkinsville High School Football (Macon Telegraph)
13WMAZ Football Friday Night Highlights

POST-GAME VIDEOS:

Team Meeting:

C.J. Harris:

Robert Johnson:

Dalton Cox:

Head Coach Greg Moore: