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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Stratford (Oct. 14)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the seventh time in 2016 on Friday night, Oct. 14, hosting long-time arch-rival Stratford Academy in a key GHSA Class-A Region 7 contest.

Below are game notes for Viking and Eagle fans.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD vs. Stratford Academy
Friday
, October 14, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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

QUICK FACTS:
STRATFORD (2016) – 4-2 (1-1 Reg. 7-A, Div. A)
Home: 3-0; Away: 1-2; Neutral: 0-0
City: Macon, GA
Colors: Navy Blue, Silver and White
Mascot: Eagles
Region: 7-A Div. A
Stadium/Field: Dr. John Paul Jones Fieldhouse and Eagle Field
Head Coach: Mark Farriba (24th year as head coach, 8th at Stratford)
Career Record: 176-111-3
Record at Stratford: 56-34
Region Championships: 10 (GISA 2AA – 1972, 77, 78; GISA 2-AAA – 1987, 2013; GISA 1-AAA – 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001.)
State Championships: 10 (GISA 2AA – 1972, 77, 78; GISA 2-AAA – 1987, 2013; GISA 1-AAA – 1993, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001).
Overall Home Record: 174-83-2
Overall Away Record: 165-104-4
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-1-0
Overall Program Record: 341-188-6 (.643)
2016 Wins: W 24-0 vs. Savannah Country Day (August 26), W 26-19 at Atkinson County (Sept. 9), W 35-19 vs. Lincoln County (Sept. 23), W 41-14 vs. Mount de Sales (Sept. 30).
2016 Losses: L 13-3 at Landmark Christian (Sept. 2), L 21-0 at Twiggs County (Oct. 7).
2015 Record: 9-4 (5-0 Reg. 7-A, Div. A)
2015 Wins: W 41-33 at Savannah Country Day (August 28), W 68-6 at GMC Prep (Sept. 25), W 41-21 vs. FPD (Oct. 2), W 41-14 vs. Tattnall Square (Oct. 9), W 50-0 vs. Twiggs County (Oct. 16), W 49-12 at Mount de Sales (Oct. 23), W 42-14 at Wilkison County (Oct. 30), W 14-7 at Calvary Day (Nov. 20), W 43-15 at Pinecrest Academy (Nov. 27).
2015 Losses: L 48-21 at Wesleyan (Sept. 4), L 35-28 vs. Aquinas (Sept. 18), L 48-28 vs. Aquinas (Region Championship Game – Nov. 6), L 35-28 at Aquinas (GHSA A-Private Semifinals – Dec. 4).
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: W Rd. 1 at Calvary Day 14-7 (Nov. 20), W Quarterfinals at Pinecrest Academy 43-15 (Nov. 27), L Semifinals at Aquinas 35-28 (Dec. 4)

FPD (2016) – 5-1 (1-1 Sub Region-A 7-A)
Home: 2-0; Away: 2-1; 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: 126-72-0 overall (All at FPD)
State Championships: 2 (1980, 1985 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)
Overall Home Record: 180-72-3
Overall Away Record: 135-109-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-1
Overall Program Record: 317-183-5 (.632)
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), W 35-17 vs. Wilkinson County (Oct. 7).
2016 Losses: L 29-17 at Twiggs County (Sept. 30).
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 bounced back after a region loss at Twiggs County on Sept. 30 with a 35-17 victory over the Wilkinson County High School Warriors in Region 7-A play on Oct. 7 on Homecoming 2016 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

The Vikings used a balanced running and passing attack to claim the win with both categories eclipsing 100 yards.

Five different players scored a touchdown for FPD (Robert Johnson, Titus Moore, Joshua Raines, Harrison Aulds, and C.J. Harris), as the Vikings out-scored the Warriors 21-0 in the fourth quarter.

Harris led the team in rushing with 138 yards on 21 carries and a 30-yard touchdown run.

Quarterback Dalton Cox was 10-for-23 passing with 149 yards and two touchdowns.

Titus Moore paced FPD’s receivers, hauling in three catches for 62 yards.

LAST TIME OUT for STRATFORD: Just like FPD, Stratford succumbed to the Twiggs County Cobras in Jeffersonville, Ga. 21-0 on Oct. 7. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for the Eagles.

It was the first time Twiggs County defeated Stratford as was the same when the Cobras knocked off FPD two weeks ago.

Tyler Jordan led the Eagles in rushing with 10 carries and 49 yards. Kasey Sanders finished with 33 yards on 10 attempts.

Stratford quarterback Noah Hill was 3-for-8 passing totaling 49 yards.

Nathan Hunt snagged two receptions for 36 yards.

The Eagles totaled 10 first downs in the contest and had two turnovers (one fumble and one interception).

SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s contest is the 41st meeting between the two rivals.

The Eagles hold a slim 20-19-1 lead in all-time series dating back to 1975.

In the GHSA era, Stratford is 2-0 against FPD.

The Eagles won a thriller at Austin Childers Field 28-21 in 2014 after a five-year hiatus due to being in different leagues.

Stratford protected home field in 2015 with a 41-21 victory.

POINTS PER GAME, ALLOWED for FPD and STRATFORD: The Vikings come into Friday’s contest outscoring opponents 189-79.

Stratford has out-scored opponents 139-86.

On average, FPD’s winning score is 31-13 while Stratford’s is 23-14.

BOTH TEAMS WITH A STRONG D:  The Vikings and Eagles have allowed 165 points combined in 2016.

FPD leads the category of points allowed by a narrow margin of seven (Stratford – 86, FPD – 79).

SHUTOUTS: The Viking defense picked up their third shutout of the GHSA era with a 56-0 victory over Hawkinsville earlier this season.

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 four games against Hawkinsville, Warren County and Twiggs County, FPD has been penalized 16 times for 153 yards.

In last Friday’s Homecoming win, FPD had just two penalties in the contest for a loss of 20 yards.

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

FPD has forced 18 fumbles and recovered 12.

The Vikings have also intercepted opposing quarterbacks 11 times in 2016.

FPD has also racked up 25 tackles for a loss this season, averaging just over four per game (4.16)

The Vikings have also totaled five sacks in 2016.

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 Stratford, FPD has only turned the ball over seven times in 309 plays from scrimmage.

RANKINGS: The Vikings are ranked no. 10 in the current edition of the GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings.

The Vikings were no. 1 in the GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings from Sept. 14-28.

Last week, FPD was ranked at no. 6.

Stratford is currently no. 7 in the GHSA Class-A Private Football Power Ratings.

2016 GHSA POWER RATING TRACKER:

September 7: #7

September 14: #1

September 21: #1

September 28: #1

October 4: #6

Oct. 11: #10

COACH FARRIBA – A FORMER VIKING HEAD COACH:
Stratford head coach Mark Farriba is a familiar face to FPD.

Farriba was at the helm of the FPD football program from 1985-1996.

He is second in program wins with 77 to Moore and picked up the school’s second state title in 1985, a 7-0 victory over Riverview Academy on Nov. 29 of that year.

His teams at FPD earned Region Championships in 1985, ’87, ’89 and ’92.

After leaving FPD in 1996, Farriba has been the head coach for Stratford twice (1995-06, 2013-present) and Prince Avenue once (2007-12).

His record with the Eagles stands at 56-34, with Prince Avenue at 42-26-1 and with FPD at 77-52-2.

BROWN REMEMBERED IN FPD/STRATFORD HISTORY:
Along with Farriba coaching at FPD and Stratford, another name is familiar to Viking and Eagle fans when it comes to the storied past of this 35+ year rivalry: the late Bobby Brown.

Brown (1934-2008) coached at both schools, first at Stratford from 1970-76 then at FPD from 1977-91.

At Stratford, Brown’s record stands at 59-9-1.

At FPD, the coach finished with a 72-32-1 record, good for a 131-41-2 all-time mark and an astounding .759 winning percentage.

Brown led the Vikings to their first state title in school history in 1980, a 23-21 overtime victory over Pinewood at home on Nov. 28. He also guided the team to four region titles from 1979-1983.

The FPD football team dedicated the 2008 season to Brown after his untimely passing on July 7, 2008.

He is a member of the Macon Sports Hall of Fame.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?
Both teams have a losing record on their respective home field in the series.

The Vikings are 11-7-1 all-time when playing Stratford on the road.

The Eagles are 9-13-1 at home against the Vikings all-time.

Switched around, FPD is 9-12-1 against Stratford at home while the Eagles are 11-6-1 on the road at FPD.

CLOSE CALLS IN the STRATFORD/FPD SERIES:
In the storied rivalry, both teams have had numerous close calls against each other.

There have been a total of four games decided by one point, with the Eagles owning a 3-1 record in those contests. FPD’s one point win over Stratford was a 7-6 victory 1997. Three of those four one-point games were decided by a final score of 7-6.

A total of 13 games have been decided by 10 points or fewer in the series. FPD’s record in those contests stands at 6-7-1.

WHAT ABOUT FPD vs. STRATFORD IN THE PLAYOFFS?
The Vikings and Eagles have squared off in the state playoffs three times overall, all games as a member of the GISA.

Two of those three games have come in the State Finals. Both times FPD dropped one point losses in the championship: 35-34 in 2004 and 7-6 in 1983.

Two of the following three years, however, FPD has responded with wins after a state playoff game: a 12-7 victory in 1984 and a 13-2 routing in 2005.

STREAKS AND MORE HISTORY AGAINST STRATFORD:
FPD dropped its first four games against Stratford from the 1975-78 season. After a 0-0 tie in 1979, the Vikings rattled off four wins from 1980-83.

The Eagles posted three straight wins against the Vikings from 1993-95 before FPD returned the favor with three victories from 1996-98.

From 1998-01, Stratford won four straight games followed by three consecutive Viking victories from 2005-07.

The longest winning streak against each other for both teams stands at four straight.

ONLY TWICE OVER 40: In 40 games played against each other, the Vikings and Eagles have surpassed 40 points just once.

FPD won 41-13 at Stratford on Oct. 18, 2002 while Stratford defeated FPD 41-21 at Eagle Field on Oct. 2, 2015.

FPD vs. STRATFORD GAMES DECIDED BY…

Shutouts: 12

1 point: 4

3 points: 2

4 points: 3

5 points: 1

7 points: 2

COUNTING BACK 10 GAMES AGAINST STRATFORD:
The Vikings hold a 5-5 record against the Eagles during the last 10 games of the series.

FPD has out-scored Stratford 219-214 during that span and has averaged 21.9 points per game to Stratford’s 21.4

COACHING FRIENDS:
FPD head coach Greg Moore and Stratford head coach Mark Farriba know each other quite well.

Farriba was the head coach at FPD when Moore joined the coaching staff in 1988. The two coached together until 1996. Moore was the offensive coordinator when Farriba was at FPD.

Moore was named the head coach in 2000 and says it’s tough seeing his friend on the opposing sideline when FPD and Stratford square off against each other.

“It’s terrible, to be perfectly honest,” Moore said. “You have to try really hard to remember and make yourself concentrate on the fact that the game is still about the kids in uniform. You can’t let the good times and great memories get in the way and cloud what you’re trying to do to win a football game.”

HOMECOMING 2016 A BLAST FROM THE PAST: The FPD Alumni Office  welcomed back various classes for Homecoming Night 2016 at FPD on Oct. 7 vs. Wilkinson County in a 35-17 win.

The classes of 1975-76, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 and 2016 all returned and were treated to campus tours and the annual Alumni Dinner at the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion.

The classes of 1981 and 1986 were key parts to FPD’s two program state championships in 1980 and 1985.

SPEAKING of HOMECOMING: The FPD varsity football team is 7-0 in Homecoming games since moving to the GHSA.

FPD defeated Our Lady of Mercy 20-6 on Oct. 1, 2010 and, in 2011, defeated Whitefield Academy 28-10 on Oct. 7.

In 2012, FPD stomped GMC Prep 31-7 on Oct. 5 and came away with an impressive 41-8 victory over Hancock Central on Oct. 18, 2013.

In 2014, the Vikings knocked off Mount de Sales, a Region 7-A opponent, 42-21 on Oct. 11.

Last season, FPD defeated another Region 7-A foe in Tattnall Square 31-6.

On Friday, Oct. 7, FPD pulled away late for a 35-17 win over Wilkinson County.

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.

Armaun Smith will serve as the honorary team captain on Friday night against Stratford.

PLAYERS to WATCH for FPD:
Jr. QB Dalton Cox: Has thrown for 1,239  yards in his first six starts under center for the Vikings, including nine touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns.

Jr. RB C.J. Harris: FPD’s leading rusher with 67 carries and 631 yards. Has rushed for five touchdowns, including a 30-yard score in last week’s 35-17 win over Wilkinson County on Homecoming 2016.

CB/Returner Robert Johnson: Returned a 90-yard kick-off for a touchdown in last week’s 35-17 win over Wilkinson County. Averaging 10.3 tackles per game with a fumble recovery and interception.

WR’s Titus Moore and Maurice Gordon: Combined, have totaled 39 receptions, 671 yards and four touchdowns in 2016. Moore is averaging 15.4 yards per reception while Gordon is totaling 20.79 yards per catch.

FPD Defensive Line: Against a “Wing-T” offense, FPD’s offensive line will need to cover all assignments in order to gain control of the game. FPD is averaging nearly 70 tackles per game (69).

PLAYERS to WATCH for STRATFORD:
RB Russell Mole:  Rushed for 210 yards and four touchdowns in Stratford’s 41-14 region victory at Mount de Sales on Sept. 30.

RB Ames Jamison: Finished with two touchdowns in Stratford 35-19 home win against Lincoln County on Sept. 23.

QB Noah Hill: The leader of Stratford’s “Wing-T” offense in charge of calling the plays to all running backs.

RB Kasey Sanders: Rushed for one touchdown and 65 yards in Stratford’s season-opening win against Savannah Country Day.

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 since joining the league in 2010 — 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 317-183-5

126 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 126, 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 43-28.

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 20-10 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.

GHSA ROAD VIKINGS: The Vikings have played 29 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 18-14 record on the road in that span.

Altogether, the Vikings are 135-109-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

BROADCAST: Friday’s rivalry game against Stratford will be audio-cast LIVE on the Viking Sports Radio Network!

To listen, sign up for a FREE Livestream account then visit the FPD/Stratford 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 Eagles.

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

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

ON DECK: The Vikings return to action on Oct. 21 to wrap-up this current three-game home stand, hosting the Mount de Sales Cavaliers in GHSA Class-A Region 7 play.

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

SOCIAL MEDIA: Friday’s game vs. Stratford can be followed on social media on Twitter.

Follow @FPDVikingSports for live in-game updates as the Vikings take on the Eagles.

The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDstrat16 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:
Middle Georgia High School Football Capsules (Macon Telegraph – Oct. 14)

GAMEDAY BANNER:

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PRE-GAME INTERVIEW with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

HYPE VIDEO:

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage
FPD Football Stats (MaxPreps)
Stratford Roster (MaxPreps)
Stratford Schedule (MaxPreps)

2016 GAME RECAPS:
Game 6: FPD 35, Wilkinson County 17 (Homecoming – Oct. 7, 2016)
Game 5: Twiggs County 29, FPD 17 (Sept. 30, 2016)
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)

*Sources: The Georgia High School Football Historians Association, 13WMAZ, and The Macon Telegraph aided in this report. For more information, contact FPD Sports Information Director Chandler Lee at chandler.lee@fpdmacon.org.