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MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the eighth time in 2016 on Friday night, Oct. 21, hosting cross-town rival Tattnall Square Academy in a GHSA Class-A Region 7 contest.

Below are game notes for Viking and Trojan fans.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD vs. Tattnall Square
Friday
, October 21, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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

QUICK FACTS:
TATTNALL SQUARE (2016) – 7-0 (3-0 Reg. 7-A, Div. A)
Home: 5-0; Away: 2-0; Neutral: 0-0
City: Macon, GA
Colors: Blue, Gold and White
Mascot: Trojans
Region: 7-A Div. A
Stadium/Field: Jack Baynes Field
Head Coach: Chance Jones (1st year at Tattnall; 1st year overall)
Career Record: 7-0
Record at Tattnall: 7-0
Region Championships: 19 (Last: 2011 as member of GISA AAA)
State Championships: 11 (Last: 2011 as member of GISA AAA)
Overall Home Record: 221-65-6
Overall Away Record: 164-86-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: o-o
Overall Program Record: 385-151-8 (.715)
2016 Wins: W 26-0 vs. Wilcox County (August 26), W 41-0 at East Laurens (Sept. 9), W 48-7 at Pacelli (Sept. 16), W 38-0 vs. Washington-Wilkes (Sept. 23), W 35-6 vs. Wilkinson County (Sept. 30), W 55-10 vs. Mount de Sales (Oct. 7), W 34-27 vs. Twiggs County (Oct. 14).
2015 Wins: W37-7 at GMC Prep (Aug. 28), W 14-0 vs. Warren County, W 28-22 at Strong Rock (Sept. 11), W 42-7 at Glascock County (Nov. 6)
2015 Losses: L 42-19 vs. Hancock Central (Sept. 18), L 26-0 at Wilkinson County (Oct. 2), L 41-14 at Srtatford (Oct. 9), L 31-6 at FPD (Oct. 16), L 22-20 vs. Twiggs County (Oct. 23), L 9-7 vs. Mount de Sales (Oct. 30).
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: Did not qualify.

FPD (2016) – 5-2 (1-2 Sub Region-A 7-A)
Home: 2-1; 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: 126-73-0 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: 180-73-3
Overall Away Record: 135-109-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-1
Overall Program Record: 317-184-5 (.631)
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), L 28-0 vs. Stratford (Oct. 14)
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 fell to arch-rival Stratford Academy 28-0 on Friday, Oct. 14 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

Stratford’s Tyler Jordan rushed for all four of the Eagles’ touchdowns.

Stratford rushed for 370 yards on the night and the Eagle defense held FPD to 100 yards offense on the night.

Quarterback Dalton Cox was 14-for-26 on the night, throwing for 126 yards and one interception.

LAST TIME OUT for TATTNALL: The Trojans knocked off top-ranked Twiggs County (Class-A Public) last Friday Oct. 14 at Jack Baynes Field 34-27.

The Trojans led 34-13 with two minutes to play in the game, but the Cobras bit back with a 30-yard touchdown pass followed an onside kick recovery that resulted in a Twiggs touchdown from Calvin Stephens to Javoris Smith.

The following onside kick was recovered by Tattnall’s Jimmy Marshall and the Trojans ran out the clock to win the game.

Running back Ahmad Barron rushed for 196 yards on 21 carries for the Trojans with two touchdowns.

Antoine Davis rushed for 109 yards on 14 attempts with one touchdown while Vasco Sanders, Jr. punched in an 11-yard touchdown run.

Tattnall was whistled for 11 penalties for 140 yards.

SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s contest is the 37th meeting between FPD and Tattnall.

The Trojans hold a 30-16 lead in the series.

FPD defeated Tattnall last season 31-6 on Homecoming 2015.

SENIOR NIGHT 2016: Friday’s game against Tattnall Square is Senior Night 2016 for the Class of 2017 participating in football, cross country, clay target shooting, marching band, dance.

The FPD football players will be honored before kickoff on Friday night, while cross country, clay target shooting, marching band and dance will recognized at halftime on Friday night.

NEW FACE FOR THE TROJANS:
The Trojans are led by first-year head coach Chance Jones, son to well-known coach Ronnie Jones, who coached at Westfeld in Perry, Ga.

Chance takes over for Clint Morgan, who was at the helm for the Trojans in 2014 and 2015.

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

In last Friday’s loss to Stratford, FPD was not penalized.

TAKING CARE OF THE PIGSKIN: Entering into Friday’s contest against Tattnall Square, FPD has only turned the ball over seven times in 347 plays from scrimmage.

FPD had no turnovers in last week’s loss to Stratford on Oct. 14.

RANKINGS: The Vikings are ranked no. 16 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. 10 before falling to Stratford Academy.

Tattnall Square is no. 12 in the most recent edition of the GHSA Class-A Private 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

Oct. 18: #16

WHAT ABOUT BARNEY?
It’s difficult to not think about Barney Hester when talking Tattnall Square Academy football.

Hester served as the head coach for the Trojans from 1982-2012, racking up an overall record of 306-79-7.

The former Trojan head coach finished with 28 winning seasons, including an unprecedented 11 state championships and 13 region titles.

Hester is sixth all-time in wins amongst Georgia High School head football coaches (334-159-9).

He currently serves as the head football coach at Howard High School, a team FPD defeated in the 2016 season opener at Mercer University 34-13 on Aug. 27.

TATTNALL BY THE DECADES:
The Trojans have won at least one state title in the past four decades, the most coming in the 1990’s with five.

State titles by decades include include: 1980’s – 2 (1988, 1989), 1990’s – 5 (1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998), 2000’s – 3 (2001, 2006, 2007), and 2010’s – 1 (2011).

All state championships came under former head coach Barney Hester.

PLENTY OF HISTORY AGAINST TATTNALL IN THE PLAYOFFS:
The Vikings and Trojans have met a total of nine (9) times in post-season play, with all games being GISA contests.

The Trojans hold a commanding 9-0 record against the Vikings in the playoffs.

In the 2000’s, the Trojans bested FPD in the GISA semifinals in 2006 and 2000. Tattnall claimed a 12-7 win in the GISA AAA State Championship game in 2001.

In the 1990’s, Tattnall picked up a quarterfinals victory in 1996 and 1990 and knocked off FPD in the GISA State Semifinals in 1992 and 1991.

The Vikings dropped the only two playoff games played against the Trojans in the 1980’s, both times in the state finals in 1988 and 1989.

Seven of the nine playoff games against the Trojans have been played at Jack Baynes Field, including all State Championship contests.

STREAKS FOR FPD and TATTNALL:
FPD’s longest winning streak against the Trojans stands at seven (7). The Vikings picked up wins from 1977-1983 over their cross-town nemesis.

Tattnall’s longest winning streak against FPD is 13 games. That run ocurred from the 1994-2003 season.

COUNTING BACK 10 GAMES AGAINST TATTNALL:
The Vikings hold a 3-7 record against the Trojans during the last 10 games of the series.

GHSA ERA vs. TATTNALL: In the GHSA era, FPD is 1-1 against Tattnall Square.

FPD fell 28-14 at Jack Baynes Field in 2014 before claiming a 31-6 victory on 2015 at Austin Childers Field.

PLENTY of OFFENSE and DEFENSE for TATTNALL: The Trojans have outscored opponents 277-50 in 2016.

On average, Tattnall is posting 40 points per game while allowing just seven points to opposing offenses.

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.

The Class of 2017 football players will serve as the honorary team captains on Friday night against Tattnall Square.

PLAYERS to WATCH for FPD:
Jr. QB Dalton Cox: Has thrown for 1,365  yards in his first seven starts under center for the Vikings, including nine touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and one interception.

Jr. RB C.J. Harris: FPD’s leading rusher with 71 carries and 630 yards. Has rushed for five touchdowns, including a 30-yard score in FPD’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.

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 64 tackles per game.

PLAYERS to WATCH for TATTNALL SQUARE:
RB Ahmnad Barron: Rushed for two touchdowns and 196 yards in last week’s 34-27 region win over Twiggs County on Oct. 14

RB Antoine Davis: Finished with one touchdown on 14 carries and 109 yards in Tattnall’s 34-17 victory over Twiggs County on Oct. 14.

— Tattnall Offensive Line: Running the Wing-T offense, Tattnall’s offensive line has created plenty of separation for the run game. Over the pat six games, the Trojans have scored at least 34 points in each win.

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 317-184-5

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 43-29.

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 20-11 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 Tattnall Square will be audio-cast LIVE on the Viking Sports Radio Network!

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

Sports Information Director 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. 29, taking on region rival Mount de Sales Academy.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Cavalier Fields.

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

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

The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDtsa16 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!

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PRE-GAME INTERVIEW with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage
FPD Football Stats (MaxPreps)
Tattnall Square Roster (MaxPreps)
Tattnall Square Schedule (MaxPreps)

2016 GAME RECAPS:
— Game 7: Stratford 28, FPD 0 (Oct. 14, 2016)
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.