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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Wilkinson County (Homecoming 2016)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the sixth time in 2016 on Friday night, Oct. 7, hosting the Wilkinson County High School Warriors from Irwinton, Ga. on Homecoming Night 2016.

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

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD vs. Wilkinson County
Friday
, October 7, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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

*Homecoming 2016*

QUICK FACTS:
WILKINSON COUNTY (2016) – 0-5 (0-1 Reg. 7-A, Div. A)
Home: 0-4; Away: 0-1; Neutral: 0-0
City: Irwinton, GA
Colors: Blue and Gold
Mascot: Warriors
Region: 7-A Div. A
Stadium/Field: n/a
Head Coach: James Hagins (21st season at Wilkinson County, all at Wilco.)
Career Record: 124-102-2
Record at Wilkinson County: same.
State Championships: none.
Region Championships: 4 (1976 – GHSA 3-A; 1999 – GHSA 4-A; 2000 – GHSA 4-AA; 2010 – GHSA 7-A)
Overall Home Record: 141-155-12
Overall Away Record: 122-179-5
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-5-0
Overall Program Record: 263-339-17 (.439)
2016 Wins: none.
2016 Losses: L 33-27 vs. Baldwin (August 26), L 41-12 vs. Dublin (Sept. 3), L 40-33 vs. Johnson Co. (Sept. 9), L 30-8 vs. Hancock Central (Sept. 16), L 35-6 at Tattnall Square (Sept. 30).
2015 Record: 6-5 (2-3 Reg. 7-A, Div. A)
2015 Wins: W 39-34 vs. Washington-Wilkes (Sept. 4), W 26-12 at Johnson County (Sept. 11), W 38-6 at Warren County (Sept. 18), W 26-0 vs. Tattnall Square (Oct. 2), W 42-7 at Mount de Sales (Oct. 16), W 41-12 vs. Mount de Sales (Nov. 6).
2015 Losses: L 31-0 at Central (August 27), L 20-14 at Twiggs County (Oct. 9), L 31-9 vs. FPD (Oct. 23), L 42-14 vs. Stratford (Oct. 30), L 30-13 at Irwin County (Nov. 20).
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: L Rd. 1 at Iriwn County 30-13 on Nov. 20, 2015.

FPD (2016) – 4-1 (0-1 Sub Region-A 7-A)
Home: 1-0; 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: 125-72-0 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: 135-110-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-1
Overall Program Record: 316-183-5 (.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)
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 will look to rebound after last Friday’s 29-17 GHSA Class-A Region 7 opening loss at Twiggs County in Jeffersonville.

The game marked the first time the Cobras have beaten the Vikings in five meetings.

The Vikings trailed 14-3 at halftime.

After a scoreless third quarter, FPD mounted a comeback late in the fourth quarter, scoring 14 points on two passing touchdowns from Dalton Cox to Harrison Aulds and Armaun Smith.

But the Cobras bit back, staving off the comeback, scoring 15 in the quarter.

Cox finished the game with 221 yards in the air, completing 21 of 37 passes. FPD’s ground game struggled on the night, posting just 39 yards on 10 carries.

Twiggs County rushed for 341 yards, led by the 215 of Ja’Mon Hieght on 23 attempts.

LAST TIME OUT for WILKINSON COUNTY: The Warriors dropped its Region 7-A opener at Tattnall Square on Friday, Sept. 30, falling 35-6 to the Trojans on the road.

Brandon Mays scored the lone touchdown for the Warriors in the fourth quarter on a 25-yard pass from Tylan Grable.

Akeen Jackson rushed for 27 yards on 14 carries and Grable totaled 30 yards on 10 tries as the Tattnall defense stymied Wilkinson County.

Grable threw for 182 yards on the night.

The Trojans shut out the Warriors in the first three quarters and scored 35 unanswered points before Wilkinson County posted a score late in the contest.

SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s contest is the fifth meeting between the Vikings and the Warriors.

FPD leads the all-time series 3-1.

FPD picked up a 31-9 victory on the road in 2015.

In a shootout in 2014, FPD held off a late Warrior offensive push to take a 41-32 win at Austin Childers Field.

The Vikings squeaked by the Warriors on the road in 2013, a 41-40 victory.

FPD’s only loss to Wilkinson County came in the first meeting on Oct. 26, 2012, a 42-21 loss at home.

A LOT of POINTS AGAINST WILKINSON COUNTY: The Vikings have scored 30 or more points in three of the four meetings against the Warriors.

Altogether, FPD has outscored Wilkinson County 134-123.

The average score in all four games favors FPD 33-30.

COACH HAGINS of WILKINSON COUNTY: Coach James Hagins has been a mainstay at Wilkinson County since 1996 when he took over as head coach of the Warriors.

In his time at the helm, Hagins has led the Warriors to 10 winning seasons and four double-digit winning campaigns (1999, 2001, 2008, 2010).

During his time at the helm of the Warrior program, Hagins has posted a 124-102-2 record for a .548 winning percentage.

The best record for Hagins’ Warrios came in 1999 when leading the Wilkinson County to an 11-1 finish and trip to the GHSA Class-A State Playoff Second Round before falling to Miller County 32-26.

Hagins has led the Warriors to the GHSA Class-A State Semifinals twice, falling each time.

In 2011, the Warriors fell to Clinch County 35-14 and five years earlier, dropped a 15-7 decision to the Emanuel County Institute in 2008.

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 three games against Hawkinsville, Warren County and Twiggs County, FPD has been penalized 14 times for 133 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 10 times in 2016.

FPD has also racked up 16 tackles for a loss this season, averaging just over three per game (3.2)

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 Wilkinson County, FPD has only turned the ball over six times in 251 plays from scrimmage.

RANKINGS: The Vikings are ranked no. 6 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.

FPD is no. 9 in the SCORE Atlanta Poll and no. 10 in the MaxPreps Poll.

2016 GHSA POWER RATING TRACKER:

September 7: #7

September 14: #1

September 21: #1

September 28: #1

October 4: #6

HOMECOMING 2016: The FPD Alumni Office is pleased to welcome back various classes for Homecoming Night 2016 at FPD.

FPD will welcome back the classes of 1975-76, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011.

The Alumni Dinner is scheduled for 5:30-7 p.m. at the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion for alumni and their families.

SPEAKING of HOMECOMING: The FPD varsity football team is 6-0 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.

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.

John Lester will serve as the honorary team captain on Friday night against Wilkinson County.

PLAYERS to WATCH for FPD:
Jr. QB Dalton Cox: Has thrown for over 1,000 yards in his first five starts under center for the Vikings, including seven touchdowns and two rushing touchdowns. Cox threw for over 200 yards in last Friday’s loss at Twiggs County with two touchdowns and one interception.

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 46 carries and 285 yards on the season in five games played. Leads the team in touchdowns with four.

FPD Defensive Line: The Viking defense has caused 22 turnovers on opposing offenses in the 2016 season, forcing on average just over four turnovers per contest

PLAYERS to WATCH for WILKINSON COUNTY:
QB Tylan Grable – Threw for over 150 yards and one touchdown in last Friday’s loss at Tattnall Square Academy.

RB/WR Akeem Jackson – Second leading rusher for Wilkinson County in last Friday’s 35-6 defeat at Tattnall Square with 27 yards. Also caught four passes for 29 yards.

WR Larry Jones – Hauled in four reception for 60 yards in Wilkinson County’s 35-6 loss at Tattnall on Friday, Sept. 30.

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 316-183-5

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 42-28.

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 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.

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 Homecoming Game against Wilkinson 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/Wilkinson 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 Warriors.

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 to action on Oct. 14 to take on arch-rival Stratford Academy in a key GHSA Class-A Reg. 7 Div. A match up.

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

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

The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDwilco16 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. 7, 2016)

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

2016 GAME RECAPS:
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)

PRE-GAME VIDEO with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

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