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MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the 11th time in 2016 on Friday night, Nov. 11, traveling to Augusta, Ga. for the first round of the GHSA Class 1A Private State Tournament against the Aquinas Fighting Irish.

Below are game notes for Viking and Fighting Irish fans.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at Aquinas
*GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament: First Round*
Friday
, November 11, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Aquinas Stadium
(Augusta
, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
Aquinas (2016) – 6-4 (4-1 Reg. 7-A, Div. B)
Home: 2-3; Away: 4-1; Neutral: 0-0
City: Augsta, GA
Colors: Kelly Green and Gold
Mascot: Fighting Irish
Region: 7-A Div. B
Stadium/Field: Aquinas Stadium
Head Coach: James Leonard (4th year overall – all at Aquinas)
Career Record: 44-7
Record at Aquinas: Same
Region Championships: 3 (2013, 2014, 2015)
State Championships: 1 (2013)
Overall Home Record: 118-165-9
Overall Away Record: 112-184-6
Overall Neutral Site Record: 2-10
Overall Program Record: 232-362-15
2016 Wins: W 19-18 at Laney (August 26), W 27-14 at Mount de Sales (Sept. 16), W 49-6 vs. Hancock Central (Sept. 30), W 20-12 at Warren County (Oct. 7), W 27-17 at Greene County (Oct. 14), W 34-30 at Lincoln County (Oct. 28).
2016 Losses: L 35-14 at Prince Avenue (August 19), L 32-13 vs. Calvary Day (Sept. 9), L 43-19 vs. Washington-Wilkes (Oct. 21), L 27-7 vs. Srtatford (Nov. 4)
2015 Wins: W 49-6 vs. Glen Hills (August 21), W 31-7 at Our Lady of Mercy (Sept. 11), W 35-28 at Stratford (Sept. 18), W 52-21 vs. Mount de Sales (Sept. 25), W 48-14 at Hancock Central (Oct. 2), W 48-0 vs. GMC Prep (Oct. 9), W 49-14 at Warren County (Oct. 23), W 24-2 vs. Lincoln County  (Oct. 30), W 48-28 at Stratford (Nov. 6 – Region Championship); W 42-7 vs. Brookstone (Nov. 20 – Rd. 1 State), W 28-27 vs. Christian Heritage (Nov. 27 – State Quarterfinals), W 35-28 vs. Stratford (Dec. 4 – State Semifinals).
2015 Losses: L 42-12 vs. Prince Avenue (August 28), L 35-14 v. ELCA (Dec. 12 – State Championship at Georgia Dome)
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: L State Championship to ELCA 35-14 on Dec. 12 at Georgia Dome (Atlanta)

FPD (2016) – 6-4 (2-3 Sub Region-A 7-A)
Home: 2-2; Away: 3-2; 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: 127-75-0 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: 180-74-3
Overall Away Record: 136-110-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-1
Overall Program Record: 317-185-5 (.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), W 47-0 at Mount de Sales (Oct. 28)
2016 Losses: L 29-17 at Twiggs County (Sept. 30), L 28-0 vs. Stratford (Oct. 14), L 38-29 vs. Tattnall (Oct. 21), L 55-27 at Lincoln County (Nov. 4)
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 dropped their Region 7 Crossover game at Lincoln County 55-27 on Friday, Nov. 4 in Lincolnton, Ga.

FPD trailed by seven at intermission 34-27, but saw Lincoln County score 21 unanswered over the final two quarters to claim the win.

Quarterback Dalton Cox was 10-for-22 passing with 154 yards and two touchdowns.

Maurice Gordon and Armaun Smith each hauled in a touchdown from Cox in the first half.

Armaun Smith also returned an 82-yard kickoff for a touchdown in FPD’s 20-point second quarter.

Quay Hartfield and Jamal Norman each posted three touchdowns for the Red Devils of Lincoln County.

LAST TIME OUT for AQUINAS: The Fighting Irish fell at home to Stratford Academy in the Region 7 Crossover game 27-7.

Coming off a thrilling 34-30 victory over rival Lincoln County, Aquinas had no answer for the Stratford Eagle defense.

The Irish gained just 133 yards of offense on the night.

D.J. Jackson scored the opening touchdown of the game for Aquinas on a 44-yard pass from quarterback JP Lambert.

For more on Aquinas’ last game, visit the Augusta Chronicle article HERE.

SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s contest is the third meeting in the young series.

Aquinas leads the series 2-0 with a 42-14 regular season win at George S. Johnson Stadium in 2012.

In 2013, FPD fell in the Region 7 Championship game to the Irish 33-32 in a thriller in Augusta.

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES for FPD: The 2016 season marks the sixth consecutive year the Vikings have advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Tournament.

In 2011, FPD lost to Bremen in the final year of public and private schools competing against each other.

The 2012 season saw the Vikings pick up their lone victory in the playoffs in the GHSA era with a 49-33 victory over Brookstone. FPD would then fall at Landmark Christian in the quarterfinals 38-24.

In 2013, the Vikings were bested in the first round at Calvary Day School in Savannah, Ga. 42-35.

In 2014 and 2015, FPD fell to Prince Avenue (55-30 and 41-7).

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES for AQUINAS: Friday’s game for Aquinas marks the sixth straight playoff appearance for the Fighting Irish.

In 2011, Aquinas advanced to the Quarterfinals with victories over Athens Academy (38-13) and Wilcox County (32-14) before falling to Landmark (28-21).

The 2012 season saw Aquinas knocked out of the postseason in the first round by George Walton 38-12.

In 2013, Aquinas claimed its only football state title in program history. The Fighting Irish rolled to a 42-14 win over Savannah Christian in the first round followed by a 35-32 thriller over Mt. Paran in the quarterfinals.

In the semifinals, the Fighting Irish defeated Mount Pisgah 17-16 to earn a berth in the GHSA Class-A Private State Championship.

Aquinas would take the crown at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Dec. 13 over Calvary Day 27-7.

In 2014, Aquinas advanced back to the semifinals with victories against St. Francis (42-28) and Tattnall Square (21-6) before dropping to Mount Paran 34-14.

Last season, Aquinas finished as the GHSA Class-A Private State Runner-Up, falling to ELCA 35-14 at the Georgia Dome. The Fighting Irish claimed wins over Brookstone (42-7), Christian Heritage (28-27), and Stratford (35-28) to advance to the title match.

FORMERLY KNOWN AS…:
Aquinas opened its doors in 1957 but its predecessor dates back to 1939. The school was named “Boys Catholic” and the mascot was the “Shamrocks.”

From 1939-1956, the Shamrocks finished with a 58-73-14 record.

The Shamrocks posted four winning seasons: 1942 (4-3-1), 1944 (7-4), 1946 (7-2-1), and 1952 (8-2).

NOT TOO SHABBY: Aquinas has made it to the GHSA Class-A Private State Finals two of the last three seasons.

In 2015, Aquinas fell to ELCA in the Georgia Dome 35-14.

The 2014 season saw Aquinas make the GHSA Class-A Private State Semifinals before falling to eventual State Champion Mt. Paran Christian 34-14.

In 2013, the Fighting Irish took home the trophy with a 27-7 victory over Calvary Day in the GHSA Class-A Private Finals at the Dome.

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 eight games against Hawkinsville, Warren County, Twiggs County, Wikinson County, Stratford, Tattnall, Mt. de Sales and Lincoln County,  FPD has been penalized 44 times for 442 yards.

TAKING CARE OF THE PIGSKIN: Entering into Friday’s contest against Aquinas, FPD has only turned the ball over nine times in 457 plays from scrimmage.

FPD had no turnovers in last week’s 55-27 loss at Lincoln County.

RANKINGS: The Vikings are ranked no. 17 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. 17 before falling at Lincoln County in the Region 7 Crossover game 55-27.

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

Oct. 25: #17

Nov. 2: #17

Nov. 9: #17

AQUINAS in the POWER RATINGS: With a 6-4 regular season campaign, the Fighting Irish are no. 16 in the GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings, just one spot ahead of FPD.

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.

There will be no honorary captain during Friday’s playoff contest against Aquinas.

PLAYERS to WATCH for FPD:
Jr. QB Dalton Cox: In his past two games, Cox has thrown for 454 yards and eight touchdowns.

Jr. RB/WR Armaun Smith: Over the last two games, Smith has caught fire for the Vikings, totaling five touchdowns and 215 yards receiving. Smith returned an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in last week’s loss at Lincoln County.

FPD Offensive and Defensive Lines: As the saying goes, “your only as good as your line.” The FPD offensive line will need to protect Cox and allow separation for the running game, while the defensive line must clog holes in order to stop the rush.

PLAYERS to WATCH for AQUINAS:
#16 QB J.P. Lambert

#44 RB Joseph Douglas

#22 WR George Welch

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.

SENIOR NIGHT 2016: FPD’s game against Tattnall Square on Oct. 21 was Senior Night 2016 for the Class of 2017 participating in football, cross country, clay target shooting, marching band, dance.

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

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.

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 318-186-5

127 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 127, 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 44-31.

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 20-12 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 41 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 24-17 record on the road in that span.

Altogether, the Vikings are 136-110-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

BROADCAST: Friday’s rivalry game at Aquinas will be broadcasted LIVE on the Viking Sports Radio Network!

To listen, sign up for a FREE Livestream account then visit the FPD/Aquinas Broadcast page HERE.

Sports Information Director and the “Voice of the Vikings” Chandler Lee will have the play-by-play call as FPD takes the field against Aquinas.

Associate A.D. Rennie Atkinson will join Lee with analysis throughout Friday’s contest.

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

ON DECK: A win will put the Vikings in the Sweet 16 Round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament.

A loss would end FPD’s 2016 season.

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for breaking information on the Vikings in the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Friday’s game at Aquinas can be followed on social media on Twitter.

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

The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDaq16 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 Lady Vikings and Vikings are now on Facebook! Be sure to like “FPD Athletics” to keep up with the Vikings and Lady Vikings year-round!

GAMEDAY BANNER:

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PRE-GAME VIDEO with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

VIDEO: CLASS OF 2017: WHAT DO THE PLAYOFFS MEAN TO YOU?

2016 GHSA CLASS-A PRIVATE STATE PLAYOFF BRACKET:

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

2016 GAME RECAPS:
Game 10: Lincoln County 55, FPD 27 (Nov. 4)
Game 9: FPD 47, Mount de Sales 0 (Oct. 28)
Game 8: Tattnall Square 38, FPD 29 (Oct. 21)
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, GHSA, MaxPreps, 13WMAZ, and The Macon Telegraph aided in this report. For more information, contact FPD Sports Information Director Chandler Lee at chandler.lee@fpdmacon.org.