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Viking Fan Guide: Football at Lincoln County (Region Crossover)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the tenth time in 2016 on Friday night, Nov. 4, traveling to Lincolnton, Ga. for the GHSA Class-A Region 7 Crossover game to take on the Lincoln County High School Red Devils.

Below are game notes for Viking and Red Devil fans.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at Lincoln County
Friday
, November 4, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Buddy Bufford Field at Larry Campbell Stadium
(Lincolnton
, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
Lincoln County (2016) – 5-3-1 (3-2 Reg. 7-A, Div. B)
Home: 4-0-1; Away: 1-3; Neutral: 0-0
City: Lincolnton, GA
Colors: Red and White
Mascot: Red Devils
Region: 7-A Div. B
Stadium/Field: Buddy Bufford Field and Larry Campbell Stadium
Head Coach: Kevin Banks (3rd year overall – all at Lincoln County)
Career Record: 21-9-1
Record at Lincoln County: Same
Region Championships: 37 (Last: 2012)
State Championships: 11 (Last: 2006)
Overall Home Record: 424-137-14
Overall Away Record: 304-146-18
Overall Neutral Site Record: 6-5
Overall Program Record: 735-261-32
2016 Wins: W 41-0 at McCormick (SC) (August 26), W 14-7 vs. Grovetown (Sept. 3), T 7-7 vs. Abbeville (SC) (Sept. 9), W 17-14 vs. Washingotn-Wilkes (Sept. 30), W 34-20 vs. Hancock Central (Oct. 7), W 34-6 vs. Warren County (Oct. 14).
2016 Losses: L 35-19 at Stratford (Sept. 23), L 42-14 at Greene County (Oct. 21), L 34-30 at Aquinas (Oct. 28).
2015 Wins: W 41-6 vs. McCormick (SC) (August 21), W 26-13 at Washington-Wilkes (August 28), W 48-7 vs. Westside (Augusta) (Sept. 11), W 47-8 vs. Twiggs County (Sept, 18), W 14-0 at FPD (Sept. 25), W 31-0 vs. Warren County (Oct. 2), W 7-6 at Hancock Central (Oct. 16), W 42-7 vs. GMC Prep (Oct. 23), W 26-14 at Twiggs County (Nov. 6).
2015 Losses: L 24-3 at Aquinas (Oct. 30), L 10-7 vs. Mt. Zion (Carroll) (Nov. 20)
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: L Rd. 1 vs. Mount Zion (Carroll) 10-7

FPD (2016) – 6-3 (2-3 Sub Region-A 7-A)
Home: 2-2; Away: 3-1; 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: 127-74-0 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: 136-109-2
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), 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)
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 got back in the win column with a 47-0 thumping of region rival Mount de Sales on Friday, Oct. 28, to snap a two-game slide at Sister Elizabeth Lowman Field at Mike Garvin Stadium.

Dalton Cox threw for 316 yards in the contest and six touchdowns in the victory.

Armaun Smith paced the Viking scoring attack, catching three touchdowns while Titus Moore hauled in two scores.

Maurice Gordon also scored a touchdown for the Vikings via a reception.

C.J. Harris had FPD’s only rushing touchdown of the contest, a 6-yard run midway through the first quarter.

The FPD defense pitched its second shutout of the year. The previous came in a 56-0 win over Hawkinsville on Sept. 9 at Austin Childers Filed at George S. Johnson Stadium.

The FPD defense also snagged two interceptions on the night, one caught by Torrian Bradley-McSwain and the other by Robert Johnson

LAST TIME OUT for LINCOLN COUNTY: The Red Devils lost their second straight and third overall on Friday, Oct. 28, falling to Aquinas 30-14 in Augusta, Ga.

For more on Lincoln County’s last game at Aquinas, CLICK HERE.

SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s contest is the fifth meeting of the young GHSA series.

The Red Devils owns a 4-0 advantage over the Vikings, the last win coming in shutout fashion in 2015, a 14-0 win at FPD.

Lincoln County bested FPD in 2014 in Lincolton, Ga. 10-0 and 21-20 in 2013.

The first meeting dates back to 2012, a 49-27 win Red Devil win over the Vikings at George S. Johnson Stadium.

LINCOLN COUNTY PROGRAM HISTORY: Former Red Devil head coach Larry Campbell announced his retirement before the 2014 season.

The long-time head coach finished his career with an astounding all-time record of 477-85-3 from 1972-2013. The win total is first among high school football coaches in the state of Georgia.

Lincoln County leads all small classifications with 14 state championships, most wins, and the most Georgia Dome finals and semi-final appearances (8). The team has put 232 members on the All-State Team over its tenured history since 1970.

Of those 232, 140 were First-Team Selections.

According to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, five Red Devils have or are currently serving time in the NFL: Jarius Wynn (2009-13), Garrison Hearst (1993-2004), Charles Glaze (1987), Barney Bussey (1986-1995) and Brandon Barden (2012).

A total of 86 players have have played at the collegiate level for Lincoln County.

LINCOLNTON before LINCOLN COUNTY: The Red Devils football program started in 1922 under the name “Lincolnton” before being changed to Lincoln County in the 1970’s.

From 1922-1969, the predecessor school to Lincoln County finished with three State Titles (1960, 1962 and 1963) in GHSA Class-C.

The team finished with four region titles (1960-1963, GHSA 2-C) and were ranked no. 1 for 75 weeks.

The Lincolnton Red Devils (before Lincoln County), finished with an overall record of 231-157-22.

Forty-four players were named to the All-State Team with 31 grabbing First-Team Honors.

The lone NFL player from the Lincolnton Red Devils was Randy Edmunds, a line backer for the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and Baltimore Colts from 1968-72.

THE MOVE TO BE NAMED LINCOLN COUNTY: Lincolnton was renamed Lincoln County High School at the start of the 1970 season.

The Lincoln County Red Devils have spent 125 weeks ranked at no. 1 and have claimed 33 region titles and 11 state championships.

Since 1970, the Red Devils have produced five NFL players: Brandon Barden (TE, 2012, Tennessee Titans), Barney Bussey (DB/LB, 1986-95, Cincinnati Bengals/Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Charles Glaze (CB/QB, 1987, Seattle Seahawks), Garrison Hearst (RB, 1993-2004, Phoenix Cardinals/Arizona Cardinals/Cincinnati Bengals/San Francisco 49ers/Denver Broncos), and Jarius Wynn (DE, 2009-14, Green Bay Packers/Tennesee Titans/San Diego Chargers).

Since the renaming from Lincolnton Red Devils to Lincoln County Red Devils, the squad has gone 505-104-5 (.827).

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.

TAKING THE REIGNS: Third year head coach Kevin Banks of Lincoln County has done a tremendous job since the retirement of legend Larry Campbell.

The skipper has led the Red Devils to GHSA Class-A Public State Playoff appearances for three straight years.

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 seven games against Hawkinsville, Warren County, Twiggs County, Wikinson County, Stratford and Tattnall FPD has been penalized 29 times for 298 yards.

In last Friday’s region win over Mount de Sales, FPD was whistled just five times for 45 yards.

TAKING CARE OF THE PIGSKIN: Entering into Friday’s contest against Lincoln County, FPD has only turned the ball over nine times in 424 plays from scrimmage.

FPD had no turnovers in last week’s 47-0 thrashing of Mount de Sales on the road.

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 garnering a 47-0 region win at Mt. de Sales.

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

GHSA Class-A Public Power Ratings: The Red Devils are no. 11 in the GHSA Class-A Publiv Power Ratings.

A win for the Vikings cold bump them up in the ratings for a higher seed in the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament, set to begin next Friday, Nov. 11.

FORMER RED DEVIL COACH LARRY CAMPBELL: Lincoln County houses one of the winningest programs in the state.

Much of that credit is due to Larry Campbell, who served as head coach from 1972-2014.

For a complete list of accomplishments by Campbell’s teams, CLICK HERE.

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.

Maurice Gordon will serve as the honorary team captains on Friday night at Lincoln County.

PLAYERS to WATCH for FPD:
Jr. QB Dalton Cox: Threw for over 300 yards and six touchdowns in FPD’s 47-0 blowout win at Mount de Sales on Oct. 28.

Jr. RB/WR Armaun Smith: Finished with three touchdowns and 137 yards receiving in FPD’s 47-0 region win at Mount de Sales on Oct. 28.

Jr. WR Titus Moore: Finished with two touchdowns in FPD’s 47-0 region victory at Mount de Sales on Oct. 28. Hauled in four receptions for 138 yards to lead all Viking receivers last week.

FPD Offensive Line: When the Vikings are able to strike early, odds are they will win or stay in the game. The FPD offensive line will be tested by a talented Lincoln County Red Devil defense.

PLAYERS to WATCH for LINCOLN COUNTY:
QB Javon Reid: Has thrown for 885 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2016 for the Red Devils. Averaging over 18 yards per completion. Leads the team in rushing with 783 yards and nine touchdowns.

RB Quay Hartfield: Has rushed for 552 yards on nine carries. Picking up 5.6 yards per carry and has scored five touchdowns.

WR Ty Elam: Leading receiver for the Red Devils with five touchdowns and 239 yards. Averaging 21.73 yards per reception in 11 grabs.

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 318-185-5

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 44-30.

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 40 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 24-16 record on the road in that span.

Altogether, the Vikings are 136-109-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

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

To listen, sign up for a FREE Livestream account then visit the FPD/Lincoln County 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 Red Devils.

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: The Vikings will await word on an at-large bid to the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament, set to begin next Friday, Nov. 11.

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for breaking information next week (Nov. 7-9).

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

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

The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDlc16 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 VIDEO with HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage
FPD Football Stats (MaxPreps)
Lincoln County Football Homepage (Roster, Stats, etc.)
Lincoln County Schedule (MaxPreps)

2016 GAME RECAPS:
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, 13WMAZ, Lincoln County Football Website and The Macon Telegraph aided in this report. For more information, contact FPD Sports Information Director Chandler Lee at chandler.lee@fpdmacon.org.