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Football Rolls Past GMC Bulldogs 62-21 in Milledgeville

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Head coach Greg Moore wasn’t sure how his Vikings would handle their first road trip of the 2014 season to GMC Prep after last week’s home win over Monticello.

Those expectations, however, were put into reality in a positive way on Friday night, Sept. 19 as the FPD football team (3-0, 1-0 Reg. 7) squashed the GMC Prep Bulldogs 62-21 at Davenport Field.

The point total is the second-most for the Vikings since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD posted 63 points in a win at Twiggs County on Oct. 12, 2012.

“I was pleased with how we handled things tonight,” Moore said. “As good as we played offensively, I’m equally as pleased with the way we played defensively as well.”

FPD’s Reggie Gantt rushed for 184 yards on 13 attempts and scored two touchdowns in the first half to help lead the Vikings to victory. Quarterback Will McCormick spread the offensive wealth in the air, completing 11-of-14 passes for 172 yards and two touchdowns.

“Our line did a great job blocking up front,” McCormick said. “We were able to move the ball throughout the game and things opened up on the ground and in the air.”

Gantt said the win was due to the teams’ continued work ethic.

“We keep playing hard,” Gantt said, who scored the first touchdown of the night for FPD with 10:47 remaining in the first quarter on a 20-yard run. “We kept the ball moving and our defense picked up in the second half.”

Not to be out-done, GMC’s T.J. Lowe put up a game for the ages, racking up 349 yards on 27 carries and three touchdowns. The running back accounted for all of the Bulldogs’ rushing yards on the night.

“He’s a special player,” Moore said. “He had a big night, but we responded really well to his play and did a good job adjusting.”

The Vikings out-gained GMC 533-388 in total yardage in the contest. Jonathan Raines and Torrian McSwain hooked up with McCormick in the air for a 26-yard and 33-yard touchdown score in the win.

Other FPD rushing touchdowns included McCormick, Jam Morris, McSwain, Andrew Bevill and Jack Sawyer.

McCormick said having a plethora of weapons at his disposal makes his job easier as quarterback.

“It’s a good problem to have,” McCormick said. “Coach Moore calls the play, I read it and just try to get it to the right guy. Everyone is just trying to do their job.”

The Vikings posted 16 first downs in the game to GMC’s 11. FPD never fumbled the football while the Bulldogs coughed up the pigskin up four times resulting in three lost fumbles.

“We got a lot of guys in (the game) that got some valuable time,” Moore said. “That was awesome to see.”

Now the Vikings will prepare for Lincoln County next week on Sept. 26 at Buddy Bufford Field in Lincolnton. The Red Devils squeaked out a 21-20 victory over FPD in 2013.

Moore said he thinks the Vikings are excited to get to next Friday night, but not many things can be determined from last year’s game.

“I think our guys will be ready to play a good program in Lincoln County again,” Moore said. “Obviously last year’s loss hurt. But our team and their team is much different than last season. We’ll just take it one day at a time to get ready.”

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Buddy Bufford Field.

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GAME NOTES:

– FPD scored the second-most points (62) since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD posted 63 points in a 63-21 road win at Twiggs County on Oct. 12, 2012.

– The Vikings out-scored the Bulldogs 42-0 in the second and third quarters. The game was tied 14-14 at the end of the first quarter.

– Gantt and Lowe scored both touchdowns in the first quarter for FPD and GMC.

– FPD Kicker Brad Powell was 8-for-8 on PAT’s on the night.

– FPD’s defense has given up 25 points or less in all three games in the 2014 season.

– 10 of GMC’s 11 first downs were via the rush. FPD notched 16 first downs, nine on the run and seven through the air.

– All three quarterbacks under center for FPD (McCormick, Austin Cox and Dalton Cox) each completed at least one pass throughout the night.

– The Vikings picked up 361 yards via the rush and 172 yards via the pass, good for a total of 533 yards.

– The FPD pass-rush limited GMC quarterback Tyler MacCartree to just 39 yards passing on 3-of-15.

– FPD scored seven consecutive touchdowns from the 10:53 mark of the second quarter to the 2:37 point of the fourth quarter. Five of the seven touchdowns were via the rush.

– The Vikings are now 7-0 all-time against GMC Prep. The Vikings have out-scored the Bulldogs 123-35 over the last three meetings. FPD is 3-0 against GMC since joining the GHSA.

VIDEOS:

BOX SCORE:

FPD 62, GMC 21

FPD 14-21-21-6–62
GMC 14-0-0-7–21

First Quarter

FPD — Reggie Gantt 20 run (Brad Powell kick)
GMC — TJ Lowe 27 run (kick failed)
FPD — Gantt 1 run (Powell kick)
GMC — Lowe 17 run (Lowe run)

Second Quarter

FPD — Jonathan Raines 26 pass from Will McCormick (Powell kick)
FPD — Torian McSwain 33 pass from McCormick (Powell kick)
FPD — Jam Morris 4 run (Powell kick)

Third Quarter

FPD — McCormick 7 run (Powell kick)
FPD — McSwain 48 run (Powell kick)
FPD — Andrew Bevill 1 run (Powell kick)

Fourth Quarter

FPD — Jack Swayer 18 run (kick failed)
GMC — Lowe 77 run (Oates)

FPD GMC

First downs 16 11
Rushes-yards 62-361 36-349
Passing yards 172 39
Comp-Att-Int 11-14-1 3-15-1
Fumbles-Fumbles lost 0-0 4-3

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING — FPD: Gantt 13-184, McSwain 3-62, Gavin Bloodworth 3-60; GMC: Lowe 27-349.
PASSING — FPD: McCormick 9-11-0 158; GMC: Tyler McCartee 3-15-1 39.
RECEIVING — FPD: Austin Cox 3-55, McSwain 3-60, Raines 2-39; GMC: Lowe 2-34.

QUICK LINKS:

Macon Telegraph Pre-Game Article 

13WMAZ Football Friday Night Highlights