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Football Weathers Storms, Monticello Purple Hurricanes in 9-6 Win

MACON. Ga. – Head coach Greg Moore called Friday’s game against the Monticello Purple Hurricanes, “bizarre.”

Senior Palmer Haynes echoed those same sentiments, saying the timing of the storm was, “strange, but perfect.”

But in the end, it will go down as a win as the FPD football team (2-0) defeated AA-Monticello 9-6 in a weather-shoretened game per GHSA rules at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium on Friday night, Sept. 12.

“To say it was bizarre would be an understatement,” Moore said. “Once we went in (the locker room), we met with the officials, who had complete jurisdiction of the game. It was certainly not the way people thought things would transpire tonight.”

FPD quarterback Will McCormick capped off FPD’s final offensive possession in the third quarter with a 16-yard touchdown run with 3:19 remaining. That moment would prove to be the final scoring play of the game. The contest was then suspended due to severe thunderstorms in the area.

“It was perfect timing,” senior lineman Palmer Haynes said. “We wanted to play it out, but we are thankful it goes down as a win.”

Moore said the situation was beyond anyone’s control.

“We have a lot of respect for Monticello head coach (Doug) Huff and his staff at,” Moore said. “It wasn’t their fault our fault…just one of those things. It just goes to show you none of us were in control tonight.”

A defensive battle for the majority of the evening, FPD would strike first late in the second quarter on a 26-yard field goal from Brad Powell, resulting in a 3-0 Viking lead at halftime.

Monticello came storming out in the second half, scoring on a Quincy Standifer six-yard run with 7:18 to play in the third quarter to give the Purple Hurricanes a 6-3 lead after a failed PAT.

Less than three minutes later, McCormick would post the touchdown on the final scoring play of the contest.

“That was a big drive midway through that third quarter with some tough circumstances going on in the middle of it all,” Moore said. “I’m proud of our kids. They tightened their chin-straps and got some things done when we had to.”

Haynes said the win was important because of the power ratings and team moral.

“It was a great win,” Haynes said. “Our defense played great and our offense struggled at times, but Will and the guys got it done in the end. With the power ratings and Monticello being a AA school, this was big for us.”

FPD’s defense allowed 96 yards of total Hurricane offense. The Vikings racked up 260 yards of offense, including 21 rushes for 145 yards.

Jam Morris finished the night with 96 yards, 63 via the reception. McCormick was 6-for-9 with 115 yards. FPD’s offense totaled eight first downs.

“You want to win over a four quarter stretch,” Haynes said. “But we’ll take it for sure.”

Now, FPD will shift its focus to GMC next week.

“It’s back to work on Monday,” Moore said. “It’s our first time on the road (this season). There are some different things to consider in getting ready to go on the road with your team. It will be neat to see how we handle that.”

Kickoff against the Bulldogs is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 in Milledgeville.

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Game Notes:

– The win over Monticello is head coach Greg Moore’s 110th career win.

– FPD finished with five rushing first downs and three passing first downs for a total of eight in the contest. Monticello posted seven first downs, all via the rush.

– All FPD receivers (Jonathan Raines, Jam Morris and Austin Cox) totaled two receptions each. Morris’ receptions were for over 25-yards each (28 and 35).

– Six different players recorded at least one carry for the Vikings. Morris paced FPD in rushing with 39 yards on four carries. McCormick totaled nine touches/keepers for 39 yards.

– There were no interceptions in tonight’s contest for either team.

– FPD totaled four penalties for 45 yards while Monticello finished with three flags for 15 yards.

– Powell made his first field goal of the season, a 26-yard attempt with 2:07 remaining in the second quarter.

– FPD’s defense allowed just 96 total yards of offense, 87 via the Hurricane rush.

– There were a total of four fumbles in the game, one by FPD and three by Monticello.

– FPD’s student section and Pep Club were honored as tonight’s 13WMAZ Football Friday Night “Fans of the Week.”

– FPD hosted Viking Fanfare, the school’s own pre-game party centered around each home football game on Friday night.

– FPD conducted the annual New Family Dinner at the newly installed Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion at tonight’s game.

– The school honored members of the Macon Fire Department at tonight’s coin toss in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the United States. Sgt. Keith Anglin and members of Station 108 escorted FPD’s captains onto the field.

– At halftime of tonight’s contest, the Viking Football League players and cheerleaders were honored as part of “Viking Football League Night.”

BOX SCORE:

FPD 9, MONTICELLO 6

Monticello 0-0-6 — 6
FPD 0-3-6 — 9

Second Quarter
FPD – Brad Powell 26-yard field goal (GOOD)

Third Quarter
Monticello – Quincy Standifer 6-yard run. PAT failed.
FPD – Will McCormick 16-yard run. PAT failed.

Rain…

M – FPD
First downs 7 – 8
Rushes-yards 27-87 21-145
Passing yards 9 – 115
Comp-Att-Int 1-4-0 6-9-0
Fumbles-fumbles lost 3-1 1-0

TOP INDIVIDUALS

RUSHING: Monticello – Jay Johnson 7-40, Jordan Stone 8-33; FPD – Torrian McSwain 1-44, Jam Morris 4-39, Will McCormick 9-33.
PASSING: Monticello – Thomas Deraney 1-4-0 9; McCormick 6-9-0 115.
RECEIVING: Monticello – Walt McMichael 1-9; FPD – Jam Morris 2-63, Jonathan Raines 2-30.

Records: FPD 2-0, Monticello 0-3.
Next: FPD at GMC, 7:30 p.m., Friday.

Post-game Video:

Sr. Palmer Haynes

Head Coach Greg Moore

Quick Links:

Macon Telegraph Article by Michael Vaughan

Pre-game and Game Photos on FLICKR

Viking Fanfare Photos on FLICKR

13 WMAZ Football Friday Night Highlights

13 WMAZ Football Friday Night “Fans of the Week”