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Viking Fan Guide: Football at GMC Prep

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team hits the road Friday night, Sept. 19 traveling to GMC Prep for its first road game of the 2014 season. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Davenport Field.

Below are game notes on the event for Viking fans and media members to stay in-the-know.

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at GMC PREP
9.19.2014
7:30 p.m.

DAVENPORT FIELD (Milledgeville, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
GMC PREP – 1-2
City: Milledgeville, GA.
Colors: Black and Red
Mascot: Bulldogs
Region: 7-A, Sub Region B
Stadium: Davenport Field
Head Coach: Steven Simpson (2nd Year)
Career Record at GMC: 5-7
2013 Record: 4-6, 4-4 Reg. 7.
State Championships: 7 (most recent: 1930 as member of GIAA)
Region Championships: 1 (1960)
Program Record: 305-414-23

FPD – 2-0
City: Macon, GA.
Colors: Red, Black & White
Mascot: Vikings
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium: George S. Johnson Stadium
Field: Austin Childers Field
Head Coach: Greg Moore (15th Year)
Career Record: 110-62 overall
2013 Record: 6-5, 0-2 Reg. 7-A
State Championships: 2 (1980, 1985 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)
Program Record: 301-173-5

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its third game of the year and first road contest of the season, traveling to Milledgeville for a Region-7, non sub-division game against the GMC Prep Bulldogs.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings lead the overall series against the Bulldogs 6-0. The Vikings are 3-0 at GMC all-time, including a 30-7 victory on Oct. 4, 2013. Other road wins in Milledgeville came in 1986 (19-7) and 1984 (42-6).

LAST TIME OUT FOR GMC:
The Bulldogs dropped their second game of the year to Mt. de Sales on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Mike Garvin Stadium in Macon, falling 34-7. Both teams were forced to return to play after a significant weather delay that halted play on Friday, Sept. 12. Per GHSA rules, the teams were required to continue the game due to being in the same classification (Class A).

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
Will McMcormick punched in a 16-yard touchdown run with 4:25 to play in the third quarter vs. Monticello on Friday, Sept. 12 as the Vikings defeated the Purple Hurricanes 9-6 in a weather-shortened game. The touchdown was just in time, as the game was halted and eventually suspended with 3:19 to play in the third quarter.

42nd EDITION:
The 2014 season marks the 42nd year of Viking football. FPD has delivered countless Friday night memories since the school’s inception in the 1970’s. FPD’s overall record stands at 301-173-5, good for a 62.4 winning percentage.

110 WINS and COUNTING:
FPD head coach Greg Moore picked up his 100th win during the 2012 season with a victory at Hancock Central. Nearly two years later, the skipper has earned his 110th victory at the helm after a 9-6 win against Monticello. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 110, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2013 season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7) while GMC posted a record of 4-6 (4-4 Reg. 7A). The Vikings advanced to the postseason while GMC failed to qualify for the playoffs.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR GMC:
#12 Tyler MacCartree (QB, Jr.): According to GMC’s stats on MaxPreps, through two games MacCartree has thrown for 120 yards, one touchdown and is 7-for-20 on the year. The junior has struggled in the pocket, tossing five interceptions thus far.
#13 TJ Lowe (RB, Sr.): Lowe has been the key to GMC’s offensive attack this season. Through the Bulldogs’ first two games against Glascock and Tattnall, Lowe rushed for 442 yards on 41 attempts. He has already racked up six touchdowns in 2014. The senior is averaging nearly 11 yards (10.8) per carry.
#11 Dylan Efird (FB, Sr.): Efird is GMC’s second option via the rush. The senior posted 131 rushing yards on 25 attempts through the Bulldogs’ first two games against Glascock County and Tattnall.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
#14 Will McCormick (QB, Jr.): 9-for-21 passing on the year with one touchdown and one interception. Scored the game-winning touchdown on a 16-yard run in FPD’s weather-shortened 9-6 win against Monticello on Friday, Sept. 12. Has rushed for 63 yards on 19 carries and two touchdowns in 2014.
#17 Torrian McSwain (RB, Soph.): Leads the team in rushing with 80 yards on the season. Averaging 8.9 yards per carry and 40 yards per game.
#5 Jam Morris (WR, Sr.): Accounts for 132 of FPD’s 220 receiving yards this season. Averaging 44 yards per reception. Picked up a touchdown in FPD’s 26-25 overtime win vs. Howard on Aug. 29.

CAPTAINS FOR FPD:
Tonight’s captains for FPD are seniors Noah Groover (#18) and Palmer Haynes (#58). The honorary captains will be determined each Thursday of game week.

ROAD VIKINGS:
The Vikings have played 21 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 13-8 record on the road in that span. FPD’s most recent road win came at Wilkinson County, a 41-40 victory on Oct. 25, 2013.

Altogether, the Vikings are 129-102-2 on the road all-time, good for a .558 winning percentage.

SECOND POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 3:
The second edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Sept. 16 with the Vikings coming in at no. 3 overall in the polls.

The rankings are used at season’s end to determine playoff seeding, with the top 16 teams from Class-A Public and Private qualifying for spots in the postseason.

Power ratings will be updated every Tuesday for the remainder of the 2014 season.

2014  Power Ratings:
Sept. 16: #3
Sept. 9: T-27

The most recent GHSA Power Ratings can be viewed HERE.

300th WIN in PROGRAM HISTORY:
FPD picked up its 300th win in program history on Friday night, Aug. 29 vs. Howard, a dramatic 26-25 overtime victory.

CITY HISTORY MADE:
FPD’s game against Howard on Aug. 29 marked the first time a Bibb County public and private school have faced each other in nearly 50 years. The last time that happened was in 1965 at Macon’s own Henderson Stadium when Mark Smith defeated Mount de Sales 20-0 to finish the season at 7-1.

SEASON OPENING SUCCESS:
Since joining the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 3-2 in season openers. FPD’s two wins came against Irwin County in the 2010 and 2011 season, the most recent a 28-12 win before the victory over Howard on Aug. 29. The Vikings dropped back-to-back openers, falling last year to George Walton 36-10.

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 since joining the GHSA, posting an overall record of 28-18. FPD’s best year in the GHSA was in 2011, finished at 8-3 overall.

HOME COOKING:
Since joining the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 13-8 inside the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium. FPD has posted at least three wins at home in each season but one (2011) since becoming a member of the league.

ON DECK:
The Vikings hit the road for their second away contest of 2014, traveling to Lincoln County on Friday night, Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m. The Vikings dropped last season’s game to the Red Devils 21-20 at Buddy Bufford Field in Lincolnton on Sept. 27, 2013. Lincoln County leads the overall series 2-0, claiming a win at FPD 49-27 on Sept. 28, 2012.

VIKING FOOTBALL LEAGUE NIGHT A SUCCESS:
FPD hosted “Viking Football League Night” on Sept. 12 vs. Monticello. Youth football players and cheerleaders in grades 1-6 from across the middle Georgia community were honored in a ceremony at halftime of the game.

FPD Athletic Director Greg Moore and a devoted parent conceived the league in 2001. Their sole purpose was and still is to introduce football to the youth of the Middle Georgia community, emphasizing the fundamentals of the game while encouraging teamwork, fair play and most of all, fun!

Today, the VFL consists of more than 200 young boys and girls. More information on the Viking Football League can be found at www.fpdvikings.com/vfl.

NEW FAMILY DINNER DRAWS BIG CROWD:
FPD Enrollment Director Cheri Frame and the FPD Admissions office hosted the annual “New Family Dinner” prior to the Sept. 12 game vs. Monticello. All new families were provided a meal under the newly installed Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion prior to kickoff.

FANFARE COMES TO CAMPUS:
This fall, FPD Athletic Director and head football coach Greg Moore is pleased to announce the addition to Viking Fanfare to its pre-game activities on campus before every home football game, except Homecoming.

The main purpose is to get fans on campus early to partake in a family-fun, hour long pre-game party from 5:15 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

“We’re excited about Fanfare and getting our students, families, faculty and staff and fans on campus early. There will be a lot of activities for elementary, middle and high school kids to participate in.”

Once Fanfare ends, fans are encouraged to move to The Viking Walk outside the back doors of The Middlebrooks Athletics Center to cheer on the Vikings entering in the stadium for warm-ups.

Remaining dates for Viking Fanfare are Oct. 3 vs. Stratford and Oct. 24 vs. Wilkinson County.

For details, contact Amy Kenney at amy.kenney@fpdmacon.org.

PEP CLUB:
FPD is proud to offer students the opportunity to join the newly reinstated Pep Club for the 2014-15 school year!

Students will cheer on the Vikings and Lady Vikings at various athletic events throughout the year.

The Pep Club will travel with the football team this Friday via bus to GMC Prep in Milledgeville.

Fans can follow the Pep Club on Twitter here.

WEBCAST:
FPD is pleased to offer online streaming on LiveStream for its home football games this season! FPD’s next scheduled webcast is Friday, Oct. 3 vs. Stratford Academy at 7:20 p.m.

Simply visit us on Livestream (www.livestream.com), create an account, and search for “Football vs. Stratford” to watch live. Please note you must create a Livestream account to view the game. The account is free of charge and is quick to set up.

Archived games are also currently available to view.

The webcast is a student-run initiative at FPD, run by members of the 9th-12th grade. Students are involved in running production software, switching, graphic overlays and camera operating.

Sports Information Director and play-by-play “Voice of the Vikings” Chandler Lee and FPD faculty member and middle school football coach Bob Veazey return for their third season calling Viking football together.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Tonight’s game can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings travel to play the GMC Prep Bulldogs. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball #FPDgmc14 and #BeatGMC

ATHLETIC WEBSITE:
For all the latest scores, news releases, rosters, videos and other information, visit the official website for FPD Athletics at: www.fpdvikings.com.

FACEBOOK:
The Vikings are now on Facebook! Be sure to like at “FPD Athletics” to keep up with the Vikings and Lady Vikings year-round!

PRE-GAME VIDEO WITH HEAD COACH GREG MOORE:

QUICK LINKS:
FPD Football 2014 Roster and Schedule
FPD Football Stats – 2014
GHSA Class-A Power Ratings (Sept. 16)
Game 2 Win vs. Monticello (Sept. 12)
Game 1 Win vs. Howard (Aug. 29)
GMC Football Roster on MaxPreps
GMC Football Schedule on MaxPreps
GMC Football Stats (2014) on MaxPreps
FPD Athletics on Twitter (@FPDVikingSports)
FPD Athletics on Facebook

(**SOURCES: The Georgia High School Historians Association aided in this report.)