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Viking Fan Guide: Football at Lincoln County

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team hits the road Friday night, Sept. 26 traveling to Lincoln County High School for its second road game of the 2014 season. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. at Buddy Bufford 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 Lincoln County
9.26.2014
7:30 p.m.

Buddy Bufford Field (Lincolnton, GA)

QUICK FACTS:
Lincoln County – 2-2
City: Lincolnton, GA.
Colors: Red and White
Mascot: Red Devils
Region: 7-A, Sub Region B
Stadium: Buddy Bufford Field
Head Coach: Kevin Banks (1st Year)
Career Record at Lincoln County: 2-2
2013 Record: 7-4, 6-1 Reg. 7.
State Championships: 14 (most recent in 2006…All as a member of GHSA)
Region Championships: 37 (most recent 2012)
Program Record: 716-254-23

FPD – 3-0
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: 111-62 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: 302-173-5
Overall Home Record: 171-70-3
Overall Road Record: 130-102-2

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its fourth game of the year and second road contest of the season, traveling to Lincolnton for a Region-7, non sub-division game against the Red Devils of Lincoln County High School. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Buddy Bufford Field.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings trail the overall series against the Red Devils 0-2. Lincoln County picked up a 49-27 victory at FPD in 2012 before sliding past the Vikings 21-20 on Sept. 27, 2013 in Lincolnton.

LAST TIME OUT FOR LINCOLN COUNTY:
The Red Devils took down the Twiggs County Cobras 41-13 on Sept. 19 in Jeffersonville. The victory puts Lincoln’s season record to .500 at 2-2.

Jamar Norman led the team with 11 carries for 47 yards, including one rushing and one receiving touchdown. Quarterback LaKeith Lockhart returned from injury to complete 3-of-7 passes for 73 yards. Freshman Jayden Robinson picked up 70 yards on eight attempts.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
Reggie Gantt scored two touchdowns and FPD played the final quarter under the GHSA mercy rule en route to a 62-21 victory at GMC Prep on Sept. 19 at Davenport Field. The point total was the second-most in school history since joining the GHSA in 2010.

The Vikings outscored the Bulldogs 42-0 over the second and third quarters combined.

Gantt finished with 184 yards on 13 attempts to lead the Viking running attack. Quarterback Will McCormick completed 9-of-11 passes for 172 yards while throwing for two touchdowns.

Sophomore Torrian McSwain finished the night with two touchdowns for FPD as well, who moved their all-time record against GMC to 7-0.

LAST GAME AGAINST LINCOLN COUNTY:
Click here to view the release from last year’s game at Lincoln County on Sept. 27, 2013.

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 302-173-5, good for a .629 winning percentage.

111 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 111th victory at the helm after a 62-21 win at GMC Prep on Sept. 19. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 111, 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 Lincoln County posted a 7-4 (6-1 Reg. 7) record.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR LINCOLN COUNTY:
• #3 Jamar Norman (RB/WR, Sr.): According to the Lincoln County football website as of Sept. 24, Norman leads the Red Devils in rushing attempts (40) and rushing yards (268). He is tied for second on the team with three rushing touchdowns. The senior finished with 11 carries in the teams’ 41-14 win at Twiggs County.
• #5 LaKeith Lockhart (QB, Sr.): Lockhart returned from injury in last week’s 41-13 victory at Twiggs. He is 13-for-24 throwing on the year with 209 yards, two touchdowns and one interception according to the Lincoln County football website as of Sept. 24.
• #24 Quay Hartfield (RB, Soph.): According to the Lincoln County football website as of Sept. 24, Hartfield is second on the team in rushing attempts (26) and third on the squad in rushing yards (109). The sophomore has rushed for three touchdowns in 2014.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
• #14 Will McCormick (QB, Jr.): McCormick is 18-for-32 passing on the year. He is averaging 21 yards per completions and has thrown for three touchdowns in 2014.
• #1 Reggie Gantt (RB, Jr.): Gantt leads the team in rushing with 259 yards on 34 attempts. Scored the first two touchdowns for the Vikings in last week’s 62-21 victory at GMC Prep, both coming in the first quarter.
• #17 Torrian McSwain (RB, Soph.): McSwain is second on the team in rushing with 142 yards on 12 attempts. He is averaging 11.8 yards per carry, which is first on the team for players who have appeared in all three games thus far.
#19 Brad Powell (K, Jr.): Powell was named the Macon Touchdown Club “Special Teams Player of the Week” for his performance in FPD’s 62-21 victory at GMC Prep on Sept. 19. The right-footed Powell was 8-for-8 on PAT’s and four of his kickoffs were recorded for touchbacks.

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 22 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 14-8 record on the road in that span. FPD’s most recent road win came at GMC Prep on Sept. 19, 2014, a 62-21 victory.

Altogether, the Vikings are 130-102-2 on the road all-time, good for a .556 winning percentage.

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 amongst 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 224 members on the All-State Team over its tenured history since 1922. Of those 224, 137 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.

THIRD POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 4:
The third edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Sept. 23 with the Vikings coming in at no. 4 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. 23: #4

Sept. 16: #3

Sept. 9: T-27

The most recent GHSA Power Ratings can be viewed HERE.

Lincoln County is #27 on the Class-A Public side of the rankings.

ON DECK:
The Vikings return home to host cross-town and region rival Stratford Academy on Friday, Oct. 3 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. The Vikings hold a slim margin over the Eagles, leading the all-time series 19-18-1.

FPD’s last game against Stratford came in 2009, a 27-6 victory at George S. Johnson Stadium.

FPD will also dedicate the newly installed Wilson-Anderson Family Pavillion at 6:15 p.m.

Friday’s game is the first football contest against Stratford since both teams have joined the GHSA. FPD has been a member of the league since 2010 while Stratford officially joined in the fall of 2014.

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.

The Vikings are already 2-0 at home with wins against Howard (Aug. 29) and Monticello (Sept. 12).

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 Lincoln County.

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 for 30 days after the completion of a home football contest.

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 Lincoln County Red Devils. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDlc14 and #BeatLincoln

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 at “FPD Athletics” to keep up with the Vikings and Lady Vikings year-round!

VIDEO WITH COACH MOORE:

QUICK LINKS:
FPD Football 2014 Roster and Schedule
FPD Football Stats – 2014
GHSA Class-A Power Ratings (Sept. 23)

Game 3 Win at GMC Prep (Sept. 19)
Game 2 Win vs. Monticello (Sept. 12)
Game 1 Win vs. Howard (Aug. 29)

Lincoln County 2014 Schedule on MaxPreps
Lincoln County 2014 Football Roster on MaxPreps
FPD Athletics on Twitter (@FPDVikingSports)
FPD Athletics on Facebook

Lincoln County Football Website
Macon Telegraph Football Capsule
Macon Telegraph Article on Bibb Co. Private Schools
Macon Telegraph’s Ron Seibel on The Morning Show with Charles Olson and Daniel Shirley

*Sources: The Georgia High School Football Historians Association, the Lincoln County High School Football website and The Macon Telegraph aided in this report.