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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Monticello

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team returns to the gird iron on Friday night, Sept. 12, hosting AA Monticello in non-region play at 7:30 p.m.

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

FPD vs. Monticello
9.12.2014
7:30 p.m.

AUSTIN CHILDERS FIELD
at
GEORGE S. JOHNSON STADIUM

QUICK FACTS:
MONTICELLO – 0-2
City: Monticello, GA.
Colors: Purple and White
Mascot: Hurricanes
Region: 4-AA
Head Coach: Doug Huff (1st Year)
2013 Record: 3-7, 1-6 Reg. 4-AA

FPD – 1-0
City: Macon, GA.
Colors: Red, Black & White
Mascot: Vikings
Region: 7-A
Stadium: George S. Johnson Stadium
Field: Austin Childers Field
Head Coach: Greg Moore (15th Year)
Career Record: 109-62 overall
2013 Record: 6-5, 0-2 Reg. 7-A
State Championships: 2 (1980, 85 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)

THE GAME:
The FPD football team takes to the gridiron for its second game of the season, hosting the Monticello High School Hurricanes in non-region play at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium on the campus of FPD.

SERIES HISTORY:
Tonight’s game against the Hurricanes marks the first time in program history FPD and Monticello have met in competitive action.

CITY HISTORY MADE:
FPD’s previous match against Howard 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 Henderson Stadium, when Mark Smith defeated Mount de Sales 20-0 to finish the season at 7-1.

LAST TIME OUT FOR MONTICELLO:
The Hurricanes dropped their second game of the 2014 campaign on Friday night, Sept. 5 to the Jackson High School Red Devils 28-26. The Hurricanes also fell in their season opener to Walnut Grove 17-13 on Aug. 29.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings bested AAAA Howard High School 26-25 in overtime on Friday, August 29 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium. The game was the first time a Bibb County public school and private school have faced each other since 1965, in which Mark Smith defeated Mount de Sales 20-0 to finish the season at 7-1. A full recap and box score of the game is available later in the game notes.

38th EDITION:
The 2014 season marks the 38th 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 275-161-5, good for a 63.8 winning percentage.

SEEKING WIN #110:
FPD head coach Greg Moore picked up his 100th win during the 2012 season with a victory at Hancock Central. A win against Monticello would put him with 110 wins overall in less than 15 years at the helm. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 109, 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 Monticello posted a record of 3-7 (1-6 Reg. 4-AA). The Vikings advanced to the postseason while Monticello failed to qualify for the playoffs.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR MONTICELLO:
• # 3 Jay Johnson (RB/CB, Jr.)
• # 10 Thomas Deraney (QB/S, Jr.)
• #12 Jordan Stone (RB/OLB, Jr.)

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
# 14 Will McCormick (QB, Jr.): Second-year starting quarterback with versatility in the pocket and on the run. Threw and rushed for a touchdown against Howard on Aug. 29. Ended the game with 105 yards passing and 30 yards rushings. Rushed for 11 touchdowns and 388 yards in 2013. The righty also threw nine touchdowns and racked up 1,154 yards in the air a year ago.
# 5 Jam Morris (RB, Sr.): Scored the game-tying touchdown in overtime in FPD’s 26-25 win over Howard on Aug. 29 off a pitch from McCormick. Also connected with McCormick on a 69-yard touchdown in the third quarter of FPD’s season-opening thriller against the Huskies.
# 19 Brad Powell (K, Jr.): Hit the game-winning PAT in FPD’s 26-25 overtime victory against the Howard Huskies on Aug. 29. Sent every kickoff sailing into the end zone for touchbacks during FPD’s opener.
FPD Defensive Line: Limited Howard QB Courvosier King to nine carries and 18 yards rushing, while also forcing two interceptions on 2-of-15 passing.

CAPTAINS FOR FPD:
Tonight’s captains for FPD are seniors Noah Groover (#18) and Palmer Haynes (#58). The honorary captains are Austin Cox (#8) and Barron Jones (#25).

MOMENT OF SILENCE:
The FPD football team and its fans will honor the fallen victims of the September 11, 2001 tragedies with a “Moment of Silence” before the invocation at 7:15 p.m. FPD Chaplain Dr. Charley Chase will lead the moment before prayer.

FIRST POWER RANKINGS RELEASED:
The first editions of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Sept. 9 with the Vikings coming in at T-27 on 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.

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. 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 27-18. 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 12-8 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 first away contest, traveling to GMC Prep in Milledgeville on Friday night, Sept. 19. FPD is 2-0 against the Bulldogs since joining the GHSA, including a 30-7 win on Oct. 4, 2013. The Vikings also won 366 days earlier, a 31-7 victory on Oct. 5, 2012 on Homecoming.

VIKING FOOTBALL LEAGUE NIGHT:
Tonight’s game vs. Monticello is “Viking Football League Night.” All players and cheerleaders of the VFL are encouraged to join the Vikings during the annual run-out of the FPD tunnel on the field prior to kick-off. Players and coaches will be recognized at halftime of tonight’s contest.

NEW FAMILY DINNER:
FPD Enrollment Director Cheri Frame and the FPD Admissions office are hosting the annual “New Family Dinner” prior to tonight’s game vs. Monticello. All new families will be provided a meal beginning at 6 p.m. under the newly installed Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion.

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 Sept. 12 vs. Monticello, Oct. 3 vs. Stratford and Oct. 24 vs. Wilkinson County.

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

WEBCAST:
FPD is pleased to offer online streaming on LiveStream for its home football game vs. Monticello on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 beginning at 7:20 p.m.

Simply visit us on Livestream, create an account, and search for “Football vs. Monticello” 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.

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.

Click HERE to visit the event online and to watch live.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Tonight’s game can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings host the Hurricanes. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball #FPDmont14 and #BeatMonticello.

ATHLETIC WEBSITE:
For all the latest scores, news releases, 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!

VIDEO:

QUICK LINKS:

FPD Football Roster and Schedule 

Football Stats on MaxPreps

Macon Telegraph Preview

Monticello Football Roster on MaxPreps

Monticello Football Schedule on MaxPreps

GHSA Class-A Power Ratings (Sept. 9)

Live Webcast on LiveStream (begins at 7:20 p.m.)

Sports Twitter

FPD Athletics on Facebook

GAME TWO POSTER:

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OFFICIAL MEME:

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PAST GAMES:

Howard Release, Post-game Videos and Box Score (Aug. 29)