Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Stratford

MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team returns home on Friday night, October 3, hosting long-time and cross-town rival Stratford Academy. Below are game notes on the event for Viking fans and media members to stay in-the-know.


FPD vs. Stratford Academy
7:30 p.m.

Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium

(Macon, GA)


Stratford Academy – 2-2 (0-0 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 2-1; Away: 0-1.
City: Macon, GA
Colors: Navy Blue, Silver and White
Mascot: Eagles
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium/Field: Dr. John Paul Jones Fieldhouse and Football Field
Head Coach: Mark Farriba (23rd Year as head coach, 6th year at Stratford)
Career Record: 159-102-3
2013 Record: 10-3 (GISA AAA State Runners-Up)
State Championships: 8 (Last: 2004 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 10 (Last: 2013 as member of GISA)
Overall Home Record: 166-81-2
Overall Away Record: 156-97-4
Overall Program Record: 323-78-6
2014 Wins: GMC Prep, Savannah Country Day.
2014 Losses: Aquinas, Wesleyan.

FPD – 3-1 (0-0 Sub Region A 7-A)
Home: 2-0; Away: 1-1.
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: 111-63 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: 302-174-5
Overall Home Record: 171-70-3
Overall Away Record: 130-103-2
Overall Program Record: 301-173-5
2014 Wins: GMC Prep, Monticello, Howard.
2014 Losses: Lincoln County.

The FPD football team returns for its fifth game of the year and third home game of the 2014 season, hosting long-time cross-town rival Stratford Academy at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium on Friday night, October 3 at 7:30 p.m. The series dates back to 1975, with 38 games played between the two squads. Tonight’s game is the first meeting between both teams in GHSA play.

The Vikings lead the overall series against Stratford by a slim 19-18-1 margin. The Vikings took the last meeting at FPD 27-6 on Oct. 16, 2009 at George S. Johnson Stadium.

Friday’s game is the first sub-region game for both teams. The Vikings and Eagles are members of GHSA Class-A, Region 7, Sub-Region A. Other sub-division teams include Mt. de Sales Academy, Tattnall Square Academy, Twiggs County and Wilkinson County.

The Eagles posted a win over GMC Prep, defeating the Bulldogs 48-16 in Macon on Sept. 26.

Junior O’Showen Williams rushed for 108 yards and three touchdowns on eight attempts to push the Eagles’ record back to .500 at 2-2.

Quarterback Quintez Cephus was 1-for-5 passing on the night with 34 yards to lead the Eagle air attack.

Stratford led 20-10 at halftime and outscored the Bulldogs 28-6 in the final 24 minutes of the game.

The Viking offense was stymied as FPD dropped its first game of the year 10-0 at Lincoln County High School.

Quarterback Will McCormick finished with 109 yards on 12-of-19 passing to pace the Vikings. The junior also rushed for 107 yards on 20 attempts to lead the FPD in rushing.

FPD finished the night with 11 first downs, but accrued 11 penalties for 90 yards. Jam Morris led the Vikings in receiving with four catches for 59 yards. Jonathan Raines picked up three receptions for 26 yards.

The Red Devils of Lincoln posted 10 points in the second quarter, the first three coming off the foot of Ryan O’Neill on a 37-yard field goal. Nearly 10 minutes later, running back Jamar Norman scored from 12-yards out and O’Neill made the PAT to provide the Red Devils enough offense for the win.

A recap of Friday’s game is linked later in this edition of the Viking Fan Guide.

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 .625 winning percentage.

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).

Stratford head coach Mark Farriba is a familiar face to long-time Viking fans. Farriba was at the helm of the FPD football program from 1985-1996. He is second in program wins with 77 to Moore and picked up the school’s second state title in 1985, a 7-0 victory over Riverview Academy on Nov. 29 of that year.

His teams at FPD earned Region Championships in 1985, ’87, ’89 and ’92. After leaving FPD in 1996, Farriba has been the head coach for Stratford twice (1995-06) and Prince Avenue once (2007-12). His record with the Eagles stands at 39-25, with Prince Avenue at 42-26-1 and with FPD at 77-52-2.

Along with Farriba coaching at FPD and Stratford, another name is familiar to Viking and Eagle fans when it comes to the storied past of this 35+ year rivalry: Bobby Brown.

Brown (1934-2008) coached at both schools, first at Stratford from 1970-76 then at FPD from 1977-91. At Stratford, Brown’s record stands at 59-9-1. At FPD, the coach finished with a 72-32-1 record, good for a 131-41-2 all-time mark and an astounding .759 winning percentage.

Brown led the Vikings to their first state title in school history in 1980, a 23-21 overtime victory over Pinewood at home on Nov. 28. He also guided the team to four region titles in 1979-1983.

The FPD football team dedicated the 2008 season to Brown after his untimely passing on July 7, 2008.

He is a member of the Macon Sports Hall of Fame.

Interestingly enough, the Vikings have struggled on their home turf against the Eagles.

Since 1976, FPD has hosted Stratford on the home pitch 20 times, posting an 8-12 record in those games.

Both teams have a losing record on their respective home field. The Vikings, however, are 11-7-1 all-time when playing Stratford on the road.

Since 2004, though, FPD is 3-1 on its home field against Stratford, the only loss coming in the 2004 GISA State Championship game, a 35-34 overtime loss.

Wins by year in each decade at George S. Johnson Stadium for FPD include: 1970’s: 0; 1980’s: 4, 1990’s: 1, 2000-10: 3.

Friday’s game is the first time the Vikings have hosted the historic rivalry against Stratford on the newly named Austin Childers Field.

The gridiron was named after the 2009 FPD grad who passed away in early 2014 after a long battle with mitochondrial disease.

In the storied rivalry, both teams have had numerous close calls against each other.

There have been a total of four games decided by one point, with the Eagles owning a 3-1 record in those contests. FPD’s one point win over Stratford was a 7-6 victory 1997. Three of those four one-point games were decided by a final score of 7-6.

A total of 13 games have been decided by 10 points or fewer in the series. FPD’s record in those contests stands at 6-6-1.

The Vikings and Eagles have squared off in the state playoffs three times overall, all games as a member of the GISA. Two of those three games have come in the State Finals. Both times FPD dropped one point losses in the championship: 35-34 in 2004 and 7-6 in 1983.

Two of the following three years, however, FPD has responded with wins after a state playoff game: a 12-7 victory in 1984 and a 13-2 routing in 2005.

FPD finished the 2013 season at 6-5 (5-2 Reg. 7) in the GHSA while Stratford posted a 10-3 record, advancing to the GISA-AAA State Finals before falling to Westfield 34-31.

FPD advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs for a third consecutive season, falling to Calvary Day School in Savannah 42-35.

Last season was Stratford’s final year in GISA play.

#10 O’Showen Williams (Jr., RB/WR): Williams is a legitimate threat on the offensive end for he Eagles. He scored three touchdowns in last week’s win against GMC Prep at home.
#23 Quintez Cephus (Jr., QB): Cephus is the engine that helps run Stratford’s Wing-T offense under center. Scored two touchdowns in Stratford’s 28-27 loss at Aquinas on Sept. 19.
#8 Sean Grossnickle (Sr., WR): Grossnickle provides Cephus an alternative option to Williams. The wide-out can run the ball as well, finishing with 80 rushing yards in the Eagles’ 28-27 loss at Aquinas on Sept. 19. He rushed for two touchdowns on eight carries and 119 yards in last week’s win against GMC Prep.

• #14 Will McCormick (Jr., QB): Leads FPD with 487 passing yards and is second on the team with 183 yards rushing. First on the team with three of FPD’s 10 rushing touchdowns. Averaging 45.8 rushing yards per game while throwing for an average of 121.8 yards per contest. Has a 94.2 quarterback rating on the season.
• #5 Jam Morris (Sr., RB): Has 13 carries for 69 yards in 2014, including a game-tying touchdown against Howard on August 29 in overtime, which resulted in a 26-25 Viking win. Averaging over five yards per carry on the ground and is tied for second on the team with two rushing touchdowns.
• FPD Defense: The Vikings have allowed an average of 15.5 points per game in 2014, the most coming in a 26-25 overtime win against Howard on Aug. 29. If the Vikings are to defeat Stratford, containing players like Williams, Cephus and Grossnickle will be crucial. 

Captains for FPD are seniors Noah Groover (#18), Palmer Haynes (#58), Jam Morris (#5) and Austin Cox (#8).

The honorary team captains for Friday’s game against Stratford are Will McCormick (#14, Sr.) and Cole Thomason (#57, Sr.).

Captains are changed on a weekly basis and are updated in the game notes.

FPD dropped its first four games against Stratford from the 1975-78 season. After a 0-0 tie in 1979, the Vikings rattled off four wins from 1980-83.

The Eagles posted three straight wins against the Vikings from 1993-95 before FPD returned the favor with three victories from 1996-98.

From 1998-01, Stratford won four straight games followed by three consecutive Viking victories from 2005-07.

The longest winning streak against each other for both teams stands at four straight.

The Vikings have played 23 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 14-9 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 130-103-2 on the road all-time, good for a .556 winning percentage.

FPD’s next road contests are Friday, Oct. 17 at Tattnall Square Academy followed by a trip to Jeffersonville on Halloween Night, Oct. 31, at Twiggs County High School. Kickoff for both games is at 7:30 p.m.

The Vikings hold a 6-4 record against the Eagles during the last 10 games. FPD has out-scored Stratford 234-210 during that span and has averaged 23.4 points per game to Stratford’s 21.

FPD head coach Greg Moore and Stratford head coach Mark Farriba know each other very well.

Farriba was the head coach at FPD when Moore joined the coaching staff in 1988. The two coached together until 1996. Moore was the offensive coordinator when Farriba was at FPD.

Moore was named the head coach in 2000 and says it’s tough seeing his friend on the opposing sideline when FPD and Stratford square off against each other.

“It’s terrible, to be perfectly honest,” Moore said. “You have to try really hard to remember and make yourself concentrate on the fact that the game is still about the kids in uniform. You can’t let the good times and great memories get in the way and cloud what you’re trying to do to win a football game.”

The fourth edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Sept. 30 with the Vikings coming in at no. 8 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. 30: #8

Sept. 23: #4

Sept. 16: #3

Sept. 9: T-27

The most recent GHSA Power Ratings can be viewed HERE.

Stratford is no. 17 in the according to the GHSA Power Ratings on Sept. 30.


The Viking Pep Club and school family are encouraged to wear red to Friday’s home football game vs. Stratford.

The game has been designated as “Rock the Red Night.”

The Vikings return home Friday, Oct. 10 to host Mt. de Sales Academy on Homecoming 2014.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

A plethora of pre-game and weekend activities are on the schedule, including the annual pre-game alumni dinner, scheduled to take place under the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion beginning at 6 p.m. The night is also the school’s designated tailgating night for all grades K-12. ( Reminder: There is no Viking Fanfare scheduled for Homecoming on Oct. 10.)

The FPD Advancement and Alumni Office will announce the Alumni Award winners for 2014 on the field at 7 p.m.

On Saturday, Oct. 11, FPD will host the Second Annual Day School Dash at the George Peake and Anne Peake Cross Country Trail on campus at 10 a.m.

More details on Homecoming 2014, including information on the Day School Dash sign-up, can be found by visiting the Alumni Events page on the FPD Homepage.

FPD will welcome back the Classes of 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 on Oct. 10-11, 2014.

FPD will officially dedicate the newly built Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion prior to Friday’s home game against Stratford on Oct. 3.

The structure is used for outdoor events throughout the football season and school year and features a red metal roof covering, a matching brick scheme identical to the school, an outdoor fireplace and signage.

Events that have already taken place at the pavilion include FPD’s annual New Family Dinner and an athletic sponsorship thank-you dinner. The 2014 Homecoming Alumni Tailgate dinner will also take place under the pavilion on Friday, Oct. 10.

The dedication begins at 6 p.m. on Friday.

FPD picked up its 300th win in program history on Friday night, Aug. 29 vs. Howard, a dramatic 26-25 overtime victory. A recap of the game is linked at the end of this week’s Viking Fan Guide.

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.

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 as well as a year prior in 2012, also to the Bulldogs.

FPD took it’s season opener this year, a 26-25 overtime win over Howard on Aug. 29 at home.

Since joining the GHSA, the Vikings have enjoyed success on the local and statewide level. FPD has never had a losing season while in the league, posting an overall record of 28-19. FPD’s best year in the GHSA was in 2011, finishing at 8-3 overall.

Since moving to the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 13-8 inside the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium. FPD has won at least three games at home in each season but one (2011) since becoming a member of the league.

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

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

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.

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,” Moore said. “There will be a lot of activities for elementary, middle and high school kids to participate in.”

Once Viking 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

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.

Fans can follow the Pep Club on Twitter here.

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 (, 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.

Tonight’s game can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live game updates as the Vikings host Stratford Academy. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDstrat14 and #BeatStratford

For all the latest scores, schedules, news releases, rosters, videos and other athletic information, visit the official website for FPD Athletics at:

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

Friday’s game vs. Stratford has generated interest from the local media.

13WMAZ will air it’s “#Tailgate13 Show” at Viking Fanfare beginning at 5 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. Moore will appear on the show for an interview during the 6 p.m. version.

13WMAZ will also air interviews conducted with Moore earlier in the week leading up to Friday’s game. The game will have highlights on “Football Friday Night” at 11:35 p.m.

41NBC will be at the game for live spots inside the stadium beginning at 6 p.m.

The Macon Telegraph has confirmed its plans to send a beat writer, photographer and online web news personnel to the game.

All of the pre-game media coverage will continue to be added in the QUICK LINKS section of this Fan Guide. Highlights and articles will be linked in Friday’s post-game release.


FPD Football 2014 Roster and Schedule
FPD Football Stats – 2014
GHSA Class-A Power Ratings (Sept. 30)

13WMAZ To Broadcast #Tailgate13 Show from FPD
-13 WMAZ Jones Zone Week 6 Game of the Week: Stratford at FPD (video)
Interview with head coach Greg Moore on FoxSports 1670 AM The Morning Show (Sept. 30)
Macon Telegraph Preview: FPD, Stratford Back Together Again by Ron Seibel
Macon Telegraph Preview: The Big One by Jonathan Heeter
-Macon Telegraph High School Football Capsules (Oct. 3)
Game 4 Loss at Lincoln County (Sept. 26)
Game 3 Win at GMC Prep (Sept. 19)
Game 2 Win vs. Monticello (Sept. 12)
Game 1 Win vs. Howard (Aug. 29)

Stratford Schedule on MaxPreps
Stratford Roster on MaxPreps
FPD Athletics on Twitter (@FPDVikingSports)
FPD Athletics on Facebook


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*Sources: The Georgia High School Football Historians Association aided in this report. Contact Sports Information Director Chandler Lee for FPD football press relations.