Football Keeps Playoff Dreams Alive with 52-38 Region Win Against Twiggs County

MACON, Ga. – After losing three straight games in the middle of the 2015 season, most folks would’ve written off the FPD Vikings at any chance at GHSA post-season play.

But fast-forward six weeks later after the three-game slide and the Vikings are back over .500 for the first time since defeating GMC Prep on Sept. 18.

The Vikings (5-4, 3-2 Reg. 7-A), now winners of three straight, claimed a 52-38 victory over the Twiggs County Cobras at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium to keep their playoff dreams alive on Friday night, Oct. 30.

FPD will now host the Hancock Central Bulldogs in the Region-7 Crossover on Friday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

“We just won a big ball game for us and I’m just very pleased for our kids,” FPD head coach Greg Moore said. “The common thing three to four weeks ago would’ve been to say ‘let’s just chalk it up to that’ but that’s not what’s in our huddle.”

That attitude certainly wasn’t in FPD’s huddle on Friday night.

After trailing early 6-0, FPD rattled off three straight touchdowns, one in the first quarter and two in the second, to take a commanding 21-6 lead.

But that wasn’t all for the second quarter. After Twiggs responded with a touchdown after FPD’s scoring barrage, the Vikings added three more scores to lead 45-14 at halftime.

Four of those touchdowns came via Dontrez Johnson, who has scored 10 touchdowns in the last three games for the Vikings.

“He’s something special,” Moore said. “He’s a hard worker and goes about his business the right way.”

In the first half alone, FPD rushed for 230 of its 298 yards. Johnson had four scores while quarterback Will McCormick rushed in two touchdowns as well.

“This was a very crucial win for the team,” Johnson said. “We started off a little slow but got ourselves going. We started talking and communicating better as a team and told ourselves we weren’t going to lose the game.”

In the second half, FPD was limited to one touchdown when McCormick hooked up with Daniel Weaver on a 13-yard touchdown. Brad Powell also hit a 32-yard field goal as time expired in the third quarter.

“It’s a great win,” Weaver said. “We’ve come together as seniors and our younger guys have been able to feed off our energy. It’s been a great three weeks for everyone on the team.”
Javoris Smith finished with three touchdowns for Twiggs County while Ja’Mon Height punched in two of his own.

But the win for FPD had to happen according to linebacker Michael Yopp.

“We had a great week of practice and came away with the win,” Yopp said. “We’ve learned a lot over the last few weeks. We can’t live forever and can’t play football for the rest of our lives. We just have to make the best out of it of what we can and play to the best of our ability.”

Heading into Friday’s game, FPD was no. 17 in the GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings. The Top-16 qualify for a spot in the postseason at season’s end.

Now only time will tell what happens the rest of the way.

“We’re just one big family and love one another,” Yopp said. “Hopefully we can get into the playoffs.”

To do that, FPD will most certainly need a win over Hancock Central in the Region-7 Crossover.

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

The game is Senior Night for football, cheerleading, band and dance.

“I’m just proud of our kids,” Moore said. “I can’t say that enough. They’ve learned very hard through a lot of tears and tough moments to hang in there and do right and to keep believing in each other. They did that and that’s why we still have a chance.”

Check and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates on the FPD football leading into the Region-7 crossover vs. Hancock Central.

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Post-Game Team Meeting

Head Coach Greg Moore

Sr. Michael Yopp

Sr. Dontrez Johnson

Sr. Daniel Weaver

PHOTOS from FPD’s 52-38 sub-region 7-A win over Twiggs County on Friday, Oct. 30 on Flickr.

13WMAZ Football Friday Night Highlights
Dontrez Johnson leads FPD Past Twiggs County (Macon Telegraph)



Twiggs County 6-8-8-16—38
FPD 7-38-7-0—52

First Quarter
TC — Smith 4 run (run failed)
FPD — Johnson 40 run (Powell kick)

Second Quarter
FPD — Johnson 5 run (Powell kick)
FPD — McCormick 5 run ((Powell kick)
TC — Height 4 run (Cornelius pass from Stephens)
FPD — Johnson 11 run (Powell kick)
FPD — McCormick 9 run (Powell kick)
FPD — Johnson 5 run (Powell kick)
FPD — Powell 32 field goal

Third Quarter
TC — Smith 31 run (Smith run)
FPD — Weaver 13 pass from McCormick (Powell kick)

Fourth Quarter
TC — Height 1 run (Height run)
TC — Smith 9 run (Height run)

First downs 11 — 12
Rushes-yards 54-441 — 40-298
Passing yards 21 — 205
Comp-Att-Int 3-5-1 — 9-14-0
Fumbles-Fumbles lost 4-3 — 4-1
Penalties-yards 4-30 — 3-25

RUSHING — Twiggs County: Smith 17-210, Height 30-194; FPD: Johnson 14-107, McCormick 15-76.
PASSING — Twiggs County: Stephens 3-5-1 21; FPD: McCormick 9-14-0 205.
RECEIVING — Twiggs County: Morris 1-14; FPD: Weaver 6-152.