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MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team hits the road for the third time this season, taking on the Mount de Sales Academy Cavaliers in a key Sub-Region 7-A contest on Friday night, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.

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

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at Mount de Sales Academy
10.09.2015
7:30 p.m.

Sister Elizabeth Field at Mike Garvin Stadium

(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:

Mt. de Sales Academy – 1-4 (0-1 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 0-1; Away: 1-3.
City: Macon, GA
Colors: Navy Blue, Gold, White
Mascot: Cavaliers
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium/Field: Mike Garvin Stadium at Sister Elizabeth Field
Head Coach: Keith Hatcher (2nd Year)
Career Record: 5-10
2014 Record: 4-6 (1-4 A Reg. 7-A)
State Championships: 4 (Last: 1996 as member of GISA AAA)
Region Championships: 12 (Last: 1997 as member of GISA AAA)
Overall Home Record: 159-117-5
Overall Away Record: 154-139-5
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-2-0
Overall Program Record: 314-262-10
2015 Wins: at GMC Prep (31-7) on Sept. 11.
2015 Losses: vs. Pacelli (35-17) on Aug. 28, at Strong Rock Christian (18-15) on Sept. 18, at Aquinas (52-21) on Sept. 25, at Twiggs County (38-7) on Oct. 2.
2014 Postseason: Did not qualify.

FPD – 2-3 (0-1 Sub-Region A 7-A)
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 (16th Year)
Career Record: 117-69 overall
2014 Record: 7-4, 3-2 Reg. 7-A
State Championships: 2 (1980, 1985 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)
Program Record: 308-180-5
Overall Home Record: 174-72-3
Overall Road Record: 133-106-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-6-0
2015 Wins: vs. GMC Prep (56-21) on Sept. 18, at Monticello (21-0) on Sept 11.
2015 Losses: at Stratford (41-21) on Oct. 2, vs. no. 10 Lincoln Co. (14-0) on Sept. 25, v. Howard at Mercer (38-17).
2014 Postseason: L Rd. 1 55-30 at Prince Avenue.

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its sixth game of the 2015 season, traveling to Cavalier Fields just off Mercer University Dr. to take on the Mount de Sales Cavaliers in a GHSA Class-A Sub-Region 7-A game at 7:30 p.m. at Sister Elizabeth Lowman Field at Mike Garvin Stadium.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings lead the overall series against the Cavaliers 19-11-1.

FPD picked up a 42-21 win last year over Mount de Sales at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium on Homecoming 2014.

A recap of last year’s game is available in the LINKS section below.

The series dates back to 1981, with FPD taking the first contest of the series 18-0 on Sept. 25 of that year.

SECOND SUB-REGION CONTEST:
Friday’s game is the second sub-region game for both teams. The Vikings and Cavaliers are members of GHSA Class-A, Region 7, Sub-Region A. Other sub-division teams include Stratford Academy, Tattnall Square Academy, Twiggs County and Wilkinson County.

Currently, both squads are 0-1 in sub-region play.

LAST TIME OUT for MOUNT de SALES:
The Cavaliers fell to the Twiggs County Cobras 38-7 on Oct. 2 in Jeffersonville, Ga.

Mount de Sales trailed 13-7 at halftime and was shutout in the second half 26-0.

Michael Pare rushed for the lone score for the Cavaliers in the first half.

According to MaxPreps, Mount de Sales totaled just one first down in the contest.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings got off to a slow start and fell to their arch-rival Stratford Academy 41-21 on the road.

Daniel Weaver caught two touchdown passes on the night while quarterback Will McCormick threw for over 300 yards.

FPD trailed 34-7 at halftime but outscored the Eagles 14-7 in the second period.

A recap of that game is available in the LINKS section below.

43rd EDITION:
The 2015 season marks the 43rd year of Viking football. FPD has delivered countless memories since the school’s inception in the 1970’s. FPD’s overall record stands at 308-180-5, good for a winning percentage of .631.

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2014 season at 7-4 (3-2 Reg. 7) while Mount de Sales posted a 4-6 (1-4 Reg. 7) record.

FPD advanced to the first round of the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs for a fourth consecutive season while Mount de Sales did not qualify.

SECOND YEAR for MOUNT de SALES’ KEITH HATCHER:
Mt. de Sales is led by second-year head coach Keith Hatcher.

Hatcher took over for long-time head coach Robert Slocum who served at the helm from 1991-2013.

Slocum led de Sales to its only GISA Football State Championship in school history in 1996.

The Cavaliers finished that season 13-1 and defeated Tattnall Square Academy 29-27 in the GISA Finals. Mt. de Sales racked up wins in the playoffs over Brookwood, Westfield and John Milledge Academy before advancing to the State Championship game.

Slocum and his Cavaliers also defeated FPD in 1996, a 14-0 victory at George S. Johnson Stadium.

Slocum still serves as the Athletic Director at Mount de Sales.

THINKING OF DE SALES MEANS THINKING OF MIKE GARVIN
Those associated with the Cavalier football program always remember Mike Garvin, who served as head coach from 1968-1990.

Garvin’s all-time record stands at 160-80-5, good for a .663 winning percentage.

Garvin had just three losing seasons while at the helm of Mt. de Sales. His teams finished with 10 or more wins three times and seven or more wins 11 times.

The 1973 Cavalier football squad finished with a record of 14-0 and captured the GHSA Class-A State Championship.

Mt. de Sales posted two undefeated years under Garvin: 1971 and 1973.

He is a member of the Macon Sports Hall of Fame and Mt. de Sales Athletic Hall of Fame.

DID YOU KNOW?:
Did you know that Mt. de Sales is a former member of the Georgia High School Association?

The Cavaliers played in the GHSA through the 1979 season, finishing 7-4 and falling to Johnson County in the State Semifinals of that year.

The Cavaliers were a member of Region 4-A during that season.

All-time in the GHSA, Mt. de Sales’ record stands at 107-70-4.

The Cavaliers picked up GHSA State Championships in 1970, 1971 and 1973. The state title runs in 1970 and 1971 came as a member of the GHSA Class C, which no longer exists today.

GARVIN and GARVIN:
Former Mt. de Sales head football coach Mike Garvin is related to FPD defensive coordinator Ken Garvin.

Mike was Ken’s uncle before his untimely passing in June of 2014.

HATCHER and HATCHER:
Mt. de Sales head coach Keith Hatcher’s first cousin is Samford University head football coach Chris Hatcher.

A Macon, GA native, Chris served as the head coach for Valdosta State University and helped guide the Blazers to the 2004 NCAA Division II National Championship.

He was also the head coach for the Georgia Southern football program from 2007-2009 and Murray State in 2014.

His overall record as a collegiate coach stands at 123-59 and is currently 2-2 at Samford. At Murray State, Hatchers finished with a 27-30 record while at Georgia Southern, Hatcher posted an 18-15 record and a 56-6 mark at Valdosta State.

A quarterback for Blazers from 1991-94, Chris was named an NCAA All-American, racking up 11,363 yards and 121 touchdowns in his career.

He was chosen as recipient for the 1994 Harlon Hill Trophy, given to the top player in DII football.

His assistant coaching gigs include 1996 at the University of Central Florida (QB/TE) and Kentucky in 1999 (QB/WR).

JUST ONE TIME IN THE PLAYOFFS:
The Vikings have played Mt. de Sales just once in the postseason.

That was in the 1988 season in the GISA State Semifinals. The Vikings went on to claim a 31-7 victory at home on Nov. 25 of that year.

SHUTOUTS ABOUND IN THE SERIES AGAINST THE CAVS:
A total of 10 games have been played in the series where either FPD or Mt. de Sales failed to score.

Those years include: 1981 (18-0 FPD), 1983 (3-0 MDS), 1987 (3-0 MDS), 1992 (28-0 FPD), 1993 (48-0 FPD), 1995 (41-0 MDS), 1996 (14-0 MDS), 2003 (7-0 FPD), 2006 (41-0 FPD), 2009 (35-0 FPD).

FPD is 6-4 in shutout games against Mount de Sales.

COACH MOORE vs. Mt. DE SALES:
FPD head football coach Greg Moore took over as Viking head coach in 2000.

Since then, his teams have put up an astounding 10-1 record against the Cavaliers, the first a 21-14 win in 2000 and the last a 42-21 home win in 2014.

STREAKS, A TIE AND MORE HISTORY AGAINST DE SALES:
FPD’s longest winning streak against the Cavaliers was from 1999-2007, winning nine straight contests.

The longest losing skid for the Vikings occurred from 1994-1998, a run of four consecutive defeats.

The only tie in the series against the Cavaliers came back in the 1989 season, a 14-14 draw at home on Sept. 8 of that season.

COUNTING BACK 10 GAMES AGAINST DE SALES:
The Vikings hold a 9-1 record against the Cavaliers over the last 10 games played between the two schools.

FPD’s lone loss came in 2008, a 21-7 defeat at Mike Garvin Stadium.

FIFTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 18:
The fifth edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Oct. 6 with the Vikings coming in at a no. 18 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 2015 season.

2015 Power Ratings:

Oct. 6: #18

Sept. 29: T-14

Sept. 22: #14

Sept. 15: #10

Sept. 8: #11

The most recent GHSA Power Ratings can be viewed HERE.

GHSA ROAD VIKINGS:
The Vikings have played 27 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 16-12 record on the road in that span. FPD’s most recent road win came at Monticello in a 21-0 shutout.

Altogether, the Vikings are 133-106-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

ON DECK:
FPD returns home for Homecoming 2015, welcoming the Tattnall Square Academy Trojans to George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium and Austin Childers Field.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

PRACTICE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK:
To reward hard work at practice. FPD head coach Greg Moore and his coaching staff are rewarding players by naming “Practice Players of the Week” every Wednesday of the 2015 season. Below are the current players of the week through Week 5 of the regular season that have been honored. You can read more by clicking the link to the story of each week:

Week 1: Blaine Kizer and Ryan Jones

Week 2: Dontrez Johnson, Jordan McCallum and Jarred Brooks

Week 3: Reggie Gantt, Jack Sawyer and Dillian Rosado

Week 4: Garrison Hotchkiss, Robert Johnson and Joshua Raines.

Week 5: Ja’Cobe Singletary, Seth Wilson and John Lester.

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 34-25. 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 15-10 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 1-1 at home with a 56-21 win over GMC Prep followed by a 14-0 loss vs. Lincoln County.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR MOUNT de SALES:
Dual QB of Addison Hutton and Pickney Gilchrest: Combined, the Cavalier quarterbacks have thrown for 627 yards in five games and completed nearly half of their passes. Gilchrist has tossed the most touchdowns with five while Hutton has thrown one. Both are prone to interceptions, however, combining for 10 in 2015.
RB Adrian Hardwick: In five games, Hardwick is the Cavs’ leading rusher with 276 yards and two rushing touchdowns. The sophomore is averaging nearly five yards per carry.
WR/CB Jordan Edwards: Edwards has caught three touchdowns while racking up 15 total tackles on the defensive side of the ball. He’s averaging nearly four tackles per game and has recovered one fumble in 2015.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
Sr. WR Daniel Weaver: Posted two touchdowns in FPD’s loss last week a Stratford. Has recorded five touchdowns and is averaging one touchdown per game in 2015. Has totaled 300 yards receiving as well.
Sr. RB Reggie Gantt: Gantt has had a slow start to his 2015 season, scoring just two touchdowns in FPD’s first five games. Friday should allow him the opportunity to get free more often against a Cavalier defense that allows on average 30 points per game.
Class of 2016 & Team Morale: The Vikings are in the midst of their first losing streak of 2015, having dropped back-to-back games against then no. 10 Lincoln County at Stratford Academy. How the Vikings come out of the gate on Friday night at Mount de Sales could determine the outcome of the game.

HOMECOMING 2015 INFORMATION!:
The Vikings return home Friday, Oct. 16 to host Tattnall Square Academy on Homecoming 2015.

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 FPD Advancement and Alumni Office will announce the Alumni Award winners for 2015 on the field at 7 p.m.

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

More details on Homecoming 2015, including information on the Day School Dash sign-up, can be found by visiting the Alumni Events page on the FPD Homepage.

A legends luncheon with faculty is also planned on the Saturday of Homecoming after the Day School Dash.

FPD will welcome back the Classes of 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 on Oct. 16-17, 2015.

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. 18 game vs. GMC Prep.

All new families were provided a meal under the newly installed Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion prior to kickoff.

VIKING FOOTBALL LEAGUE NIGHT A SUCCESS:
FPD hosted “Viking Football League Night” on Sept. 25 vs. Lincoln County. 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.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Friday’s game can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for live game updates as the Vikings travel to Mount de Sales Academy. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDmds15 and #BeatMDS

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

PRE-GAME VIDEO with COACH MOORE:

GAMEDAY BANNER:
Footbal Gameday - at MDS - 10-9-15

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage (Roster and Schedule)
FPD Football 2015 Statistics (MaxPreps)
Mount de Sales Academy Roster (MaxPreps)
Mount de Sales Academy Schedule (MaxPreps)
Mount de Sales Academy Statistics (MaxPreps)

FPD 2015 GAME RECAPS/RELEASES:
Game 5 at Stratford (L 41-21)
Game 4 vs. Lincoln County (L 14-0)
Game 3 vs. GMC Prep (W 56-21)
Game 2 at Monticello (W 21-0)
Game 1 v. Howard (L 38-17)

MEDIA COVERAGE:
Little Motivation Needed for Mount de Sales, FPD (Macon Telegraph – Brad Harrison)
FPD at Mount de Sales Top-5 Game to Watch in High School Football (Macon Telegraph)

2014 GAME RECAP vs. MOUNT de SALES:
Football Doubles Up Mount de Sales on Homecoming 42-21 (Oct. 10, 2014)

*Sources: The Georgia High School Football Historians Association, MaxPreps and The Macon Telegraph aided in this report. For more information, contact FPD Sports Information Director Chandler Lee at chandler.lee@fpdmacon.org.