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MACON, Ga. – The FPD football team returns to action on Friday night, Oct. 2, traveling less than three miles from campus to take on its long-time rival in the Stratford Academy Eagles.

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

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at Stratford Academy
10.02.2015
7:30 p.m.

Dr. John Paul Jones Fieldhouse and Football Field

(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:

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, 7th year at Stratford)
Career Record: 165-107-3
2014 Record: 6-5 (4-1 Reg. 7A)
State Championships: 8 (Last: 2004 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 10 (Last: 2013 as member of GISA)
Overall Home Record: 168-82-2
Overall Away Record: 160-101-4
Neutral Site Record: 0-1-1
Overall Program Record: 330-184-6
2015 Wins: at GMC Prep (68-6) on Sept. 25, Savannah Country Day (41-33) on Aug. 28.
2015 Losses: vs. Aquinas (35-28) on Sept. 18, at Wesleyan (48-21) on Sept. 4.
2014 Playoffs: L. Rd. 1 at Mt. Paran 45-14.

FPD – 2-1 (0-0 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: 117-68 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: 308-179-5
Overall Home Record: 174-72-3
Overall Road Record: 133-105-2
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: 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 fifth game of the year and second away game of the 2015 season, traveling to take on long-time rival Stratford Academy on Friday night, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

The series dates back to 1975, with 39 games played between the two squads. Friday’s game is the second meeting between both teams in GHSA play and the 40th in the series history.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings and Eages are all square in the series history at 19-19-1. The Eagles took last year’s game at FPD in a thriller 28-21.

FIRST SUB-REGION CONTEST:
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.

LAST TIME OUT for STRATFORD:
The Eagles pulverized the GMC Prep Bulldogs at Davenport Field in Milledgeville 68-6 on Sept. 25. Stratford led at the half by a score of 40-0 and 61-0 at the end of the third quarter.

Junior running back Kasey Sanders rushed for three touchdowns on 15 carries and 100 yards while sophomore running back punched in two touchdowns on four carries and 36 yards.

Wideout Quintez Cephus picked up a touchdowns and caught two passes for 46 yards as Stratford improved to .500 at 2-2.

As a team Stratord totaled 432 all-purpose yards at GMC Prep.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings defense allowed just 14 points to state-ranked no. 10 Lincoln County, but FPD could do no more, falling 14-0 to the Red Devils at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

A complete game recap 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 308-179-5, good for a winning percentage of .631.

117 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 117th victory at the helm after a 51-26 win vs. GMC Prep on Sept. 25. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 117, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2014 season at 7-4 (3-2 Reg. 7) while Stratford Academy posted a 6-5 (1-1 Reg. 7) record.

Both squads advanced to the Class-A Private playoffs, but fell in the first round.

SPEAKING OF FARRIBA:
Stratford head coach Mark Farriba is a familiar face to FPD. 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, 13-present) and Prince Avenue once (2007-12). His record with the Eagles stands at 45-30, with Prince Avenue at 42-26-1 and with FPD at 77-52-2.

BROWN REMEMBERED IN FPD/STRATFORD HISTORY:
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.

HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE?
Both teams have a losing record on their respective home field in the series.

The Vikings, however, are 11-6-1 all-time when playing Stratford on the road.

The Eagles are 8-13-1 at home against the Vikings all-time.

CLOSE CALLS IN the STRATFORD/FPD SERIES:
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 6-7-1.

WHAT ABOUT THE PLAYOFFS?
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.

STREAKS AND MORE HISTORY AGAINST STRATFORD:
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.

COUNTING BACK 10 GAMES AGAINST STRATFORD:
The Vikings hold a 5-5 record against the Eagles during the last 10 games of the series. FPD has out-scored Stratford 255-238 during that span and has averaged 25.5 points per game to Stratford’s 23.8

COACHING FRIENDS:
FPD head coach Greg Moore and Stratford head coach Mark Farriba know each other quite 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.”

FOURTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD T-14 with STRATFORD:
The fourth edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Sept. 29 with the Vikings coming in at a T-14 overall in the polls with, ironically, Stratford.

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:

Sept. 29: T-14

Sept. 22: #14

Sept. 15: #10

Sept. 8: #11

The most recent GHSA Power Ratings can be viewed HERE.

ROAD VIKINGS:
The Vikings have played 27 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 16-11 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 133-105-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

ON DECK:
FPD’s next game is a road contest on Friday, Oct. 9, traveling to Mount de Sales Academy for a Sub-Region 7-A contest at 7:30 p.m. at Sister Elizabeth Lowman Field at Mike Garvin Stadium.

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 34-24. 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 STRATFORD
Sr. WR Quintez Cephus: Leading wide-out for the Eagles. Has brought in six touchdowns in four games this season. Averaging 80.8 receiving yards per game in 2015. Transitioned out of the QB position from a year ago.
Jr. RB Kasey Sanders: Sanders is averaging one touchdown per game for the Eagles in 2015. Has racked up 252 rushing yards in four games and is averaging 6.3 yards per rush.
Sr. RB/WR O’Showen Williams: Has sat out the last two games, but is always threat via the rush or pass if he plays in Friday’s game. In three games played in 2015, Williams has four touchdowns (three rushing) and is averaging 115 rushing yards per game and 11.1 yards per carry.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
Sr. QB Will McCormick: McCormick’s sharpness will be crucial in moving the Stratford defense. The team captain has thrown for 220 yards in four games and rushed for 147 at the dual-position.
Sr. RB’s Dontrez Johnson and Reggie Gantt: Johnson has posted three touchdowns this season while Gantt has scored two. Both have combined to rush for nearly 70 yards per game.
FPD Defensive Line: Defensive Coordinator Ken Garvin has been pleased with his defense thus far in 2015. The Viking will have to hunker down on Friday night to stop the fleet-footed Williams and Sanders. FPD’s defensive secondary must also be sharp in not allowing Cephus to get away. Torrian Bradley-McSwain and Jack Sawyer will be heavily tested in Friday’s contest.

WHITE OUT:
The Viking Pep Club and school family are encouraged to wear WHITE to Friday’s away football game at Stratford.

The game has been designated as a WHITE OUT!

HOMECOMING 2015 COMING SOON:
The Vikings return home Friday, Oct. 16 to host Tattnal 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 Stratford Academy. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDsea15 and #BeatStratford.

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:
Stratford GAMEDAY

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage (Roster and Schedule)
FPD Football 2015 Statistics (MaxPreps)
Stratford Academy Roster (MaxPreps)
Stratford Academy Statistics (MaxPreps)
Stratford Academy Schedule (Max Preps)

FPD 2015 GAME RECAPS/RELEASES:
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:
FPD, Stratford Tied in Power Ratings (Macon Telegraph)
FPD, Stratford Face Off in Sub-Region Opener (Macon Telegraph)
Middle Georgia High School Football’s Midseason Report (Macon Telegraph)
Friday’s Middle Georgia High School Football Capsules (Macon Telegraph)
13WMAZ Jones Zone Picks (13WMAZ)

2014 GAME RECAP vs. STRATFORD:
Football Drops Thriller to Stratford 28-21

*Sources: The Georgia High School Football Historians Association, 13WMAZ, and The Macon Telegraph aided in this report. For more information, contact FPD Sports Information Director Chandler Lee at chandler.lee@fpdmacon.org.