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Viking Fan Guide: Football at Wilkinson County

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team hits the road on Friday night, Oct. 23, traveling to Iriwnton, Ga. to take on the Wilkinson County Warriors in a Sub-Region 7-A contest.

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

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD at WILKINSON COUNTY

10.23.2015
7:30 p.m.

(Irwinton, GA)

QUICK FACTS:

Wilkinson County – 5-2 (2-1 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 2-0; Away: 3-2
City: Irwinton, GA
Colors: Blue, Gold and White
Mascot: Warriors
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium/Field: n/a
Head Coach: James Hagins (20th season, all at Wilco.)
Career Record: 123-94-2
2014 Record: 4-6 (2-3 Reg. 7-A)
State Championships: none
Region Championships: 4 (Last: 2010 as member as GHSA 7-A; Others: 2000, 1999, 1976)
Overall Home Record: 140-149-12
Overall Away Record: 122-177-5
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-5
Overall Program Record: 256-327-5
2015 Wins: at Mount de Sales (42-7) on Oct. 16, vs. Tattnall (26-0) at Tattnall on Oct. 2, at Warren County (38-6) on Sept. 18, at Johnson County (26-12) on Sept. 11, vs. Washington Wilkes (39-34) on Sept. 4.
2015 Losses: at Twiggs County (20-14) on Oct. 9, at Central-Macon (31-0) on Aug. 27.
Current Streak: W 1
2014 Postseason: Did not qualify.

FPD – 3-4 (1-2 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: 118-70 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: 309-181-5
Overall Home Record: 175-72-3
Overall Road Record: 133-107-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-6-0
2015 Wins: vs. Tattnall (31-6) on Oct. 16, vs. GMC Prep (56-21) on Sept. 18, at Monticello (21-0) on Sept 11.
2015 Losses: at Mount de Sales (22-21) on Oct. 9, at Stratford (41-21) on Oct. 2, vs. no. 10 Lincoln Co. (14-0) on Sept. 25, v. Howard at Mercer (38-17).
Current Streak: W 1
2014 Postseason: L Rd. 1 55-30 at Prince Avenue.

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its eighth game of the 2015 season, traveling to Wilkinson County High School in Irwinton, Ga. just outside of Milledgeville, Ga. for a Sub-Region 7-A game against the Warriors. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Wilco.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings lead the overall series against the Warriors 2-1. FPD claimed an impressive 41-32 win at home over Wilco. in 2014 at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium.

A recap of that game is available in the RECAP section at the bottom of this webpage.

FOURTH SUB-REGION CONTEST:
Friday’s game is the third sub-region game for both teams. The Vikings and Warriors are members of GHSA Class-A, Region 7, Sub-Region A. Other sub-division teams include Stratford Academy, Mount de Sales Academy, Tattnall Square Academy and Twiggs County.

The Warriors are 2-1 in sub-region play while FPD is 1-2.

LAST TIME OUT for WILKINSON COUNTY:
The Warriors smashed the Mount de Sales Cavalier 42-7 on the road on Oct. 16.

A 14-7 game at halftime, Wilkinson County came out on fire in the second half, particularly in the fourth quarter, posting 28 points to seal the win.

Wilco. WR Brandon Mays hauled in three touchdowns, all in the fourth quarter, and finished with 89 yards receiving.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings got off the schneid last Friday, Oct. 16, on Homecoming night with an impressive 31-6 sub-region win over Tattnall Square Academy.

Sr. RB Dontrez Johnson rushed for 205 yards on 27 attempts en route to scoring all four of FPD’s touchdowns, two of which came with less than 1:30 to play in the game. The final score was a pick-six with time expiring.

As a team, the Vikings rushed for 300 yards and totaled 400 all-purpose yards in the win.

Sr. K Brad Powell was a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT’s and hit a 30-yard field goal as well.

The Viking defense forced the Trojans into seven penalties, three interceptions, two fumbles and just 42 yards rushing.

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 309-181-5, good for a winning percentage of .629.

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2014 season at 7-4 (3-2 Reg. 7) while Wilkinson County tallied a 4-6 record (2-3 Reg. 7).

FPD advanced to the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs for a fourth consecutive season.

The Warriors did not qualify for the GHSA Class-A Public State Tournament.

FAMILIAR FACE FOR THE WARRIORS and HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
The Warriors are led by 16th year head coach James Hagins.

During his time at the helm of the Warrior program, Hagins has posted a 123-94-2 record for a .566 winning percentage.

The skipper has posted nine winning seasons, the best record coming in 1999 when leading the Warriors to an 11-1 finish and trip to the GHSA Class-A State Playoff Second Round before falling to Miller County 32-26.

Hagins has led the Warriors to the GHSA Class-A State Semifinals twice, falling each time. In 2011, the Warriors fell to Clinch County 35-14 and five years earlier, dropped a 15-7 decision to the Emanuel County Institute in 2008.

HIGH NUMBERS WHEN FPD METS UP WITH WILCO:
Each time the Vikings and Warriors get together, fans are almost guaranteed to see plenty of offense. In just three games played in the series, a combined number of 217 points have been scored.

The Vikings have scored 103 of those points while the Warriors have 114.

The average score when FPD and Wilkinson County hook up is 38-34 in favor of the Warriors.

FPD, however, has won the the last two meetings in the young series.

SEVENTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 19:
The seventh edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Oct. 20 with the Vikings coming in at a no. 19 overall in the polls, up five spots from one week ago.

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. 20: #19

Oct. 13: #24

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 29 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 16-13 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 133-107-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

ON DECK:
FPD returns home on Friday, Oct. 30 to close out the month of October taking on the Twiggs County Cobras in another Sub-Region 7-A game.

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

FPD blasted Twiggs 55-28 on Halloween 2014 last season.

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 35-26. 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 16-10 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 2-1 at home with a 31-6 victory over Tattnall and 56-21 win over GMC Prep followed by a 14-0 loss vs. Lincoln County.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR WILKINSON COUNTY:
WR Brandon Mays: Brought in three touchdowns in the final quarter to propel the Warriors to a 42-7 win over Mount de Sales.
Soph. QB Tylan Grable

Jr. RB Akeem Jackson

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
Sr. RB Dontrez Johnson: Scored four touchdowns in FPD’s 31-6 win vs. Tattnall on Homecoming with 205 yards rushing. Three of his four scores came in the fourth quarter, the last a pick-six with time expiring.
Viking Secondary: FPD’s secondary allowed 212 yards last week against Tattnall Square. The good news? FPD’s defense also forces the Trojans into three interceptions. FPD will need to be on its toes for a quick-paced team such as Wilkinson County.
Team Patience: A team like Wilkinson County likes to play at a high-speed. How the Vikings combat that could prove crucial in coming away with a win or loss.

HOMECOMING 2015 A BLAST FROM THE PAST!:
A good time was had by all on Homecoming Weekend 2015 on Oct. 16-17! The Vikings defeated Tattnall Square 31-6 and the classes of 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 were all invited back to campus.

The Alumni Office awarded the FPD Service Award to Frank Carl Amerson, III and the Distinguished Alumni Award to Cpl. Adam Michie.

All classes were treated to a pre-game dinner at the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion prior to Friday’s contest.

At halftime, the 2015 Homecoming Court was presented along with the crowning of the Homecoming Queen, who turned out to be senior Sydney Reese.

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

A Legends Luncheon with former and current faculty also took place on the Saturday of Homecoming after the Day School Dash.

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 Wilkinson County. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDwilco15 and #BeatWilco

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:

GAME-DAY BANNER:
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LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage (Roster and Schedule)
FPD Football 2015 Statistics (MaxPreps)
Wilkinson County Roster (MaxPreps)
Wilkinson County Schedule (MaxPreps)

FPD 2015 GAME RECAPS/RELEASES:
Game 7 vs. Tattnall (W 31-6)
Game 6 at Mount de Sales (L 22-21)
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)

2015 REGION A 7-A STANDINGS (as of 10/23):
Region Standings

MEDIA COVERAGE:
FPD Football Sees Opportunity as Season Winds Down (Macon Telegraph)
Middle Georgia High School Football Capsules: FPD at Wilkinson County (Macon Telegraph)
Middle Georgia High School Football Stat Leaders (Macon Telegraph)

2014 GAME RECAP vs. Wilkinson County:
Football Braves Wilco. Warriors 41-32 on Senior Night 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.