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Viking Fan Guide: Football vs. Tattnall (Homecoming 2015)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team returns home on Friday night, Oct. 16, welcoming the Tattnall Square Academy Trojans in a Sub-Region 7-A game on Homecoming 2015.

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

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD vs. Tattnall Square Academy

10.16.2015
7:30 p.m.

Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium

**HOMECOMING 2015**

(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:

Tattnall – 3-3 (0-2 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 1-1; Away: 2-2
City: Macon, GA
Colors: Blue and Gold
Mascot: Trojans
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium/Field: Jack Baynes Field
Head Coach: Clint Morgan (3rd Year at Tattnall, 14th overall)
Career Record: 107-55-1
Career Record at Tattnall: 21-8
2014 Record: 10-2
State Championships: 11 (Last: 2011 as member of GISA AAA)
Region Championships: 19 (Last: 2011 as member of GISA AAA)
Overall Home Record: 216-63-6
Overall Away Record: 161-85-2
Overall Program Record: 377-148-8
2015 Wins: at Strong Rock (28-22) on Sept. 11, vs. Warren County (14-0) on Sept. 4, at GMC Prep (37-7) on Aug. 28.
2015 Losses: at Stratford (41-14) on Oct. 9, at Wilkinson County (26-0) on Oct. 2, vs. Hancock Central (42-19) on Sept. 18.
Current Streak: L3
2014 Postseason: L 21-6 at Aquinas on Nov. 28 in GHSA Quarterfinals. Won Rd. 1 game 23-0 vs. Pinecrest on Nov. 21.

FPD – 2-4 (0-2 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: 117-70 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: 308-181-5
Overall Home Record: 174-72-3
Overall Road Record: 133-107-2
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 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: L3
2014 Postseason: L Rd. 1 55-30 at Prince Avenue.

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its seventh game of the 2015 season, hosting the Trojans of Tattnall Square Academy on Homecoming 2015 in a GHSA Sub-Region 7-A game at 7:30 p.m. at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Trojans lead the overall series against FPD 30-15. The Trojans doubled up the Vikings in 2014, winning 28-14 at Jack Baynes Field on Oct. 17.

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

Currently, both squads are 0-2 in sub-region play.

LAST TIME OUT for TATTNALL:
The Trojans fell victim to the Stratford Academy Eagles on the road 41-14 on Oct. 9.

Tattnall trailed 21-14 at halftime, but the Eagles outscored the Trojans 20-0 over the final 24 minutes of the contest to take the win.

Zion Blasingame rushed for 40 yards and a touchdown in the loss while Garrett Houston caught a touchdown pass as well.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings appeared to be cruising to their third win of the season, but those hopes were altered by a strong second half surge by the Mount de Sales Cavaliers as FPD dropped its third straight, a 22-21 contest at Mike Garvin Stadium.

Daniel Weaver scored on a fake punt and Armaun Smith added a touchdown on a punt return to provide offensive power from the special teams for the Vikings.

But the Cavaliers held the Vikings scoreless in the second half and scored 12 points in the fourth quarter after trailing 21-10 at halftime to secure the come-from-behind win.

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 308-181-5, 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.

Tattnall finished 2014 at 10-2 in their first season in GHSA competition.

The Trojans advanced to the GHSA Class-A Quarterfinals before falling to Aquinas.

NEW FACE FOR THE TROJANS, BUT NOT TO HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL:
The Trojans are led by third-year head coach Clint Morgan, who took over after former long-time head coach Barney Hester departed and later ended up at Howard High School.

Morgan is off to a fast start, leading the Trojans to a 21-8 record in less than three years at the helm.

He is no stranger to the high school football scene, though, serving as the head coach at David Emmanuel Academy from 1996-98, at Bulloch from 2004-10 and starting the program at Frederica in 2011-12 before taking the Trojan head spot.

At David Emmanuel, his overall record was 17-18-1, at Bulloch 55-27 and at Frederica 14-2.

In 14 seasons as a head coach, his record stands at 107-55-1 overall.

Morgan led Frederica to a GISA Class-A State Title in 2012 over Robert Toombs.

WHAT ABOUT BARNEY?
It’s difficult to not think about Barney Hester when talking Tattnall Square Academy football.

Hester served as the head coach for the Trojans from 1982-2012, racking up an overall record of 306-79-7.

The former Trojan finished with 28 winning seasons, including an unprecedented 11 state championships and 13 region titles.

Hester is sixth all-time in wins amongst Georgia High School head football coaches (327-146-9).

He currently serves as the head football coach at Howard High School.

TATTNALL BY THE DECADES:
The Trojans have won at least one state title in the past four decades, the most coming in the 1990’s with five.

State titles by decades include include: 1980’s – 2 (1988, 1989), 1990’s – 5 (1990, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998), 2000’s – 3 (2001, 2006, 2007), and 2010’s – 1 (2011).

All state championships came under former head coach Barney Hester.

PLENTY OF HISTORY AGAINST TATTNALL IN THE PLAYOFFS:
The Vikings and Trojans have met a total of nine (9) times in post-season play, with all games being GISA contests.

The Trojans hold a commanding 9-0 record against the Vikings in the playoffs.

In the 2000’s, the Trojans bested FPD in the GISA semifinals in 2006 and 2000. Tattnall claimed a 12-7 win in the GISA AAA State Championship game in 2001.

In the 1990’s, Tattnall picked up a quarterfinals victory in 1996 and 1990 and knocked off FPD in the GISA State Semifinals in 1992 and 1991.

The Vikings dropped the only two playoff games played against the Trojans in the 1980’s, both times in the state finals in 1988 and 1989.

Seven of the nine playoff games against the Trojans have been played at Jack Baynes Field, including all State Championship contests.

SECOND TIME AGAINST TATTNALL IN GHSA PLAY:
Friday’s game will be the second time the Vikings have taken on the Trojans when both schools have been members of the GHSA.

The Vikings joined the league in 2010 while the Trojans entered in the fall of 2014.

A GOOD START AGAINST TATTNALL:
From 1975-1987, a total of 13 games were played between FPD and Tattnall.

The Vikings own an 11-2 record in that time span, defeating the Trojans all but two years (1984 and 1976).

Since the end of the 1987 season, the Vikings are 4-28 against the Trojans.

STREAKS FOR FPD and TATTNALL:
FPD’s longest winning streak against the Trojans stands at seven (7). The Vikings picked up wins from 1977-1983 over their cross-town nemesis.

Tattnall’s longest winning streak against FPD is 13 games. That run ocurred from the 1994-2003 season.

FIFTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 24:
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. 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 hits the road to Wilkinson County on Friday, Oct. 23 for another Sub-Region 7-A game against the Warriors.

Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. in Irwinton, Ga.

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 34-26. 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 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 TATTNALL:
QB Destin Mack (Soph.) : Has rushed for 218 yards under center while racking up 551 yards in the air. Mack has thrown for five touchdowns and rushed for two scores as well.
RB Ahmad Barron (Jr.): Barron is one of Tattnall’s main threats in the backfield. The junior has rushed for three touchdowns while also hauling in two in the air in 2015. Barron is averaging 82 all purpose yards this season.
WR Jimmy Marshall (Jr.): Marshall is Tattnall’s main targets in the air. Marshall has scored two touchdowns this year and is averaging 14.6 yards per reception.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
WR/P Daniel Weaver: Weaver has scored three touchdowns in the last two games for FPD, the latter a 70-yard fake punt in last week’s loss to Mount de Sales. Weaver has totaled over 350 receiving yards and is averaging 15.3 yards per reception.
RB Armaun Smith: Smith scored two touchdowns in last week’s loss at Mount de Sales. The fleet-footed smith is always a threat either on offense or on special teams. He returned a punt for a 72-yard score on Oct. 9 against the Cavaliers.
FPD Special Teams: FPD’s special teams unit scored two touchdowns in last week’s loss to Mount de Sales. It will be imperative for the special teams to return kickoff and punt returns to a good field position where the Viking offense can be successful.

HOMECOMING 2015 INFORMATION!:
Homecoming 2015 has finally arrived and FPD is glad to have you on campus this weekend!

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. along with honoring the 1980 and 1985 FPD football State Championship teams.

At halftime, the 2015 Homecoming Court will be presented along with the crowning of the Homecoming Queen.

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 former and current 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.

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.

LIVE WEBCAST:
WEBCAST:
FPD is pleased to offer online streaming on LiveStream for its home football games this season! FPD is scheduled to webcast Friday’s Homecoming game vs. Tattnall beginning at 7:20 p.m.

Simply visit us on Livestream (www.livestream.com), create an account, and search for “FPD Football vs. Tattnall Square” 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 fourth season calling Viking football together.

If you already have a Livestream account, CLICK HERE to go to the event online.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
Friday’s game can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for live game updates as the Vikings host Tattnall Square on Homecoming Night 2015. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDtsa15 and #BeatTSA

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:
Football Gameday - Homecoming2015

LINKS:
FPD Football Homepage (Roster and Schedule)
FPD Football 2015 Statistics (MaxPreps)
Tattnall Football Roster (MaxPreps)
Tattnall Football Schedule (MaxPreps)
Tattnall Football Statistics (MaxPreps)

FPD 2015 GAME RECAPS/RELEASES:
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)

MEDIA COVERAGE:
FPD, Tattnall Square Seeking to Snap Losing Streaks (Macon Telegraph – Hayes Rule)
Macon Telegraph High School Football Capsules for Oct. 16

2014 GAME RECAP at Tattnall Square:
Football Downed at Tattnall 28-14 (Oct. 17, 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.