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MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team returns home on Friday night, Oct. 30, to take on the Twiggs County Cobras in a key Sub-Region 7-A contest at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

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

FPD FOOTBALL
GAME NOTES

FPD vs. TWIGGS COUNTY

10.30.2015
7:30 p.m.

Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium

(Macon, GA)

QUICK FACTS:

TWIGGS COUNTY – 4-4 (3-1 Sub-Region A 7-A)
Home: 2-0; Away: 2-4
City: Jeffersonville, GA
Colors: Black and Golf
Mascot: Cobras
Region: 7-A, Sub Region A
Stadium/Field: The Pit
Head Coach: Ashley Hardin (6th season, 1st at Twiggs County)
Career Record: 26-33-0
2014 Record: 1-9 (0-5 Reg. 7-A)
State Championships: none
Region Championships: 3 (Last: 2009 as member as GHSA 2-A; Others: 2007 (7-A) & 2002 (7-A)
Overall Home Record: 57-50-0
Overall Away Record: 51-61-0
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-2-0
Overall Program Record: 108-13-0
2015 Wins: at Tattnall Square (22-0) on Oct. 23, vs. Wilkinson County (20-14) on Oct. 9, vs. Mount de Sales (38-7) on Oct. 2, at Hancock Central (24-6) on Sept. 25
2015 Losses: at Stratford (50-0) on Oct. 16, at Lincoln County (47-8) on Sept. 18, at Dublin (34-16) on Sept. 11 and at East Laurens (20-13) on Sept. 4.
Current Streak: W 1
2014 Postseason: Did not qualify.

FPD – 4-4 (2-2 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: 119-70 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: 310-181-5
Overall Home Record: 175-72-3
Overall Road Record: 134-107-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-6-0
2015 Wins: at Wilkinson County (31-9) on Oct. 23, 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 2
2014 Postseason: L Rd. 1 55-30 at Prince Avenue.

THE GAME:
The FPD football team returns for its ninth game of the 2015 season, hosting the Twiggs County Warriors in a key Sub-Region 7-A contest at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY:
The Vikings lead the overall series against the Cobras 3-0. FPD was won three straight dating back to the 2012 season.

FPD bested Twiggs on the road last year 55-28. A recap of that game is available below.

FIFTH SUB-REGION CONTEST:
Friday’s game is the fifth sub-region game for both teams. The Vikings and Cobras 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 Wilkinson County.

The Cobras are 3-1 in sub-region action while the Vikings are 2-2.

LAST TIME OUT for TWIGGS COUNTY:
The Cobras erased a 14-6 halftime deficit and came from behind on the the road at Tattnall Square Academy to claim a thrilling 22-20 victory.

The Cobras scored eight points in the third quarter and eight more in the fourth to take the lead.

Tattnall attempted to tie the game with a 2-point conversion but failed, leaving the Cobras victorious.

Jr. Ja’Mon Height rushed for all three Cobra touchdowns, finishing with 31 carries and 188 yards. Height was also successful on two of the three 2-point conversions by the Cobras.

LAST TIME OUT FOR FPD:
The Vikings got a much needed road win at Wilkinson County, spoiling the Warriors’ Homecoming with a 31-9 victory in Irwinton, Ga.

Sr. RB Dontrez Johnson rushed for two touchdowns and 183 yards. Johnson has scored six of FPD’s last nine touchdowns.

Will McCormick and Robert Johnson each recorded a touchdown as well for the Vikings, who outscored the Warriors 24-0 in the second quarter after trailing 6-0 after the first frame.

The offensive line allowed for FPD to rush over 300 yards while the Viking defense held the Warriors to 142 rushing yards and 192 yards overall on the night.

Sr. K Brad Powell was a perfect 4-for-4 on PAT’s and hit a 22-yard field goal to go with five touchbacks.

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 310-181-5, good for a winning percentage of .630.

LAST YEAR’S RECORDS:
FPD finished the 2014 season at 7-4 (3-2 Reg. 7) while Twiggs County struggled to a 1-9 ending.

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

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

NEW HEAD COACH FOR TWIGGS COUNTY:
The Cobras are led by first year head coach Ashley Harden and has already made a positive impact.

Harden came to Jeffersonville after two seasons at Jenkins County High School (Reg. 3-A) where he posted a 7-13 record overall in the 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Before Jenkins County, Harden was the head coach at Butler High School (Reg. 3-AAA) in Augusta, Ga.

After a winless 2009, Harden’s teams went a combined 15-6 from 2010-2011. He led the Bulldogs to the first round of the GHSA State Tournament in 2011, falling to Sandy Creek 55-12.

His overall record as a head coach currently stands at 26-33-0.

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 228 points have been scored.

The Vikings have scored 166 of those points while the Cobras have just 62.

The average score when FPD and Twiggs County hook up is 55-20 in favor of the Vikings.

EIGHTH POWER RANKINGS RELEASED, FPD NO. 17:
The eighth edition of the GHSA Class-A Power Ratings were released on Tuesday, Oct. 27 with the Vikings coming in at a no. 17 overall in the polls, up two spots from one week ago and seven spots from the Oct. 13 rating.

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. 27: #17

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 30 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 17-13 record on the road in that span. FPD’s most recent road win came at Wilkinson County on Oct. 30, a 31-9 Victory.

The Vikings also shutout Monticello earlier this season on the road 21-0.

Altogether, the Vikings are 134-107-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

ON DECK:
FPD will host the GHSA Class-A Region-7 Crossover Game on Friday, Nov. 6.

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

Opponent will be determined as the conclusion of Friday’s action across Region 7.

Check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for updates and announcements.

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 36-26. 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 TWIGGS COUNTY:
QB Calvin Stephens: Averaging 57.7 yards per game with one interception. While not a lethal quarterback in the air, Stephens is still in charge of running the play calls effectively.
RB Ja’Mon Height:
Height has racked up 10 touchdowns in 2015 in just six games played. He’s rushed for 770 yards on 133 attempts and is averaging 128.3 yards per game. To break it down even further, Height’s average yardage per carry is 4.1.
RB Javoris Smith and C.J. Morse, Jr: Both running backs have accumulated 385 yards combined rushing on the season. Smith is averaging 4.1 yards per rush while Morse, Jr. is at 4.5 yards per carry.

PLAYERS TO WATCH FOR FPD:
Sr. RB Dontrez Johnson: Has rushed for six touchdowns and 388 yards over the last two games for FPD.
Sr. QB Will McCmorick: After a slow start to his senior season, McCormick is peaking at just the right time for the Vikings. In FPD’s current two-game winning streak, McCormick is 9-for-19 in the air with 120 yards and one touchdown pass. On the ground, McCormick has rushed for 115 yards.
Senior Leadership: One of the main factors in FPD’s current two-game success is the leadership of the senior class. That will have to be present on Friday night if the Vikings plan to get back over .500 for the first time since Sept. 18.

SENIOR NIGHT FOR FPD CROSS COUNTRY:
The seniors on the FPD varsity cross country team will be recognized on the field beginning at 7:05 p.m. in a special pre-game ceremony.

Seniors on the Lady Vikings include: Aurora Perez, McKenzie Peterson, Gracie Kate Rigg, Anna Roddenberry, Molly Smith, Madison Wiggins and Brynna Wilson.

Seniors on the Vikings include: Spencer Ennis, Nicholas Farmer, Sam Ferro, Trey Fountain, Kendall Friar, Will Martin, Jack Renfroe and Heyward Smith.

FPD TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS on OCT. 30 vs. TWIGGS COUNTY:
FPD players will wear pink socks, Austin Childers Field with be painted with the pink breast cancer ribbon and the FPD coaches will wear pink shirts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness against Twiggs County.

FPD will make several announcements throughout Friday’s game to raise awareness.

COMMUNITY SERVICE NIGHT vs. TWIGGS COUNTY:
FPD Community Service Director and Head Girls Cross Country Coach will hold Community Service Night at halftime of Friday’s game vs. Twiggs County. Local agencies will be honored at the beginning of halftime.

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, #FPDtc15 and #BeatTwiggs

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-Twiggs County - 10-30

 

MEDIA COVERAGE:
FPD, Twiggs County Set for Key Class-A Match Up (Macon Telegraph)
Middle Georgia High School Football Capsules (Macon Telegraph)
GHSA Class-A Private School Playoff Scenario (Macon Telegraph)

REGION 7-A STANDINGS:

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

FPD 2015 GAME RECAPS/RELEASES:
Game 8 at Wilkinson County (W 31-9)
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)

2014 GAME RECAP vs. Twiggs County:
Football Tames Twiggs County Cobras 55-28 (Oct. 31, 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.