Viking Fan Guide: Football v. Howard (at Mercer)

MACON, Ga.  – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the first time in 2016 on Saturday night, August 27, taking on the Howard High School Huskies at 7:30 p.m. at Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium.

The game is sponsored by the Macon Touchdown Club as part of the Macon Touchdown Club Middle Georgia Kickoff Classic. FPD’s game is the second of the day as Mount de Sales and Central will take to the field prior to FPD/Howard at 5 p.m.

Below are game notes to keep Viking and Husky fans in-the-know.


FPD v. Howard
Saturday, August 27, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Mercer University’s Five Star Stadium
(Macon, GA)

HOWARD (2016) – 0-1 (0-0 Reg. 2-AAAA)
Home: 0-1; Away: 0-0; Neutral: 0-0
City: Macon, GA
Colors: Cardinal Red, Gray, Black
Mascot: Huskies
Region: 2-AAAA
Stadium/Field: Ed Defore Sports Complex
Head Coach: Barney Hester (5th season at Howard, 42nd season overall)
Career Record: 333-154-9
Record at Howard: 11-19
State Championships: None
Region Championships: None
Overall Home Record: 8-32-0
Overall Away Record: 8-29-1
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-2-0
Overall Program Record: 16-64-1
2016 Losses: L 21-0 vs. Westside (August 19)
2015 Wins: W 28-19 vs. Lamar County (August 19); W 38-17 v. FPD at Mercer (August 26); W 30-29 v. Central (Sept. 4); W 42-8 vs. Rutland (Sept. 11);
2015 Losses: L 21-14 vs. West Laurens (Sept. 25); L 47-21 vs. Mary Persons (Oct. 9); L 41-40 at Upson-Lee (Oct. 23); L 20-13 at Baldwin (Nov. 6); W 19-13 at Perry (Oct. 2); W 36-27 vs. Veterans (Oct. 30).
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: Did not qualify

FPD (2015) – 6-5 (3-2 Sub Region-A 7-A)
Home: 4-1; Away: 2-3; Neutral: 0-1
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 (17th Year)
Career Record: 121-71-0 overall
State Championships: 2 (1980, 1985 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)
Overall Home Record: 177-72-3
Overall Away Record: 134-108-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 0-1
Overall Program Record: 312-182-5
2015 Wins: W 21-0 at Monticello (Sept. 11); W 56-21 vs. GMC Prep (Sept. 18); W 31-6 vs. Tattnall Square (Oct. 16); W 31-9 at Wilkinson County (Oct. 23); W 52-38 vs. Twiggs County (Oct. 30); W 34-14 vs. Hancock Central (Nov. 6)
2015 Losses: L 38-17 v. Howard at Mercer (August 27); L 14-0 vs. Lincoln County (Sept. 25); L 41-21 at Stratford (Oct. 2); L 22-21 at Mount de Sales (Oct. 9); L 41-7 at Prince Avenue (Nov. 20)
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: L Rd. 1 at Prince Avenue 41-7 on Nov. 20

LAST TIME OUT for FPD: The Vikings ended their 2015 campaign in the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs, falling to Prince Avenue for the second consecutive year 41-7. (FPD lost to Prince Avenue 55-30 in 2014).

LAST TIME OUT for HOWARD: The Huskies opened their season on Aug. 19 with a 21-0 loss to the Westside High School Seminoles.

The Huskies trailed 7-0 at halftime and allowed two touchdowns in the third quarter allowing the Seminoles to pull ahead for good.

Quarterback Avery Vining threw for just 15 yards on two attempts, however the Huskies gained 194 yards on the ground on 33 carries. Vinings totaled 84 yards on 18 attempts, followed by Denadre Shelton’s 31 yards on 1 carry.

The Huskies finished with nine first downs and were penalized 80 yards on 11 flags.

SERIES HISTORY: The young series is evened up at 1-1.

In 2014, FPD defeated Howard in thrilling fashion 26-25 in overtime at Austin Childers Field at George S. Johnson Stadium.

Last season at Mercer, the Huskies avenged their loss with a 38-17 victory led by the strong play of former quarterback Courvosier King.

The first game of the series in 2014 marked the first time two Bibb County public and private schools had played since 1965 when Mark Smith bested Mt. de Sales 20-0.

SATURDAY’S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING: A high school football game is usually played on a Friday night, but did you know FPD has an extensive history playing on Saturday’s?

FPD has played a Saturday game in five different seasons in program history: 1973, 1982, 1991, 1992, and 1997.

The most Saturday games the Vikings played came in the 1973 season, the first season of competition for the school under former head coach Philip McLeroy.

FPD went 3-1 in 1973 on Saturday’s with home wins against Nathanael Green on Sept. 8 (13-3), Macedonia Christian on Sept. 29 (27-6) and Josey Academy on Oct. 20 (38-0).

The lone loss on Saturday in the 1973 campaign was on Oct. 6 when the Vikings fell on the road at Beachwood Academy 8-0 on Oct. 6

FPD played one Saturday contest under former head coach Bobby Brown.

In 1982, FPD went on the road and defeated Tattnall 23-6 on Oct. 23.

The Mark Farriba era saw two Saturday games for the Vikings in 1991 and 1992.

In 1991, FPD defeated Westwood 22-21 on Nov. 16 followed by a victory a year later against the same opponent, a 22-8 win on Oct. 17, 1992.

The last Saturday game on the gridiron for the Vikings came in 1997 under former head coach Cater Pierce.

It was a GHSA playoff contest vs. John Milledge Academy at home on Nov. 22. The Trojans bested the Vikings 16-13 in the quarterfinal match.

Altogether, FPD is 6-2 in Saturday games.

A LOT OF WINS BETWEEN TWO WELL KNOWN COACHES: FPD head coach Greg Moore and Howard head coach Barney Hester know how to win football games.

Hester, who had a long career at Tattnall Square Academy, has a career record of 333-154-9.

Moore, who has been the head coach of the Vikings for the past 16 years, has a career record of 121-71-0.

Combined between both coaches, Hester and Moore are 454-225-9.

Hester in his 42nd year as a head coach has had stints at Josey Academy (1974-76), Gordon-Ivey (1977-80), Tattnall Square (1982-2012) and Howard (2013-present).

Moore is in his 16th year as head coach of the Vikings.

TEAM CAPTAINS: Team captains for FPD have been selected! Three seniors and one junior will lead the Vikings this season: Seniors – Thomas McBride, E.J. Tobler and Denson Martin; Junior – Dalton Cox.

Jr. QB Dalton Cox: Cox takes the reigns of the quarterback position for FPD after Will McCormick departed due to graduation. Cox was impressive in FPD’s scrimmage vs. Central on August 12, throwing for 135 yards and completing 13-of-22 passes. He threw for one touchdown and also rushed for 10 yards.

Jr. WR Maurice Gordon: Gordon, who missed the latter part of the 2015 season due to injury, will be a weapon for FPD on offense. The junior caught three passes for 41 yards in FPD’s scrimmage vs. Central on August 12.

Sr. C/OL Thomas McBride: McBride, a team captain, anchors FPD’s offensive line at center. With an offer already in from Mercer University and more expected, McBride and his teammates will be responsible for protecting Cox in his first outing

Senior Class: FPD is known for its senior leadership in the Greg Moore era. The 2016 squad had 10 members of the Class of 2017. With the first game of the season against a higher classification school, senior leadership will be crucial on Saturday night.

Sr. QB Avery Vining : Threw for just 15 yards in Howard’s opening loss to Westside. Avery is replacing star QB Courvoisier King from last years’ team. Vining did show potential on the ground, rushing for 84 yards on 14 carries.

Sr. TB Raekwon Holmes: Rushed for 22 yards in Howard’s season opening loss to Westside.

Howard Defense: Allowed 358 yards of total offense to Westside in a 21-0 loss on August 19.

NEUTRAL SITE RECORD: According to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, FPD has played one neutral site game in program history. Interestingly enough, it came against Howard High School last season at Mercer in a 38-17 loss.

Before George S. Johnson Stadium was completed in the 1980’s, FPD played it’s home games at Henderson Stadium.

44th EDITION: The 2016 season marks the 44th year of FPD Football. The Vikings have delivered countless memories since starting its program in the 1970’s. To date, FPD’s overall program record stands at 312-182-5

121 WINS and COUNTING: FPD head coach Greg Moore picked up his 100th win during the 2012 season with a victory at Hancock Central. Two years later, the skipper has earned his 115th victory at the helm after a 31-7 win at GMC Prep on Nov. 7. Moore is the overall leader in program wins with 121, followed by Mark Farriba (77) and Bobby Brown (72).

2015 a SEASON to REMEMBER: FPD advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs for a fifth consecutive season before falling at Prince Avenue in the first round.

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 while in the league, posting an overall record of 38-27.

FPD’s best year in the GHSA was in 2011, finishing at 8-3 overall.

HOME COOKING: Since moving to the GHSA in 2010, the Vikings are 18-10 inside the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium. FPD has won at least three games at home in each season but one (2011) since becoming a member of the league.

The Vikings finished 2015 with a home record of 4-1.

BROADCAST: Saturday’s game against Howard will be streamed live on the Digital Sports Broadcasting Network.

SID Chandler Lee will have the play-by-play call as the Vikings take the field against the Huskies. Russell Deese will join Lee in the both as well.

VISIT DSBN SPORTS to watch live on Saturday.

ON DECK: The Vikings hit the road on Sept. 2, traveling to The Brookstone School in Columbus, Ga. for a non-region GHSA Class-A match-up.

The Cougars opened the season on Aug. 19 with a 49-32 win against Jordan at Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

The Cougars are off this week.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Saturday’s game v. Howard at Mercer can be followed on social media on Twitter. Follow @FPDVikingSports for live in-game updates as the Vikings take on the Huskies. The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball#FPDhwd16 and #FPDALLin.

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— FPD Football Homepage (with Roster)
— Howard Huskies Homepage (MaxPreps)
Westside Shuts Out Howard (Macon Telegraph)
Bill Shanks 41NBC Coaches Corner – Greg Moore – 2016 Preview – Part 1
Bill Shanks 41NBC Coaches Corner – Greg Moore – 2016 Preview – Part 2
Macon Telegraph Article Previewing Historic Kickoff

**The Georgia High School Football Historians Association,, 41NBC, and The Macon Telegraph aided in gathering information for this report.