Viking Fan Guide: Football at ELCA (Sweet 16)

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity football team hits the gridiron for the 12th time in 2016 on Friday night, Nov. 18, traveling to McDonough, Ga. for the Sweet 16 round of the GHSA Class 1A Private State Tournament against the Eagles Landing Christian Academy (ELCA) Chargers.

Below are game notes for Viking and Charger fans.


*GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament: Sweet 16*
, November 18, 2016
7:30 p.m.

Commitment Field
, GA)

ELCA (2016) – 10-0 (7-0 Reg. 5-A)
Home: 5-0; Away: 5-0; Neutral: 0-0
City: McDonough, GA
Colors: Navy, Gold and White
Mascot: Chargers
Region: Region 5, Class 1A
Stadium/Field: Commitment Field
Head Coach: Jonathan Gess (10th year overall – all at ELCA)
Career Record: 100-26
Record at Aquinas: Same
Region Championships: 9 (GISA 1-A: 1996, 1997; GHSA 5-A: 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
State Championships: 3 (1996, 2012, 2015)
Overall Home Record: 96-49-0
Overall Away Record: 72-49-1
Overall Neutral Site Record: 21-1
Overall Program Record: 170-99-1 (.631)
2016 Wins: W 39-13 at Eagle’s Landing (August 19), W 8-2 vs. Jonesboro (August 26), W 45-0 vs. Hart County (Sept. 9), W 49-0 vs. Holy Innocents (Sept. 16), W 73-0 vs. Fulton Leadership Academy (Sept. 23), W 34-31 at Wesleyan (Sept. 30), W 49-0 at Our Lady of Mercy (Oct. 7), W 56-7 at Strong Rock Christian (Oct. 21), W 49-7 vs. Mount Vernon (Oct. 28), W 49-0 at Landmark (Nov. 4).
2016 Losses: none.
2015 Wins: W 35-0 vs. North Florida Chrisrian (Tallahasse) (August 21), W 56-6 vs. Mount Pisgah (Sept. 11), W 38-0 vs. Whitewater (Sept. 18), W 70-0 at Strong Rock (Oct. 9), W 48-28 vs. Landmark (Oct. 23), W 41-0 vs. Our Lady of Mercy (Oct. 30), W 55-7 at Mount Vernon (Nov. 7), W 45-7 vs. Mount Pisgah (First Round State – Nov. 20), W 31-7 vs. Mount Paran (State Quarterfinals – Nov. 27), W 35-14 at Prince Avenue (State Semifinals – Dec. 4), W 35-14 v. Aquians (State Finals – Dec. 12 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta)
2015 Losses: L 28-21 at Stockbridge (August 28), L 33-3 at Greater Atlanta Christian (Sept. 4), L 20-10 at Woodward Academy (Sept. 18).
2015 GHSA State Playoffs: GHSA Class 1A Private State Champions – Def. Aquinas 35-14 on Dec. 12, 2015 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

FPD (2016) – 7-4 (2-3 Sub Region-A 7-A)
Home: 2-2; Away: 4-2; Neutral: 1-0
City: Macon, GA.
Colors: Red, Black & White
Mascot: Vikings
Region: 7-A, Div. A
Stadium: George S. Johnson Stadium
Field: Austin Childers Field
Head Coach: Greg Moore (17th Year)
Career Record: 128-75-0 overall (All at FPD)
State Championships: 2 (1980, 1985 as member of GISA)
Region Championships: 14 (Last: 2007 as member of GISA)
Overall Home Record: 180-74-3
Overall Away Record: 137-110-2
Overall Neutral Site Record: 1-1
Overall Program Record: 319-186-5 (.630)
2016 Wins: W 34-14 v. Howard at Mercer (Aug. 27); W 34-13 at Brookstone (Sept. 2), W 56-0 vs. Hawkinsville (Sept. 9), W 13-7 at Warren County (Sept. 16), W 35-17 vs. Wilkinson County (Oct. 7), W 47-0 at Mount de Sales (Oct. 28), W 35-10 at Aquians (First Round State – Nov. 11).
2016 Losses: L 29-17 at Twiggs County (Sept. 30), L 28-0 vs. Stratford (Oct. 14), L 38-29 vs. Tattnall (Oct. 21), L 55-27 at Lincoln County (Nov. 4),
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 picked up their second GHSA playoff win in program history with a 35-10 victory at Aquians High School School in Augusta, Ga. on Friday, Nov. 11 at Aquinas Stadium.

FPD trailed 10-7 at halftime and both teams battled through a scoreless third quarter until the Vikings broke through to score four unanswered touchdowns to take the win over the final 12 minutes.

C.J. Harris scored FPD’s first touchdown of the game in the first quarter and finished with 171 yards rushing on 20 carries.

Dalton Cox ran in two 1-yard keepers for touchdowns while Titus Moore caught a 19-yard pass from Cox at the beginning of the fourth quarter to take the lead.

Moore finished with 71 yards receiving on seven catches.

Cox was 12-for-21 with one touchdown and one interception.

LAST TIME OUT for ELCA: The Chargers claimed the Class 1A Region-5 Title with a convincing 49-0 victory at Landmark Christian in Fairburn, Ga. two weeks ago.

ELCA held Landmark scoreless, marking the fifth shutout of the season for the Chargers.

ELCA also scored 49 points, marking the seventh time in 10 games the Chargers have eclipsed the 40-point margin in 2016.

SERIES HISTORY: Friday’s contest is the third meeting in the young series.

ELCA leads the all-time series 2-0 with two regular season victories.

The Vikings and Chargers last met in 2011, with ELCA coming away with a 53-14 victory at Commitment Field.

The first meeting came in 2010, FPD’s first season in the GHSA. The Chargers won 35-0 at George S. Johnson Memorial Stadium at FPD.

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES for FPD: The 2016 season marks the sixth consecutive year the Vikings have advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Tournament.

In 2011, FPD lost to Bremen in the final year of public and private schools competing against each other.

The 2012 season saw the Vikings pick up their lone victory in the playoffs in the GHSA era with a 49-33 victory over Brookstone. FPD would then fall at Landmark Christian in the quarterfinals 38-24.

In 2013, the Vikings were bested in the first round at Calvary Day School in Savannah, Ga. 42-35.

In 2014 and 2015, FPD fell to Prince Avenue (55-30 and 41-7).

Last week (Nov. 11), FPD picked up its second GHSA playoff win in program history by defeating the Aquinas Fighting Irish 35-10 in Augusta, Ga.

PLAYOFF APPEARANCES for ELCA: The ELCA football program began in the 1994 season.

The Chargers competed in the GISA from 1994-2003, earning trips to the State Playoffs from 1996-2003.

The Chargers claimed the 1996 GISA State Title over John Hancock Academy 41-23 under former head coach Vic Culley. The Chargers fell the next season in the Finals to Bulloch Academy in a thriller 21-20.

Since jumping to the GHSA in 2004, the Chargers have made postseason appearances in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Below are the outcomes of ELCA’s GHSA State Playoff History:

2004: L Rd. 1 to Hancock Central 20-12

2005: L. Rd. 1 to Gordon Lee 21-16

2006: W Rd. 1 vs. Jefferson 41-14; L Rd. 2 at Lincon County 34-0

2007: L Rd. 1 at Warren County 42-29 (Jonathan Gess first year)

2008: W Rd. 1 vs. Darlington 17-6; L Rd. 2 at Lincoln County 7-0

2009: W Rd. 1 vs. Athens Academy 23-18; L Rd. 2 at Lincoln County 47-39

2010: W Rd. 1 vs. Washington-Wilkes 49-7; W Rd. 2 vs. George Walton 35-21; L Quarterfinals 34-27 at Clinch County

2011: W Rd. 1 34-14 vs. Mount Paran; W Rd. 2 54-0 vs. Greenville; W Quarterfinals vs. Seminole County; L Semifinals vs. Landmark Christian 14-7.

2012 (First year – Public/Private Split): W Rd. 1 42-14 vs. Our Lady of Mercy; W Quarterfinals 42-7 vs. Savannah Christian; W Semifinals 27-14 vs. George Walton; W State Finals 33-0 v. Prince Avenue at Georgia Dome.

2013: W Rd. 1 41-3 vs. Athens Christian; W Quarterfinals vs. Darlington 24-10; L Semifinals vs. Calvary Day 35-34 (OT).

2014: W Rd. 1 34-0 vs. Athens Christian; W Quarterfinals 47-17 at Prince Avenue; W Semifinals 14-7 at Calvary Day; L State Finals 49-7 v. Mount Paran at Georgia Dome.

2015: W Rd. 1 45-7 vs. Mount Pisgah; W Quarterfinals 31-7 vs. Mount Paran; W Semifinals 35-14 at Prince Avenue; W State Finals 35-14 v. Aquinas at Georgia Dome.

ELCA PLAYOFF RECORD SINCE JOINING GHSA: As noted above, the Chargers have had tremendous success in the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs.

Since 2004, the Chargers are 21-10 in State Tournament contests.

ELCA OPPONENTS: While ELCA boasts an impressive undefeated record of 10-0, the Chargers have only played three teams with records above .500 (Wesleyan, Mount Vernon and Landmark).

The other seven teams ELCA has played (Eagles Landing, Jonesboro, Hart County, Holy Innocents, Fulton Leadership Academy, Our Lady of Mercy and Strong Rock) have a combined record of 19-52-1.

Against teams with winning records, ELCA has allowed 38 points. Teams with losing records have given ELCA 413 points.

ELCA POINTS/POINTS ALLOWED: The Chargers can put up points in a hurry.

In the regular season, the Chargers scored 451 points and eclipsed the 40+ point margin six times.

ELCA is averaging 45.1 points per game while allowing just six per contest.

The Chargers have shutout opponents five times in 2016, including a streak of three shutouts from Sept. 9-23 with victories over Hart County (45-0), Holy Innocents (49-0) and Fulton Leadership Academy (73-0).

ELCA STATE TITLES: The Chargers have advanced to the Georgia Dome for the GHSA Class-A State Finals three of the past four seasons, including back-to-back in 2014 and 2015.

The Chargers claimed the State Title in 2012 and 2015 and fell in 2014 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

FAMILIAR FACE for ELCA: The Chargers are led by former FPD assistant coach Jonathan Gess.

Gess served as strength and conditioning coach and was on the sidelines for the Vikings before taking the head job at ELCA in 2007.

Since moving up north, Gess has paced the Chargers to two state titles (2012 and 2015) and has never had a losing season.

Including the 2016 campaign, Gess has led the ELCA charge with six double-digit winning seasons.

PENALTIES: In the first two games of the 2016 season, the Vikings were flagged for 26 penalties for a total of 195 yards.

In last nine games against Hawkinsville, Warren County, Twiggs County, Wikinson County, Stratford, Tattnall, Mt. de Sales and Lincoln County,  FPD has been penalized 52 times for 522 yards.

TAKING CARE OF THE PIGSKIN: Entering into Friday’s contest against Aquinas, FPD has only turned the ball over 10 times in 521 plays from scrimmage.

FPD had just one turnover in last Friday’s GHSA State Playoff 35-10 win at Aquinas.

RANKINGS: The Vikings are ranked no. 17 in the current edition of the GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings.

The Vikings were no. 1 in the GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings from Sept. 14-28.

Last week, FPD was ranked at no. 17 before falling at Lincoln County in the Region 7 Crossover game 55-27.


September 7: #7

September 14: #1

September 21: #1

September 28: #1

October 4: #6

Oct. 11: #10

Oct. 18: #16

Oct. 25: #17

Nov. 2: #17

Nov. 9: #17

ELCA in the POWER RATINGS: With a 10-0 regular season campaign, the Chargers are no. 1 in the GHSA Class-A Private Power Ratings.

At season’s end, the Chargers are the no. 1 seed in the 2016 GHSA Class-A Private State Playoffs.

TEAM CAPTAINS: Team captains for FPD have been selected!

Two seniors and one junior will lead the Vikings this season: Seniors – Thomas McBride and E.J. Tobler; Junior – Dalton Cox.

There will be no honorary captain during Friday’s playoff contest against ELCA.

Jr. QB Dalton Cox: In his past three games, Cox has thrown for 552 yards and nine touchdowns. He also rushed for two touchdowns in FPD’s 35-10 first round playoff victory at Aquians on Nov. 11.

RB C.J. Harris/RB Joshua Raines: Harris and Raines were dominant in FPD’s first round playoff victory at Aquinas on Nov. 11. Combined, the backs rushed for two touchdowns and 239 yards on 29 carries.

FPD Offensive and Defensive Lines: As the saying goes, “your only as good as your line.” The FPD offensive line will need to protect Cox and allow separation for the running game, while the defensive line must clog holes in order to stop the rush of a powerful ELCA team.

#3 QB Brayden Rush

#4 RB Trevor Gear and #5 RB Josh Mays

#7 WR Sean Queen.

HOMECOMING 2016 A BLAST FROM THE PAST: The FPD Alumni Office  welcomed back various classes for Homecoming Night 2016 at FPD on Oct. 7 vs. Wilkinson County in a 35-17 win.

The classes of 1975-76, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 and 2016 all returned and were treated to campus tours and the annual Alumni Dinner at the Wilson-Anderson Family Pavilion.

The classes of 1981 and 1986 were key parts to FPD’s two program state championships in 1980 and 1985.

SENIOR NIGHT 2016: FPD’s game against Tattnall Square on Oct. 21 was Senior Night 2016 for the Class of 2017 participating in football, cross country, clay target shooting, marching band, dance.

The FPD football players were honored before kickoff, while cross country, clay target shooting, marching band and dance were recognized at halftime on Friday night.

SPEAKING of HOMECOMING: The FPD varsity football team is 7-0 in Homecoming games since moving to the GHSA.

FPD defeated Our Lady of Mercy 20-6 on Oct. 1, 2010 and, in 2011, defeated Whitefield Academy 28-10 on Oct. 7.

In 2012, FPD stomped GMC Prep 31-7 on Oct. 5 and came away with an impressive 41-8 victory over Hancock Central on Oct. 18, 2013.

In 2014, the Vikings knocked off Mount de Sales, a Region 7-A opponent, 42-21 on Oct. 11.

Last season, FPD defeated another Region 7-A foe in Tattnall Square 31-6.

On Friday, Oct. 7, FPD pulled away late for a 35-17 win over Wilkinson County.

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 six different seasons in program history: 1973, 1982, 1991, 1992, and 1997 and 2016.

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 7-2 in Saturday games after this year’s 34-14 season-opening victory v. Howard at Mercer.

HOW ‘BOUT THAT 4-0 START for FPD? Since joining the GHSA, the Vikings have never started the season at 4-0.

FPD has started 3-0 twice since joining the league in 2010 — 2014 and 2016.

The 2014 team advanced to the first round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament.

In GISA play, FPD started the season 3-0 its final year in the league in 2009.

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 319-186-5

128 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 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 128, 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 45-31.

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 20-12 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.

GHSA ROAD VIKINGS: The Vikings have played 42 games away from George S. Johnson Stadium since joining the GHSA in 2010. FPD holds a 25-17 record on the road in that span.

Altogether, the Vikings are 137-110-2 away from the friendly confines of George S. Johnson Stadium.

BROADCAST: Friday’s playoff game at ELCA will be broadcasted LIVE on the Viking Sports Radio Network!

To listen, sign up for a FREE Livestream account then visit the FPD/ELCA Broadcast page HERE.

Sports Information Director and the “Voice of the Vikings” Chandler Lee will have the play-by-play call as FPD takes the field against the Chargers.

Associate A.D. Rennie Atkinson will join Lee with analysis throughout Friday’s contest.

Pre-game coverage starts at 7:10 p.m. with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. on the Vikings Sports Radio Network.

ON DECK: A win will put the Vikings in the Elite 8 Round of the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament.

A loss would end FPD’s 2016 season.

Check and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for breaking information on the Vikings in the GHSA Class-A Private State Tournament.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Friday’s game at ELCA can be followed on social media on Twitter.

Follow @FPDVikingSports for live in-game updates as the Vikings take on the Chargers.

The game can also be followed by using the hashtags #FPDfootball, #FPDelca16 and #FPDALLin.

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FPD Football Homepage
FPD Football Stats (MaxPreps)
ELCA Football Roster (MaxPreps)
ELCA Football Schedule (MaxPreps)

Game 11 (Rd. 1 State): FPD 35, Aquinas 10 (Nov. 11)
Game 10: Lincoln County 55, FPD 27 (Nov. 4)
Game 9: FPD 47, Mount de Sales 0 (Oct. 28)
Game 8: Tattnall Square 38, FPD 29 (Oct. 21)
Game 7: Stratford 28, FPD 0 (Oct. 14, 2016)
Game 6: FPD 35, Wilkinson County 17 (Homecoming – Oct. 7, 2016)
Game 5: Twiggs County 29, FPD 17 (Sept. 30, 2016)
Game 4: FPD 13, Warren County 6 (Sept. 16, 2016)
Game 3: FPD 56, Hawkinsville 0 (Sept. 9, 2016)
Game 2: FPD 34, Brookstone 13 (Sept. 2, 2016)
Game 1: FPD 34, Howard 14 (August 27, 2016)

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