FPD-Stratford: Connecting the dots

Rivals on the football field, FPD and Stratford have many shared connections

October 13, 2017

The annual rivalry with First Presbyterian Day School is a game Stratford football fans have circled on the calendar every year.

But even though the two schools are rivals on the playing field, the Academy has numerous connections to the Day School through teachers, coaches, parents, friends or siblings.

Head football Coach Mark Farriba was once the head football coach at FPD. His wife, graduated from FPD.

Sophomore Elizabeth Sellers’ father, Rader Sellers, played football for Coach Farriba at FPD.

Junior Hadley Neal, a Stratford varsity cheerleader, has a brother, Guy, who is a ninth-grader on the Viking varsity football team. Her sister, Tallulah, is a sixth-grader at FPD, and her older sister, Georgia King, graduated from FPD in 2012

Another varsity cheerleader, junior Caroline Cole, is a former FPD student. Her boyfriend is an FPD student. She will sing the national anthem before the game.

Junior Josie Coleman dates FPD’s starting fullback, Griffin Brown.

Riley Davis, a drum major for the Spirit of Stratford Marching Band,  and sophomore Jacob Mobley, are both former FPD students.

Todd and Natalie Hunt, the parents of senior football player Nathan Hunt and his sister, sophomore homecoming court representative Holly Hunt, both attended FPD. Todd Hunt was a football player for the Vikings. The FPD baseball field is named after Nathan and Holly’s cousin.

Junior Emory Sutherland’s mother and two aunts gradated from FPD.

FPD football player Noah Takac wears No. 13 for the Vikings. (And the game is scheduled for Friday the 13th.) His younger brother, Micah, is in the eighth grade at Stratford and plays on the Middle School football team.

Sutton Barrow is a new student at Stratford. She transferred from FPD, just in time for the big game.

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