Georgia High School Football: Peach State Pigskin History

Georgia High School Football: Peach State Pigskin History

by Jon Nelson


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Georgia is known as one of the most competitive proving grounds in America for high school football. The league that began as a few city teams in the late nineteenth century blossomed to the four hundred-plus schools that put teams on the field today. These teams have given college football and the professional ranks their share of champions. As schools across the state continue to chase—and break—records, a century of winning is only the beginning of Georgia's dynamic high school football legacy. Jon Nelson guides readers through an unparalleled history of coaches, towns and dynasties that have led Georgia to become one of the top five most competitive football states in the country.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781609492953
Publisher: History Press, The
Publication date: 08/11/2011
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 1,179,701
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jon Nelson has been a television journalist based in Atlanta for over twenty years. He graduated from Florida State University with a bachelor's of science degree in political science. His television career has given him the opportunity to cover varied events such as Super Bowls, World Series, All-Star Games, Summer Olympiads, the Masters, the U.S. Open, Grey Cups and even political conventions. He has also covered high school athletics for Georgia Public Broadcasting for fifteen years as a host, correspondent and sideline reporter/anchor for the magazine show SportsCentral and the GHSA High School Championships.

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr. Ralph Swearngin 7

Acknowledgements 9

1 The Beginning of It All 11

2 The Forties and Fifties 23

3 The Streakin' Sixties 33

4 The Seventies: A New Era 42

5 The Eighties: A National Presence 59

6 The Nineties: A Time of Domination 73

7 The Twenty-first Century 87

8 The Georgia Interscholastic Association 113

9 The Future of Georgia Football 127

Appendix A GHSA Champions 135

Appendix B Dalton High School Win Streak: Fifty-one Years Consecutive with Winning Record 140

Appendix C Larry Campbell's Coaching Record: Lincoln County High School 142

Appendix D The Longest Winning Streak: Buford High School 144

Appendix E Team and Player Statistics 147

Appendix F Career Coaching Wins 153

Credits and Courtesies 157

About the Author 159

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