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Georgia High School Football Daily

December 7, 2010
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans

Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2010


Spotlight: Coaches' Survey

More than 140 high school football head coaches responded to Georgia High School Football Daily's questionnaire on some of the biggest issues facing the sport.

GHSF Daily's Todd Holcomb has written a series of stories based on the results of that questionnaire. The series began on Sunday in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and will continue throughout state championship week.

 Here are portions of the first three parts, with links to the complete stories.

Coaches: It's a parent trap

A high school football coach in Georgia was asked by members of his school's booster club if they could review game film and make suggestions. The coach declined.

Another Georgia coach was accused by a mother of costing her son a scholarship to an SEC school because the coach demoted him to second string. The player was 5 feet 4 and had no offers.

Another was included on a prayer list by a Baptist women's circle. The women prayed that he would be fired.

Most Georgia high school football coaches are full of anecdotes about dealing with parents but don't want to talk about them on the record. "I would not dare," one coach said. "I like my job."

But most coaches believe that parents are making their jobs more difficult, according to a survey by Georgia High School Football Daily for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Of 147 Georgia head coaches who responded to the e-mail questionnaire, 71 percent said that issues with parents create significant problems for them. When asked what was the biggest change they had seen in coaching since they entered the profession, more coaches cited a worsening attitude among parents than anything else.

For the complete story, click here.

Top ingredients for a winning program

Talented players, good coaching and administrative support are the main ingredients behind a winning high school football program, a survey of Georgia's head football coaches showed.

More than 90 percent of the 147 coaches who responded to a questionnaire compiled by Georgia High School Football Daily for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution listed one of those three components as the most important asset to winning.

Much less significant - and cited by fewer than 10 percent as the most important - were facilities, money, community and parental support, feeder programs and enrollment size. Only 12 of the 147 coaches listed any of those factors.

For the complete story, click here.

Private school classification dilemma

More than 80 percent of head football coaches in public schools want private schools classified differently, which remains the most divisive issue within the Georgia High School Association.

The state's football coaches line up on predictable sides, according to a survey conducted by Georgia High School Football Daily for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

An even higher percentage of private school coaches - 88 percent - want private and public schools classified strictly by enrollment numbers and competing against each other for the same championships, according to the 147 coaches who responded to the questionnaire.

For the complete story, click here.

Coming Wednesday: Biggest changes in the sport

Championship Trivia: Class AAAA

In a story for this week's Atlanta Journal-Constitution, GHSF Daily's Todd Holcomb answered one trivia question for each of the 10 state finalists. This week in GHSF Daily, we are answering those questions again, but in greater detail, continuing today with Class AAAA.

Starr's Mill

Which school was the last to win a state title with a new coach?

Chad Phillips, who replaced Mike Earwood at Starr's Mill, can become the first since 2004, when Warner Robins' Brian Way and Clinch County's Jim Dickerson did it.

There have been 18 coaches in the GHSA to win a state title in their first season as head coach at a school. Note that three of them (noted by an asterisk) had been head coaches previously. The other 15 are first-time head coaches like Phillips.

The 18 are:

Earl Wheby, 1948 Fitzgerald

Harold Herrington, 1950 Quitman

Glenn Yancey, 1951 Cordele

*Lindy McGee, 1952 Calhoun

Frank Inman, 1956 Richmond Academy

Bobby Holland, 1956 Monticello

Bill Corry, 1956 Morgan County

Hervey Amick, 1958 Stephens County

Joe Sumrall, 1958 Thomasville

Minton Williams, 1959 Dublin

Dan Denning, 1964 Douglas County

*Wayman Creel, 1970 Lakeside (Atlanta)

Mike Battle, 1975 Irwin County

Lloyd Bohannon, 1978 Griffin

*Luther Welsh, 1984 Thomson

Maurice Freeman, 1994 Brooks County

Jim Dickerson, 2004 Clinch County

Bryan Way, 2004 Warner Robins


Which was the last North Fulton school to complete an undefeated season?

A better question would be: Has there ever been an offensive coordinator to win state titles at three schools? Problem is, we don't know the answer to that. Scott Carmichael, Chattahoochee's offensive coordinator, also was OC at 1999 Oconee County and 2003 Camden County, both state champions.

Back to the original question: Chattahoochee can become the first since North Springs (12-0-1). The only North Fulton school with a perfect season was Roswell (13-0) in 1968.

Here are the six North Fulton teams that have reached a state championship game:

2006 Roswell (tied Peachtree Ridge 14-14), Class AAAAA

1974 North Springs (lost to Carrollton 28-21), Class A

1970 Roswell (beat Warren County 28-12), Class A

1969 North Springs (beat Gainesville 28-21), Class AA

1968 Roswell (beat Irwin County 32-6), Class B

1956 Roswell (lost to Monticello 35-6), Class C

Win-Win Challenge

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In This Issue
Spotlight: Coaches' Survey
Championship Trivia: Class AAAA
List: Championship counties
Championship Schedule
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Championship counties
Counties whose teams have won championships in the highest classification since the 1990 season:

Lowndes (7)
1990 Valdosta
1992 Valdosta
1998 Valdosta
1999 Lowndes
2004 Lowndes
2005 Lowndes
2007 Lowndes

Gwinnett (6)
1996 Brookwood
1997 Parkview
2000 Parkview
2001 Parkview
2002 Parkview
2006 Peachtree Ridge

Camden (3)
2003 Camden County
2008 Camden County
2009 Camden County

DeKalb (2)
1993 Dunwoody
1995 Southwest DeKalb

Colquitt (1)
1994 Colquitt County

Fulton (1)
2006 Roswell

Troup (1)
1991 LaGrange

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Championship Schedule


Colquitt County (9-5) vs. Brookwood (13-1), 8 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome

Class AAAA

Chattahoochee (14-0) vs. Starr's Mill (14-0), 8 p.m. Friday, Georgia Dome

Class AAA

Sandy Creek (14-0) vs. Carrollton (14-0), 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome

Class AA

Calhoun (14-0) vs. Buford (13-1), 4:30 p.m. Friday, Georgia Dome

Class A

Clinch County (14-0) vs. Savannah Christian (13-1), 1 p.m. Saturday, Georgia Dome


North Hall selling dumbbells

North Hall High School has dumbbells for sale. Weights range from 10 to 150 pounds. Some are metal and some are rubber. For more information or pictures, contact Bob Christmas at robert.christmas@hallco.org.

Falcons make final push for helmets

The Georgia Dome and the Georgia World Congress Center Authority have created a permanent fixture showcasing football helmets from many of the state's high school programs, and the list of missing helmets is down to 69. If you know your helmet is not currently a part of this display and would like for it to be, contact Kendyl Moss, director of community relations for the Atlanta Falcons, by calling 404-367-2064 or via e-mail at kmoss@falcons.nfl.com. For a complete list of missing helmets, click here.

Fall Metro Atlanta College Football Recruiting Fair

The 2010 Fall Metro Atlanta College Football Recruiting Fair will be held at Atlanta Technical College on Dec. 7 (9 a.m.- 4 p.m.) and Dec. 8 (8 a.m.-noon). Colleges from across the country will be there looking for football players from the classes of 2010 and 2011. Bring your player highlights, player profiles and transcripts to help promote all of your college prospects. Representatives from NCAA, NAIA, junior college and prep school programs will be in attendance. For more information, contact Ahmand Tinker (atinker@footballrecruitingexpos.com or 706-412-3556) or Tim Glanton (timglanton@footballrecruitingexpos.com or 404-429-6220).

Pro Star Sports strength & conditioning equipment

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"Sophomoric Humor for Sophisticates"

Georgia author offers an affectionate humorous look at people in the South on the Web site http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?llr=iviy79cab&et=1104033730264&s=7936&e=001W9zyTRSiSsz2e4qEaqyB4sX-l8gWf6HfEkWmqP19LPfyPLkFF11H3tvyHQ0lGLdq_zSx7Qoh09T4fPMNNqImKK_DG-gSr5ryW0amq666_tZCbSusERDlZQ==. As free as you want it to be, but donations are gratefully accepted for fictional stories that dwell somewhere between Seinfeld and Moliere.

Global Football seeking players for all-star game in Germany

Global Football is seeking senior high school football players for the 2011 Global Bowl in Munich, Germany, on April 16. The game will match a U.S. all-star team against the German national 19U team. The cost of the nine-day trip is $3,500 and covers airfare, lodging, meals, tours and sightseeing. For more information, contact Woodward Academy assistant coach Greg Vandagriff at greg.vandagriff@woodward.edu. "We are looking for great student-athletes with high moral character to help represent the U.S. in this event vs. the German Junior National Team," Vandagriff said.

GameDay Marketing can help your fundraising effort

Are you ready to make $50,000, $60,000 or even $90,000 for your team? GameDay Marketing is the No. 1 fundraising company in the southeast. We have developed products that are easy for the players to sell and have a proven "Game Plan" that if run correctly can make your program the kind of profits you see listed above in just two weeks. We are a no-risk fundraiser that works with you from the beginning to the end. Please call us at 770-655-8880 to see how we can take your fundraising efforts to the next level.

Score Atlanta looking for TV, Web and writing interns
Sports marketing company Score Atlanta, which is working closely with Georgia Public Broadcasting as well as doing work for other media companies around the state, will be producing a large amount of high school content this season for TV, Web, print and social Web-based media. Interns looking for hands-on experience in such areas as camera work, working on a weekly high school show and live games on TV and the Web, or writing sports as well as marketing it and selling it should e-mail info@scoreatl.com or call the Score offices at 404-256-1572 and ask for managing editor Stephen Black.

Please send information for the Classifieds to GHSFdaily@bellsouth.net.
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If you are interested in advertising in this newsletter, call Score Atlanta general manager Bob Houghton at 404-256-1572 or e-mail him at bhoughton@scoreatl.com. Score Atlanta is a full-service sports marketing company, focusing on high school sports with specialties in TV, radio, print, Web, Internet Television and event marketing. For more information on advertising in the GHFS Daily, download the sales sheet. For more information on Score Atlanta, go to scoreatl.com or call 404-256-1572.
About Us
GHSFD logoGeorgia High School Football Daily is a free e-mail newsletter produced by Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye. Holcomb is a former lead high school football writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and co-founder and primary researcher behind the Georgia High School Football Historians Association. Saye is a 25-year veteran of the newspaper industry who has covered high school sports for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Athens Banner-Herald, Anderson (S.C.) Independent-Mail and Gwinnett Daily News.
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