10 Burning Questions
Buford has seven state titles in the last eight years. Is there any reason to believe the Wolves won’t claim No. 8?
1CAN ANYBODY BEAT BUFORD? Don’t we ask this every year? That’s because the Wolves
have won 40 straight games (since forfeiting two blowout
victories in 2012 for playing an ineligible player). The last team
that beat Buford on the field was Gainesville three seasons ago.
At the time the Red Elephants were in Class 5A, the Wolves
from 3A. Nowadays class or size of opponents doesn’t seem
to matter. The Wolves don’t lose. Buford, now a 4A team, beat
McEachern last season, at the time one of the best teams in
6A, the state’s biggest classification.
Buford has won seven state championships in the last
eight years, spanning from Class 1A to 4A.
Last year only McEachern finished within single digits
on the scoreboard ( 27-20). Otherwise, Burford cruised to
another crown, shutting out six opponents and scoring more
than 40 on 10 occasions.
Can anybody beat Buford? It doesn’t seem like it.
2WHERE DID THE RUNNING BACKS GO? For the first time in 15 years a running back isn’t
among the 15 best seniors in the state, according to the lists
compiled by 247Sports.
Woodward Academy’s Elijah Holyfied is a special talent,
(we ranked him the No. 16 player in the state and put him on
the cover), but Georgia lacks both the customary elite rusher
and overwhelming depth at the position in this class.
A refresher on the best back in the state, his 247 ranking,
and where he went to college:
2000: Ronnie Brown (Cartersville), #6, Auburn
2001: Jabari Davis (Tucker), #1, Tennessee
2002: Nick Turner (Washington-Atl.), #4, Mississippi State
2003: Kregg Lumpkin (Stephenson), #2, Georgia
2004: Thomas Brown (Tucker), #4, Georgia
2005: James Davis (Douglass), #6, Clemson
2006: Carlos Brown (Heard County), #4, Michigan
2007: Caleb King (Greater Atl. Christian), #2, Georgia
2008: Richard Samuel (Cass), #2, Georgia
2009: Washaun Ealey (Emanuel Co. Institute), #5, Georgia
2010: Storm Johnson (Loganville), #11, Miami
2011: Isaiah Crowell (Carver), #1, Georgia
2012: Mike Davis (Stephenson), #3, South Carolina
2013: Tyren Jones (Walton), #6, Alabama
2014: Nick Chubb (Cedartown), #3, Georgia
3IS THIS ARCHER’S YEAR TO WIN IT ALL? The Tigers posted back-to-back 11-win seasons and
reached the state title game last season, falling to Colquitt
County 28-24. The Tigers have a good claim as the most
talented team in 2015, with a slew of college recruits on
both sides of the ball giving Andy Dyer another legitimate
chance to reach the Dome.
This time the Tigers want to win it all.
They’ll have to deal with rising expectations and the count-
less distractions that come up being an elite program full of
players mulling over options for the next level.
Dyer quickly established the program’s foundation
(the school opened in 2009) and has taken the Tigers to
heights rather quickly.
Archer is no longer an up-and-comer. A different type of
focus and mentality is required in the Tigers new role.
Coach Andy Dyer has developed Archer into premier powerhouse.
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