QB Tyler Queen North Cobb
RB Taj Griffin McEachern
RB KirVonte Benson Marietta
WR Preston Williams Lovejoy
WR Jarad Pickney Norcross
OL Chuma Edoga McEachern
OL Mitch Hyatt North Gwinnett
OL Kaleb Kim Mill Creek
OL Nick Wilson Milton
OL Randy Robinson Lovejoy
DL D’Andre Walker Langston Hughes
DL Jonathan Ledbetter Tucker
DL Andrew Butcher Alpharetta
DL Justin Young Grayson
LB Montavious Atkinson Langston Hughes
LB Quintin Hampton Colquitt County
LB Bull Barge Colquitt County
DB Dylan Singleton Archer
DB NeKyle Lundie Tucker
DB Montrell Custis Lovejoy
HORTON HEARS FROM WHO?
In an offensive lineman class that’s unusually deep, don’t count
out Lakeside’s Mike Horton. At 6-foot- 4, 310 pounds, Horton has
all the tools to be an elite lineman at the next level.
He held offers from virtually every school in the ACC and SEC
by the end of his junior year. All that attention means a lot to a
program like Lakeside, still in rebuilding mode after over a decade
If the Vikings are to be successful in Region 3, it must start with
Big Mike Horton.
BUCKET LIST ITEM: VALDOSTA’S BAZEMORE
It’s the No. 3 place to watch a high school football game, according to ESPN.
Bazemore-Hyder Stadium, formerly known as Cleveland Field in
Valdosta, is home to something more than a winning tradition. Some
say there’s a ghost among the field, or better yet, under it. Could it be
the reason behind Valdosta High’s long history of success?
Could be, or it could not. Regardless, being lucky is often times
better than being good. With or without the ghost, the stadium
holds more than 11,000 fans.
Valdosta High has won more games in its history than any other
school in the country. It’s gotta be the stadium - or the ghost.
RIVALRY ON THE RISE — NORCROSS-NORTH
The two Gwinnett County heavyweights split a pair of games in
2013 — but the Blue Devils of Norcross won it when it mattered
most, taking the state title in the rematch.
Bob Spire’s Bulldogs gave Norcross their second loss of the
season with a 36-17 win on the Blue Devils home turf. It was a
stunning defeat for the defending state champs to take. But redemption would come.
The teams then met again in the Dome with everything on the
line. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 14-0 lead, but it was all Norcross
With the stakes higher than ever — Norcross going for a three-
peat and North Gwinnett fighting for the first state championship
in school history — this season’s matchup figures to be bigger
Oct. 3 at North Gwinnett… Get there early. It’s guaranteed to be
standing room only.
CAN’T MISS OUT-OF-CONFERENCE CONTEST —
MCEACHERN AT BUFORD
This is exactly what everybody wants. The mighty Buford Wolves
from Class 4A, nine-time state champs since 2001, host McEachern, one of Georgia’s best 6A programs, on Sept. 5.
Buford’s dynasty is well-known. And McEachern has as many col-lege-bound prospects as any team in the state, including Oregon-bound running back Taj Griffin and future Southern Cal offensive
lineman, Chuma Edoga.
It’s power on power, strength vs. strength. Be thankful this was
scheduled. By playing, both of these teams are doing us all a favor.
6-4, 310-lb. senior OL Mike Horton gives Lakeside an advantage in the battle of the trenches.
PHOTO BY DEAN LEGGE
2. North Gwinnett
4. Langston Hughes
5. Colquitt County
7. Camden County
9. Collins Hill
PROGRAM TO WATCH:
PLAYER TO WATCH:
Taj Griffin, McEachern
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