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One on one with Ryan Huff, Cedar Shoals

The Classic City rivalry between Cedar Shoals High School and Clarke Central High School has always been the talk of the town. For this one week out of the entire year, friends and family members on both teams put their friendships on hold as they prepare for the biggest game of the year.

50th Edition of Classic City Championship Friday on GPB

Friday night will mark the 50th all-time meeting between the Clarke Central Gladiators and the Cedar Shoals Jaguars. It will also be the first time this battle of Athens’ eastside vs westside has been televised on GPB. The 50th Classic City Championship Game is loaded with storylines and interesting twists.

Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast: Week 6 (Or is it week 7?)

It's another round of Jon and Jackie talking high school football...

First is a recap of the Norcross-Archer game from last week, where we hear from NHS head coach Keith Maloof and QB Baron Radcliff for another edition of Jackie's "Year of the Quarterback" segment.

They also look at the week that was and the week that will be...

The 50th Classic City Classic

The GPB Sports team and Football Fridays in Georgia rolls into Athens, Georgia, this week for a huge rivalry game between the Clarke Central Gladiators and the Jaguars of Cedar Shoals. Clarke Central comes into this one with a 2-2 record under new coach Dave Perno while the Jaguars are 3-1 under new coach Leroy Ryals who a few years back was the head coach at Clarke Central. Yes, this one has a lot of very interesting story lines.

Who’s The Best Football Team in the State?

This past Friday night on my Statewide Scoreboard Show, I made the comment that I thought the Valdosta Wildcats might just be the best football team in the state this 2016 season. I made the comment in an on-air interview with GPB’s Jon Nelson, and after thinking about it a bit more over the weekend, I’m convinced that the ‘Cats could be the top prep football team in any of the seven classifications this year. Let’s take a look at their body of work so far this season.

Now is Not The Time To Panic…

For about 20 seconds or so… indulge me as I talk about my alma mater…


Under a new head coach, Norcross’ Cam Jones, Lakeside-DeKalb is off to a 3-1 start this season with wins over Dunwoody, Druid Hills, and Miller Grove. Under Heath Hinton last year, we were 3-2 and finished 4-7. But I will take the start!

Way to go y’all!

Okay… to the week that was…

A Voice Worth Hearing

It’s funny how things work out sometimes.

I’d heard Dave Burnett’s voice many times over the loud speakers at Ray Manus Stadium at Roswell High School. My very first season at GPB was right out of college, in 2011. Little did I know that five years later, I would actually meet Dave.

Dave is one of those guys you meet that when you talk to him, it’s like you’ve known him your whole life. I wanted to do a story on “the Roswell ‘First and 10… Hornets!’ guy,” I told my producer, Keocia Howard. That’s all I knew about him at the time. He was the “first and 10 Hornets!” guy.

Archer at Norcross on GPB! State Powers Collide

You know what was unusual about the 2015 Georgia high school football season? It was the first time in four years that neither Norcross nor Archer played for the state championship. The Blue Devils won consecutive GHSA AAAAAA state titles in 2012 and 2013 and went 28-2 while doing it. The Tigers reached the 2014 state final in just the program’s fifth full season of existence before falling to Colquitt County 28-24 in the Georgia Dome.

A Regular Season First!

This week GPB’s Football Fridays in Georgia is heading to Norcross Stadium where the undefeated and fifth ranked Norcross Blue Devils will take on Gwinnett County rival, the Archer Tigers, a team that has won 11 games the last three years in a row. Coach Keith Maloof is in his 18th season as coach of the Blue Devils, posting a 138-58 record and of course the back to back GHSA state championships in 2012 and 2013. This is the 8th year for football for the Archer Tigers under coach Andy Dyer and look at the progression……….

2015 11-2

2014 11-4

2013 11-1

Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast: Week 5 (Or is it week 4?)

It's another week of the "Football Fridays in Georgia" podcast where Jon and Jackie battle renegade microphones, recap the Roswell-Colquitt County game, and everything else that went on the week before and prepare for the week that will be...

This week's "Big Interview" is Mary Persons High Head Football Coach Brian Nelson- who is not related to Jon, and looks a lot like Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.