After three successful seasons as head coach at West Forsyth High School, Adam Clack came to Fulton County and Milton High School and led the Eagles to a 9-3 mark in 2017. It was a good first step for a coach who brought a vision of making Milton and the surrounding community synonymous with winning high school football, not just in the state, but in the southeastern region and the nation.
The next step toward that goal showed up in an amazing way.
"I looked in my inbox one day and I've got this email from Airo," remembers Clack. "I started reading and thought, this was too good to be true." Milton had been chosen from a group of schools to serve as host for the 2018 Freedom Bowl, a three-day celebration focused on high school football, service and leadership.
In all, 12 teams will play six games and some of those teams are among he nations best .The list includes Bob Jones from Alabama, St. Josephs from New Jersey, Georgia Class 7A state champion North Gwinnett and Florida state champions American Heritage and Chaminade-Madonna. Milton will draw Cardinal Gibbons, currently ranked seventh in the southeast by USA Today.
"I'm excited for our kids to get exposed to that kind of talent," says Milton Athletic Director Gary Sylvestri. "This event will help put Milton High School, the Milton community and Georgia football on the map in a big national exposure. It's about leadership in our community and in our country."