What Is the History of High School Football in Georgia?


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The storied high school football history in the state of Georgia includes the nation's winningest prep team of all-time and the fastest prep coach in the nation to reach 300 career wins. Numerous Georgia high school players have garnered all-American honors and went on to have standout NFL careers.

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As of 2015, Valdosta's 891 overall victories in program history were the most of any high school in the nation. Not surprisingly, the school also boasts the most state championships, with 19 from 1951 to 1998. Next are Buford and Lincoln County with 11 state titles each.

Lincoln County coach Larry Campbell retired after the 2013 season, after leading the Red Devils to each of their 11 state championships and 33 regional titles. Campbell left as the all-time wins leader in Georgia high school history.

"PARADE" magazine has also included two former Georgia preps on its list of Top All-America High School Football Players of All Time. Johnson County's Herschel Walker gained "PARADE" All-America honors in 1970 before heading to the University of Georgia and later starring in the NFL. Stone Mountain Redan kicker Chris Gardocki received the honor in 1987 and played at Clemson before a 16-year NFL career that included a Pro Bowl selection and championship with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Other noteworthy Georgia high school products include Fran Tarkenton, Sam Wysche, Ray Guy, Terry Allen and Jake Reed.

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