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State championships are always a topic at Buford, which kicked off spring practice on Tuesday.
The Wolves have won three Class AA championships in a row. Last year’s was perhaps the most fulfilling, as Buford won a rematch against Calhoun (13-10), holding the state’s No. 1-rated prospect Da’Rick Rogers to 69 yards on 10 catches.
Why does Buford have a chance to win a fourth consecutive title? Four starters return in the offensive backfield, including QB Alex Ross and running backs Eric Barr and Seon Jones. The defense welcomes back its entire secondary, including Ryan Dillard, C.J. Moore, Jamal English, Paris Head and Eric Barr.
Most importantly, the Wolves return coach Jess Simpson, who has directed the current dynasty — the second stretch of three consecutive championships.
“We are talking about our process [of competing for the state championship] and the work we need to get done,” Simpson said. “We don’t ever talk about last year.”
YOU make the prediction: Which fellow Class AA team will threaten to end Buford’s streak this year? Please list your team below and state your case.
Team: Buford Wolves
Spring practice dates: May 4-18
Last year’s record: 14-1
Starters lost: 12
Head coach: Jess Simpson
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