Georgia high school football history will take place on Friday in Camilla between two state champions of which many Georgia high school football fans have never heard.
Westwood School, the home team, is the reigning champion of Class A in the Georgia Independent School Association, sometimes called GISA (pronounced gee-sa). The team averaged 49.9 points per game last season, the second-most in state history (GHSA or GISA) behind Camden County’s 50.9 in 2011.
Piedmont Academy, from Monticello, is the reigning champion of Class AA.
Each team is riding a 26-game winning streak. It’s the first time in GISA history that teams with winning streaks that long have played each other. The longest winning streak in GISA history is 29 games, held by Westwood and Savannah Christian.
“I do feel like this game should get statewide attention since both schools and football programs have had such unprecedented success the past two seasons,” said Westwood’s coach, Ross Worsham, who grew up in Camilla and played for Mitchell-Baker’s 1983 GHSA state championship team. “You have four state championships and 52 straight victories between the two schools on the line. I know both communities view this as a huge opening game, and I feel like there will be a ton of interest.”
Piedmont Academy coach Rhett Farmer added a key note: “Both head coaches were willing to put their streaks in jeopardy.”
The GISA has 46 member schools that play football. They are private schools with enrollment that typically would be middle to low in the GHSA’s Class A.
But college coaches know they’re there. In 2011, there were 69 college football players who came from associations other than the GHSA, primarily GISA.
“GISA football is very competitive considering the small size of the member schools when you compare the small number of student-athletes as compared to what most public schools have to draw from,” said Piedmont’s Farmer, whose school has about 45 males, 31 who play football. “This league is loaded with talent when you look at it from a per-capita standpoint.”
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