For an upclose look at Georgia high school football history

Grayson is ranked No. 1 in ESPN’s national rankings and could become the first national champion from Georgia since 1992. There have been 10 national champions, most of them from Valdosta in the glory years of coaches Wright Bazemore and Nick Hyder.

Courtesy of our partner, the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, here is a look at those 10:

1962 Valdosta

1969 Valdosta

1971 Valdosta

1974 Thomasville

1976 Warner Robins

1981 Warner Robins

1984 Valdosta

1986 Valdosta

1991 LaGrange

1992 Valdosta

The Georgia High School Football Historians Association was founded in 2002 by Loren Maxwell with the mission of documenting the history of high school football in the state. The association’s website has scores of games dating to 1894. Most school’s history of scores are complete back to 1948, when the Georgia High School Association put football-playing schools in classifications for the first time and held state championships. Also found on this site are state rankings, all-state players, state champions and much more.

7 comments Add your comment

Will Jones

August 28th, 2012
4:37 pm

Go Forest Park Panthers, let the new beginning start in Chattahoochee.

Will Jones

August 28th, 2012
4:39 pm

Let’s go Forest Park Panthers, let the new beginning start in Chattahoochee.


August 28th, 2012
5:26 pm

While the text here shows it, the actual links underneath don’t have the “:” after the http. Once you add that in the links work.

Delbert D.

August 28th, 2012
6:23 pm

I recall from the magazines back in 1962 that the preseason top player for Valdosta was the center. He was the guy in the photo.


August 28th, 2012
9:16 pm

Valdosta, GA. The Mecca of South GA. Football!!


August 28th, 2012
9:55 pm

I would be proud for team from Ga ( God’s Country) win the national title, and would not care who it was. Valdosta was the last one to do so,

Grayson is not my favorite team, simply because I am from Lowndes and they have got our #. And would very proud of them if they could do it..

Of course they have an entire season to go, and do not see it happening… Of course anything could happen and have seen stranger things happen.

Say what you may about this Grayson team, but can they do it, off course they can,

They had a dream season last year, and as we know a #1 preseason recruit in the NATION…

Pressure is what I see the most of get these young kids. A lot of pressure on a teenager. So much exposure from everyone and everywhere.. I pray that the team as well as he (Nic) can hold it in the road for the entire year.

I will be backing him for the Pride of Ga. I’l be honest about him playing Lowndes though I will have to back my Vikes..

Now you all at Grayson, don’t repeat our mistake when it comes to the national title.
In 2005 we were as close as a matter of fact the closet we plow boys have ever been..

In 2004 we had won the state in the top division which was 5a in the state, and for the Coach Mac, had put another dream team together again. We were clicking on all 8 cylinders,

And got caught lookin beyond the Ware County Gators a smaller 4a team. They were a good team, no doubt about it and lost the game, that dashed our hopes for the first and only ever National title dream..

Again we went on to win our 2 in a row state title in 05, and won our last state title 2 years later put it together again in 07 and we have fallen since

So some advice… God
(take one game at a time,)
(Do not overlook ANYbody)
(Say focused on what has got you their)
The most one key element is win or lose, is to

((((((((Give our God the Glory for whatever happens)))))

May God watch and keep you and may His face upon you,

To God be the glory, the Dominion and Power which is his His and His and His alone….. bruce McCracken Gal.2.20
Hang in there




August 29th, 2012
11:28 am

A travesty: The 1973 Southwest Atlanta football team was ranked number two in the nation. The reason only that they were not number one was race. That team was of course all-black as the number one team was a mostly white team in Alabama. The story of the Southwest football and basketball teams are the teams of legend. AJC would have them forgotten rather than cherished. You cannot talk about great “Georgia High School” football teams without mentioning the Southwest Atlanta team.