Creativity is one of our passions at The List, and we enjoy when a little artistic merit can be combined with our love for high school football.
Logos, uniforms, helmets … they all go into the package for us on a Friday night. While some teams mimic a college or professional team that shares their name, we especially appreciate the ones that come up with their own unique design.
And thanks to the fine folks at the Georgia High School Football Helmet Project, we can get a glimpse of our favorite teams’ helmets from the comfort of our own homes.
That, of course, got us arguing over who has the coolest-looking ones. It’s a tough call, and it’s ridiculously subjective, both of which we also enjoy. So here’s our 10.
10. Fellowship Christian Paladins
Just a well done logo on this one, with nice detail. A knight with a lance, riding his horse. You get the lines on the armor, the cape, helmet, and you can almost see the horse running hard. Also like that the lance protrudes just off the end of the logo.
9. Wheeler County Bulldogs
If nothing else, you’ve got to like that they didn’t just slap one of the other billion bulldog logos on their helmets and call it a day. This one’s got the illusion of movement, and it even has a Wheeler County tattoo on its leg. Well done.
8. Dunwoody Wildcats
We had to have at least one old-school helmet on here, and Dunwoody’s certainly fits the bill. It looks like something high school kids might have been wearing in the 1940s. Just a small wildcat head with a simple “DHS” script above.
7. Savannah Country Day Hornets
The hornet really does look like it’s about to sting you. It may be a tad cartoonish, but it’s also original and pretty cool looking. The hornet is angry and even appears as if it’s about to start throwing punches. That’s not something you see every day.
6. Riverside Military Eagles
There’s something about the eagle grasping onto the “R” with his talons that gets us ready for football. He looks like he might just rip the “R” in two and take you out. Those eyes are pretty menacing as well. We’re a little scared.
5. Northeast Macon Raiders
They’re the Raiders, but this is clearly a Viking on their helmet, and an awesome one at that. This guy has an epic beard and is wearing a horned hat. He’s also entirely red, which makes him look a little angry. We could see this guy singing “Yo ho ho” and drinking some grog.
4. Riverwood Raiders
OK, we’re not quite sure why these Raiders have a knight on their helmet, but the design is so cool that we’re going to let that go. We particularly like how the red on the knight’s helmet matches the red stripe on top of the player’s helmet. Just a cool look.
3. Elbert County Blue Devils
Isn’t this what the devil should look like? A featureless face with horns, slanted eyes and a blue chin beard? Yeah, that’s what we thought. It’s entirely more menacing this way than it is in red while wielding a pitchfork. Enjoyably evil.
2. Savannah Christian Raiders
We really do sort of love this one. A black Jolly Roger. A blood red backdrop. It’s simple, bold and maybe a little dangerous. All from a small Christian school. What’s not to like?
1. Twiggs County Cobras
Not too many things in this world look more intimidating than an angry cobra, and Twiggs County clearly realized that with this helmet. You’ve got the sharp teeth, forked tongue and eyes that stare a hole in you. Pretty sure we already don’t want to play them.
Of course, as usual, we want to hear from you. What are your favorite helmets in the state? Who did we just not have the design eye to pick up on? Which helmets sort of freak you out? Let us know in the comments here or on Twitter at @ajcprepsports.