Buford’s Simpson, Sandy Creek’s Walker move up list of coaches’ state titles

Chip Walker of Sandy Creek joined the list of coaches with at least three state titles in the GHSA. Buford’s Jess Simpson moved up the list with his fifth.

14 – Wright Bazemore, Valdosta

11 – Larry Campbell, Lincoln County

7 – Nick Hyder, Valdosta

5 – Ed Pilcher, Thomas County Central

5 – Charlie Grisham, Carrollton

5 – Jess Simpson, Buford

4 – Bill Corry, Morgan County

4 – Charlie Davidson, Washington-Wilkes

4 – Cecil Flowe, Parkview

4 – Jeff Herron, Camden County

4 – Rich McWhorter, Charlton County

3 – Wayman Creel, Robert Davis, Mike Garvin, Bobby Gentry, Billy Henderson, Dwight Hochstetler, Mike Hodges, Jim Hughes, Ray Lamb, Carlton Lewis, Randy McPherson, Steve Pardue, Jerry Sharp, Ernest Teel, Rick Tomberlin, Chip Walker, Luther Welsh, Minton Williams, Dexter Wood

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19 comments Add your comment


December 17th, 2012
10:25 am

why don’t we just keep adding classifications until every team is in the semifinals at the end of the year?

then most above average coaches can win a “title” every couple of years. trophies for everyone!

Big Al

December 17th, 2012
10:35 am

One school is a city school that can legally have kids move in when they are not zoned. The other actively recruits across Fulton and Fayette Counties. There is a reason why these schools win. High school athletics is all about having the best athletes. Yes, these are good coaches, but it helps when you have great athletes right and left. It’s really a shame that the AJC doesn’t do real journalism and conduct an investigation into recruiting.

big daddy

December 17th, 2012
11:41 am

agree with Big Al. the rules that are being broken and pushed to the limits are the pink elephants in the living rooms.


December 17th, 2012
11:48 am

@Big Al- If you build it they will come, you can have talented atheletes across the board, but coaching is the key factor in sucess. For example, look at the saints and arkansas, they have talent up and down the roster. Their coaches got in trouble and one was suspended and the other was fired, how are they doing this year? yeah thats what i thought. They play within the rules of GHSA, why would AJC do an investigation? The Buford team this year definitely was not as talented as past teams, but they played for more than just a state championship they played for respect, with heart, and for their fallen coach and classmates. Don’t take that away with “recruiting” allegations when they don’t even go on.


December 17th, 2012
12:04 pm

@BigAl ; @big daddy…why don’t ya’ll call GHSA if you’re so worried about recruiting? Give them some evidence. You won’t because you can’t. Quit hating on Buford and Sandy Creek.


December 17th, 2012
12:09 pm

Smells like sour grapes up in here with the recruiting talk. Nothing but loser talk if you ask me.

Hubert Green

December 17th, 2012
12:53 pm

I thought Milton was the only school that was having “undue influence” on players coming! What a joke; if you have a great program folks want to be a part of it; free country.

Buford Recruits

December 17th, 2012
3:20 pm

I live in Hall County and at least 3 kids in my neighborhood play for Buford; but hey since football is what is most important for the rednecks in this state, so be it.

Play Fair

December 17th, 2012
3:23 pm

Sandy Creek does not recruit players. The ones that come actually move into the district on their own accord. Simply because they and their parents want to be a part of a organzied, disciplined and winning team. The coaches and players are very talented…stop hating!!

Most of all Sandy Creek High School is a school of academic excellence…check out the state’s report card.

Just Askin

December 17th, 2012
7:48 pm

Just asking, but didn’t Buford have to forfeit FOR CHEATING twice this year? They may have played the championship within the rules, but obviously aren’t too good to break them. Buford is just a dirt cheap private school athletic factory. My school is in 6A. Which is where Buford should be.

Just Askin

December 17th, 2012
7:51 pm

Also, didn’t Buford’s old OC get kicked out of Cambridge HS in Milton for Recruiting after leaving Buford?


December 17th, 2012
9:44 pm

Are you obsessed with Buford? Just askin. I wouldn’t call self-reporting the use of an ineligible player for a couple plays at the end of games they were winning by sixty points cheating. It would have been cheating if they didn’t report it. Buford took the losses and moved forward. Buford won the championship. That is a fact. You need help if you think Buford didn’t earn it. Do you need help? Just askin.

big daddy

December 17th, 2012
11:14 pm

it is not just Buford, Sandy Creek, or Calhoun that “recruit”. And it is not a new issue. I live in West GA and everybody knows Carrollton has recruited for over 50 years. Charlie Gresham may have been a wonderful football coach for several decades, but he was just as good at recruiting players from Villa Rica and Central of Carrollton. this is not a new phenomenon.

First Down Creek!!!!

December 18th, 2012
9:13 am

You need to put up or shut up!! What a senseless accusation. If Sandy Creek were 5-5 you wouldn’t mention their name, but because your team obviously is bad, you feel the need to get on your soapbox and declare that good teams must cheat. Prove your silly point. Pick out the illegal players and report them to the GHSA. Whitewater reached the semifinals this year and two years ago Starrs Mill lost in the championship. Both schools are in Fayette County so I guess they recruited as well. Use your brain! With all of the accusations, don’t you think the GHSA is watching to make sure teams like Buford and Sandy Creek follow the rules??? Why not take a look at the feeder schools and all of the young talent in Tyrone that will be coming to Sandy Creek over the next four years. There’s no need to recruit. Our area is rich with talented kids and great coaches. Come on around to Tyrone next season and watch the youth football games. Take down the names of the future standouts for Sandy Creek so you won’t ever have to make ignorant statements about our program again.

Rumor has it

December 18th, 2012
10:55 am

Surprised no one has brought up ELCA with all this recruiting talk.

Patriot Power

December 18th, 2012
11:43 am

As I have said before, don’t tantalize us with the generic charge of recruiting. Please be specific and name names. Parents and students pursue us, not the other way around. Do we have legitimate athletic transfers who follow GHSA rules? Yep. Success is a magnet for others who want to be successful also.


December 18th, 2012
5:33 pm

go on( Buford Wolves.com) and you will see” the rest of the story”……………..Buford has a rich tradition going back several decades……enjoy…..


December 18th, 2012
7:27 pm

As a former student of Sandy Creek, you can trust me when I say, those boys come from the North Fayette area. Now, there maybe a few transfers here or there, but what school doesn’t have those.

Roger Roger, Whats our Vector Victor

December 18th, 2012
9:47 pm

Buford did cheat. And self report. The fact that you minimize it by saying that they were up by 60 doesn’t matter. And they do recruit. Just how many people do you think live in the City of Buford? How long has the City of Buford existed? Do they just have a cycle of new people moving in, having kids and moving on that no other Gwinnett City has? My argument isn’t that they continuously cheat (though their OC did get fired/ “step down” from Cambridge for recruiting and they did play illegal players within the past 12 months) but that they shouldn’t play in AAA. Whether it is “recruiting” or not (it is, but I’ll pretend it isn’t) they have a half assed “private” school that someone on minimum wage could afford that draws kids from Cherokee, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Fulton and Hall Counties (that I know of). If you want to pull from 5 counties (minimum) then go play with the really big boys. Quit hiding in AAA and before that AA and before that A. Be who you are. An elite program with a limitless pool of talent. Play the big boys (and lose like you did to Gainesville).