Jim Hughes, James Brooks and Scott Woerner, three prominent names in Georgia high school football in the 1970s, were among eight new members selected this week for induction in the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame.
Hughes led Thomasville (1973, 1974) and Colquitt County (1994) to state championships. He is one of 14 Georgia coaches to win state titles at two schools. He retired in 1999 with a career record of 247-102-4.
Brooks was a star running back on Warner Robins’ 1976 team that finished 13-0 and won a national title. He went on to make all-SEC at Auburn and made the Pro Bowl four times in an eight-year career in the NFL.
Woerner was an all-state defensive back with Jonesboro in 1976 and an All-American on Georgia’s 1980 national championship team. He played briefly in the NFL and was part of two USFL championship teams with the Philadelphia Stars.
Also to be inducted on Feb. 22 in Macon are Bobby Cremins, Homer Rice, Hollis Stacy, Frank Thomas and Chester Webb.
Region of champions
The answer to Wednesday’s trivia question was off the mark so badly, and our readers were so friendly about it, that we figured it deserves a full accounting of the 11 current regions that have two teams that have won state championships in the 21st Century.
1-AAAAAA – 2003-08-09 Camden County, 2004-05-07 Lowndes
7-AAAAAA – 2006 Peachtree Ridge, 2012 Norcross
1-AAAAA – 2004 Warner Robins, 2006-07 Northside (Warner Robins)
8-AAAAAA – 2000-01-02 Parkview, 2010 Brookwood, 2011 Grayson
5-AAAA – 2000 Shaw, 2001-03-04 LaGrange, 2009-10-12 Sandy Creek
2-AAA – 2005-06-09 Peach County, 2007 Carver (Columbus)
3-AAAA – 2005 Statesboro, 2011 Burke County
3-AAA – 2000 Swainsboro, 2002 Thomson
3-AA – 2002 Screven County, 2006 Dublin
2-A – 2004-05-06 Charlton County, 2004-06-10 Clinch County, 2009 Wilcox County
3-A – 2007-12 Emanuel County Institute, 2011 Savannah Christian
The list also could include Cairo (2008) and Americus-Sumter from 1-AAAA if credit were given to Americus (2000-01) before the merger with Sumter County.
Three Chamblee brothers score touchdowns
It’s not unusual that a football team has three brothers on the roster. But at Chamblee, all three Burgress brothers – Ryan and twins Brent and Chris — scored touchdowns last week in their game against South Atlanta. Ryan, a senior, returned an interception 70 yards for his score. Brent scored on a 20-yard pass play. Chris scored on a short punt, returning it 30 yards for a touchdown. The Burgess boys are the sons of Chamblee boys basketball coach Caesar Burgess and his wife, Brenda. Chamblee won 44-0.
More NFL players
In our report last week on NFL players from Georgia, we asked readers to let us know about players on rosters that we did not list. We got five. They are DB Sanders Commings of Westside Augusta (Chiefs), WR Alan Bonner of Newnan (Texans), DB Kendrick Lewis of Gainesville (Chiefs), DT Cory Grissom of Troup (Patriots) and WR Da’Rick Rogers of Calhoun (Colts). Several others were on injured reserve or practice squads. Also, Shorter University athletics director Bill Peterson points out that Armond Smith (Redan, Union College) of the Panthers and Kevin Cone (St. Pius, Georgia Tech) of the Falcons started their college careers at Shorter.
Death prompts school to cancel season
Westfield High in Brocton, N.Y., announced this week that it was canceling the rest of its football season after junior Damon Janes died of injuries suffered in a helmet-to-helmet hit in a game on Sept. 13. Westfield had five games remaining. Janes is one of three players nationwide to die because of injuries this season. The first was Creekside defensive back DeAntre Turman, who suffered a neck injury making a tackle in an Aug. 16 scrimmage game. On Aug. 22, Tyler Lewellen of Arlington High in Riverside, Calif., was injured in a helmet-to-helmet collision. He was taken off life support a week later. There were 25 fatalities in high school football from 2003 to 2012, according to the National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research at the University of North Carolina.
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