The Class AAAAAA final between Norcross and North Gwinnett will be the 20th championship game in GHSA history that is a rematch from the regular season. The original winner is 13-4 in the finals. Two state finals were rematches of tie games. Here are the 19 rematches. The state champion before 2013 is listed first.
1948 – Lanier vs. Marist
Regular season: 7-7. Final: 15-14.
1955 – Monticello vs. Stone Mountain
Regular season: 14-14. Final: 13-7.
1960 – Washington-Wilkes vs. Jenkins County
Regular season: 38-13. Final: 40-0.
1968 – St. Pius vs. Gainesville
Regular season: 14-13. Final: 6-0.
1980 – Woodward Academy Marist
Regular season: 14-20. Final: 14-10.
1990 – Cairo vs. Worth County
Regular season: 38-8. Final: 37-28.
1993 – Thomas County Central vs. Thomasville
Regular season: 28-7. Final: 14-12
1994 – Colquitt County vs. Valdosta
Regular season: 10-7. Final: 23-10.
1995 – Elbert County vs. Washington-Wilkes
Regular season: 6-14. Final: 27-0.
1996 – Brookwood vs. Valdosta
Regular season: 28-31. Final: 45-24.
2000 – Commerce vs. Buford
Regular season: 18-14. Final: 27-19.
2000 – Parkview vs. Harrison
Regular season: 8-7. Final: 19-7.
2001 – Americus vs. Early County
Regular season: 21-19. Final: 33-21.
2001 – Buford vs. Bowdon
Regular season: 40-0. Final: 35-13.
2002 – Buford vs. Greater Atlanta Christian
Regular season: 35-10. Final: 34-10.
2002 – Parkview vs. Brookwood
Regular season: 17-10. Final: 28-7.
2005 – Lincoln County vs. Washington-Wilkes
Regular season: 20-13. Final: 25-0.
2007 – Buford vs. Lovett
Regular season: 21-0. Final: 50-0.
2008 – Tucker vs. Marist
Regular season: 0-38. Final: 15-3.
2013 – North Gwinnett vs. Norcross
Regular season: 36-17. Final: ?
Bryan Lamar of Tucker and Olten Downs of Creekside are the first African-American head coaches to oppose each other in a GHSA state championship football game. Who was the first African-American coach to win a GHSA state championship in football? (Answer Monday)
Answer to Thursday’s question: Larry Campbell of Lincoln County is the coach who has suffered the most losses in state finals history with seven. Next are Hal Lamb of Calhoun and Bill Chappell of Dalton with five each. Five others have been runner-up four times. They are Butch Brooks, Bobby Gruhn, Dean Hargis, Billy Henderson and T.M. Tucker. Coaches with three runner-up finishers are Alan Chadwick, Max Dowis, Charlie Grisham, Ray Lamb, Carlton Lewis, Milt Miller, Cecil Morris, Conrad Nix, Dan Pitts and Thurston Taylor.
“Don’t drop the weight.”
- Bradwell Institute coach Adam Carter
“It is what it is.”
- Dutchtown coach Kevin Jones
- Johnson County coach Don Norton
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