List/Trivia/Quote: Norcross-North Gwinnett is 20th finals rematch of regular-season game


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

GHSF Daily asked coaches during the offseason if they have a favorite quote, saying or motto. We’ll run a different one each day. Coaches are invited to add to our list.

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Max Sizemore

December 13th, 2013
8:01 am

I think you want it to read “Max Dowis” in that list of coaches with three runnerup finishes. Of North Clayton fame, of course.

Todd Holcomb

December 13th, 2013
8:25 am

You’re correct, Max.

Pelham Hornet 1996

December 13th, 2013
10:58 am

Garfield Stephens won at D.F. Douglass in 1981. Earliest I can remember off the top of my head.


December 13th, 2013
2:43 pm

Dan Pitts lost 3 title games by a combined 11 points. Its tough knowing we (Mary Persons) were that close to having a few more rings but coach is still a legend in Forsyth. He always had us in the hunt and his teams were well disciplined. He won with defense and special teams. Once in the playoffs his ball control wing-t offense could be stopped with a strong defense that stacked the box.