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An inside look into Georgia High School Football for the 2012-13 season and beyond.

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  • Georgia Gridiron Guide is published annually by 12th Promotions, a division of Dash Media Group Inc. All rights reserved, reproduction in whole or in part without written permission are prohibited.

    PUBLISHER

    Georgia Gridirion Guide4002 Hwy 78Suite 530-153

    Snellville, GA 30039georgiagridironguide.com

    678.805.2055

    EDITORDell Miller

    ART DIRECTORJames Ledford

    TALENT EVALUATORChad Simmons/Scout.com

    CONTRIBUTING WRITERSRoger Gidlow

    Markus GoldenStephen Miller

    Marcel HughleyNicholas Gilliam

    Chad MartinKevin Price

    Chad SimmonsAlvin Richardson

    PHOTOGRAPHYBobby Willis

    The Georgia Gridiron Guide Family would like to take this time to show our gratitude and appreciation to every person that sent us a photo for inclusion in this years magazine. We would also like to give a shout out to Solefoodatl.com for providing the hottest sneakers for the 12th Man Promotions staff this year.

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  • Atlanta's Classic SneakerConsignment Boutique

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  • 06 WE MUST SACRIFICE FOR OUR TEAMS

    08 PENNIES FOR PEDIATRICS

    10 GEORGIA PREP FOOTBALL: BEST IN THE NATION

    12 REMEMBERING LEMON STREET

    16 FALCONS BACK IN THE NFC TITLE GAME

    18 MEET THE DOCS

    22 COLLEGE PREVIEWS

    32 INSIDE THE HUDDLE

    44 30 TEAMS 2 WATCH IN 2013

    50 NEAIGHBORHOOD HEROES

    64 A-LIST: GEORGIAS BEST BY POSITION

    80 CLASS OF 2014

    84 CLASS OF 2015

    86 THE FUTURE: 10 PLAYERS 2 WATCH FOR 2016

    88 INSIDE BORN 2 COMPETE

    96 APPLEBEES Presents FRIDAY NIGHTS KINGS

    TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  • Spero Karas, MD Sameh Labib, MD Amadeus Mason, MD Kenneth Mautner, MD Brandon Mines, MD Jeffrey Webb, MD John Xerogeanes, MD

  • Photo courtesy of Peach County Schools

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  • As we begin the 2012-13 season, I would like to begin by

    taking a moment to reect on the absolute blessing that it

    is to focus on our most beloved pastime.football!

    Ive had both the honor and privilege of traveling around

    Georgia visiting communities and have met some of the

    nest human beings on the planet via local high school

    football games. High school fans are the most passionate

    and supportive fans you will nd and they go above and

    beyond to support their area schools both with their

    time and nancially. The most amazing thing about the

    schools with the most support is that they are also very

    competitive. The game of football is dependent on fan

    support and that support is needed all of the time and at

    every game. Im not sure of the population in Calhoun but,

    it appeared that every person from the town came to the

    championship game in the dome last season to cheer for

    their team. I can only imagine the pure joy that the fans

    felt as the Yellow Jackets nally beat Buford. My travels

    over the years have also allowed me to see a lack of fan

    dedication and commitment at some schools that have

    nearly brought me to tears. The absolute worse trends that

    Ive seen lately are parents dropping-off their kids at ball

    games with no intention of staying themselves and fans

    turning their backs and walking-out because their team is

    losing. Folks, we must never forget that these are KIDS

    and we must make sure that we provide them with positive

    examples of support to maintain a sense of community and

    help our schools.

    The most competitive programs typically have awesome

    community support. The magic formula that creates

    success at any school is very simple: leadership + support

    + sacrice = success. My prayer this season is for fans

    across the state currently connected to a program to

    become active in recruiting at least one person to join

    in their efforts to support our football teams. Over the

    last year, Ive been volunteering at my local school and

    Ive learned the time that I gave up provided me with an

    abundance of blessings that would not have come my way

    without my sacrice.

    Dell MillerEditor in Chief

    WHY WE MUST

    SACRIFICE TO BETTER OUR TEAMS & COMMUNITIES

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  • Pennies for Pediatrics is a non-prot organization providing

    awareness and support to the parents of children who have

    Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism is a term used for a

    number of developmental disabilities called Autism Spectrum

    Disorders or ASD. ASD emerges in the rst three years of a

    childs life, and can affect the childs ability to communicate,

    understand language, and to develop social relationships.

    Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the way a child

    sees and interacts with the rest of the world. The mission of

    Pennies for Pediatrics is to supply families with information

    including, but not limited to, healthy living and therapies

    that will provide a more conducive environment for children

    on the Autism spectrum. Parents can depend on Pennies for

    Pediatrics for nancial support, as well, via grants, coupons

    and gift cards.

    Pennies for Pediatrics was birthed from one mothers passion

    to recover her son from Autism. In her pursuit of this mission,

    she found it difcult to gain access to the help required to

    make her son the best individual that he could possibly be. She

    diligently read books and befriended other mothers with kids

    on the spectrum. As her son began to participate in various

    therapies (speech, occupational, behavioral, etc), she realized

    that he was gaining condence and becoming stronger each

    day. Immediately her heart went out to all of the moms that

    were discouraged because of the lack of information and

    resources. Through rst hand experience, she learned that

    the most difcult part of receiving an autism diagnosis was

    the lack of support and readily available information. As a

    result, Pennies for Pediatrics was launched as a resource tool

    to encourage and provide nancial support and awareness for

    parents and family members.

    Pennies for Pediatrics has discovered that in addition to

    therapies, sports play a major role in an autistic childs

    physical development and condence. Physical activity is

    important for all children but it can especially promote a

    healthy lifestyle within individuals with autism. Given the right

    sports environment, a child with autism can learn the concept

    of teamwork and friendship building while improving poor

    motor coordination. Two of the main attributes that many ASD

    children possess is profound focus and adherence to routines.

    These traits can be benecial to certain athletic pursuits.

    In an effort to bring awareness and provide hope and

    resources to families of children with spectrum disorders,

    Pennies for Pediatrics, has teamed with Georgia Gridiron

    Guide to host two charity benets to support the efforts of

    this notable organization:

    1) Annual A Day event - Families will enjoy good

    food and therapeutic fun for the kids. Healthy

    vendors and medical professional will be available

    to provide additional resources to parents.

    2) Artism - Kids from all facets of the spectrum will

    submit their art to be auctioned to other parents

    and people in the community.

    For more information on Pennies for Pediatrics, to

    make a donation or to book a board member to speak

    to your community or organization regarding Autism,

    please email info@penniesforpediatrics.org. Please visit

    www.penniesforpediatrics.org learn more about autism

    and how you can get involved.

    Autism Facts In March 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and

    Prevention issued their ADDM autism prevalence

    report. The report concluded that the prevalence of

    autism had risen to 1 in every 88 births in the United

    States and almost 1 in 54 boys.

    According to the Autism Society, the lifetime cost of

    caring for a child with autism is estimated to range from

    $3.5 million to $5 million

    The United States is facing almost $90 billion annually

    in costs for autism (this gure includes research,

    insurance costs and non-covered expenses, Medicaid

    waivers for autism, educational spending, housing,

    transportation, employment, in addition to related

    therapeutic services and caregiver costs).

    Research shows that boys are more likely to develop

    Autism than girls.

    PENNIES FOR PEDIATRICS:BRINGING AWARENESS TO AUTISM ONE STEP AT A TIME

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  • Cameron Miller, son of editor Dell Miller and diagnosed with an ASD, photographed with Georgia Gridiron Guides Neighborhood Hero, Robert Nkemdiche of Grayson High School.

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  • Georgia high school football is a huge deal. If it wasnt, there probably wouldnt be magazines that feature wall-to-wall coverage of the game and those who play it in the Peach State.But just how does prep football in our neck of the woods compare to that in other states that make up this great big country? The answer to that question largely depends on who you ask and where they live. Th