MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – When I moved to Macon, almost 22 years ago, I was told the best high school football programs were outside the city limits.
And that was correct.
In fact, the three teams who were in last week’s semi-finals are arguably the best programs and have the best fan bases in our area – Mary Persons, Peach County and Warner Robins. Unfortunately, Mary Persons lost their game, but on Friday we will see the Trojans from Fort Valley and the Demons from Warner Robins play in state championship games.
Peach County will play Friday at 1:00 against Calhoun and then right after that Warner Robins will play Rome. We should all be pulling for both of these teams to bring a state championship back to middle Georgia. Macon County won it last year in Single-A, so it would be great to have two teams win it all this year.
Now, I’m not going to expect many Northside or HoCo or Veterans fans to root for the Demons. I know that may too much to ask. But the rest of us can root like crazy for these two teams. Both have great stories. Peach County has a great team, led by head coach Chad Campbell. The last time they made the finals was 2011 and they last won it in 2009. There’s just something about a Friday night football game in the valley every fall. Heck, they still start their games at 8:00 – old-school style – every week. It’s the classic case of a small town coming together to go all out for their team. Friday, they’re not even having school in Fort Valley, as they want as many students as possible in Atlanta cheering on the Trojans.
Then there’s Warner Robins, a team that a year ago was 3-8 in Mike Chastain’s first season. The addition of the Fromm boys has made a huge difference, as this team is undefeated and prepared to win its first state championship since 2004. We know how crazy the Demons fans are, as they pack McConnell-Talbert Stadium for every home game.
From growing up in the small South Georgia town of Waycross, I know how important high school football is to a community. This year’s state finals match-up in 6-A is interesting to me, as it matches Coffee against Lee County. This is the best season ever for both of these schools, so you know the cities of Douglas and Leesburg are off the chain this week. Then in Single-A, you’ll have Clinch County and Irwin County. Clinch County has won 6 state titles in the last 30 years, so they’re used to this. But the folks in Ocilla have waited 42 years since their last state championship.
It’s hard to believe the season is almost over, but the state championship games start Friday morning at 10:00 am at Mercedes-Benz stadium. Tucker will have complete coverage for us and we hope you’ll join us for the last End Zone of this season – starting at 11:13 Friday night here on 41 NBC. We’ll see you then.