Pridgen selected as Class A coach of year

ATLANTA -- Wesleyan's Franklin Pridgen was honored as Class A coach of the year during the Georgia High School Football Luncheon sponsored by the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia World Congress Center on Saturday.

Pridgen led Wesleyan to the 2008 state championship and the Wolves had a 24-game winning streak before losing to Wilcox County 20-15 in this year's quarterfinals.

Billy Henderson, 81, received the lifetime achievement award from the Falcons. He won state championships at Clarke Central in 1977, 1979 and 1995, and retired with a 286-107-15 career record.

In addition to Pridgen, present coaches honored were Chip Lindsey of Lassiter in AAAAA, Steven Devoursney of Griffin in AAAA, Paul Standard of St. Pius in AAA and Robby Pruitt of Fitzgerald in AA.

Speakers at the luncheon included coach Mike Smith and president Rick McKay of the Falcons.