Atlanta Falcons give lifetime award to former South coach McFerrin

Former South Gwinnett head football coach T. McFerrin will receive a prestigious award at the Atlanta Falcons Salute to High School Football event Saturday at the Georgia Dome.

McFerrin, who retired from coaching after last season, was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award. He will be recognized during a luncheon prior to Saturday’s state championship games at the Dome, as well as on the field during the championships.

McFerrin had a 317-84-4 (.788 winning percentage) record in his 34 seasons in Georgia and a 340-102-4 mark (.762) over 38 seasons in a career that began in Tennessee. His 340 wins rank fourth all-time in Georgia and he won state titles at Jefferson (2012) and Elbert County (1995). His state records include coaching four different schools to the state finals, coaching five different schools to the state semifinals, coaching seven different schools to state quarterfinals or better and winning region titles at seven different schools.

His career included seven seasons at South Gwinnett from 1998-2004. He inherited a Comets team coming off an 0-10 season in 1997 and led the ’98 team to an 8-5 record and the state quarterfinals. He went 54-27 at South, leading his 2003 team to the first 10-0 season in school history and the region title. He won 13 region titles during his career.