High school football spring capsules

Here's a team-by-team look at each Gwinnett County football team after spring practice.


Collins Hill Eagles

• Coach: Kevin Reach, fourth season

• 2012 record: 6-5

• Key returning players: RB Tyler Henderson, OL/DL Christian Harris, WR/S Rhywan England, WR/S Grant McDonald, WR/S Quentin Jones, OL/DL Ben Yarn, WR C.J. Davis, WR/DB Wayne Smith, OL Franky Filto, LB Austin Smith, LB J.T. Thomas, DL Miles Fox

• Key newcomers: QB Tyler Herman, QB Connor Wallace, DL Shaquille Herriveaux, DL Tomon Fox, LB Trevahn Sensabaugh

• Spring surprises/standouts: Fox, Henderson, Harris, Fox, Herman, Wallace, TE Chase Seymour, DL Chris McFarland, LB Robert Snyder

• Key losses: QB Brett Sheehan, LB Daniel Fish, WR Justin Wyatt, WR Julian Williams, OL/DL Tra Palmer

• Outlook: Collins Hill graduated one of the county's top passers in Sheehan and its two leading receivers. But finding a replacement for them shouldn't be too hard for the Eagles, who have knack for developing standout quarterbacks and receivers. Herman is the projected started for the Eagles at QB, but will still battle Wallace during the summer for the job. Herman saw action as a backup last year. He'll have plenty of guys to get the ball to in England, McDonald, Jones and Davis. Leading rusher Henderson is back after breaking his collarbone last year. The offensive line has some question marks, but Division I prospect Harris will anchor the unit. The defense will have a lot of new faces, but Reach is pleased with the depth along the defensive line. The group is led by Fox, one of the top junior prospects in the county. Smith is the team's top returning tackler and will be the anchor at linebacker along with Thomas.

Duluth Wildcats

• Coach: Jason Conner, first season

• 2012 record: 4-6

• Key returning players: QB Thaddeus Bell, LB Amari Barrett, OL Blaise Burroughs, LB Chris Carleton

• Key newcomers: WR Tyler Davis, S Rodney Jones, OL Rick Hardrick, WR Jamyest Williams

• Spring surprises/standouts: OL Rick Hardrick, WR/CB Jamyest Williams, DT Markael Maxwell, RB Theo Burnette

• Key losses: WR Jordan Dandridge, WR Myles Cambpell, RB Jordan Dooley

• Outlook: Conner is in his first season as head coach after previously serving as offensive coordinator. He replaces Corey Jarvis, who took the head job at Mays in Atlanta. Conner inherits a team that hasn't had a winning record since 1995. Bell takes over at QB after splitting time last season. He showed progress during the spring and got some help from newcomers Davis and Williams. Barrett moved from the defensive line to LB where he will join Carleton, the team's top returning tackler. The rest of the defense will be fresh faces.

Meadowcreek Mustangs

• Coach: Deario Grimmage, fourth season

• 2012 record: 0-10

• Key returning players: WR Kortez Towles, WR Laquan Johnson, RB Ryan Moore, OLB/RB David Stewart, OLB Antonio Bailey

• Key newcomers: DE/OL Oliver Niyungeko, NT Robert Johnson, DE/OL Lamarcus Bailey

• Spring surprises/standouts: OLB/RB David Stewart, RB Ryan Moore

• Key losses: QB Patrick Mills and Trey Bryant

• Outlook: Grimmage is entering his fourth year as the Mustangs' head coach, which is the longest tenure in nearly 15 years at the school. The program has made small gains over the last three years, which was evident during spring practice. Moore, a state placer in wrestling, leads the offense at running back and the team's top two receivers, Towels and Johnson, are back. The defense has two LBs returning in Stewart and Bailey, but rest of the unit will be new. Niyungeko, Johnson and Bailey showed promise on the defensive line, while the secondary is still a work in progress.

Mill Creek Hawks

• Coach: Shannon Jarvis, 10th season

• 2012 record: 9-4

• Key returning players: LB Michael Leonard, RB DeVozea Gaines, LB/FB Andrew Sciara, DB Keanu James, FB/LB Jordain Sylvain, QB Daniel David, OL Josh Fannin, OL Kaleb Kim, DB Chris Dickhute, DB Zac Turner, WR Eric Ritland

• Key newcomers: RB Carter Governale, OL Kyle Stepherson, OL/DL Jake Lund, LB Gary Holness, DL Semaj Starling, OL Chad Walker, OL J.D. Al-Khatib, LB Cole Ford, DL/FB Tyler Voyles, OL Bobby Klemm, RB Jonathan Hawkins

• Spring surprises/standouts: WR Austin Ragsdale, RB/DB Gerrard Butler, WR Joseph Hull

• Key losses: DL Kelsey Griffin, RB Jacorey Lewis, WR Michael Cheeks, WR Matt Pursell, OL Joe Cox, OL Matt Kopp, DL Justin Otiwu, LB Brandon Holley

• Outlook: Mill Creek reached the state quarterfinals last year and returns 13 starters, making it another legitimate playoff contender. The Hawks graduated Lewis, the county's leading rusher, and the bulk of the offensive line. Gaines will get the bulk of carries at running back, but will have help from Governale, who missed last season with a torn ACL, and Central Gwinnett transfer Hawkins. Sciara returns at fullback and David at QB. The biggest question mark is at receiver and on the offensive line, where four senior starters graduated. Kim, a major college prospect, is the only full-time returner. The defensive line was hit hard as well and will have to fill some holes. LB Leonard led the team in tackles last year and is back, while nearly the entire secondary returns with James, Dickhute and Turner.

Mountain View Bears

• Coach: Doug Giacone, second season

• 2012 record: 3-7

• Key returning players: DB/WR Kielan Whitner, LB Andrew Mozingo, LB/TE Bryce McCloud, OL Edwin Alvarenga, DL Emmanuel Banjoko, DB/RB Coleton Brindle, OL Kendel Wright, DL Malik Johnson

• Key newcomers: QB Crew Peery, QB/DB Sam Freitas, QB Alex Scott, DB/RB Cameron Hankins, DL Aaron McGill, RB Andrew Cirimele

• Spring surprises/standouts: DL Aaron McGill, RB/DB Andre Joseph, RB Cameron Hankins

• Key losses: QB Chris Bartlett, RB Marvin Elam, LB William Tuider

• Outlook: Mountain View struggled to score points in the triple option offense it ran last year, so the Bears have moved to the multiple formation system under first-year offensive coordinator Jason Turner. The Bears have three players -- Peery, Freitas and Scott -- battling for the QB spot and at least five guys battling for carries at running back. That made spring practice one of the most competitive in the Bears' four-year history. Whitner and Brindle will anchor the defense from the secondary, while Banjoko is the top DL returning.

Norcross Blue Devils

• Coach: Keith Maloof, 15th season

• 2012 record: 15-0

• Key returning players: OL Calub Crum, OL Blake Wood, OL Horatio Walker, OL Ryan Northrup, OL Trenton Jenkins, TE Emanuel Aka, FB James Keeling, WR Clinton Lynch, WR Maasiah Francis, Christopher Herndon, ATH Myles Autry, K Blake Bingham, LS Zach Forte, LB Kevin Mouhon, LB Jaquan Frazier, LB Warren McWilliams, DL Lorenzo Carter, DT Khree Lee, FS Jordan Noil, SS Brandon Garner

• Key newcomers: QB A.J. Bush, QB Griffin Barker, QB Jacob Gassert, RB Jibri Hicks, RB K.D. Garrett, WR Jared Pinckney, OL Deandre Plantin, CB Ray Issahaku, DE J.N. Kouassi, DT Dorian Kithcart, DT Dequan Avery

• Key losses: QB Joseph Wilber, RB Alvin Kamara, OL Joseph Ledford, DB Shon Akins, DB JaQuan Simpkins, LB Tommy Tate, DE Jaamal Jones, DT Jamarcus Connally

• Outlook: Norcross won the Class AAAAAA state championship last season and returns a strong group of players to repeat this year. Nearly the entire offensive line returns, which will help break in a new QB and RB. Milton transfer A.J. Bush, a top college recruit, will take over quarterback, while Autry will share the load at RB. Autry and Lynch were the team's top two receivers from a year ago. The defense is led by Carter, the state's No. 2 college prospect. Mouhon is also a major recruit and is the county's leading returning tackler. Noil led the county in interceptions last year and will anchor the secondary.

North Gwinnett Bulldogs

• Coach: Bob Sphire, eighth season

• 2012 record: 11-2

• Key returning players: S Bobby Young, WR Nate Brown, WR Caleb Scott, WR Almonzo Brown, OL Mitch Hyatt, OL Dre Smith; DL Dante Sawyer, LB Tony Bradford, LB Carter Cross, CB Bryan Williams, K Michael D'Angola, P Josh Hoeft

• Key newcomers: QB Hayden Sphire, RB C.J. Leggett, RB Wesley Edwards, Daniel Imatorbhebhe, Josh Imatorbhebhe, Anree Saint-Amour, CB Connor Kleid, LB Ben Carswell, SS Robert Puccarellio, LB Avery Elford, DL Des Smith, DL Noah Lyman

• Spring surprises/standouts: Dre Smith, Connor Kleid, Carter Cross, Anree Saint-Amour, Bobby Young, Mitch Hyatt, CJ Leggett, Hayden Sphire

• Key losses: QB Michael Haynes, OL Alex Stoehr, OL Andy Kwon, OL DeVondre Seymour, LB Jalen Brooks, S CJ James, RB Cam Lewis, WR Russell King, DL Preston Green, RB Jonathan Lewis, LS Justin Vining, DL Josh Manners

• Outlook: North Gwinnett has been one of the county's most successful programs over the last decade. The Bulldogs have won 10 or more games for the past seven seasons, including three region titles. The Bulldogs return solid a group of starters that should help them compete for the region crown. Senior Hayden Sphire takes over at QB after seeing considerable playing time last year. He'll have Nate Brown and Caleb Scott, the teams' two leading receivers from last year, to throw to this season. Chattahoochee transfer C.J. Leggett, a Division I recruit, will help the running game. The Bulldogs' biggest concern is on the offensive line, where they had three players sign college scholarships. Hyatt, a major college recruit, returns but the rest of the line is inexperienced. It's similar story on the defensive side of the ball. Sawyer, a Division I recruit, anchors a defensive line that lacks depth. LB Cross, the team's leading tackler last year, returns along with Elford, a county champion in wrestling. Defensive coordinator Mo Dixon left to be the DC at Byrnes (S.C.).

Peachtree Ridge Lions

• Coach: Mark Fleetwood, third season

• 2012 record: 4-6

• Key returning players: OL Orlando Brown, RB Myron Burton, RB Jordan Ellis, CB/RB Walden Davis, DE Aaron Harris, LB Drue Moody

• Key newcomers: DB Nick Glass, LB Malik Staples, DE Anthony Trinh, K Evan Pantells

• Spring surprises/standouts: QB Chance Thrasher, Ellis, Burton

• Key losses: WR Joe Horn, K/P Connor Rouleau, DT Tony Porter

• Outlook: In 2012, Peachtree Ridge had its first losing season since the second year of the program. That was all the motivation the team needed for a strong offseason program. The Lions return a talented senior class that should push for a playoff spot. The offense will flow around Thrasher, who had an impressive two weeks during spring drills. He'll have a nice group of skill position players around him with Burton, Ellis and Davis. The offensive line will be led by 6-foot-7, 345-pound Brown, a Tennessee commitment. The defense is moving to a 4-4 formation and got a boost with Georgia commitment Glass transferring from St. Pius. Phillip Hale, who was an assistant at Archer last year and has coached at Shiloh and North Gwinnett, is the new defensive coordinator. Chuck Allen, who was an assistant at Jackson County and spent the previous six years at North Gwinnett, will be the offensive coordinator.


Archer Tigers

• Coach: Andy Dyer, fifth season

• 2012 record: 6-4

• Key returning players: FS John Gillis, WR/DB KJ Parmer, WR/DB Chad Bird, OL, M.J. Couzan, LB Duane Lee, DL Robbie Armstrong, TE Connor Redmond, QB Gabe Tiller QB, OL Nick Williams, OL Mitch Hornsby

• Key newcomers: RB/DB Dylan Singelton, LB Tochi Ohuabunwa, DL Callaway Burton, WR/DB Kyle Davis

• Spring surprises/standouts: n/a

• Key losses: RB Ernest Alexander, RB Sean Fowler, DB/WR Deondre Singleton, DB Trey Cheek, K Zach Wachholz, OL Andre Smellie

• Outlook: After reaching the playoffs in 2011, the Tigers missed the postseason last year. They return a strong group of players, especially on the offensive side of the ball, to give them a shot for another playoff push. Tiller returns at QB and has guys like to Parmer and Bird to throw the ball to. The OL returns three starters led by Couzan, a state champion wrestler. The biggest concern will be finding a running back where Dylan Singleton emerged as that guy during spring. The defense returns its top tackler and sack leader in Lee, but the rest of the unit has a lot of new faces.

Berkmar Patriots

• Coach: Jonathan Sanks, fourth season

• 2012 record: 2-8

• Key returning players: QB Jaquan Morris, DB/WR Rashad Hall and DL Natori Burney

• Key newcomers: n/a

• Spring surprises/standouts: n/a

• Key losses: LB Jaden Le, WR Dorren Miller

• Outlook: Sanks is entering his fourth year with the Patriots and is still building the program. His team made great strides over winter workouts and spring drills. QB Morris is back after a strong junior campaign. He lost his record-setting receiver Miller and will look to Hall for some big plays. The defense is still a work in progress and the unit will rely on Burney and Hall for leadership.

Brookwood Broncos

• Coach: Mark Crews, 12th season

• 2012 record: 7-5

• Key returning players: RB Josh Brown, OL/DL Joe Kelly, TE Keenan Sweeney, DB Nick Aube, DB Matt Price, LB Chris Dancy

• Key newcomers: LB Hobby McCain, QB Joey McLane, FB R.J. Brown

• Spring surprises/standouts: FB R.J. Brown, LB Rivion Johnson, DB Josh Collins

• Key losses: DL Shaun McGee, WR Ky Priester, OL Adam Ledford

• Outlook: Brookwood upset the state's No. 1-ranked team in the first round of the playoffs last year. The Broncos graduated their starting QB, leading rusher and leading receiver, so there are some major holes to fill. McLane will take over at QB after playing sparingly as a backup last year. Brown saw significant action at RB and will ease into the No. 1 running back spot. The question still remains who will emerge as the team's top receiver. Kelly and Sweeney are back on the line, but the rest of the unit will be new faces. The defense returns its top tackler in Dancy, while Price and Aube bring experience in the secondary.

Central Gwinnett Black Knights

• Coach: Todd Wofford, fourth season

• 2012 record: 6-4

• Key returning players: CB Darious Latimore, ATH Zedekiah Brown, WR Nate Hartford, DB Charles King, WR Adam Riley, OL Aiden Warren, OL Braden Glover, ATH Chris Shelling, DL Greg McPherson, RB Nigel Adams, LB Stedman Waiters

• Key newcomers: QB Eric Forrest, DL Omar Lopez, DL Jamal Crews, RB Major Bellamy, DB WyKye Watson, DL Alvin Addy

• Spring standouts/surprises: DL Alvin Addy, OL Marcellus Cooper, LB Stedman Waiters, DB Deshawn Oliver, ATH Zedekiah Brown, CB Darious Latimore

• Key losses: LB Trey Johnson, QB Eman Westmoreland, JB Ezzell, WR Justin Brownlee

• Outlook: Central had its first winning season last year since 2006. The Black Knights will try to build on that despite the loss of two key offensive players, QB Westmoreland and WR Brownlee. Forrest, a transfer from Union Grove, will take the reins at QB. He'll have plenty of targets with Brown, Hartford and Riley at receiver. Adams will take over at RB. The defense will be led by Latimore, a Division-I recruit. The defensive line needs the most work, but Lopez and Crews showed promise.

Dacula Falcons

• Coach: Tommy Jones, first season

• 2012 record: 1-9

• Key returning players: OL Brandon Ake, DL Tyree Davis, TE Josh Lovin, WR Zentavius Cobb, OL Vance Coleman, DL CJ Brady, OLB Nick Mollica, FB/DL, Bijon Sirleaf, ATH Jacque Evangelister, DB Kevin Ficklin, ATH Kelan Fraise, DL Jordan Sanders, RB CJ Mayes

• Key newcomers: DB Bryce Bartlett, DB Chris Harmon, OL Dallas Hadley, OL Jesse Dyer OL/LS Will Arrington, QB Aaron Grove, OL Devon Mims

• Spring surprises/standouts: QB Chris Warner, DB Jordan Williams, DB Jaylon Russ, LB Azeem Cooper, OLB Lawson Cook, TE/DL Earnest Williams, LB Jakob Brashear, DL Markell Clark

• Key losses: RB Marcus Cox, QB Brandon Goodson, DB B.J. Clay, WR Josh Bulloch, WR Michael Stamfel, OL Zac Campbell

• Outlook: Dacula had its worst season in more than 25 years, which prompted the resignation of head coach Jared Zito. Jones, a Brookwood grad, was hired from Lumpkin County where he was 27-43 in seven seasons. Jones inherits a program that's a year removed from reaching the state quarterfinals. Grove and Warner are battling for the QB spot in the Falcons' new multiple I formation offensive scheme. Mayes was moved from defense to running back and Cobb is the team's top returning receiver. The defense, which will run a 4-3, is led by LB Nick Mollica who led the team in tackles last year.

Grayson Rams

• Coach: Mickey Conn, 14th season

• 2012 record: 10-2

• Key returning players: RB Aares McCall, RB/LB David Fennell

• Key newcomers: RB Mohamed Barry, RB A.J. Stinson, QB Hunter Schuessler, DL Justin Young, DB Jordan Hayes

• Spring surprises/standouts: n/a

• Key losses: DL Robert Nkemdiche, RB Wayne Gallman, DB David Kamara, DB Kasey Gaines, DL Jack Banda, DL Zach Barnes

• Outlook: Grayson graduated its entire defense and nearly everyone on offense, but the cupboard is not bare for the defending region champions. Grayson has won 10 or more games the last six years, so expectations are always high. McCall returns at running back, but will have a lot of new faces around him. The entire offensive line is new and Schuessler is expected to take over at QB. The defense had six players sign with Division I schools. Fennell, a college prospect, is the only one with experience at linebacker. Young showed promise along the defensive line, while Hayes stood out in the secondary. Longtime defensive coordinator Robert Andrews left to be the head coach at East Jackson. Defensive line coach Lenny Gregory was promoted to defensive coordinator.

Parkview Panthers

• Coach: Cecil Flowe, 21st season

• 2012 record: 9-4

• Key returning players: RB Justis Rosser, DL G.G. Robinson, DB Bryce Lewis, WR/DB Tushard Kimble-Brinson, LB John Patterson, WR/DB Nick Lawson, OL/DL Trey Derouen, OL/DL Tra Malloy

• Key newcomers: LB Ethan Walton, QB Tyler Fleetwood, DE Zac Scott, RB/S Jeremy Lacy

• Spring surprises/standouts: QB Jack Curtis, QB Kalu Onumah

• Key losses: RB Chris Carson, WR Jay Turner, DL Hunter Thornton, WR/DB Shaq Vereen

• Outlook: Parkview was one play away from being region champion last season. The Panthers return a talented senior class that should put them in position for another playoff spot. The versatile Rosser will take over at running back, but will have an inexperienced line in front of him. Fleetwood has emerged as the starter at quarterback from spring drills, but will continue to battle Curtis and Onumah for the starting job. The defense should be a strength with the team's No. 2 tackler Patterson, a college prospect, returning. Lewis has committed to Vanderbilt and Kimble-Brinson is also solid in the secondary. Robinson will anchor the defensive line.

Shiloh Generals

• Coach: Troy Hobbs, second season

• 2012 record: 3-7

• Key returning players: WR Cam Stewart, FS Austin Exford, OL/DL Xavier Carter, DL Keith Thicklin, DL Kejahn Joseph, LB Amari Newsome, S Daron Bowles, RB Grant Swinton

• Key newcomers: RB Charles Shavers, SS Desmond Bowles, OL Juan Quero, QB Will Larimore, QB Sean Halsey, OL Jabari Dickson

• Spring standouts/surprises: RB/WR James Mials, LB Alex Fumbah, DB Amir Howard, DL/LB Michael Pitts

• Key losses: QB Devante James, OL John Freeman, DL Fred Mooring, OL Michael Dennis

• Outlook: Hobbs was hired last May and the Generals were only able to have three days of spring practice a year ago. With a year under his belt and a full 10 days of spring practice, Hobbs feels good about going into Year 2. Larimore takes over at QB after playing sparingly last season. He'll have Stewart, a major college recruit, as his top receiver. Swinton, a region champion in track, moves to running back. Former Berkmar head coach Wendell Early, who was the secondary coach on St. Pius' state runner-up team last year, was hired as the defensive coordinator. The unit's strength will be at the line with three starters back and Newsome at LB.

South Gwinnett Comets

• Coach: John Small, ninth season

• 2012 record: 9-3

• Key returning players: WR Coray Keel, OL Dennis Edwards, RB Josh Boyd, DL Donovan Kelly, LB Chace Reed, LB Gibson Ziah

• Key newcomers: WR Ian Killian, WR Noel Hussey, RB Isiah Robinson, OL Greg Thompson

• Spring surprises/standouts: NG Bryce Usler, DE Sean Rockhead

• Key losses: QB Jordan Ramey, LB Reggie Carter, WR L.J. Gainey, LB Anthony Beck, WR Bernard Morrison

• Outlook: South Gwinnett had 16 players sign college scholarships in February, which means the Comets graduated a lot of talent. South will field a very young squad this season, but still has some talented players to keep them in the playoff hunt. Malik Brown emerged as the starter at QB, but will continue to battle sophomore Josh Shim for the job this summer. Whoever emerges as the starter will have one of the county's top receivers to throw to this season. Keel, a Division I recruit, is the team's top returning receiver, while leading rusher Boyd returns as well. Killian, Hussey at receiver and Robinson at running back have also showed promise. Edwards, a four-year starter, will anchor the offensive line. The rest of the unit will be fresh faces. The defense has three starters back in Kelly, Reed and Ziah. Defensive coordinator Cory Richardson left to take a job at defending Class AA state champion Jefferson. South hired Matt Winslette from Peachtree Ridge to be the strength and conditioning coach and running backs coach.


Lanier Longhorns

• Coach: Billy Wells, fourth season

• 2012 record: 5-5

• Key returning players: LB Jesse Landers, LB Ricky Viengxay, LB Michael Shaw, CB Grey Lee Williams, DL Darius Daniels, DE Trevon McSwain, RB Tario Fuller, OL James Hanrahan, OL Travis Taylor

• Key newcomers: OL Dewey Van Allen, QB Canyon Cook, WR/DB Bolaji Ojolola, WR Tim Leazer, DE Derrick Brown,

• Spring surprises/standouts: DB/WR Kymani Brown, DB/WR Jorrdan Jones, DB Jeremy Taylor

• Key losses: QB Taylor Grant, LB Izzy Sam, WR Marty Sanders, WR Jahbril Jones, RB Jordan Brannen, CB/WR Onyx Berrios, DL Chauncy West, TE Domonick Jones

• Outlook: In its third year of existence, Lanier posted a 5-5 record in its first year of region play and nearly made the playoffs. The Longhorns graduated a talented group of skill players and their replacement will be the determining factor in battling for the playoffs again this year. Fuller was the team's leading rusher last year and returns at RB. That will help take some pressure off Cook at QB. The offensive line should be solid with two starters back and the addition of college prospect Van Allen, who had to sit out last year after transferring from Duluth. Viengxay is the team's top returning tackler and is one of seven starters back on defense.


• Buford Wolves

• Coach: Jess Simpson, ninth season

• 2012 record: 12-3

• Key returning players: LB Korie Rogers, LB Deion King, RB/DB Thomas Wilson, WR/DB Tre Neal, RB/DB Zavior Hoxie, QB Taylor Mitchell, QB Montgomery Vangorder, WR/DB Terrance Wilson, FB/DL Donte Gordon, OL Nick Polino, OL Nick Lulkowski, OL Hunter Holland, K Matt Bonadies

• Key newcomers: RB/LB Joshua Thomas, TE/DL Isaac Nauta, OL/DL Harrison Morgan, FB/DL Tyler Shipman

• Spring standouts/surprises: WR/DB Terrance Wilson, OL/DL Harrison Morgan, Joshua Thomas, RB/LB , OL/DL Nick Polino, OL/DL Alan Frazier, OL/DL Innis Claude, LB Deion King, OL/DL Nick Lulkowski

• Key losses: OL/DL Josh Cardiello, TE/DL Mikey Bart, RB Dontravious Wilson, WR/RB Jaylen Mize

• Outlook: Buford moved up to Class AAA last season, but was it was the same result. The Wolves won the state championship, their fifth in six years. They return a talented senior class, which will make them the favorite to repeat. The QB tandem of Mitchell and Montgomery return and will get plenty of help with college recruit Wilson and leading rusher Hoxie at running back. The offensive line returns three starters led by Polino. Neal, a college prospect, is the team's top returning receiver. Rogers was the Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year last season and will join King, the team's top tackler, at linebacker. Bonadies led the county in kicking last year as a sophomore.


Greater Atlanta Christian Spartans

• Coach: Tim Hardy, second season

• 2012 record: 10-4

• Key returners: QB Rafe Chapple, FS/P Ross Wood, OL/DL Britt Lee, WR/LB Chris Williams, DB/WR Parker Polhill, LB/FB Trevor Dedecker, LB/WR David Elrod, DB Jonathan Pickens, DL/OL Price Roberts, K Brandon Holzgrefe, RB/DB Micah Abernathy, WR/DB Darius Slayton, LB/FS Paul Carothers, OL/DL Carson Cox, LB Jake Rose, OL/DL Mitchell Milovich

• Key losses: RB Kyle Scales, WR Peter Whiteneck, TE/DL Andrew Lewis

• Outlook: GAC lost to eventual state champion Jefferson in the state semifinals a year ago. The Spartans are poised for another deep playoff run with 15 starters returning. The group is led by QB Chapple, but he'll have to find a new target with the departure of school record holder Whiteneck. Williams is the team's top returning receiver, while Slayton is a 100-meter and 200-meter state champion in track. Leading rusher Scales is also gone, but Abernathy will take over the load. The defense will once again be a strength with nine starters back. The group is led by leading tackler Carothers at LB and Wood in the secondary.

Wesleyan Wolves

• Coach: Franklin Pridgen, eighth season

• 2012 record: 4-7

• Key returning players: OL/DL Stuart Johnson, OL/DL Hank Masters, OL/DL Heath Millbrooks, WR Jahmai Jones, WR/QB/DB Christian Stark, RB/LB Ollis Robinson, DB/WR Jordan Mack, WR/DB John Walker, WR/DB John Adent

• Key newcomers: OL/DL Tony Taylor, TE/DE Garrett Gottlich, RB/DB Sam McWhorther, QB/DB Drew Aspinwall, QB/DB Charlie Hays

• Spring surprises/standouts: WR/DB John Krause, OL/DL Hale Porter, DB Jordan Argilous

• Key losses: QB Will Anderson, LB Rhett Delk, WR/DB Charles Mack

• Outlook: Wesleyan has reached the playoffs four of the last five years. The Wolves were knocked out in the first round by eventual state runner-up Calhoun last season. A solid group from last year's playoff team returns, especially on the offensive and defensive lines. Johnson, a college prospect, anchors the line. Wesleyan still has to find a new QB after Anderson transferred during the winter. Stark, Aspinwall and Mays took snaps during the spring and will continue to battle for the spot this summer. Whoever emerges will have one of the best receivers in the county to throw to in Jones, who put up record numbers last year. The defense will have a lot of new faces, but Mack, Porter and Argilous have shown promise.

Region 8-A

Hebron Lions

Coach: Kevin Shaffer, first season

• 2012 record: 1-9

• Key returning players: C/LB Joe Bova, LB/RB Jay Wallo, QB Connor Holliday, RB Hunter Johnson, RB/CB Matthew Glisson, OL/DL John Dussling, OL Blake Pullem, LB William Brice, RB/CB Andrew Redman, WR Trey Selman, OL/DL Ben Converse, LB/RB Josh Heflin, WR/K/P Trent Dunahoo, DB Joe Hardin, DL Robert Styles, DL Gabe Marty

• Key newcomers: OL Evan Barnes, OL Justin Miller, RB/LB Peyton Coker, WR/P Jacob Harper, RB/LB Victor Gipson

• Spring surprises/standouts: Jay Wallo, Evan Barnes, Justin Miller, Peyton Coker

• Key losses: Lew Stephens, Tyler Matthews, Seth Kuntz

• Outlook: Hebron moved to region play in the sixth year of the program's existence and it wasn't an easy transition. The Lions won just one game and lost by an average of 32 points. It didn't help that Hebron's roster was filled with mostly freshmen and sophomores. The team has grown up and after a solid spring practice, the program will likely be a lot more competitive this fall. Holliday returns at QB and will have guys like Johnson and Glisson as his main weapons. Wallo, the team's leading tackler, returns to anchor the defense. Sal Battaglia, who was the Lions' head coach for two years, was replaced by Shaffer last week.