On the Labor Day week edition of the Football Fridays in Georgia Podcast, hosts Tommy Palmer and Jon Nelson discuss an emotional evening in Irwin County, regional matchups around the state, and what to anticipate in the week ahead.
It's the beginning of the sprint to a football championship in the eight classifications in Georgia high school football. In this season's first episode of the podcast, GPB's Tommy Palmer, Jon Nelson, and Hannah Goodwin look at what's new, what's not, and what to expect.
Rachel Webber is the "football mamma" for Pike County High School's football team. In addition to being a middle school teacher in Zebulon, she is the wife of Pike County pirates head coach Brad Webber. That makes her the team’s football mamma. She talks with host Jon Nelson about the special role she plays in the lives of the players.
Back in 2015, Southern University football player Devon Gales was left paralyzed after an injury on the field during a game against the University of Georgia. He's now back on the football field as a coach at Jefferson High School. Hosts Jon Nelson and Tommy Palmer talk about Devon's return to football with John Jackson, the superintendent of Jefferson City Schools.
Earlier this year, high school football in Georgia lost one of its voices when Northside Eagles play-by-play announcer Mike Davis lost his fight to cancer. GPB’s Jon Nelson and Tommy Palmer talk with one of Davis’ friends - retiring Warner Robins High School play-by-play announcer, Tom Mobley. He shares what Mike Davis means to central Georgia. Mobley also reflects on his own career.
In 2016, Terrell Academy place kicker Jenna Cuff became the first female to be placed on the Georgia Independent Schools Association all-state football team. Now a senior at Terrell Academy, Jenna talks with host Jon Nelson about her love for the sport. Jon also checks with her head coach, Bill Murdock.
This year, the National Federation of High Schools approved the use of instant replay for member associations in state high school playoff football games. This is the first time that’s happened, and it could change the way state playoff games are officiated. GPB's Matt Stewart gets reaction from Robin Hines, the executive director of the Georgia High School Association.
The quarterfinals are history in the 2018 GHSA Prep football playoffs --- and now there are only four teams remaining in each of the eight Classifications as we move into the semifinals. Thirty-two teams remain in play and the dream of a state title is alive for all of them. If a team makes the Final Four, anything can happen. Hosts Jon Nelson and Tommy Palmer have the latest.
The remaining 64 football teams in the GHSA Prep Football Playoffs have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving Holiday week. They are still in the hunt for a state championship. The quarterfinals are here and there are some new faces in the crowd and some familiar ones as well. Hosts Jon Nelson and Tommy Palmer serve up the latest high school football news from around the state.