Prep football coaches return for another high school season

In a testament to the success and continuity of football in Coweta County, all six high school football coaches from last season are returning to lead their teams once again.

To honor their hard work and dedication, we’ll go through a series of head coach trivia questions.

Which current head coach’s father was a former Atlanta Falcons first-round draft pick?

Which current head coach has won a national championship with his current team?

Which current head coach had an interception at a state title?

Which current head coach has led two different schools to a state championship?

Which current head coach followed in his father’s footsteps and won a state championship?

Which current head coach was a Coweta County high school All-State player?

East Coweta football coach John Small is entering his sixth season as head coach of the Indians. He brought the Indians a regional championship last year for the first time since 2001.

In 1970, his father, John Small, was drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the first round of the NFL draft. A graduate of the Citadel, Small Sr. played five seasons in the league with Atlanta and Detroit.

At Central Christian, the Crusaders return to eight-man football for 2022, where they enjoyed some of their greatest triumphs. In 2014, the Crusaders defeated the Memphis Nighthawks 38-18 to win the National High School Association national championship.

The Northgate Vikings are poised to return to the Georgia High School Association state playoffs behind head coach Mike McDonald. This is McDonald’s fifth season at the helm, and they’re looking to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2018.

McDonald graduated from Morrow High School and in 1987 had an interception in Morrow’s 21–0 state championship win over Effingham County at Tara Stadium.

Trinity Christian is entering a season of change as they move up a region, but they will forever be the 2021 Class A-Private State Champions. It was Dallas’ third trip to a state championship. In the last two years he took Trinity Christian and in 2011 Landmark Christian.

The Newnan Cougars have a slight change this season as they drop from Class 7A to Class 6A. Head Coach Chip Walker is back for his sixth year as head coach. He previously won three state championships with Sandy Creek before joining Newnan.

Walker’s father, Rodney, was one of the best high school football coaches of all time in Georgia. He had 302 career wins and won a state championship in West Rome in 1984.

At Heritage School, Head Coach Jake Copeland returns for his second full season in elite sport. The Hawks have returned to the Georgia Independent School Association and are ready to return to the playoffs.

In high school, Copeland was an all-state defensive back at Northgate High School in 2008 before transferring to college at Lenoir-Rhyne.

The stage is set and the season is upon us. The 2022 season will bring another chapter of high school football memories.

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