The Wolfpack (11-2) finished their record-breaking year with the most wins in a single campaign along with the program’s first region championship in Region 5-AAAAA. Furthermore, North Paulding won two playoffs games, both at home, during one postseason trip for the first time in history. The playoff wins came against Riverwood and Stephenson by a combined score of 85-21.
“We exceeded all expectations and [are] fortunate and blessed to be in this position,” Wolfpack head coach Scott Jones said. “We’re proud of the players and coaches with the commitment to the program.”
North Paulding was led by a senior class that helped the program build from its inception Quarterback Chase Noonan threw for more than 2,500 yards on the season and accounted for 39 total touchdowns, including 30 passing scores. Cornelius Collins ran for close to 1,300 yards along with 15 rushing TDs for the Wolfpack while Mac Seagle and Kayden Bishop each had double-digit touchdown receptions this season.
The Wolfpack defense also had senior leadership with Jack Senkowitz posting a team-high 135 tackles while Jace White and Bryant Myers had more than 100 tackles each as well. Brent Johnson’s four sacks led the team this year and Matt Mixon retrieved six interceptions. Brandon Townsend notched five interceptions himself, four of which came in North Paulding’s 35-7 win over Stephenson in the second round of the playoffs.
“Our seniors have led the way for the program’s success,” Jones said. “It’s a tight-knit group that plays for each other and we’re fortunate as a staff that they believed in our vision and philosophy. You couldn’t ask for a better group of leaders.”
South Paulding (10-2) finished this year with the most wins in program history and also gained its first playoff win in school history with a 48-21 win over Sequoyah on Nov. 15.
East Paulding (8-4) made the playoffs for the fourth consecutive year and earned a 34-33 postseason win over Creekview in the first round before falling to top-ranked Tucker 16-13 in the second round.