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Lovett’s Muschamp named Class AA Coach of the Year
by Greg Oshust
January 15, 2014 11:29 AM | 5547 views | 0 0 comments | 60 60 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Lovett head football coach Mike Muschamp looks onto the field during the state championship game in December.
Staff / Samantha M. Shal.Lovett head football coach Mike Muschamp looks onto the field during the state championship game in December.
Having led Lovett to its first state football championship in 43 years, coach Mike Muschamp reached the pinnacle of his profession.

For leading the Lions to the top of Class AA this season, Muschamp was selected as the AA coach of the year by the Georgia Sports Writers Association in its All-State team, which was released in late December.

“It’s a tremendous honor, because I knew the quality of coaching that is on this level and in high school football in the state of Georgia,” Muschamp said. “So, for our staff to be recognized this way is a tremendous honor and I’m really excited about it.”

It was a magical season for Muschamp and his Lions as they compiled a 14-1 record and won their second consecutive Region 6AA while playing one of the toughest schedules in the state.

The season ended on a perfect note for Muschamp as he led Lovett to a 14-7 victory over Lamar County in the AA championship game at the Georgia Dome Dec. 14.

“Our goal at the beginning of the year was like every single year,” Muschamp said. “We wanted to play the best football that we can play at the end of the season, whether that may come on Nov. 9 or the state championship game. This group of kids handled everything that we gave them extremely well.”

Three Lovett players joined their coach in earning All-State honors as cornerback Grant Haley and linebacker Charlie Ingram were AA first-team selections on defense and offensive lineman Tej Suber was chosen for the first team on offense.

Three Marist players were selected in AAAA, with defensive end Kendall Baker named to the first-team defense, kicker Joey Gogel to the second-team offense and defensive lineman Kenneth Brinson. to the second-team defense.

A couple of Pace players were All-State selections in Class A, with defensive back Denzel Franklin named to the first-team defense and wide receiver Kameron Uter selected to the second-team offense.

In AAA, St. Pius X defensive back Nick Ruffin and Woodward defensive back Arrington Farmer were named to the first-team defense, while St. Pius kicker Thomas O’Leary was chosen to the second-team offense.

Two other Woodward players were named, with punter A.J. Cole a second-team defensive selection and Terry Googer picked as an honorable mention athlete.

Riverwood’s Grant Drakeford was chosen as an honorable mention athlete on the AAAAA team.

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