Prep Teammates Embody Washington County Tradition

Not much has happened in Sandersville, Ga., since Gen. William T. Sherman's army marched through there on it's way to the sea in 1864. That is, at least, until Rick Tomberlin took over the Washington County High School football program a dozen years ago. In 12 years, Tomberlin has won a record number of games, including three state titles, and produced no less than 63 college scholarship players, four of whom went on to play in the NFL and two more who will sign with the Chippewas tomorrow.

Washington County standouts Chris Boss and Antrione Archer remember watching the 1994 Golden Hawk team led by linebacker Takeo Spikes, now of the Buffalo Bills. That team produced five shutouts for head coach Rick Tomberlin, and for Sandersville, a town of just over 6,000 people, the first of three Georgia Class AAA State Championships. As good as that '94 Washington County defense was, this...

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