GWA football -- a look ahead

The list of names is an impressive one. Arthur Williams, Tyler Brown, Chris Wallace, Cody Dixon, Chris McLendon, Clayton Green, Cole Cown, Chance Cown, Devin Shivers, Ted Kinney and Hugh Williamson all played key roles in the success enjoyed by the George Walton Academy football team this fall.

In addition, all were underclassmen this season which means each will return in 2003.

While the new season is a long way off, that list of names alone means GWA should be a force in its region and at the AAA state level.

"We do have several quality players coming back," said veteran Bulldog coach Don Williams, who guided the team to the state semifinals this year. "That doesn't guarantee success, but it is nice to be in that situation."

Arthur Williams became a major threat at quarterback during his junior season. He also became a key player in the defensive secondary and made one of the season?s biggest hits against Westfield in the semifinals.

Wallace, McClendon and Kinney will comprise what figures to be one of the top offensive backfields in the GISA next season. Kinney made an immediate impact for the Bulldogs after transferring from Loganville midway through the season. He also played on the defensive line later in the season.

Dixon is also an option at running back, although the GWA coaches began using the junior more on defense as the 2002 season progressed.

Brown is one of the most versatile athletes on the team. He is the backup quarterback but can play most any position on the field. Late in the season the junior was moved to the defensive line and quickly made his presence known there.

The 2003 schedule has already been released. The Bulldogs will open the year Aug. 22 in Dublin against Trinity before hosting Stratford the following week. Region opponents will once again include Riverside Military, Eagles Landing and Augusta Christian.

While GWA finished second in 1-AAA this season, Williams' team advanced deeper into the state playoffs than any of its fellow region members.

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