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HS Teams Of The Week: Oct. 17

The Atlanta Falcons and The Georgia Army National Guard are proud to recognize the following high school football program nominees for the week of October 17, 2011. The stories below reflect the character, integrity and strength of some of Georgia's best high school football programs. The Atlanta Falcons and Georgia Army National Guard are honored to share these stories, as they embody the core values of both organizations.

For each of the five Georgia High School Football classifications, fans are encouraged to read the submissions and vote for the team you believe should win. Voting is open through 5 pm ET on Fridays, and winners will be announced each Monday at




East Coweta Indians, Sharpsburg, GA
As a team East Coweta consist of student athletes both on and off the field with high standards of citzenship. They promote a tremendous year round work ethic with high goals for each team member. The coaches stress the importance of education, hard work, and perseverance. They live by what they refer to as the "DO RIGHT RULE". This motto teaches the team to put God,family, and country first. Last but not least they are winners!

Dacula Falcons, Dacula, GA
The Falcons play a significant role in their community. They give back to those who may possibly follow in their footsteps in the years to come. Recently, the Falcons participated in mentoring and reading programs with Dacula Middle and Elementary schools.

Beach Bulldogs, Savannah, GA
Beach High School, is a school with such a rich tradition and legacy of excellence. With the support of their dedicated parents, students, alumni and their community, Beach High is able to achieve high standards of excellence on and off the field and academic achievement.

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Sprayberry Yellow Jackets, Marietta, GA
Sprayberry's success has been measured by consistent scores on the SAT, Georgia High School Graduation Test and State End-of-Course tests. Sprayberry High School has made AYP for eight consecutive years. They have created a culture of excellence in academics, athletics, the arts, and the community.

Flowery Branch Falcons, Flowery Branch, GA
The High School is a huge supporter of the community and the military. Flowery Branch demonstrates a lot of school spirit," said Parachute Packers member Daniel Boddie, a 16-year-old junior. "When we actually get to support our military alumni, it's a very grateful thing. It helps us create a sense of brotherhood, almost." In January, the group is planning to adopt another military group, this one led by Fred Wendal, former Prince of Peace pastor and now a major in the Army.

Glynn Academy Red Terrors, Brunswick, GA
The Red Terrors have shown a strong will and desire of accomplishment, not just on the field, but off the field as well.

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Americus-Sumter Panthers, Americus, GA
Americus-Sumter High Panthers and The Georgia Army National Guard are partners of education along as partners in the community. The Georgia Army National Guard recruiter does great things at the school for the kids as well as the community.

White County Warriors, Cleveland, GA
White County High School is located in the mountains of North Georgia and the football team is highly motivated.

Cross Creek "The Creek", Augusta, GA
Cross Creek High School had its first class reunion this year and is just now establishing traditon within the community. This team deserves to receive the National Guard High School Team of the Week because they have played through the tough times and won the loyalty of the community after a decade of being the "new school".

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Heard County Braves, Franklin, GA
The Heard County Braves entered this season with only three senior players with any experience. Although the community is very excited about the upcoming young players, they also understood that this would be a re-building year and there would be some extensive growing pains. To make matters worse, the team has been hit very hard with injuries to key players. Last week, the Heard County Braves were sitting 2-3 and were in line to play the 4-1 Temple Tigers. Due to injuries the previous week, the Heard County Braves had to cancel their Junior Varsity game. The reason the Junior Varsity game was cancelled was because they had to pull eight players up from the Junior Varsity to start on the varsity game. The players did not at all let this stop them from excelling against Temple. The Braves won the game 33-21 and played their best game of the season.

East Jackson Eagles, Commerce, GA
EJCHS is committed to the relentless pursuit of educational excellence.

Elbert County Comprehensive Blue Devils, Elberton, GA
Coming in to this year, the team was motivated after a win at regions to continue their winning tradition. They are currently undefeated, and ranked #9 in the state, due to the hard work and dedication shown by the student athletes.

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Seminole County Indians, Donalsonville, GA
The Seminole County Indians believe that its not just what you do on the field that makes you a winner, but what you do and how you present yourself off the field as well. The Indians use teamwork, loyalty, integrity and courage on and off the grid iron. Each member of the team see each other as family and they are their brothers keeper.

Aquinas Fightin' Trojans, Augusta, GA
The Fightin' Trojans are a consistent producer of championship quality teams, having won numerous region and state titles. The 2009-2010 school year ended with Aquinas athletics ranked 8th overall by the Georgia Athletic Directors Association.

Telfair County Trojans, Mcrae, GA
The Trojans have a great tradition of excellence on and off the field. Their community exemplifies the character, values and other qualities which makes the country great.

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