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HS Teams Of The Week: Oct. 24

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 24, 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 on the Honor Roll page each Monday at




McEachern Indians Powder Springs, GA
The Indians believe they should be the team of the week because they have shown that they have the ability to win and bounce back from adversity. They have beaten North Gwinnett and Lowndes. Additionally, after losing to Hillgrove two weeks ago they bounced back against Pebblebrook. Most importantly, they do this to give glory to God and be humble in victory.

Peachtree Ridge, Suwanee, GA
The Lions have a geat tradition of helping the community, just like the Georgia Army National Guard. "Only The Best" is a motto that has guided the team throughout this year as both on and off the field. "Only The Best" is taught to be be given for every game, every practice, every drill, and everything the Lions do when they represent Peachtree Ridge.

Jenkins Warriors, Savannah, GA
Students at Jenkins become confident, self-directed, lifelong learners both on and off the field. Jenkins has exceptional students which merit special services and resources. This type of school keeps players engaged in academics and motivated both on and off the field..

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Paulding Patriots, Dallas, GA
The Patriots all stick together in the good and through the bad times. They have a no quit attitude.

Houston County Bears, Warner Robins, GA
Houston County is a school that strives for excellence. They stand together and have core values just like the Georgia Army National Guard.

Brunswick High Pirates, Brunswick, GA
Brunswick High School knows that the key to success is one team, one goal and one mission. The Pirates accomplishes that goal by supporting one another and recognizing that every player is important. Whether it is pass blocking on offense or zone coverage on defense, this team knows that success happens as a team on every play.

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Cedartown Bulldogs, Cedartown, GA
The Dawgs are an awesome team. They have been revamping their team under the leadership of Head Coach Hendrix's in only his second year.

Eastside Eagles, Covington, GA
The Eagles pride themselves on being a highly motivated school both on and off the field.

Thomson Bulldogs, Thomson, GA
The Thomson Bulldog football team has a rich tradition of success. Playing their home games in the storied "Brickyard", the Dogs have won five state championships. Legendary coach Luther Welsh retired after last season as one of the winningest coaches in Georgia high school football history. The tradition of great football continues under the leadership of new head coach, Milan Turner. No team travels with a level of communtiy and fan support as the Thomson High Bulldogs.

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Therrell Panthers, Atlanta, GA
The mission of the Therrell Panthers is to utilize the talents and abilities of all the students in conjunction with quality instructional practices from all adults and frequent use of resources and technology to provide an effective, safe and supportive learning environment where all students will meet the necessary standards to achieve academic, personal and social success.

Pike County Pirates, Zebulon, GA
The Pike County Pirates are a team that represents the high moral values and tradition of the small town for which they play. From an early age, Pike County football players are taught the 4 F's: Faith, Family, Future, Football. Embedded in these athletes is the importance of a personal relationship with God, unconditional love and support for family, commitment to academic excellence to secure a future, and a deep and unwavering desire to play and win the game of football. Though the Pirates are small in size and number, they are giants at heart. The record books may not indicate an undefeated team for the season, but those who live in Pike County know that the Pirates are true champions. Despite much adversity, Pike County players are committed to each other and consider themselves family. One player does not suffer a hardship that the others do not share. Similarly, when one player excels, the rest of the team takes pride and celebrates. The players are respectful young men who set an example for others both on and off the field. They understand the importance given to their positions and they wear the school colors with pride and dignity. They are tough, but lovable. Relentless but humble. Fierce but gracious. They can pray and congratulate the opposing team after the game whether they have won or lost. They play with good sportsmanship and are examples of good character even in a game against an opponent who does not play to the same standard. A Pike County jersey means something and commands respect. The Pirates feel they should be the Team of the Week because they've played hard and they've played hurt. They've been the underdog but fought like the champion. What began several years ago as somewhat of a team motto, "Who are we? PC!" has become the resounding cheer of the Pike County fans that show up every Friday night to a standing-room-only stadium. Pirate football is not a seasonal game, but a complete way of life.

Brantley County Herons, Nahunta, GA
The Herons are a team that works hard every week regardless of the final score of the game. The coaches understand the value of a well rounded player and promote education as well as hard work on the field. The Herons know what it takes to be winners on and off the field..

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Hawkinsville Red Devils, Hawkinsville, GA
Hawkinsville is not a school often written about or covered due to geographical location but the Red Devils still demonstrate pride and integrity both on and off the field.

Social Circle Redskins, Social Circle, GA
Social Cirlce is a small team that has several players that have to play both sides of the ball throughout the game. These young men know and demonstrate what teamwork means.

Atkinson County Rebels, Pearson, GA
The Rebels support the Georgia Army National Guard and have several students from the past and present join the National Guard and other branches of the military. The Rebels are a very patriotic school and hold events to support military whenever possible. They have a great Veteran's Day program as well as other tribute services throughout the year.

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