Per Northside High School Head Football Coach Kevin Kinsler: “We kind of broke down the numbers. There are 405 football-playing high schools just in the state of Georgia. If you average it at about 25 seniors for each high school, that’s about 10,000 kids that are graduate as seniors. That’s 10,000 kids and if you say there about 47 states that have programs just like that, and you throw in Texas and California, that’s lot of kids.”
His point: “A football scholarship, regardless of the misrepresentation on TV (that’s it’s easy) is a hard thing to acquire.”
Thus to see six Eagles earn that privilege and sign Letters of Intent to continue their football and education, spoke volumes.
Those were: Chandler Williams, Braxton Golden, Alijah McGhee, Armand Childs, Kameron Tate and Marcelle Griffin.
Williams, a 5-9, 260-pounder, signed with Huntingdon College in Montgomery. He was a two-year starter at center for Northsdie, was a second team All-Region honoree and had an 83 percent game score for his career, not to mention four pancake blocks.
Golden, at 5-10, 230 pounds, signed with Fort Valley State University. He was a two-year starter at defensive end. Per his biography: “(He is) an extremely strong player which helps him with taller players. Golden is an excellent pass rusher with several sacks (14 in his career) and hurries throughout his career.” He, Kinsler said, also helped anchor a defensive line that gave up 800 yards rushing all season, which Kinsler also said, might be a Northside record.
Golden for his career also had 58 tackles and 36 assists.
McGhee and Childs both signed with Kentucky Wesleyan College. McGhee, at 6-1, 180 pounds, was a first-team All-Region at corner, after converting from safety last season. He was part of an Eagle secondary that had 16 interceptions and allowed teams to complete just 37 percent of their passes.
Career-wise, he had 60 tackles, 17 assists and three interceptions – Kinsler joked that he and Childs might have dropped a few.
Childs, 5-9, 165 pounds, was also a two-year starter at strong safety, and he also saw some time at outside linebacker. He was a 2016 first team All-Region and 2017 second team All-Region. He also had a career game against Ware in which he recorded 14 tackles – four for loss.
He had 84 tackles, 29 assists and four interceptions for his career.
Tate, 5-11, 220 pounds, was also a two-year starter at linebacker. He was All-Region and was selected as a Georgia Athletic Coach’s Association All-Star.
He was also the Northside Ironman Champion and scored the most points in its 20-year history, Kinsler said.
He had 82 tackles, 51 assists, six sacks and an interception for his career.
Finally, the 6-2, 175-pound Griffin is headed to the Air Force Academy. He, Kinsler said, had the highest GPA every year he was in high school. He, Kinsler said, won the GPA award as a sophomore, junior and senior.
On the field, he was a two-year starter as free safety. He was All-Region and finished with a career of 53 tackles, 51 assists and five interceptions.