Progressive Football Challenge
For Immediate Release: August 17, 2010
Media Contact: Jon Albaugh
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ALABAMA’S ELITE CHALLENGE GRAYSON, NORTH GWINNETT
IN 2010 PROGRESSIVE FOOTBALL CHALLENGE
Tickets on-sale for Aug. 28 doubleheader at North Gwinnett
SUWANEE, Ga. (17 August 2010) – It will be a showdown featuring four of the best
high school football programs in Georgia and Alabama when the Progressive Football
Challenge kicks off on Aug. 28 at North Gwinnett High School. Alabama 6A
powerhouse Spain Park will battle Grayson in the 5 p.m. season opener followed by
North Gwinnett facing Bob Jones (Ala.) in the nightcap.
“This is the third year for this event and the excitement this time around is greater
than either of the two previous events, which included us playing No. 1 Byrnes in
year one,” said Bob Sphire, the fifth-year head coach at North Gwinnett. “We simply
have four of the best programs in America competing here in Suwanee. Fans here in
Gwinnett, as well as football fans throughout central Georgia, will have a great
opportunity to see two tremendous games with great coaching and elite talent on the
Grayson enters the Challenge after one of the most successful seasons in school
history in which the Rams spent much of the season ranked among the nation’s Top-
25 and finished with a 12-1 record. Coach Mickey Conn’s program has won regional
titles in each of the past two years and advanced to the 5A state semifinals in 2008.
Spain Park, led by Tulane-bound tight end Josh Drum, competes in the same class as
legendary programs Hoover and Prattville, the latter of which North Gwinnett upset
in the 2009 Challenge when the Jaguars were ranked among the nation’s top five.
Sphire’s Bulldogs have a history with Bob Jones as North traveled to Madison, Ala.
last August for a pre-season scrimmage against the Patriots in the annual “Madison
Bowl” (won by North 21-7). The Bulldogs are led by quarterback C.J. Uzomah, who
recently committed to Auburn, and highly touted offensive lineman Garret Clark. Bob
Jones will counter with its own big-play star in Collins Moore, a 6-2 wide receiver
bound for Ole Miss. North, fresh off a 12-1 mark in 2009, enters the season ranked
No. 46 in the nation in the Powerade Fab 50 rankings by ESPN/RISE while Bob Jones
won a school-record 11 games in 2009.
A standing-room only crowd of 12,000 is expected for the event. Tickets, priced at
$15 each, are available in the main office at North Gwinnett High School, located at
20 Level Creek Road in Suwanee (weekdays 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.). Once again, both
games of the Progressive Football Challenge will be televised live by
Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS) available to 6.3 million homes throughout
the south and can be heard on 680 The Fan in the Atlanta area.
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About North Gwinnett High School:
North Gwinnett High School was founded in 1958. As one of the leading schools in Gwinnett County and in Georgia,
the school currently serves approximately 2,500 students with a staff of almost 250 personnel, fields 90 athletic teams
and organizes nearly 60 clubs. North Gwinnett has become a national model for other schools and has won a number of
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Progressive Football Challenge
August 28, 2010
Tom Robinson Memorial Stadium
North Gwinnett High School
Grayson Rams (Loganville, Ga.)
vs. Spain Park Jaguars (Hoover, Ala.)
North Gwinnett Bulldogs (Suwanee, Ga.)
vs. Bob Jones Patriots (Madison, Ala.)
North Gwinnett quarterback C.J. Uzomah (Committed to Auburn)
North Gwinnett offensive lineman Garrett Clark (South Florida, Purdue, Duke, Vanderbilt, Colorado State)
Bob Jones wide receiver Collins Moore (Committed to Ole Miss)
Spain Park tight end Josh Drum (Committed to Tulane)
Comcast/Charter Sports Southeast (CSS)
Atlanta area – Comcast Ch. 45; Charter Ch. 37
Atlanta area – 680 The Fan
General Admission - $15
Available at North Gwinnett High School
20 Level Creek Road
Hours: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.