2018 Record: 3-7, overall (2-5, REGION 7 AA)
Head Coach: Tristan Hamilton (1st season as Head Coach)
All Time Record: 341 games – 125 – 214 – 2 (37%)
Total Seasons: 34 First Season: 1985 All State Players: 20
Region Championships: 0
State Championships: 0
8.23 vs Haralson County
8.30 at Christian Heritage
9.6 vs Gilmer
9.20 at Pepperell
9.27 vs Chattooga
10.4 at Dade County
10.18 vs Armuchee
10.25 at Model
11.1 vs Rockmart
11.8 at Coosa
“The 2018 season was a stepping stone towards our future at Gordon Central,” says new Head Football Coach, Tristan (T.J.) Hamilton. “We were close to accomplishing goals that haven’t been attainable in years at GHS.”
The offseason brought an abrupt change and transition at head coach for the Warriors. 2006 Gordon Central High School alumnus, Hamilton, was named to the position and took the reins immediately. The new coach got to work instilling his philosophy of oneness.
“Our goal for this year is to continue coming together as a team,” says Hamilton. “Our motto for the year is ‘One Team, One Dream.’ I believe our motto fits everything that we are about. If we come together and play as one team, and continue to develop together, then we can accomplish the dreams we have for our team.”
This year’s coaching staff is looking forward to a great year on the offensive side of the ball. They are looking for big-time play from their entire offensive line. Other guys to look out for are running back Nelson Gravitt (senior), Tre Williams (senior) and Bryson McGinnis (sophomore).
On defense, the Warriors look forward to continuing the success from last year. The unit is looking to their leaders at linebacker John Rainwater (senior) and Jordan Boone (senior); defensive backs Peyton Parker (junior) and David Lindsey (junior); and defensive linemen Josh Meatyard (junior) and Issac Dye to make the plays necessary for the defense to be successful.
Hamilton says, “special teams have become a major focus for our team. We will grow in this area to make it the best unit it can be.” Edgar Ramirez (junior) will handle the kicking and punting duties this season.
“The future is bright at Gordon Central,” says Hamilton. “We are looking forward to great production out of our young guys in the near future.” A couple of junior varsity names to look for are Ralphy Baldwin, Hunter Lance, Kaleb Shugart, Randal Carnes and Shaun Grey.
Having a Gordon Central High School alumni at the helm, with a philosophy and motto of oneness, may be what the Warriors needed after the events of this past offseason. The school has won a total of seven games since the 2012 season and their last trip to the playoffs. Coach TJ Hamilton now has the duty of continuing the trend of increasing the number of victories.