The 2005 Flint River Academy State Championship Football Team was honored Friday night in Woodbury as members and coaches, along with families and supporters, joined together for a 10th anniversary celebration as a granite marker was placed on the south end of the field next to the flag pole commemorating the state win.
Announcer Clint Flynn announced each player present for the event and reminded fans of players’ positions and special roles in the games that led to the championship title. Thomas Gregg played tackle and made All Region and All State that year. He is the player who blocked the extra point against Pinewood that allowed FRA to win 14-13.
Guards attending were John Nissan, Whit Lawrence, and Kristopher Gill. Brian Martin, linebacker and running back, was also All Region and All State in 2005. Michael Tigner was corner back and split end. Chas Short was quarterback and kicker. Short made All Region and went on to play four years on scholarship at Furman as a kicker.
Matthew Strickland was running back and corner back. Ethan Strickland was running back and linebacker and earned All Region and All State honors. In his career at FRA, he scored 111 touchdowns. Justin Strickland was tight end and linebacker and also earned All Region and All State honors. Justin played four years at LaGrange College.
Phillip Flynn played tackle; Brandon Nolan was center and nose tackle and earned All Region honors. Cam Short was the center and defensive end on the team. Short received a football scholarship to Valdosta State where he played left guard on the 2012 NCAA Division 2 National Championship Team.
Also recognized were Dr. Andy Wasden who kept players and coaches healthy; Carey Spier who was the voice of the Wildcats and announced and broadcast the FRA games; and Bill Bonner who filmed the games.
The coaches for that 2005 team were Jack Grubb, Offensive Line; Keith Ragan, Defensive Coordinator; Jamie Littleton, Defensive Backs; David Ward, Offensive Backs; and Bobby Smith, Head Coach and Coach of the Year in AA Football.