Sea to Shining Sea – Day 11

McEachern High School's Walter Cantrell Stadium

McEachern’s Walter Cantrell Stadium is the largest high school football stadium in Georgia.

by Jeff Fisher

It’s wedding day in Atlanta for Trisha’s youngest daughter Jane and her husband-to-be Alex, but that didn’t stop me from sneaking-off early this morning to grab a Chick-Fil-A breakfast with a side trip to McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia.  The Indians began the season ranked #24 in the High School Football America Preseason Top 25.

The Indians play their home games at Walter Cantrell Stadium, which is the largest high school football stadium in Georgia.  The stadium seats 12,500 with all-concrete bleachers on the home and away sides of the stadium.  The stadium is home to one of the largest high school football scoreboards in the nation at 38 feet tall and 28 feet wide.

Video scoreboard at Walter Cantrell Stadium courtesy of McEachernHigh.org.

Video scoreboard at Walter Cantrell Stadium courtesy of McEachernHigh.org.

The largest high school football video screen is at Allen High School in Texas.  The Eagles’ scoreboard is 45 feet tall by 75 feet wide.

After an 0-2 start this season, the Indians have rebounded to a 7-3 record with an opening round AAAAAA playoff game against East Coweta on this coming Friday.  McEachern finished tied for the Region 4-AAAAAA title with Hillgrove after losing to the Hawks on Friday.  The Indians, who advanced to the state semifinals last year, have never won a state championship.

About the Author

Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.