Notebook: Wayne County, Richmond Hill agree not to play game

Credit: Adam Krohn

Credit: Adam Krohn

The Richmond Hill-Wayne County game scheduled for tonight is off as the teams agreed not to play the non-region contest. Wayne County, the visiting team, will pay an undisclosed sum to Richmond Hill for its trouble and lost gate. "Worked for both sides," Richmond Hill coach Matt LeZotte said. "Allows them to focus on Ware." Wayne County (7-1, 3-0) will play Ware County (5-3, 2-0) next week in a game that will decide the Region 2-AAAAA champion. Richmond Hill (5-3, 3-0) has clinched Region 2-AAAAAA, the Wildcats' first region championship since 1996, and will play Effingham County (2-6, 0-2) next week.

Ex-Decatur, Tennessee star Chadwick dies

Walter Chadwick, a former all-state football player at Decatur High who starred on Tennessee's 1967 SEC championship team that played in the Orange Bowl, died Thursday morning. Chadwick is an older brother of Marist football coach Alan Chadwick, who confirmed his death.

Walter Chadwick rushed for 1,306 yards in his Tennessee career and led the SEC in touchdowns with 11 in 1967. He was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers and played a season for Winnipeg in the CFL.

Chadwick returned to Georgia and had been a head football coach for two weeks at Wills High in Smyrna in 1971 when involved in an automobile accident that caused a permanent brain injury affecting his motor skills. Chadwick was remembered by his alma mater in 2013 when Tennessee named its Running Backs Meeting Room in Chadwick's honor.

Walter's younger brothers Dennis and Alan also became all-state players at Decatur and standouts in college. Alan Chadwick ranks second in victories among Georgia high school coaches with 384.

Walter Chadwick was 73. Funeral services will be Monday.

Services Sunday for Johnson County assistant

Funeral services for Johnson County assistant football coach and head basketball coach Shawn Linder will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Johnson County's gymnasium. Linder, 42, and his 2-year-old daughter, Bella, were killed in a car accident on Tuesday morning. "Shawn was as well-liked and respected man of God as we have ever known," Johnson County football coach Don Norton said. "We have worked together since 2005. It's been a tough few days. Keep JoCo in y'all's prayers." Linder is survived by his wife, Natalie, and son, Braedon.

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