North Gwinnett 2012 Highlight Reel

North Gwinnett High School

North Gwinnett Football

Coach Bob Sphire has taken North Gwinnett football to new heights. When he arrived at the Suwanee school in 2006, the Bulldogs had never won 10 games and rarely made the playoffs. Since arriving, Sphire has was won at least 10 games every season and, in the process, has turned the Bulldogs into a perennial state title contender.

Sphire is quick to credit the people who have helped make his program a winner.

“You can have all the processes and plans you want, but if you don’t have kids who will come in and work and try to develop within the plan, you won’t have success,” said Sphire. “If you don’t have quality coaches that will come in and execute the plan, it won’t get done. I’ve been blessed most of my career to have players and coaches who will come in and work to try to develop within the plan.”

Under Sphire, North Gwinnett has been known for its prolific offenses and stout lines of scrimmage. This year’s edition is no different. Defensive end Dante Sawyer, with offers from Alabama, Georgia and Southern California, among many others, leads the defense while one of the state’s top wide receiver corps headlines the offense. Daniel Imatorbhebhe, Caleb Scott and Nate Brown dominated 7-on-7’s this summer and will be the main targets of Sphire’s son, Hayden, the Bulldogs’ starting quarterback. Scott had 38 catches for 684 yards and 11 touchdowns last year, while Brown totaled 41 catches for 491 yards and nine touchdowns.

At running back, C.J. Leggett arrived at North Gwinnett in the offseason after transferring from Chattahoochee. Leggett holds offers from Pittsburgh, UCLA and Vanderbilt. Offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt enters his junior year as one of the top offensive line recruits in the nation with offers from many top programs.

In the Bulldogs’ way is one of the toughest schedules in the state with non-region games against Camden County (in the Metro PCS Corky Kell Classic) and Grayson in addition to a rough region slate that includes teams like Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge and defending state champion Norcross.

Tough schedules are something Sphire swears by.

“To be successful in the kind of region we’re in and to be successful on the playoffs, you’ve got to be battle-tested,” Sphire said. “So I’ve always been a firm believer that (a tough schedule) helps your team (become) battled-tested.”

 

Off the Field

North Gwinnett High School was established in 1958 and served 2,616 students for the 2011-2012 school year. Notable alumni include Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon, St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook, Cleveland Indians pitcher Blake Wood and Georgia state senator Chip Rogers. North Gwinnett was founded in order to form a high school for students in Sugar Hill and Suwanee. Since 1989 the school has enrolled 1,000 or more students every year, eventually serving over 2,500 a year consistently. Nrth Gwinnett is located in the northwest part of the coiunty, just south of Lake Lanier.

  • Since 2008, 634 North Gwinnett students have scored 1800 or higher on their SAT with 73 scoring 2100 or higher.
  • Newsweek has ranked North Gwinnett as the top school in Gwinnett, as well as a top 10 school in Georgia, every year for the past three years.
  • In 2011-2012, Bulldogs seniors earned over $101,000,000 in scholarships, not including HOPE.
  • The 2011-2012 seniors performed a combined 50,000 hours during their enrollment.
  • Following graduation, 95 percent of NGHS graduates planned on attending post-secondary education.

 

Roster

#

Name

Gr.

Pos.

1

Sergey Hartsthorne

11

K

1

Jaye Stackhouse

11

Rec/DB

2

Azuma Onyiri

11

DB

2

Grant Manning

11

QB

2

Drew Jordan

9

RB/DB

3

Wesley Edwards

12

RB

3

Robert Pucciarello

12

Rover

3

Josh Horn

9

Rec/DB

4

Hayden Sphire

12

QB

4

Trevor Deyton

9

Rec 

5

Grayson Fowler

10

QB

5

Brian Eberhardt

9

Rec/LB

6

Nate Brown

12

Rec

6

Keison Forte

9

Rec

7

Nick Moring

9

K

7

Christopher Leggett

12

RB

8

Bryce Dotson

9

Rec

8

Almonzo Brown

11

Rec

9

Darious McCoy

9

DB

9

Caleb Scott

12

Rec

10

Tyler Shelnutt

12

DB

10

Brad Harvey

11

K

11

Kelton Dawson

9

Rec/DL

11

Aaron Amin

12

RB

12

Bobby Young

12

DB

13

Justin Lewis

9

RB/Rover

13

John Urzua

11

QB

14

Carter Cross

12

LB

14

Andy Summers

11

Rec

14

Brandon Maffei

9

Rec

15

Daniel Imatorbhebhe

11

Rec

16

Jonathan Waters

10

QB

17

Colby Jenkins

10

DB

18

Alijah Edwards

11

DB

18

Rob Hogberg

9

Rec

19

Torron Murray

10

DB

20

Trayeshon Moore

10

DB

20

Hunter Autrey

9

DB

21

Noah Lyman

12

DL

21

Ryan Lovelace

9

RB/DB

22

Connor Kleid

11

DB

22

Carlos Wade

10

RB

22

Jordan Redmond

9

DB

24

Avery Elford

11

Rover

24

Oliver Thigpen

9

DB

25

Jacob McCoy

12

Rover

26

Cade Cash

10

DB

27

Dakari White

12

RB

28

Austin Kim

11

Rover

29

Alijah Smith

11

DB

30

Chase Young

10

DB

31

Michael D’Angola

12

K

31

Justin Burney

9

LB

32

Jay James

10

RB

32

Spencer Renshaw

9

Rover

33

Harrison Olvey

10

Rover

33

Austin Letlow

12

LB

34

Harold Johnson

11

Rec

35

Tony Bradford

12

LB

36

Bryan Williams

12

DB

37

Matthew Andryusky

10

Rover

39

Ashan Brown

10

Rec

40

Greyson Whitton

12

Rover

40

Walker House

9

LB

41

James Mospanyak

11

DB

42

Delon Smith

10

DB

43

Chase Seachrest

10

DB

44

Jordan Frye

10

RB

45

Luis Sobh

11

DL

46

Cole Kovalchik

10

Rover

47

Ben Carswell

11

LB

47

Moises Aries

10

Rover

47

Dixon Yellett

9

DL

48

Joshua Sonii

12

Rover

49

Horace Buckley

10

Rec

49

Desmond Fields

11

LB

50

Matthew McCauley

10

LB

50

Jackson Wilmot

9

OL

51

Robert Hirschmann

10

DL

51

Chandler Hood

9

OL

52

Desmond Smith

12

DL

53

Hunter King

11

OL

54

Andrew Scruggs

12

OL

54

Sullivan Berry

10

LB

54

Rylan Dodson

9

OL

55

Drequz Smith

12

OL

55

Dutch Fink

9

LB

56

Aaron Hartz

11

LB

57

Mitchell Gladstein

10

LB

58

Jay Hearn

11

OL

59

Eric Copeland

12

OL

59

Michael Germano

10

LB

60

William Guilshan

11

OL

61

Paul Hirschmann

12

OL

62

Scott Berry

12

DL

63

Alex Mollette

10

OL/DL

64

Tyler Wilson

12

DL

65

Trey Sheppard

10

OL

66

Kyle  Wilcox

10

OL

67

DJ Jordan

11

OL

68

Johan Tobar

10

OL

70

Jehoshua Chang

12

OL

70

Brandon Botts

9

OL

71

Keegan Cargill

12

OL

72

Christopher Sibilia

9

OL

74

Alex Morris

9

OL

75

Mitch Hyatt

11

OL

77

Taemin Song

9

OL/DL

80

Josh Imatorbhebhe

10

Rec

81

Kyler Knudsen

11

Rec

82

Wilton Pinkerton

10

Rec

83

Ernest Lyons

11

Rec

84

Harrison Barron

11

Rec

85

Brennan Small

10

Rec

86

Kenneth Hancock

10

Rec

87

Cooper Colston

10

Rec

87

Brandon Ogene

10

DB

88

Brandt Cameron

11

Rec

90

Jude Uwagerikpe

10

DL

91

Cody Butcher

12

DL

91

Devon Repass

9

DL

92

Anree Saint-Amour

11

DL

92

Marcus Briggs

9

DL

93

Jack Wilkins

11

DL

93

Sean Maginn

9

DL

95

Dante Sawyer

12

DL

96

Jake Adams

10

DL

96

Sam Strickland

9

DL

97

Olamide Scott

10

DL

98

Tyrone Wiggins

12

DL

99

Garrett Stephenson

10

DL

 

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