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Buford Football History

Tom Riden, Head Coach (1946-1960)

Served as Principal and Head Football coach at Buford High School ... Initial squad (1946) posted Buford's first undefeated season going 11-0 ... 1954 squad was State runner-up ... His 1957 team played the first game in the stadium on Hill Street now used by Buford's youth football teams ... Football record at Buford was 92-46-5 ... Also served as Head Basketball and Baseball coach while at BHS ... Buford basketball teams went to the State Tournament in 13 or the 14 seasons he coached ... Selected as the Star Teacher at Buford High in 1959 and again in 1960. New Stadium named in his honor in 1990. Inducted into the Buford Athletics Hall of Fame as part of the inaugural class in 2006.


Dexter Wood, Head Coach (1995-2005)

Coach Dexter Wood was inducted into the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame on May 30, 2015. Coach Wood was a head football coach for 30 years, his last 21 years in the state of Georgia. His career record was 257 wins, 92 losses, and 3 ties. His state of Georgia record was 210 wins, 52 losses, and 2 ties. While coaching at Lassiter, Marietta, and Buford High Schools, his teams won 3 state championships, 2 state runner-up titles, 10 region championships, and 7 state semifinals. During his time at Buford High School, his teams won 118 games and had only 17 losses in ten seasons. Coach Wood’s Buford football team broke the Georgia High School Association’s state record for most consecutive wins at 47 over a four-season period. Other honors for Coach Wood include the Atlanta Journal and Constitution State Coach of the Year 4 times, the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All Star Head Coach and Assistant Coach, Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Georgia-Florida Coach and the 2002 winner of the Shorty Doyle Award. During his football career, Coach Wood also served as the Athletic Director for his respective schools. He has been President of the Georgia Athletic Directors Association, served on the Board of Directors, and was chosen as the State Athletic Director of the Year. Coach Wood’s record and awards speak for themselves, but his character, ethics, and dedication to the young people he coached is without equal. Many lives have been impacted forever by Coach Dexter Wood’s leadership and standard of excellence and he has made great contributions to the Buford legacy.


Gene Kimbro

Gene Kimbro was the Voice of the Wolves for home football games for over 40 years.


Jess Simpson, Head Coach (2005-2016)


John Ford Head Coach (2017-2018)


Bryant Appling, Head Coach (2019-PRESENT)

Legendary Wolves

Relive the proud tradition of the Wolves as we flashback to the great players and memorable plays in Buford history.

Dwayne Cash - Inducted in the inaugural Buford Hall of Fame Class of 2006. Three sport star from 1974-77 and All-state end in football. Signed a baseball scholarship to Middle Georgia.

Tracy Cohron - Inducted in inaugural Buford Hall of Fame Class of 2006. Three sport star in football, basketball, and baseball from 1974-77. State athlete of the year in 1977. Signed a football scholarship to Ga Tech.

Tyrone Sorrells - Inducted in inaugural Buford Hall of Fame Class of 2006. Three sport star in football, basketball, and track from 1979-82. High school All-American end in football. Signed football scholarship to Georgia.

Bryce Cantrell - Inducted in inaugural Buford Hall of Fame Class of 2006. Two sport star in football and track from 1981-84. Football All-state running back for three years. Signed football scholarship to Western Carolina.

Tim Wansley - Three sport star in football, basketball, and track from 1993-97. All-state DB in football, State champ in track 100 meter dash. Signed football scholarship to Georgia.

P.K. Sam - Three sport star in football, basketball, and track from 1999-2001. All-state receiver in football and state champ in track hurdles. Signed football scholarship to FSU.

Lorne Sam - Two sport star in football and track from 1999-2002. All-state QB in football and as QB led Wolves to the 2001 football state championship. Signed football scholarship to FSU.

Trey Chandler - Football offensive tackle star from 2000-03. All-state OL and won two state championships in football in 2001 and 2002. Signed football scholarship to Georgia. Signed football scholarship to Georgia.

Mikey Henderson - Two sport star in football and track from 2000-03. All state football receiver, won two football state championships, and a track state championship. Signed football scholarship to Georgia.

Darius Walker - Football running back star from 2001-2004. State football player of the year in 2003. Signed football scholarship to Notre Dame.

Neil Brown - Football lineman star from 2001-2004. Two-time all-state lineman and won three state football championships. Signed football scholarship to Auburn.

Kyle Manley - Football QB star from 2001-04. All state QB in 2003 and won three state championships for the Wolves. Signed football scholarship to Ga. Tech.

Zach Smith - Football LB/running back star from 2001-04. All state LB in 2003 and won three football state championships. Signed football scholarship to Duke.

Thor Merrow - Football DE/TE star from 2002-05. All state DE in 2003 and 2004 and won three football state championships. Signed football scholarship to West Virginia.

Brett Richards - Three sport star in football, basketball, and baseball from 1993-97. Was inducted into Buford Athletics Hall of Fame in Class of 2012 and an All-state TE in 1996.