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What do Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp and the John Milledge Academy football team have in common? They both win. 

The man who earlier this month won his second term as governor congratulated the Trojans on their own recent big win after they broke the record for longest winning streak in Georgia high school football history Friday. 

Governor Kemp tweeted out the following message from his verified Twitter account Saturday morning: “Congratulations to @Coach_jtwall, his players, and staff on setting the Georgia high school record for consecutive wins. Keep Choppin’, Trojans.” 

The tweet went out to Kemp’s more than 119,000 followers, and took JMA head football coach J.T. Wall by surprise.

“We appreciate it,” Wall told The Union-Recorder Monday. “It’s a product of a lot of hard work from a lot of guys — players, coaches, administration, and teachers. There’s a lot of people that had a hand in this thing other than me.”

The Trojans’ record-setting 48th win came in Friday’s 42-7 playoff victory over The Heritage School of Newnan. John Milledge surrendered an uncharacteristic early touchdown before going on a 42-0 run to secure the win and its status as the new record holder.

The Buford High School teams of the early 2000s had held the previous record of 47. The Gwinnett County school’s run ended in 2004, which was right around when the current JMA seniors were born. John Milledge’s own streak began in the 37-0 2019 season-opening win versus Gatewood. The Trojans are now trying to make it four consecutive undefeated campaigns culminating in a state championship, which would make this year’s seniors perfect for their careers. 

That march continues this week when JMA hosts Valwood of Valdosta in the Georgia Independent Athletic Association (GIAA) Class AAA state semifinals this Friday night. Look for a game preview online and in Wednesday’s print edition sports pages. 

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