About the Cover –
Paulding County Football

2018 Paulding High School Football

Our Town celebrates the 10th Annual tribute to one of our favorite times of the year – the Friday Night Lights of High School Football!

The talented players on our cover this month are all outstanding seniors who have been hand chosen by their coaches for this honor. It is a privilege meeting some of the finest young men in our county. Because of their hard work and dedication, they are invaluable members of their team, school and family. We are so proud of each one!

Tyrell Robinson – #15- East Paulding High School


Tyrell is the son of Iris and Trevor Robinson. He has played football for 13 years and plays in the positions of Running Back, Wide Receiver and Quarterback for the Raiders. As a senior, he is looking forward to Friday night games with his brothers and competing in the State Championship. Tyrell is also involved in Baseball and LEAD at East Paulding. After graduation, he plans to attend college to earn a degree in Sports Medicine and play football at the collegiate level.

Kristian Varner – #10 – Hiram High School


Kristian is a Defensive End for the Hiram Hornets and has played football for 11 years. He is excited about his senior year, and looking forward to a successful football season and finishing his high school career strong. Upon graduation from Hiram, he plans to attend the University of Louisville to continue his athletic and academic career. Kristian is the son of Emma Bray.

Ross Malmgren – #5 – North Paulding High School


Ross has played football for 12 years and is the Quarterback for the Wolfpack. His parents are Sheri and Ross Malmgren. He is looking forward to leading his team every Friday and “making the most of every moment of my last high school football season.” At North, he also plays golf, is a member of the Student Athlete Leadership Program, and he enjoys volunteering and coaching at youth football camps. After graduation, Ross plans to play D1 football and get a college degree in Business or Sports Management.

Ja’on Walker – #54 – Paulding County High School


Ja’on is the son of Tonya and John Walker. He has played football for eight years and is a Right Tackle and Defensive Tackle for the Patriot Nation. He is looking forward to finishing out his senior football season strong with his teammates. Ja’on is also involved in Beta Club and National Honors Society at PCHS.  Although he is currently undecided on which college to attend, he plans on pursuing a degree in Software Engineering after his graduation.

Austin Ruben – #2 – South Paulding High School


Austin has played football since he was five years old, and is a Running Back, Linebacker, and Defensive End for the Spartans. He is the son of Monde Ruben and Christopher Ruben. This football season he is looking forward to “giving my all every Friday night and leading my team to a winning season.” Also, he plays basketball at SPHS and is a mentor for students at Dugan Elementary. Austin anticipates graduating and going to college where he plans to play college football and major in Sports and Medicine.

It’s always exciting to work with David Jones at DavidJonesMedia.com. He never ceases to amaze us with his concepts, lighting and making these players look like the pros! We appreciate his talent and are blessed to have him.

Many thanks to Head Coach Billy Shackelford, Assistant Coach Mike Wilson, Athletic Director Brad Thomason and Principal Ronnetta Simpson of East Paulding High School for the use of the Raider’s field and locker rooms. We also appreciate the assistance of the Athletic Directors and Head Coaches from each school. They sent us five amazing representatives and we are honored to feature them.

Make sure to take a quick look at the football schedule for these five Paulding County schools! We hope you’ll take the opportunity to attend one of the games and cheer these fine young men to victory!