Alpharetta Jr Raider Football

8th Grade




Practice will be from 7:00pm – 9:00pm at Alpharetta High School (AHS) on the main football field. Practices will be held Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.  All practices will be in full pads unless communicated otherwise.

Please make sure players bring plenty of water to all practices.

We are guests at AHS.  Occasionally, we may have changes to our practice schedule based on AHS events.  We will communicate any changes as soon as they become known to us.  Players should be dressed and ready to start practice promptly at 7:00pm. If a player will be late to practice or not be able to attend practice, please notify Coach Reed prior to practice.



Black 11-1             Silver 3-3

2018 8th Grade Jr Raider Schedule
8/4 Old Soldiers Day Parade Downtown Alpharetta
8/11 5:30 PM HOME Kickoff Classic Sprayberry Centennial High School W 28-14
8/18 8:00 PM HOME Black Walton (Pre-Season) Alpharetta High School W 50-30
8/25 7:00 PM HOME Black Sequoyah Alpharetta High School W 40-8
9/1 BYE
9/5 7:00 PM AWAY Silver Creekview Creekview High School W 46-18
9/8 7:00 PM HOME Black Paulding County Alpharetta High School W 28-6
9/12 7:30 PM AWAY Silver Cambridge Cambridge High School L 0-16
9/15 1:00 PM AWAY Black Pope Pope High School W 34-0
9/18 7:00 PM AWAY Silver Blessed Trinity Blessed Trinity High School L 20-30
9/22 7:00 PM HOME Black Cambridge Alpharetta High School L 22-56
9/26 7:00 PM AWAY Silver Centennial Centennial High School CANCELLED
9/29 7:00 PM AWAY Black Johns Creek Johns Creek High School W 42-12
10/3 7:30 PM HOME Silver Milton Alpharetta High School L 0-16
10/6 BYE
10/9 7:00 PM AWAY Silver North Paulding North Paulding High School W 27-0
10/13 7:00 PM HOME Black Roswell Alpharetta High School W 28-24
10/15 7:30 PM HOME Silver Sequoyah Alpharetta High School W 34-6
10/20 5:00 PM AWAY Black Centennial Centennial High School W 36-28
10/27 5:00 PM HOME PLAYOFFS 1 East Paulding Alpharetta High School W 52-12
11/3 5:00 PM AWAY PLAYOFFS 2 Wheeler Wheeler High School W 22-14
11/10 Noon AWAY PLAYOFFS 3 Paulding County Paulding County High School W 44-8
11/17 8:00 PM AWAY CHAMPIONSHIP Cambridge High School East Paulding High School

2018 Junior Raider 8th Grade Coaching Staff Bios

Rusty Reed

Rusty Reed is a long-standing youth football coach / administrator in North Fulton County. He recently served as Athletic Director at AYFA (NAFL) for three years (2013-15). Over the past the past seven (7) seasons, his teams averaged 10 wins per season and played in five (5) Championship games, winning three (3) Titles. His three most recent teams racked up a 31-2 combined record.

* The 6th grade North Atlanta Saints, captured the 2015 North Metro D1 Football League Championship with an 11-1 mark and a final # 8 Born To Compete Georgia rankings.
* His 2016 Blessed Trinity’s 7th grade team ran the table on their way to a 10-0 record, and a 2016 AAAA State Championship and a final #2 Born To Compete Georgia ranking.
* The 2017 8th grade Alpharetta Raiders won the Region 2 – 6A Championship finishing 10-1.

Rusty believes football is the ultimate team game and is the best sport for teaching life lessons and developing young men of character. Rusty has also always intersected faith and football on his teams.

Coaching Record: 7 years
2011 – 11-1  –  AYFA (Alpharetta Youth Football Assoc.) Champions
2012 – 7-4  –  played in Semis
2013 – 11-1  –  played in title game
2014 – 10-2  –  played in title game
2015 – 11-1  –  North Atlanta Saints (D1) – North Metro Football D1 Champions
2016 – 10-0  –  Blessed Trinity Titans – AAAA State Champions
2017 – 10-1  –  Alpharetta Raiders – Region 2-6A Champions
Playoff record 13-4
Overall 7-year record 70-10
Five (5) Championship games 3 Championships

As a high school senior, Rusty decided to stay close to home and play in the SEC and signed with Ole Miss in 1983 as a quarterback and was part of the Ole Miss Rebels 1983 Independence Bowl team that ended a 12 year bowl drought in Oxford (1971 Peach Bowl).

Rusty has been in the world of sports all of his business life with lengthy sales / marketing stints at Wilson Sporting Goods and Vice President of Pro Players Inc. in Chicago where he represented professional athletes both here and abroad and inked the company’s first NBA lottery pick in 1991. Rusty is currently in senior management at ESPN, primarily negotiating college football bowl entitlements and managing the ESPN Events brand and portfolio. In his role, he represents ESPN’s owned and operated NCAA properties (13 bowl games, 3 Labor Day Kickoff Classics and 10 NCAA Basketball Tournaments.) While at ESPN, Rusty has negotiated the bowl entitlements of the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, The BBVA Compass Bowl, The Gildan New Mexico Bowl, The Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl, The Marmot Boca Raton and Cheribundi Boca Raton Bowls respectively.

Rusty is a member and has attended North Point Community Church for 18 years where he has served in several capacities. Rusty is married to Rebecca Reed of Florence, Alabama. They have four children. Positional Responsibility: HC / OC   Email:

Chris Mixon

Chris is in his ninth year of coaching youth football having coached in the AYFA program since 2009 and 6th and 7th grade Head Coach for Alpharetta Junior Raiders in 2016 and 2017, respectively.  His football background as a player ended in high school, but his coaching experience includes football, lacrosse and basketball. As a coach, he has led three football teams (and two lacrosse teams) to championship games with one undefeated season.  Coach Mixon measures success in seeing young athletes make good choices in life, not just on the field.  His passion for team sports is centered in building character traits that extend far beyond the field.

Chris competed collegiately in tennis at Samford University. He later graduated Summa Cum laude from UGA. He also holds a Wharton Business School leadership certificate. Chris is Regional Market President for Synovus Bank. Chris is also very involved at North Point Community Church as a middle school small group leader. Chris is married to Tricia and they have two children, Carter and Perri. Positional Responsibility: Defensive Coordinator  Email:

Reed Guthrie

Reed is a Marietta, GA native and grew up in East Cobb. He attended Walton High School where he graduated and played varsity football for 3 years as a running back. He went to Georgia Tech and played football as a walk on for 2 years. Reed’s father was an All American at Georgia Tech and also played for the San Diego Chargers. Reed and his family put their roots down in the Alpharetta area where they have lived for the past 20 years. Reed is married with 2 kids. He and his family are members of StoneCreek Church in Alpharetta where they are very involved in children’s ministries and serving the community.

Reed’s coaching experience includes six years of youth football; 2nd thru 7th grade: two years as Head Coach and four years as Offensive Coordinator. He has served on the AYFA/NAFL Board as well as the Alpharetta Junior Raider Board in many capacities including Assistant AD and Game Day Coordinator.  Email:

Leander Murphy

Coach Murphy believes in the process of developing the Growth Mindset. Obstacles and adversity are opportunities in disguise for growth. Coach Murphy believes in creating a culture of learning and development through acceptance and accountability. As an obese child with Tourette’s syndrome and crooked teeth, Murphy was teased, bullied and rejected, leading to insecurities through the early part of his teenage years.

As a student-athlete at the University of Delaware, Coach Murphy completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with a Concentration in Strength and Conditioning and two minors in Coaching and Black American Studies. During his time at the University of Delaware, Murphy was a football and track athlete as well as a student assistant coach for the university’s football team.

At the onset of his career, Coach Murphy realized the need for athletes of all ages and abilities to be developed through a system, which encompasses a cognitively challenging technique and progressive developmental instruction. With this realization, Murphy developed the “CM7 SPARQ” curriculum, which has continually developed during his time with the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Silverbacks, Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, and several other Scholastic, Collegiate and Olympic Athletes.
Coach Murphy is the Founder and former Visionary of TYGTAL Sports Performance, he was an NFL combine coach at Velocity Sports Performance corporate headquarters, and he is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

He has spent over fifteen years coaching athletes at the Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, Weber School, Peterson School, MVP Camp, Terrance Mathis Football Camp, DJ Shockley Camp, Phoenix Rugby Sports, NFL PLAY 60, Titans Sports, North Atlanta Football League, Windward Baseball Academy, Wills Park Baseball, Alpharetta Raiders Football and Volleyball, Cambridge Jr. Bears Football, Johns Creek Jr. Girls Lacrosse, Top Hat Soccer, Johns Creek Girls Basketball, Blessed Trinity Football, United States Weightlifting, and Swim Atlanta.

Coach Murphy brings a level of excellence to A Plus Sports. He is widely considered to be a World Class Sports Performance Coach who has years of experience and a scientific proven approach that produces and develops athletes and individuals of all calibers. One of Murphy’s favorite quotes is “No one cares how much we know, until they know how much we care.” Positional Responsibility: Offensive Line Lead / DB / Conditioning   Email:

Kevin Arthur Perri

Kevin was born and raised in Matawan, NJ. He played Defensive End for Matawan Regional High School.  He went on to play outside linebacker at William Paterson University.  He ended his playing career at outside linebacker for the professional Botafogo Reptiles in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Kevin is currently a Project Manager for IBM Global Financing.

Kevin’s coaching experience includes two seasons, coaching lineman for the 2015 Metro Football League Champions the North Atlanta Saints and the defensive lineman for the AAAA State Champions, the 2016 7th Grade Blessed Trinity Titans. Kevin is 39 years old and is married to Veronica Perri of Brazil. They have a son Vito Perri, and daughter Kyra Perri. Positional Responsibility: Line Backers Email:

Douglas Filos

Doug is the Director of Over The Road Heavy Haul Operations for a large transportation company in the northeast for over 28 years. He attended 2 years of college where he started as an offensive tackle for the New Mexico Highlands University NAIA football team. His career in football started in the PEE WEE football program Located in New Jersey where he grew up and played from middle school through High School. In high school, due to the influence of positive coaching, he grew to understand meaning of hard work and the importance of working together as a team. All of the hard work paid off his senior year when he was selected to participate and start on the All Shore Conference Team and play in the Shore Conference All Shore Football Classic game, which they won. Doug’s greatest reward for hard work was being the recipient of the Lombardi Award for Discipline. This solid piece of granite award was given to the offensive lineman that exemplified those qualities of hard work teamwork and commitment. The award symbolizes all that Coach Filos believes it takes to be successful on and off the field.

Doug’s coaching career started two years ago with the Raider program. Communicating the idea of hard work to young men over the past two seasons and the payoff that comes with it has been very rewarding. Coach Filos believes that positively influencing and shaping young men for future success in life can only be accomplished with a solid foundation of commitment. This has served Doug well in every aspect of his life. The chance to pay this forward has been humbling for him.

He is married 20 years to the love of his life, Karen, and they have been fortunate to raise three children. Isabella 18, an AHS graduate attending UGA in the fall. Luke 16, a rising junior and attends Riverside Military Academy and Logan, 14, a rising 8th grader at Webb Bridge Middle School. Positional Responsibility: Football Operations / Offensive Line Email:

Sean Fray

Sean Fray is originally from Tucson, Arizona where he played high school and college football. He has a wealth of coaching experience in coaching high school football in Arizona as well as one year coaching in AYFA and in the Jr. Raider program. This will be his fourth year being a part of the 8th grade program. He has also coached in the YPL (Youth Passing League) for two years in the summer. His background has been coaching Outside Linebackers and Defensive Ends. His charge will be to teach the kids to be technically sound in their defensive fundamentals.

Sean has a wonderful wife Terri and he has three children, Jordan who played football and track at Alpharetta class of 2012, Alex who plays softball and is a sophomore at Chattahoochee, and Cayden who is 5 years old who plays flag football and basketball. He has a sports family and by the end of the season all of the kids will be his sons as well. He loves giving back to these young men and teaching them how to become better young men. Positional Responsibility: Defensive Line – Defensive Ends  Email:

Jordan Fray

Coach Fray has been an assistant coach several years, helping his father, specifically in the areas of agility / combine training. Jordan went to Alpharetta High School and Lettered in football, track & field, and wrestling. During his stint at Alpharetta, he won three (3) regional championships, one for shotput in track, and two back-to-back region titles in football. While playing at Alpharetta, Jordan’s team was responsible for several school distinctionss: winning the school’s first region championship, winning the school’s first uncontested region championship the following year, as well as the best two records for the regular season the school had ever had. During his senior season, he received scholarship offers from SMU, FIU, and Ohio Dominican University. Jordan chose ODU due to their medical curriculum and ensuing opportunities. While there, he continued to compete in both track and football until receiving a career ending injury. Positional Responsibility: Defensive Consultant / LB / dynamic warm up / conditioning  Email:

Verron Haynes

Verron Haynes was born on the Island of Trinidad in the small town of Tuna Puna, located is in the East of Trinidad. His father, Ulric Buggy Haynes, is known as one of the greatest Soccer players in the history of Trinidad and Tobago. Verron migrated to the Unites States when he was seven years young.
It was not until moving to Georgia during his junior year in high school that he began playing football for North Springs High School. Verron overcame the first of many obstacles when he made the University of Georgia football team without the benefit of a football scholarship as a walk-on. Due to his strong fortitude and hard work, he was able to obtain a full scholarship. Haynes moved on to become one of seven draft choices to make the final 53-man roster in 2002 after being drafted by the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers. In five seasons with the Steelers from 2002 to 2006, Haynes gained 660 yards on 159 carries (4.2 average per carry) and three touchdowns. He also recorded 39 receptions for 322 yards (8.3 average per reception) and two touchdowns. During his successful tenure with the Steelers, Haynes had the privilege to play and win a Super Bowl ring in 2005 Super Bowl XL. This was an accomplishment for his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, as Haynes became the first Trinidadian to win a Super Bowl Championship. Although most of the 2006 was missed due to a knee injury, he remained persistent and dedicated and on April 29, 2009 the eight year veteran was signed by the Atlanta Falcons, where he played during the 2009-2010 season.

Off the field, Verron engages in kick-boxing, spin-classes, Pilates, Taekwondo and yoga; which he says provides physical, mental and spiritual conditioning. He enjoys traveling and devoting time to family. Preparing for life after football, he has embarked on various business ventures including a water sports company in Trinidad, The Red Sail. Verron Haynes continues to be a driving force in the bettering of his community. He has established a non-profit organization, The Verron Haynes Foundation. This foundation provides mentoring for the youth and various programs dedicated to survivors of breast cancer. In addition to breast cancer survivors, a group close to his heart is the support of our U.S. Troops, which were the inspirations of the “Tickets for Troops” program that he was involved in. Positional Responsibility: Defensive Consultant  Email: