Mike Price of Woodstock took home the grand prize in the 2019 Cherokee Tribune Ledger-News UPICKEM contest.
Price, who has worked for Cobb EMC for 37 years, had a final score of 355 points.
He walks away with the grand title having won only one individual week of game selections.
Three of his eight grandsons attend Woodstock High School. One of them, Walker Ormsby is the school's quarterback. Price also played football for Etowah High School's first football team.
“I was thrilled,” Price said when asked how he felt after being notified by Marietta Daily Journal associate publisher Wade Stephens that he was this year’s overall winner. He received Stephens' call while he was out on the lake fishing.
The UPICKEM contest requires participants to predict which high school, college and professional teams will win in their respective games each weekend during the football season.
This year’s contest saw David Parrish of Woodstock finish in second place overall with a score of 352.
Third place went to Brett Deaton of Canton with a final score of 348 points. Richard Dockery of Forrest, Illinois finished fourth with 348. Lauren Deaton of Canton rounded out the top five finishers this season with a final score of 347 points.
This year's prize sponsors included Buffalo's Cafe of Canton, Open Roads Complete RV, AMF Lanes of Woodstock, Superior Plumbing, Williamson Bros. Sauce of Marietta, and Governors Gun Club of Kennesaw.
“The Cherokee Tribune Ledger-News UPICKEM contest has become a fan favorite and a great success, thanks to the support of our sponsors and the excitement our community has shown for it,” said Stephens. “We look forward to kicking off another exciting year of UPICKEM next fall.”