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TFS Pit Vipers claim Georgia BBQ Championship


The stage was set in Kennesaw at the Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival on Aug. 19-20. 

On the line was the 2022 Georgia BBQ Championship Series (GBC) Team of the Year title. 

The Tallulah Falls School Pit Vipers competition barbecue team only needed a top five finish to be crowned GBC Team of the Year for the third consecutive year. 

Coming in third overall at the Pigs & Peaches event delivered the results the group was looking for, said Head Pitmaster Tom Tilley. 

“Words can not describe how proud I am of these kids,” Tilley said. “Winning the GBC three years in a row is just extraordinary.”

Category placement: 

  • Second in Pork
  • Fifth in Chicken
  • Fifth in Ribs
  • Seventh in Andouille sausage 
  • 15th in Dessert

The Pit Vipers include freshmen Frankie Pribyl of Canon and Merrick Carnes of Cornelia; 

sophomores Teyrk Tilley of Tallulah Falls, Jake Owensby of Cornelia, Jackson Carlan of Baldwin and Lily Turpin of Demorest; and juniors Brooke Hayes of Cornelia, Marc Crotta of Cornelia and Matthew Wolfe of Clarkesville.

“Competition barbecue is so much fun – win or lose,” Carnes said. 

Next up is the World Junior BBQ Championships in New Haven, Mississippi on Oct. 21-23, where the Vipers will compete as the defending World Junior BBQ League Champions. 

Shown, from left, are Frankie Pribyl, Marc Crotta, Brooke Hayes, Matthew Wolfe, Jake Owensby, Teyrk Tilley, Merrick Carnes and Kennesaw Mayor Derek Easterling. 


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