McDONOUGH — The Georgia Revolution soccer team was probably one of the hottest topics of the summer, and for good reason — the team made the playoffs in 2018 and had a lot of talent to work with.

However, what may not have been as known was the connection of two athletes that played for the program. Cameron Verona was a strong goal keeper for the Locust Grove Wildcats in 2017 — but that wasn’t all: Aaron Whitten graduated from Locust Grove as well at the same time.

Whitten joined the Revs in 2018 and electrified in his playing time, but the biggest surprise was Verona, who joined the team.

The move to bring Verona in made Whitten extremely happy to have his old friend back.

“Not playing with him last year and not being on a local team, I think its been good for him, especially for us,” Whitten said. “We train almost everyday so it’s just like the good old days.”

It was probably one of the biggest pieces that the Revolution needed because it brought some unlikely competition out of Whitten.

“There’s always that competition,” Verona said of the competition between them.

“It’s always been there and it will never go away, we’ve known each other our whole lives it’s just how it is. Being back here and on the same team with him again, we know each other and how we play and we get along really well on and off the pitch. We even work out together. It’s more friendly than animosity. There’s still alot of competition between us on the field.”

With both of them having roots within the community, the question of if they’ve been back to Locust Grove to see their old high school coach Jason Wayne came up.

“We have, we’ve seen coach Wayne a couple of times and he’s been out to a couple of our matches so it’s been good to see him,” Whitten said.

“It’s just good to see a lot of people you’ve played with and have been coached by. It’s been really good to be in the local area and see a lot of familiar faces.”

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Graduated from South Carolina State University in 2015. Been with the Henry Herald and Clayton News in two capacities as a sports journalist and interim sports editor.

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