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Football schedule should provide local interest

Posted: June 8, 2014 - 12:09am  |  Updated: June 8, 2014 - 12:35am

Somebody asked me last week when does the 2014-15 school year start, which I thought was a bit much seeing as how the school year just ended.

But it got me thinking about the upcoming fall season and as expected football schedules for public schools could be found on the Georgia High School Association’s website. I was able to corral private school schedules as well.

The huge caveat is that everything is subject to change and we’ll have an official finalized schedule for each county team just before the season begins, but in their raw form there are a few things that catch the eye right off the bat.

Old foes are renewing rivalries, teams are meeting for the first time and adjusted regions are impacting schedules. Much of that happens on just the first Friday, which is August 22.

On that first Friday, Augusta Preparatory Day School plays host to Augusta Christian, marking the first time the private institutions have officially met on the gridiron.

Augusta Christian was a member of the Georgia Independent School Association until 2003, so it’s almost fitting they will open the year against the Cavaliers who will be entering the GISA for the first time.

The Cavaliers won the Glory for Christ state championship in 2013, so it will be interesting to see what the switch to the GISA–joining the rest of its athletic program–brings.

Harlem faces county rivals back-to-back to open the season, playing host to Greenbrier and Grovetown. The Bulldogs last faced Greenbrier in 2009, losing 27-12, then square off against Grovetown, who they last played in 2011, losing 36-0.

Region 2-AAAAA expanded from eight to 10 teams with the inclusion of Cross Creek and Richmond Academy. Instead of each school playing two nonregion games, they will play just one so they can face all their region opponents.

There’s no telling how things will look after the summer, but at first glance Lakeside appears to have the toughest nonregion opponent.

They travel to North Augusta on August 22 while Evans plays host to Westside to round out the opening week.

Former Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler moved to Greenbrier in the spring and he is slated to face his old squad, now helmed by former Westside coach Steve Hibbitts, at Lakeside on Halloween night.

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