Has there been a season in recent years where predicting the fate of local teams in the playoffs is so hard to do?
Hall County high school fans have salivated for a game of this magnitude for a long, long time. The matchup for the ages has finally been set.
Flowery Branch's football team is definitely in a win-win situation. The Falcons are one of three teams in Region 7-AAA that are already playoff bound and that's something to be happy about in itself.
North Hall's Bob Christmas is one of many coaches in Region 7-AAA that isn't particularly fond of playing a subregion schedule to determine who goes to the playoffs.
The high school football season sure is going to be fun to watch down the home stretch to the playoffs. Whoever designed the schedule set the stage for a game in week 11 like Hall County hasn't seen in a long time.
I'll bet that Friday night is going to provide the most compelling action in the high school football regular season. Both sides of Region 7-AAA will start taking shape with the outcome of this week's games. Region 8-AA will also see an early front-runner for the title hunt emerge.
There's never a week that goes by in the high school football season, where fans don't have to say, "Did that really just happen?"
I think it's safe to say that Gainesville High has the most exciting football team in Region 7-AAA to watch this season. The Red Elephants (3-0) have the most electrifying athletes, most dangerous quarterback and best defensive production - this side of Buford.
Certainties exist at every level of football. The NFL, college football and the high school game all have things that never seem to change.
The road to earning the right to be called a playoff contender starts with a little damage control over the next couple of weeks for area football programs.
I have to say that the new scheduling format in Region 7-AAA appears to be much more fan friendly.
Trinton Sturdivant's season-ending knee injury wasn't the end of the world. Georgia's offensive line will find a way to survive.
Hope springs eternal for local baseball teams this time of the year. Everyone is starting with a clean slate.
I'm called upon to go ahead and make my prediction for Saturday's North Hall/Cairo game at the Dome.