Before most high school football teams in the state hit the gridiron for their first regular season game, the Johnson High football team will have already been tested.
One of the biggest blessings for first-year Riverside Military coach Gary Downs may be a bye week right away on Aug. 31.
It's all anybody wants to talk about, but it's also not until November.
It's shaping up to be an exciting season at Gainesville. The Red Elephants (12-2 in 2011) have one of the state's best high school quarterbacks, Deshaun Watson, along with a handful of receivers with speed, a trio of running backs who can help mix things up on offense and a deep group of defensive backs.
Tyler Dominy likes the pressure that comes with having an offense at his fingertips.
Lakeview Academy coach Matthew Gruhn hopes that a greatly expanded roster will lead to even more success than the Lions' back-to-back 4-4 seasons.
Last year, Chestatee's season, to an extent, hung in the balance on the fourth game of the season against Monroe Area, the first subregion game of the year.
With only five wins in the past three seasons combined, West Hall is opening a new chapter with first-year head coach Tony Lotti.
In only one quarter of play, Gainesville junior quarterback Deshaun Watson completed 4 of 6 passes for 85 yards, including a long pass to sophomore Rodney Lackey for a gain of 25, in a scrimmage Friday against Creekview in Canton. Gainesville coach Bruce Miller said that play swung the momentum of the game early in a 39-7 win for the Red Elephants.
East Hall coach Bryan Gray and Chestatee coach Stan Luttrell are both encouraged by what they saw in their teams' scrimmage on Thursday at War Eagle Stadium.
Gainesville coach Bruce Miller has some things he wants to accomplish in Friday's scrimmage at Creekview. Winning is not really one of them.
High school football season is drawing closer each day. Even though the regular season is still a couple of weeks away for most Georgia teams, scrimmages will be scattered across the area this weekend.
Lumpkin County football coach Tommy Jones is preparing for his seventh year at the helm of the Indians and looking to improve on a 6-4 record in 2011.
Flowery Branch coach Chris Griffin laughed when asked recently how much more he knew about his football team since the full pads were put on.
In his first two stops, Bill Ballard made winners out of Tucker and Peachtree Ridge, notching 12 wins in four of his first seven seasons as a head coach.
Jefferson freshman phenom running back Colby Wood is quickly making a name for himself with a tenacious running style, much more assertive than most young running backs.
BUFORD - The Buford Wolves fell behind three times Friday night, but they didn't blink.
West Hall's Tony Lotti didn't want his players to get too high on themselves after soundly defeating county rival Chestatee 31-0 Friday night.
JEFFERSON - Friday night was a battle of two completely different offenses: White County operates by ground, Jackson County by air.
Commerce quarterback Caleb Brooks powered the Tigers to a 36-14 win over Hebron Christian Academy on Friday in Commerce.
Habersham Central suffered a 41-0 shutout loss to Northview in Region 7-AAAAAA play Friday in Duluth.
Union County improved to 2-0 with Friday's 28-7 win over Lumpkin County in Dahlonega.
Gilmer shut out Dawson County 23-0 on Friday in Dawsonville.
Lakeview Academy fell on the road to St. Francis 45-10 on Friday in Alpharetta.
East Hall fell to 0-2 with Friday night's 38-10 loss to Pickens in Jasper.
WINDER - With the star-studded duo of TJ Skelton and Evan Shirreffs on the field for Jefferson, a productive and powerful offense was expected. What was not expected was how the Dragons used almost everybody but Skelton on their way to a 41-7 win over the Winder-Barrow Bulldoggs at W. Clair Harris Stadium in Winder.
COMMERCE - After last Friday's loss, East Jackson Eagles' head coach Gary Hughes said his team had to limit turnovers to stay in games.
Madison County scored 20 unanswered points in the second half to overcome Jackson County 27-21 on Friday in Jefferson.
After 11 straight seasons of futility in season openers, Forsyth Central finally started the schedule off on the right foot.
In typical Buford fashion, seven different names appeared on the scoring sheet during Friday night's 56-0 win over Berkmar at Tom Riden Stadium.