Most programs that win a state title would be in for a rebuilding season; especially ones with only four returning starters. But at Buford it's just a chance for 18 new starters to etch their names in the history of this program that has won four state titles since 2001.
Riverside Military Academy athletics director Scot Sloan is most excited about creating a 'Friday Night Lights' atmosphere. Eagles football coach Chris Lancaster just hopes his home crowd isn't dwarfed by the opposing fan base of traditional public schools.
The apprehension, good and bad, is all part of the anticipation of Riverside's move this season from the Georgia Independent Schools Association back into the mainstream Georgia High Schools Association.
The practice field is ready. The weight room is ready. The new jerseys have been ordered. Year two of the Billy Kirk regime will provide the players with new amenities, but will the team garner any wins? That's the big question.
The Flowery Branch boys cross country team opened the season with a second place finish in a 10 team field, including three defending state champions, Saturday at the Kosh Classic at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.