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High school football: Week 1 previews
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North Hall vs. Chestatee When: 7:30 p.m. tonight Where: The Brickyard Game notes: This game has lost a bit of its allure since the Trojans dropped down to Class AAA while the War Eagles continue to play in Class AAAA. ... North Hall has continued to improve under third-year coach David Bishop, winning two games in 2014 and six games last season ... Chestatee hired Shaun Conley as coach after going 0-10 in 2015. ... Conley is a first-year head coach but has 25 years as an assistant coach under his belt, including more than a decade under former Flowery Branch coach Lee Shaw in South Hall. ... The War Eagles will have the numbers in their favor to make the postseason in 2016, seeking one of four postseason spots from Region 7-AAAA in a five-team region. ... Chestatee also has nonregion games against East Hall and Flowery Branch on the schedule. ... The Trojans are the season opener for Class AAAAA Flowery Branch on Aug. 26. ... North Hall has won 13 of 14 against Chestatee since it branched off and opened in 2002. East Hall at Habersham Central When: 7:30 p.m. tonight Where: Raider Stadium, Mount Airy Game notes: The Vikings will have an early test against the biggest school it will face all season, Class AAAAAA Habersham Central. ... East Hall’s pass-happy offense returns a 2,000-yard quarterback in junior Austin Parker and 1,000-yard receiver Markese Jackson from 2015. ... After the season opener, East Hall has nonregion games against Chestatee and Johnson in the next few weeks. ... For the second consecutive year, Habersham Central is coming off a one-win season. ... The Raiders’ offense is bolstered by an electric running game, headed by senior Michael Babers. ... Habersham Central has remained in Class AAAAA this season, despite the addition of a higher classification in the latest realignment by the Georgia High School Association. ... The Raiders’ region includes Gainesville, Lanier and Winder-Barrow, among others. ... The Vikings remain in 7-AAA and will contend with a thick talent pool including North Hall, Greater Atlanta Christian and Lumpkin County, among others, for a playoff spot in November. ... East Hall is facing Habersham Central for the first time in 31 years.
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