Fri­day night foot­ball fever

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I have never been so ex­cited for high school foot­ball in my life. Al­beit, when I went to high school, way back from ‘ 06 to 2010, my high school ( Cen­tral High School, Ma­con, Ge­or­gia) was ter­ri­ble at foot­ball.

In just nine days from to­day, on Fri­day night, New­ton, Her­itage and Rock­dale kick off their re­spec­tive sea­sons. I don’t have any emo­tions in­vested into ei­ther team, as I’ll be cov­er­ing all six schools from New­ton and Rock­dale (yay me), but I’m look­ing for­ward to some ex­cel­lent games.

From what I’ve seen and heard, this should be a pretty good sea­son.

You’ve got New­ton and the talk of the town quote from coach Ter­rance Banks about how they ‘ run this county.’ Cou­ple that with their ri­valry with... well pretty much ev­ery­body, but Rock­dale County specif­i­cally and you’ve got some amaz­ing sto­ry­lines go­ing on headed into the sea­son. And that’s just New­ton. Al­covy is look­ing to make it back to the play­offs as well as a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive win­ning sea­son, for the first time in a few years. They have quar­ter­back Ar­mon

Cov­er­age will be more than just game re­caps. We’re go­ing to try and bring more fea­ture-es­que cov­er­age as well as more an­a­lytic cov­er­age break­ing down games and player per­for­mance.

“Bubba” Hick­son, who came over from New­ton and a re­ally young team.

East­side missed the play­offs last year, and they have a young team. The Ea­gles also have a young stud at quar­ter­back in Austin Hol­loway, who will be fun to watch.

You’ve also got Salem, which hasn’t had a win­ning sea­son in a cou­ple of years. John Starr Sr. and John Starr Jr. are re­build­ing that team, and we’ll find out if this is the year they turn it around.

Her­itage is pretty much go­ing through a re-tool, but they’ll def­i­nitely be com­pet­i­tive un­der new head coach Wen­dell Early, who looks to shift the team to­ward an up-tem- po fast paced of­fense with a tough-minded 4-3 de­fense.

Then there’s Rock­dale and their stand­out de­fen­sive back Ta­juan (TJ) War­ren. They were 6-4 last year, but missed out on the play­offs. With more ex­pe­ri­ence un­der their belt, the team that has got­ten bet­ter pretty much ev­ery year since coach Ven­son El­der came on board, could be on pace for a trip to the play­offs.

I haven’t been to Sharp Sta­dium, but I’m look­ing for­ward to spend­ing my Fri­day nights in the press box. Where I come from, most schools don’t have their own sta­di­ums, but the Rock­dale schools do and all of them look en­tic­ing.

We’re do­ing coach’s cor­ner videos this year with Rock­dale Ca­reer Academy’s NFHS net­work, and we’ll have a lot more di­verse cov­er­age in both the Cov­ing­ton News and the Rock­dale News.

Cov­er­age will be more than just game re­caps. We’re go­ing to try and bring more fea­ture- es­que cov­er­age as well as more an­a­lytic cov­er­age break­ing down games and player per­for­mance.

We’ll also have the ath­lete of the week for each New­ton County School and the ath­lete of the month for Rock­dale County schools.

I. Can’t. Wait.

SHAKEEM HOL­LOWAY SPORTS EDI­TOR

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