Almost everyone is picking the Clinch County Panthers to defend their Class A state football championship. And well they should, as the Panthers return many strong players, including two strong running backs that helped Clinch come back to defeat our Devils in the quarterfinals in Homerville last year.
But as last year proved, nothing is assured. The state title is decided in December, not August through November. Hawkinsville, Commerce, Landmark Christian, Miller County, and many other teams will challenge for first region and then playoff wins.
And you certainly cannot count out our Red Devils. Most folks are putting our guys in red in either second or third in preseason polls.