Football season is weeks away, but there's still news making the channels, such as the GAVSV Class A Football Vent: 2006 realignment, new stands, new coaches, and rule changes.
GHSA Proposes to Subdivide Many Regions;
Twiggs County & Monticello Join 7-A;
Washington-Wilkes Returns to Class AA
On June 9, the GHSA released its proposed region alignment for the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years. Regions with 10 or more teams were subdivided geographically by the GHSA to reduce travel costs, especially in basketball and baseball. The final region alignments are expected to be approved in August.
For football, a subdivided region can choose to play some cross-over games. Each subdivided region also must vote on how the region champion and other seeds will be determined. This is going to get very interesting!!
Our Devils are slated to be in the eastern subdivision of Region 7-A with Aquinas, Warren County, and Glascock County (expected to play non-region football schedule again). The western subdivision of 7-A will include GMC, Hancock Central, Monticello, Wilkinson County and Twiggs County.
For other teams of interest, Washington-Wilkes will return to Class AA and be a part of their southern 8-AA subdivision, comprised of many current 7-AA schools (Greene County, Morgan County, for example). Northeast Georgia AA schools such as Rabun County make up the rest of 8-AA. Thomson and Washington County will be in 2-AAA North, with Savannah-area AAA schools in 2-AAA south. One of the more interesting placements is Warner Robins in Region 1-AAAAA with Valdosta.
Click here for the statewide region list from GHSA.net.
Both Washington-Wilkes and Hawkinsville are erecting new visitor stands in time for the 2005 season. As Lincoln County fans well know, both those stadiums were overdue for replacement of those wooden bleachers.
Warren County found itself without a head football coach this spring when their current coach took their Elementary School Principal's position. Who did they hire? Retired Lincoln County nemesis Charles Rutland, who coached at Wrens and later Jefferson County for over 30 years. Randolph-Clay and Pacelli also lost their coaches during the off-season.
Two forward passes no longer allowed
The GHSA website has announced that only one forward pass will be allowed per play. In recent years, two passes were allowed if the first was completed behind the line of scrimmage. Interference rules were also adjusted to include face-guarding as interference. Click here for the info direct from GHSA.