Undermanned Northside looking to keep streak alive
The Northside Eagles will be without their quarterback and center Friday night in their opener against North Cobb. Jurmon Weaver is out following an appendectomy, and sophomore Tobias Oliver will start under center. Starting center Wesley Bateman is out with a toe injury.
The Eagles will be challenged by a North Cobb team that went 20-6 over the past two seasons in the state’s highest classification. The Warriors quarterback Tyler Queen is committed to Auburn.
Northside hasn’t lost a season opener since it fell to Griffin in 1996.
Hester in Year 2; Lamar looking to stay among the elite
Longtime Tattnall Square head coach Barney Hester is in his second season at Howard. After the Huskies didn’t win for two seasons, Hester led them to a 2-8 season in 2013.
There are a lot of different faces in Barnesville this season. Georgia Tech signees Lawrence and Lance Austin and Qua Searcy are gone after leading the Trojans to the state championship game last season. Jamie Abrams is the new head coach after Franklin Stephens took the top job at Ware County.
Title defense begins for Westfield
The long championship wait for Ronnie Jones ended in December when the Hornets won their first GISA state championship. The Hornets begin that defense Friday against Southland.
Bleckley County made the playoffs for the third consecutive season in 2013, winning its first playoff game since 2006.
In Rex Hodges’ fourth season leading the Indians, Dodge County is seeking its first winning season since 2007.
After only the second losing season under Roger Holmes, Dublin bounced back with a 7-4 campaign in 2013. The Irish were young, and they start this season ranked in Class AA. They open with rival Laney on Friday.