Chad Campbell will soon get to do what younger brothers forever have dreamed about:
Being the boss of an older brother.
The Peach County head football coach is hiring his older -- by about two years -- brother Lee as defensive coordinator.
Lee Campbell resigned as head football coach and athletics director at Crisp County.
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Lee Campbell was 85-28-1 in nine seasons as head coach at Hawkinsville, including consecutive undefeated seasons and state championships. The Red Devils shared the 2004 title with Clinch County after the teams tied at 14.
He went 10-20 in three seasons at Dodge County and 17-24 in four at Crisp County. His head coaching career began with a 1-29 three-year stretch at Montgomery County.
Campbell was an assistant at Camden County and Hawkinsville before taking over at Montgomery County.
It gives Peach County’s staff a pair of coaches with football state titles and undefeated seasons on their resume. Chad Campbell, who is 86-16 in eight seasons at Peach County. led the Trojans to a 15-0 mark and the 2009 Class AAA title.
One rerun that won’t inspire yawns will take place at the Chick-fil-A on Watson Blvd. in Warner Robins on Saturday.
That’s where it’s pretty much Northside day, starting at 12:30 p.m. with the opening of a souvenir booth and followed at 6 p.m. by the big-screen showing of Northside’s thrilling 25-18 win over Mays for the GHSA Class AAAAA state championship.
Northside coaches and players -- except for the collection of players who will be at Cedar Shoals playing for the Eagles in the second round of the state basketball tournament --- will be on hand. Admission is free.
VETERANS GAME CHANGED
Veterans’ girls will get an extra day of preparation for their second-round game.
The battle with North Hall has been moved to 3 p.m. on Saturday. The game was originally scheduled for Friday evening.
WAITING A BIT LONGER
The Vidalia boys basketball team still doesn’t know which team it will play in the second round.
Cold, icy weather in the northern parts of the state caused several postponements this week, and two games, Union County-Coosa boys and Darlington-Union County girls, have yet to be played.
Vidalia will host the Union County-Coosa winner in the second round of the Class AA playoffs, day and time to be announced.
Four other Middle Georgia teams learned of their opponents Thursday.
The delays paid off for Jones County. Gainesville, a No. 4 seed, upset region champion North Atlanta 56-54 on Thursday, meaning the third-seeded Greyhounds will host Gainesville on Saturday.
Also Thursday, Rutland found out it will host Banks County, a 62-56 winner over East Jackson, while Central will travel to Morgan County, an 82-33 winner Thursday over Lumpkin County. West Laurens will head to Johnson-Gainesville after Johnson topped Southeast Whitfield 72-44.
Dodge County’s girls had to wait two days to learn their opponent. Dawson County beat Elbert County 71-35 on Thursday, meaning Dodge County will travel to Dawsonville for the second round.
Most of Middle Georgia’s top seeds managed to survive the first round of the basketball playoffs, but a fair number of No. 1s statewide didn’t.
Region 2-AAAA’s boys felt both sides, with fourth seed Upson-Lee knocking off Albany 66-54 but top seed Perry falling 56-50 to Cairo.
Fourth-seeded Monticello’s girls lost by one to Metter, while West Laurens challenged Americus-Sumter before losing 59-51.
Veterans’ girls survived Bainbridge’s visit by four points.
Vidalia’s boys avoided the upset, nipping Pelham 46-45. And Dublin ran out of time in its upset bid at Crawford County.
Folks will be shoulder to shoulder again in Roberta on Saturday.
Greater Atlanta Christian visits, and the Spartans are one of the state’s top Class AA programs.
Head coach Eddie Martin led the Spartans to a 32-0 record last season and the program’s fourth state title, earning him at least one national coach of the year honor. He is 193-28 at GAC.
The Spartans’ challenge is William Jarrell, the state player of the year candidate who scored 48 points in the Eagles’ 96-89 win over Dublin.
In the final ScoreAtlanta regular-season poll, Crawford County is fourth and GAC sixth. ...
The heat is one teams that are still undefeated, since the first loss is a season-ender.
Taylor County is one of the girls’ teams still perfect, the Vikings hosting Region 4 rival Greenville, just a week after Taylor County won 71-47 in the region tournament semifinals. ...
The third round of the playoffs are at home sites, and then the semifinals move to neutral sites.
Class AAAAA is at Fort Valley State and Class AAAA at West Georgia. Columbus State hosts both Class AA and AAA. Class A private schools are at Kennesaw State and public schools at Armstrong State.
The finals are March 5-7 at the Macon Coliseum.