Mercer’s second season begins the same way its first did: against Reinhardt. The Bears won last year’s game on a late field goal.
Veterans and Houston County play for the first time in their programs’ history. Both teams reached the GHSA playoffs last year.
The first full Friday night of the high school season features the first GHSA game for Mount de Sales (at Pacelli), Stratford (versus Savannah Country Day) and Tattnall Square (vs. GMC).
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The Bibb County schedule is filled with intra-county matchups: Northeast versus Southwest, Rutland versus Westside and Howard at FPD.
Peach County and Warner Robins meet for the fifth straight season and the seventh time overall; their series is tied all-time at three wins each.
Clemson and Georgia open the season against each other for the second straight season. The Tigers won last year in Clemson but haven’t won in Athens since 1986.
COLLEGE: Abilene Christian at Georgia State
COLLEGE: Reinhardt at Mercer
HIGH SCHOOL: Veterans at Houston County; Trinity Christian at Westwood
HIGH SCHOOL: Northeast vs. Southwest; Rutland vs. Westside; Central at Wilkinson County; Howard at FPD; Hancock Central at Baldwin; Bleckley County at Hawkinsville; Edmund Burke at Brentwood; CFCA at Griffin Christian; Covenant at Crisp Academy; Central-Talbotton at Crawford County; Brantley County at Dodge County; Wilcox County at Dooly County; Dublin at Johnson County; Monsignor Donovan at Gatewood; GMC at Tattnall Square; Atkinson County at Jeff Davis; Nathanael Greene at John Hancock; John Milledge at Heritage; Jones County at Morgan County; Pike County at Lamar County’ Macon County at Americus-Sumter; Mary Persons at Jackson; Walnut Grove at Monticello; Mount de Sales at Pacelli; Peach County at Warner Robins; Bethlehem Christian at Piedmont; Putnam County at Greene County; Savannah Country Day at Stratford; Taylor County at East Laurens; Wheeler County at Telfair County; West Laurens at Vidalia; Thomson at Washington County; Holy Spirit Prep at Windsor; Jenkins County at Treutlen; Johnson-Savannah at Toombs County; Valwood at Westfield
COLLEGE: Clemson at Georgia; Wofford at Georgia Tech; Georgia Southern at N.C. State; Savannah State at Middle Tennessee State
HIGH SCHOOL: Fitzgerald vs. Heard County at Mercer