Monday, August 13, 2012

SCHS Pigskin Preview

That most hallowed time of year is upon us once again, and by that I of course mean football season.

First, let’s recap Stephens County’s last campaign, and a fine one it was.  The Indians finished the season with a record of 9-3, losing to Cairo in the second round of the state playoffs (the Syrupmakers were the number one seed out of Region 1AAA; the road trip to Grady County for the Indians was more than 300 miles – one way).  All three of the teams to beat Stephens County, Elbert County in Class AA, Gainesville in Class AAA, and Cairo in Class AAA, all made it to at least the third round of the state playoffs.  So, all in all, not such a bad effort.

Second, a word about GSHA's revised regional classifications is in order.  SCHS jumps to Region 8AAAA for the upcoming campaign.  Perhaps “returns” is a better terminology, as my admittedly feeble recollection is that SCHS was in Region 8AA through my freshman year, moved up to Region 8AAAA for my sophomore and junior years, and then dropped back to Region 8AAA for my senior year.  And there the Indians stayed for more than three decades (and yes, I am thereby dating myself).  Anyway, now that GHSA has expanded its classification system, I guess that some reshuffling was in order.

The current composition of the revised Region 8AAAA is:
Chestatee (Gainesville)
Eastside (Covington)
Lanier (Sugar Hill)
Lumpkin County (Dahlonega)
Madison County (Danielsville)
Monroe Area (Monroe)
Stephens County (Toccoa)
Walnut Grove (Walnut Grove)

Finally, consider this season’s schedule:

17 August – St. Puis X Catholic makes the trip up from the big city to take on the Indians in a scrimmage game at The Reservation.  The Golden Lions are in Region 6AAA.

31 August – The season opens up with the Indians making a short road trip to Carnesville to face long-time rival Franklin County.  The Lions reside in Region 8AAA.

07 September – Habersham Central crosses the hump from Mt Airy for the annual “Battle of Currahee Mountain.”  The raiders are in Region 7AAAAAA.

14 September – The Indians trek down to Hartwell to face Hart County.  The Bulldogs are a Region 8AAA team.

21 September – The Walnut Grove Warriors come to The Reservation for a Region 8AAAA conference game.  This is “Homecoming Night” at The Reservation.

28 September – The Chestatee War Eagles come to Toccoa from Gainesville for a Region 8AAAA conference game.  This is “Recreation Night” at The Reservation.

05 October – OPEN

12 October – The Indians travel to Monroe to take on the Monroe Area Hurricanes in a Region 8AAAA conference game.

19 October – Region 8AAAA conference play continues as the Indians commute to Danielsville to combat the Madison County Red Raiders.

26 October – The Lanier Longhorns make the trip from Sugar Hill to face the Indians in a Region 8AAAA conference tilt.  This is “Band Senior Night” at The Reservation.

02 November – The Eastside Eagles arrive at The Reservation from Covington to battle with the Indians in a region 8AAAA contest.  This is “Senior Night” at The Reservation.

09 November – The regular season ends with the real Indians traveling to Dahlonega to take on the Lumpkin County (bizarre) Indians in a final Region 8AAAA contest.

See the SCHS football pages at the SCHS web site, MaxPreps, and Home Teams Online.

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