clear
Friday May 22nd, 2015 7:50PM

Getting close to kickoff: Scrimmages take center stage this week

By Morgan Lee Sports Editor
High school football is so close you can almost taste it -- and this week you can start watching it (almost) for real.<br /> <br /> Over the next few days most of the area's programs will take part in scrimmages against either fellow area squads or teams from around the state, as the march toward kickoff takes a big step forward.<br /> <br /> <i>(NOTE: For a complete look at all of the area's scrimmage games this week and next, simply scroll down.)</i><br /> <br /> This year's scrimmage schedule does feature one change from years past in that GHSA teams were allowed to choose between holding spring practice or taking two scrimmage contests in the fall.<br /> <br /> Five northeast Georgia programs -- Apalachee, Dawson County, North Forsyth, North Hall and Towns County -- all opted for two scrimmage contests. (Apalachee has already taken part in its first scrimmage.)<br /> <br /> "With the situation we were in, it just made sense for us," said North Hall coach David Bishop, who is not only in his first season as head coach with the Trojans after years as an assistant with the program but also breaking in 20 new starters on offense and defense. "We need as much game-like competition as possible, and I felt this would help us more than spring practice."<br /> <br /> Most teams will face their lone scrimmage this Friday, taking one week off to correct issues discovered in those simulated contests before beginning the season on Aug. 29. <br /> <br /> However, some programs will begin the season in what has come to be called "week zero," kicking off on Aug. 22 and 23.<br /> <br /> Buford, East Jackson, Jefferson, Johnson, Lumpkin County, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett and Rabun County will all play games the week before the full slate of 2014 gets underway, with Jefferson playing at Rabun County on Aug. 22 the only all-northeast Georgia showdown of the weekend.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, Johnson will play at Madison County on Aug. 22, while Lumpkin County travels to Model and East Jackson plays host to Hebron Christian. The next day (Aug. 23) will be big for area programs in Gwinnett County, as Buford plays host to Florida state champion Trinity Christian out of Jacksonville, Fla., while in the Georgia Dome, Mill Creek faces McEachern and North Gwinnett battles Colquitt County as part of the Corky Kell Classic.<br /> <br /> With so much football on the horizon, stay wired to accessnorthga.com's Friday Game Night, where we will soon bring you our information-packed 2014 season preview. Included will be information from 30 area teams, a look at the new regions those teams will play in, the new coaches roaming northeast Georgia's sidelines and all the key players set to make for another huge campaign. Also included will be video interviews with a number of area programs, schedules and key contests set for the fast-approaching season.<br /> <br /> <b>AREA PREP FOOTBALL SCRIMMAGE SCHEDULE</b><br /> <i>All start times 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted</i><br /> <br /> <b>Thursday</b><br /> Jefferson at West Hall, 7 p.m.<br /> <br /> <b>Friday</b><br /> Banks County at Lakeview Academy<br /> Buford at South Gwinnett<br /> Commerce at Franklin County<br /> East Jackson at Johnson<br /> Forsyth Central at North Forsyth<br /> Gainesville at White County<br /> Gilmer at North Hall<br /> Jackson County at Athens Academy<br /> Lumpkin County at Cambridge<br /> Mill Creek at Archer<br /> Monroe Area at Apalachee<br /> Mountain View at Flowery Branch<br /> North Gwinnett at Hughes<br /> Rabun-Gap at Towns County<br /> Rabun County at Franklin, N.C.<br /> Riverside Military at Armuchee<br /> South Atlanta at Fannin County<br /> Stephens County at Habersham Central<br /> Union County at Sonoraville, 7 p.m.<br /> Westminster at Dawson County<br /> <br /> <b>Thursday, Aug. 21</b><br /> East Hall at Chestatee, 7 p.m.<br /> <br /> <b>Friday, Aug. 22</b><br /> North Forsyth at Hart County<br /> North Hall at Dawson County<br /> Towns County at Hayesville, N.C.
© Copyright 2015 AccessNorthGa.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
2014 Top 10: Looking back at the top sports stories of the year
It was another year for the record books in 2014, mostly for the right reasons -- state championships, new challenges and new stars taking their turn to shine. But there were also plenty of big stories that reminded us that sports -- like life -- isn
11:55PM ( 4 months ago )
NASCAR K&N Pro Series schedules set for 2015
DAYTONA BEACH, FL - NASCAR announced recently the 2015 schedules for its top developmental regional touring series, the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East and NASCAR K&N Pro Series West.
2:00PM ( 4 months ago )
Lanierland boys final: Johnson makes history with win over Red Elephants <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Ever the aggressor on the court, Johnson
8:55AM ( 4 months ago )
Sports
Lanierland boys semifinals: Unbeatens Johnson, Red Elephants roll into finals
Both Gainesville and Johnson powered their way into the Lanierland Tournament finals on Monday. The two undefeated teams will meet Tuesday for the title at 8:30 p.m. at Chestatee.
10:01AM ( 4 months ago )
Lanierland girls semifinals: GHS, Lady Falcons advance to finals <b> (VIDEO) </b>
Flowery Branch and Gainesville each took impressive wins Monday to advance to the Lanierland Tournament finals...
10:00AM ( 4 months ago )
Girls basketball: Lady Tigers advance to Pickens Holiday finals
The Dawson County girls basketball advanced to the finals of the Pickens Holiday Classic after an 81-54 win over Riverwood Monday.
11:48PM ( 4 months ago )
High School Sports
FCA East-West contest gives one more shot for area stars to shine <b>(VIDEO)</b>
Talk to the coaches, players and fans lucky enough to take part on Friday, and it
12:13PM ( 5 months ago )
High School Football 2014: A special season brings with it many firsts
The FCA East-West All-Star Game wraps up the 2014 campaign tonight in Gainesville. And oh what a season it has been...
9:30PM ( 5 months ago )
Four area teams finish season ranked inside top 10
Four area teams ended the 2014 season ranked inside the top 10 of the Georgia Sports Writers Association Prep Football Poll.
10:55AM ( 5 months ago )
Friday Game Night
Battle-tested Dragons ready to pull off another road win in championship series
Forget “Mad Max,” Jefferson baseball might as well be re-making its own movie of similar vein this spring -- starring as themselves in “The Road Warrior(s).”
11:59PM ( 4 hours from now )
VIDEO: Gainesville baseball rides chemistry, momentum into championship series
For years, the Gainesville baseball team gazed at the outfield wall at Ivey-Watson Field -- adorned with seven state championship banners -- and wondered when the next might come.
5:01PM ( 2 hours ago )
Buford-Whitewater: Who has the experience in epic AAAA title showdown?
If experience is king in the playoffs, then is perhaps Buford, the No. 1 team in Class AAAA and considered by many to be the class of the entire state -- and ranked in the top 10 nationally -- the underdog in Saturday’s championship series against Whitewater?
1:10PM ( 6 hours ago )
No. 6 Nighthawks no-hit by Foley, drop opening round NCAA Championship contest
University of Indianapolis junior ace Morgan Foley etched her name in the NCAA Championship record book, joining a select few in throwing a no-hitter in the NCAA Division II Softball Championship.
By UNG Athletic Communications
10:41AM ( 9 hours ago )
Briscoe to substitute for Hinchcliffe in Indianapolis 500
Ryan Briscoe didn’t think twice about accepting the short-notice request from Verizon IndyCar Series team co-owner Sam Schmidt to drive in the 99th Running of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race.
By IndyCar Media
10:00AM ( 9 hours ago )