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It won't be long until one of the busiest times of the year start for those of us who write about fall sports, such as prep, college and pro football, as well as girls' fast-pitch softball.

In fact, the count down until football is only four weeks away. That's right - just four weeks away. And for coverage of girls' softball at Thomson High School and Briarwood Academy, it's even closer.

Again, this year, I'm looking very forward to covering as many games in both sports as I possibly can. I'm eager for the games to begin, even though it's going to work the hound out of me.

Girls' softball, by the way, begins on Aug. 14, as Thomson High's Lady Bulldogs hit the road to Madison County near Athens in their first game of the season. Briarwood's season will follow.

And soon, it will be the opening weekend of the prep football season at the three high schools that are covered by The McDuffie Mirror. Those schools include Thomson High, Briarwood and Warren County.

The upcoming football season is going to be an interesting one for all three schools - especially for Thomson High, who find themselves in a new region and faced with stiffer competition.

Nevertheless, legendary Thomson Head Coach Luther Welsh and his staff will be ready when the time comes to start the season. The big question remains - will his players?

I'll be asking that particular question directly to the head mentor in an upcoming story for our sports section.

For the Bucs of Briarwood Academy, we will find a team in a rebuilding mode under a new head football coach, John Osborne.

At Warren County, the loss of a bunch of talented seniors from last season will definitely hurt the football program. But life goes on.

I can assure you that Head Coach Lee Hutto and his staff will be ready, too. Again, the big question is whether the Screaming Devils will be ready, themselves?

When it comes to college football coverage, we plan to cover several games. We plan to take in games at the University of South Carolina, the University of Georgia, Georgia Southern University and some other smaller colleges during the season. Two players from Thomson will be followed closely. They include the Gamecocks' Jasper Brinkley and the Eagles' Justin Callaway.

Coming up soon, I'm also looking forward to former University of Georgia Vince Dooley's visit to Thomson. Mr. Dooley, former head football coach at UGA and later the athletic director, will attend a Rotary Club luncheon at the Thomson Depot on Aug. 14.

He will attend another local function in the annex from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. that same day.

Web posted on Thursday, July 24, 2008

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