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Ready for a football season full of hope, promise and new opportunities

I'm as excited as can be about the high school and college football season!

And I'm certain many of you are, too.

This season promises to be one of the most exciting ones in recent years.

The reason is two-fold:

First, we have three prep teams that we will be offering in depth coverage to during the entire season. Those teams include the Thomson High School Bulldogs, Briarwood Academy Buccaneers and Warren County High School Screaming Devils.

We plan to offer special features on different players during the course of the season. Our first three profiles begin with Thomson quarterback Brandon Turman, Briarwood receiver Dave Joesbury and Warren County quarterback Tommy Seals.

These three players will no doubt be very exciting to watch - two of whom are considered college prospects - Joesbury and Seals.

In addition, we also plan to offer college football features on former area players - where they are now and what's going on with them.

Four such players include: Casper and Jasper Brinkley, both of whom play for the University of South Carolina Gamecocks; Danny Verdun Wheeler, former University of Georgia Bulldogs' standout - now with the Chicago Bears; and Justin Callaway, who plays for the Georgia Southern University Eagles in Statesboro.

All four players are former graduates of Thomson High School and played under legendary coach Luther Welsh.

We also invite you, our readers, to call us if you know of other players from McDuffie and Warren counties now playing college football. We'd love to profile them during the season, too.

The prep season kicks off tonight (Thursday) at Briarwood Academy, as they entertain the Edmund Burke Academy Spartans. The game will mark Blake Duncan's debut as the new head football coach at Briarwood Academy.

We'll be offering coverage of that game, as well as coverage of Thomson and Warren County, who don't open their seasons until Friday night.

Plus, you can listen to all three games live at our website,

The Bulldogs will play host to Salem in The Brickyard, while Warren County will play host to the Washington-Wilkes Tigers at Legion Field.

Unfortunately, the new stadium at Warren County isn't quite ready, so the game will be played at Legion Field in Warrenton. The new stadium is expected to be completed within the next couple of weeks.

I can't wait to cover my first game in that new stadium. It's great to see the Warren County community come together to provide those who attend Warren County High School with a new football stadium. It's something the community can rally around, because their football team is expected to be as good, if not better than they were last season.

Personally, I believe all three area teams will have outstanding seasons on the gridiron. I'm really looking forward to it.

Web posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007

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