WARRENTON - Scott Swann and A.J. Jackson have been waiting since last season to hit the air waves and bring tape-delayed radio broadcasts to hundreds of prep football fans across the Central Savannah River Area and to thousands of fans live via the internet.
Such time is upon them.
It begins this Friday night from Legion Field in Warrenton, as Mr. Swann brings the play-by-play action into the homes and vehicles of those who follow the Warren County High School Screaming Devils. Mr. Jackson, meanwhile, will provide color analysis of both home and away games all season long over Thomson radio station, WTHO-FM, 101.7. The games are streamed live at www.mcduffiemirror.com.
"We're really looking forward to another great year of broadcasting the football games at Warren County High School," said Mr. Swann, who lives in Thomson and teaches at the high school in Warren County. "It was a lot of fun last year, and I can't wait to get started again."
Mr. Jackson, who also lives in Thomson, is thrilled to be getting back on the air for Friday night football, too.
"There's nothing like being at high school football games on Friday nights in Georgia," said Mr. Jackson. "It's very meaningful."
Mr. Swann and Mr. Jackson have known each other since kindergarten at Thomson Elementary School. Both of them are graduates of Thomson High School. And both of them say they still love the Thomson High School Bulldogs and wish them the best.
They also are quick to say that they love the Warren County High Screaming Devils, too.
For Mr. Jackson, it's not abandoning his alma mater team, but merely adopting another prep team, too.
"I used to play for the Thomson High School Bulldogs," said Mr. Jackson. "When I started doing the games on the radio last season, I developed a passion for football at Warren County. I'm a Bulldog who loves the Screaming Devils, too."
Mr. Swann echoes that sentiment.
"I'm very fond of both the Bulldogs and Screaming Devils," said Mr. Swann. "I support both of the teams and wish them both well again this season."
The friendship is unique between the two men. And there's good reason.
"I guess you could say we know each other pretty well," said Mr. Swann. "A.J. and I are good friends. We always have been. And I think we make a pretty good team on the radio."
Mr. Jackson agreed.
"I didn't hesitate to do it when Scott asked me to help him," said Mr. Jackson. "I enjoy doing it first and foremost because high school football in Georgia is like a religion. I love it."
Both men believe this could be the year that the Screaming Devils win a state championship.
"I expect the team to go much further than they did last year," said Mr. Swann. "I think they have a real good chance of winning the state championship, in fact."
Again, Mr. Jackson agreed.
"I think talent wise, Warren County is better than they were last year," said Mr. Jackson.
Like Mr. Swann believes, Mr. Jackson insists that if the Screaming Devils continue to mature during the season and continue to improve, they may well be destined to win a state championship.
"I think it's real possible they could win the Class A title this season," added Mr. Jackson.
The two-member broadcast team is planning to bring sideline reporting to their show this season. One of their reporters will be Bobby Thigpen, a former standout football player for the Warren County Blue Devils and later Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.