The start of the prep football season is upon us. And what a season it promises to be at the three schools covered by The McDuffie Mirror.
As in previous years, I look very forward to providing coverage at Thomson, Warren County and Briarwood Academy. I truly hope it's the best coverage yet.
The first week of the football season is now over for two of the three schools. The Warren County High Screaming Devils opened their season against the Glascock County Panthers in Gibson, while the Briarwood Academy Buccaneers now have their first game under their belts having played Edmund Burke Academy in the season opener.
Please see the coverage of those two games in this week's sports section.
As for the Thomson team, the Bulldogs didn't play last week. Like last year, they began the season with an open date.
Thomson will begin their season this Friday night, hosting the Washington-Wilkes Tigers in a rivalry game that stretches back many, many years. The game will be played in The Brickyard in Thomson.
That particular game pits a lot of talented players from both teams playing each other. It also pits a former player and assistant coach going up against his mentor. The former player is Lee Hutto, now head coach of the Washington-Wilkes Tigers. His mentor, meanwhile, is Thomson head coach Luther Welsh.
The two haven't played each other since Coach Hutto has been a head coach.
Please see this week's preview of the game between Thomson and Washington-Wilkes on our sports pages.
The game between the Bulldogs and Tigers promises all kinds of excitement.
As for Briarwood Academy, the Bucs are hoping to produce another winning season under second year head coach John Osborne.
Players there want more than just a winning season this year, though. They have aspirations of winning a state title. We'll have to wait and see if those expectations are too high. Of course, I'd love it if they won a championship!
One thing is for sure, the Bucs will be a team to have to be reckoned with this season, because they have several talented players and lots of team speed. If they stay healthy, they could go a long way. Only time will tell.
As for the Warren County Screaming Devils, they now are under a new head coach in Marleau Blount, who has the program looking up with a total of 44 players -- the most players the team has fielded in years.
Warren County is a fired-up team, seemingly determined to win. With several veteran players returning, I'd say the Screaming Devils are destined to have another winning season and be playoff contenders again this season.
It would be great to see all three of the area schools make it to the playoffs this season. After all, that's what most teams stride for in sports. At any rate, we'll be there to provide the best coverage possible, including action photographs of many of the games, as well as special profiles on star players.