Just last week, we went through the top area contenders for region titles. Now focus goes intoSouth Carolina, where a few teams have made a habit of advancing deep into the postseason in recent years.
First, a heads up: Not all of these teams are favorites to win the region. Rather, they represent the area’s best hope in each.
Class A Region IV: Williston-Elko
A state title is the biggest prize, but region championships are great gets as well. Here’s a region-by-region look at title hopefuls. Not all of these teams are the favorites in their regions, but they are perhaps the area's best hope in each region.
Region 7-A: Lincoln County
Starting with the 2003 season, Lincoln County is 49-2 against region foes. Basically, this is just another way of saying Larry Campbell wins … a lot. A state-record 459 times, in fact.
For the most part, 2012 will have the usual suspects: Lincoln County will be good and an Eric Parker-coached team will do well. But there will be some differences. Here are a few teams that could improve or be worse this upcoming season.
No, these posts aren't going to make the season get here any sooner, but it's never too early to look at some of the most intriguing games in store for 2012. Here's a handful.
Fitzgerald at Jefferson County, Aug. 24
We’re about two months away from the start of the high school football season, but it can’t hurt to go over the new regions as the GHSA went through the reclassification process.
Also, this is for football. So, some regions (7-A, for example) will be split up into subregions for, say, basketball.
Note: area teams in bold
Evans (up from AAAA)
Greenbrier (up from AAAA)
Grovetown (up from AAA)
As much as we would like to, we can't enter a time machine and send ourselves into the future to reach football season.
But we do the best we can. It's not too early to talk about the Dream 16, and there should be a great roster this year. Some choices are obvious (I don't think it's much of a spoiler to say Brendan Douglas is very, very good), but not all are. There are some great teams, but talent and dedication can be found anywhere.
The way the past few seasons have gone, I just assumed South Carolina would find a way to win Monday night.
When a team is going for its third consecutive national title, one can expect it to somehow win again. Now, the Gamecocks baseball team didn't remind anyone of the slugging 1927 New York Yankees, but when it loaded the bases in the ninth, it appeared to be a table setter for a walk-off win.
The GHSA website has posted football schedules for all the state's teams, and Augusta-area fans will notice not much has changed.
Local teams will be playing the same 2010 foes, with the only difference being home teams in a 2010 game are now on the road for the 2011 contest.