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)
Lakeside (up from AAAA)
Once the highest classification, AAAAA is now No. 2. This region has a Columbia County feel, with four such schools populating it. All four have moved up, with Grovetown jumping up two classes.
(all moved up from AAA)
This is the busiest local subregion/region with six area squads. Liberty County, South Effingham, Statesboro and Wayne County make up Subregion A.
Jefferson County (up from AA)
Swainsboro (up from AA)
We should see some great games in this region; Thomson-Jefferson County (in Thomson) is the last game of the regular season for the two schools.
Josey (down from AAA)
Harlem (down from AAA)
Westside (down from AAA)
Five area teams here. The big news is Josey-Laney will be a region game.
Washington-Wilkes (up from A)
Washington-Wilkes was previously in Region 7-A.
Lincoln County was tentatively moved to Region 8, but because there was no public school exodus, the Red Devils are here.
Also, as many folks know by now, Hancock Central and Warren County are scheduled to meet in Warrenton on Sept. 28.