The Locker Room Report: Tackling SWGA 2020 high school football plans

The Locker Room Report: Tackling SWGA 2020 high school football plans
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ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - The Southwest Georgia gridiron is already looking different for 2020.

Before teams take the field for another season, high schools across Southwest Georgia are tackling a new rival — the COVID-19 pandemic.

Below is a list of high school plans for football based on the conference each one is in. Both the GHSA and the GISA have set Week 0 to start on Sept. 4.

GHSA

  • Baker County Schools: The Bears are starting on Sept. 4
  • Ben Hill County Schools: The Purple Hurricanes are currently practicing and planning on starting on Sept. 4.
  • Berrien County Schools: The Rebels are currently practicing and planning to start on Sept. 4.
  • Brooks County Schools: The Trojans are currently practicing and planning to start on Sept. 4.
  • Calhoun County Schools: Fall sports, including football, have been canceled for Calhoun County Schools. The school system is looking at options to play in the spring.
  • Clinch County Schools: The Panthers’ first game is on Sept. 11. The Sept. 4 game was canceled.
  • Coffee County Schools: The Trojans are starting on Sept. 4
  • Cook County Schools: The Hornets are starting on Sept. 4.
  • Colquitt County Schools: Practices were shut down and resumed Aug. 24. The Packers will not be playing the Sept. 4 and Sept. 11 games.
  • Crisp County Schools: The Cougars are starting on Sept. 4.
  • Decatur County Schools: The Bearcats’ first game is Sept. 11.
  • Dooly County Schools: Dooly County sports teams will return to practice on Aug. 31. The first two football games for the Bobcats have been canceled. The team will take the field officially on Sept. 25. The school system previously postponed their fall sports season.
  • Dougherty County Schools: Fall sports for Dougherty County Schools have been temporarily delayed. The action taken suspends fall sports competitions through at least the month of September.
  • Grady County Schools: Cairo High School plans to start on Sept. 4. However, the Syrupmakers aren’t practicing. Practices will resume on Aug. 26.
  • Irwin County Schools: The Indians will miss their first game because of COVID-19 concerns.
  • Lee County Schools: Some practices for Lee County High School were delayed. The Trojans are back to practicing and plan to start on Sept. 4.
  • Miller County Schools: The Pirates are starting on Sept. 4
  • Mitchell County Schools: The Eagles are currently practicing and planning on starting on Sept. 4.
  • Pelham City Schools: The Hornets are currently practicing and planning on starting on Sept. 4.
  • Terrell County Schools: The Greenwaves are currently conditioning. The team’s first game is Sept. 18 against Atkinson County.
  • Thomas County Schools: The Yellow Jackets are currently practicing and planning on starting on Sept. 11.
  • Thomasville City Schools: The Bulldogs are currently practicing and planning on starting on Sept. 4.
  • Valdosta City Schools: The Wildcats are still practicing. The first game against Warner Robins has been moved to Valdosta. The game will be played on Sept. 4 or 5. A new home game against Bainbridge has been added.

GISA

  • Brookwood Academy: The Warriors are starting on Sept. 11 and are currently playing scrimmages. The Sept. 4 scrimmage game was canceled.
  • Deerfield-Windsor: Deerfield-Windsor opens its season against Schley County on Sept. 4.
  • Southland Academy: Currently practicing and planning to start on Sept. 4.
  • Terrell Academy: The Eagles are currently practicing and planning to start on Sept. 4.
  • Tiftarea Academy: The Panthers are currently practicing and planning to start on Sept. 4.
  • Valwood Academy: The Valiants are currently practicing and planning to start on Sept. 4

GICAA

  • Sherwood Christian: The Eagles have moved to intramural sports.

This is a developing list. We are working to reach out to each football program in the WALB viewing area.

Are you a coach or athletic director? Click here to send your football plans to WALB’s Sports Director Paige Dauer.

Here’s what we want to know:

  • Is your team still practicing? If not, why?
  • Do you still plan on starting on Sept. 4?
  • Any other details you can give about your football season.

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