Now that there's 13 teams in Region 3-A, getting into the playoffs may just be a little bit harder.
TWIN CITY - Emanuel County Institute left no doubt as to who was the No. 1 team in Class A in the state of Georgia in 2007. Now they're ready to make sure no one's asking questions in 2008.
The last two seasons in Metter have been all about building a foundation from the bottom up. In 2006, coach Clay Hill inherited a Tiger squad without much experience, and he has focused on developing the middle school kids and keeping the numbers up. Metter has consistently fielded over 50 kids in each of the last two seasons, and with a strong foundation both offensively and defensively, the coaching staff feels the team is ready to compete again.
When Chuck Conley arrived in Millen in 2005, the Jenkins County football team was struggling.
CLAXTON - The youth movement in Claxton is over.
The Screven County Gamecocks are getting used to being back in the playoffs.
PORTAL - It's no surprise that the Portal Panthers will be offering a new look in 2008.
For years, Statesboro has been synonymous with running the football.
Once again, Statesboro has a serious chance to contend for a state championship.
My friends, it's been a long and wearisome journey this summer.
Whether in the weight room, on the football field or in the classroom, Bulloch Academy senior David Poole goes above and beyond.
PORTAL - Coming off a 1-9 season, the Portal Panthers had a reality check - it's time to turn things around.
Bulloch Academy amassed 3,468 total yards and scored 314 points last football season en route to an 8-3 record.
BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - The Georgia Southern women's soccer team opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Gardner-Webb Saturday.
SPARTA - Bulloch Academy scored on its first two possessions and stood firm on defense as the Gators beat Piedmont Academy 16-8 in the annual John Hancock Kickoff Classic Thursday.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Hawks took the lead with a 13-0 run in the third quarter and went on to a 104-87 victory Wednesday night over the Dallas Mavericks, who were without suspended guard Rajon Rondo.
INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The Inglewood City Council unanimously approved a $2 billion stadium plan backed by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke that clears a path for the NFL to return to the Los Angeles area for the first time in two decades.
MIAMI - A chemist working out of his suburban South Florida garage was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in prison for supplying banned performance-enhancing substances to a clinic whose customers included professional baseball players such as New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.
ATLANTA - The Eastern Conference standings are not the only proof the Atlanta Hawks are mastering Mike Budenholzer's ball-sharing, pass-happy scheme.
INDIANAPOLIS - The questions were similar, and Dorial Green-Beckham had virtually the same response for each one.
FALL RIVER, Mass. - Two women who cleaned the home of former New England Patriots player Aaron Hernandez testified Monday at his murder trial that they saw guns stashed in three places in his house before the killing.
The World Cup in Qatar keeps provoking outrage and breaking taboos.
PHOENIX - Commissioner Rob Manfred says new rules intended to speed up the pace of games are aimed at luring younger fans to baseball.
MIAMI - The Brooklyn Nets are on pace to finish 34-48 this season.
TAMPA, Fla. - Alex Rodriguez reported to the New York Yankees three days ahead of schedule. He spoke for 8 1/2 minutes about his season-long drug suspension.
LOS ANGELES - James Hahn had reason to feel like a nobody at Riviera.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Soaked in booze but drinking a Coke, Joey Logano fretted over how he and his new bride would celebrate his most significant victory.
LOS ANGELES - Retief Goosen had gone so long without being in contention on the weekend that he wondered how his nerves would hold up. They were tested Saturday at Riviera, and the two-time U.S. Open champion earned a passing grade.
LOS ANGELES - The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers are planning a shared stadium in the Los Angeles area if both teams fail to get new stadium deals in their current hometowns, the teams said in a joint statement, adding another layer of complexity to a possible NFL return to the region.
INDIANAPOLIS - Marcus Mariota looked awfully comfortable on center stage Thursday.