The 2008 football season will be one to remember - that I can assure you.
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.
The Big Ten is starting the new year with a new sense of pride.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - It was bound to happen.
Ohio State is looking for its first national title since 2002. Oregon is seeking its first, period.
NEW ORLEANS - Urban Meyer had barely sat down after the Sugar Bowl when someone told him the score from the other semifinal game.
PASADENA, Calif. - Marcus Mariota and Oregon turned an avalanche of Florida State mistakes into a mountain of points and the Ducks rolled past the defending national champions 59-20 Thursday to turn the first College Football Playoff semifinal into a Rose Bowl rout.
Gordon loose on Auburn, there was no stopping the nation's leading rusher.
The main question for the NFL's weekend of wild-card games is who will advance, of course. The next big query: Who do you trust?
Rose Bowl: Oregon vs. Florida State
ATLANTA - Mike Smith was fired as the Atlanta Falcons' coach Monday, one day after the end of his second straight losing season and a 34-3 rout by the Carolina Panthers before booing fans at the Georgia Dome.
NEW YORK - Christian Hackenberg hit Kyle Carter for a 10-yard touchdown pass in overtime and Penn State kicked the extra point that Boston College could not, lifting the Nittany Lions to a 31-30 win in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium on Saturday night.
Grab a cup of coffee and spend some time re-living the Georgia Southern Eagles sweeping the Sun Belt Conference through the eyes of Herald Staff Photographer Scott Bryant.