There’s just something about the dog days of August that brings joy to the heart of any true sports fan.
Baseball pennant races are heating up, college and pro football camps are in full swing and the sweet sounds of pre-season practice ring out from high school football stadiums throughout Georgia.
Fans in the Peach State take their high school football seriously – everyone knows that. But nobody looks forward to Friday nights in the fall more than DeKalb County fans – and with good reason. Consider:
- DeKalb teams have won their classification’s state championship twelve times.
- Seventeen of the county’s nineteen schools have been to the state playoffs at least once.
- Avondale (1958, 1963, 1976) and Lakeside (1970, 1972, 1991) have each won three state titles, combining for half of all the championships won by county teams.
- Following closely behind Avondale and Lakeside with a pair of state championships each are SW DeKalb (1972, 1995) and Tucker (2008, 2011). Tucker was undefeated in winning last year’s AAAA title but moves up to AAAAA this year.
- Dunwoody (1993) and Redan (1979) have each won a single state title.
- Last year’s Tucker team joined Dunwoody’s ‘93 team as the only county teams to finish the season with a 15-0 record.
With all this history – and a future just as promising – to celebrate, Patch wants to give DeKalb high school football fans the coverage you deserve. I’ll post each Friday with a preview of that weekend’s games involving county teams and on Sunday I’ll post game results and recaps. Along the way I’ll throw in a few tidbits you’ll hopefully appreciate.
One caveat - I’m about reporting and informing, not predicting or prognosticating. While my natural bias toward our county teams will be evident, I’m going to do my best to remain objective. You, however, are not bound by this restriction. Feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments section about the great season your team is – or isn’t – having. I hope we can get a good dialogue going.
And I need your help to make this a blog you’ll want to read twice each week. If you have a suggestion on how I can improve things or you think I’ve missed something or maybe you just have another point of view – post a comment or email me. I promise I’ll read your comments and respond.
And if you really want to get my ear, show up at Adams Stadium on Fridays or Saturdays this fall where I’m the public address announcer for games involving county teams (hence the name of this blog).
Check back later this week for a breakdown on this weekend’s preseason scrimmage games involving county teams. For now, to help you get to the stadium where your team is playing, here’s a list of the county’s five shared stadiums with addresses and Google map links for each:
Adams Stadium 2415 N. Druid Hills Rd., Atlanta 30329 http://bit.ly/NtALPB
Avondale Stadium 1192 Clarendon Rd., Avondale Estates 30002 http://bit.ly/N0l0Ue
James R. Hallford Stadium 3789 Memorial College Ave., Clarkston 30021 http://bit.ly/NkKxrc
North DeKalb Stadium 3688 Chamblee-Dunwoody Rd., Chamblee 30341 http://bit.ly/MWncpK
Panthersville Stadium 2817 Clifton Springs Rd., Decatur 30034 http://bit.ly/MrrF8z