Football is back – well, almost



James E. Carr Stadium will be the site of the first game in the county this year when Appalachian hosts Southeastern Thursday, Aug. 24.

James E. Carr Stadium will be the site of the first game in the county this year when Appalachian hosts Southeastern Thursday, Aug. 24.

The high school football season will kickoff in just a couple of weeks and practice will begin next Monday, Aug. 7.

Teams will have at least three weeks of practice before the first game.

The regular season will kick off early for Appalachian, Hayden, Locust Fork, J.B. Pennington and Southeastern, as those teams will open on either Thursday, Aug. 24, or Friday, Aug. 25.

The headliner for opening week will be at Appalachian on Thursday, Aug. 24, when the Eagles host Southeastern.

The next night there will be two games in the county as Locust Fork hosts Carbon Hill and Hayden welcomes Weaver. J.B. Pennington will open the season on the road at Brindlee Mountain.

The rest of the county will wait a week to get started, although most of these schools will play a jamboree the week of Aug. 24-25.

In games set for Thursday, Aug. 31, Susan Moore (with new head coach Heath Lauderdale) will host West End while on Friday, Sept. 1, Cleveland will travel to Southeastern and Oneonta (with new head coach Brandon Herring) will go to Guntersville. Other games on Friday, Sept. 1, include Appalachian at Coosa Christian, Hayden at John Carroll, Locust Fork at Pisgah and J.B. Pennington hosting Boaz.

All games will kickoff at 7 p.m.