In north Georgia, the end of August means the beginning of high school football.
On Friday night, six of our seven local high school teams start their seasons. The Mountaineers of North Murray open with a bye before starting the season the next Friday, but the other six teams in our coverage area are in action.
But before the foot meets leather for the opening kickoffs, you'll need a preview of how the teams are shaping up at Christian Heritage, Coahulla Creek, Dalton, Murray County, North Murray, Northwest Whitfield and Southeast Whitfield.
We have you covered.
As we have for years, the Daily Citizen-News will provide the most in-depth coverage around of Whitfield and Murray high school football teams. Our coverage kicks off in Thursday's paper with our annual high school football preview section. There, you'll find 12 pages full of team previews and other useful information.
Through spring practice and our weekly recruiting features throughout the summer, we've introduced you to the expected top players. Our preview section will expand on that, introducing you to new faces in new places.
Our football coverage continues throughout the season with our weekly Touchdown! section every Friday. You'll find previews of each week's matchups, stories about players, standings, statistics and much more.
After all the game previews, your Saturday sports section will be full of recaps and photographs from the Friday night action. Our sports reporters and photographers will be on the sidelines and in the press boxes to bring the action to you.
We encourage you to pick up Thursday's newspaper to get yourself ready for the 2019 high school football season and to follow us all season for the most comprehensive coverage around.