It’s game week.
For the first time since Callaway lost to Buford in the Class AAA semifinals in December, the local high-school football teams will be back on the field.
Callaway, LaGrange and Troup will be in action Friday night for preseason games, and Lafayette Christian School will play its season opener on Friday.
Callaway, as it has done for the past several years, will play its preseason game in Hogansville.
Callaway will take on Greenville at Hendrix Field, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
LaGrange and Troup will both be on the road Friday night.
LaGrange will take on traditional rival Newnan, while Troup will visit Upson-Lee.
Callaway defensive coordinator Dusty Hubbard said it’s always a lot of fun playing at Hendrix Field, which is a considerably smaller venue than Callaway Stadium.
“You may have 2,000 less people than you have at Callaway Stadium, but it always seems like a lot more,” Hubbard said. “It looks packed.”
Hubbard said that by the time the preseason game rolls around, everyone is eager to see another team.
“They’re ready at that point to hit somebody else,” Hubbard said. “It’s time. They’ve been going about three weeks of beating on each other, and they’re about ready to hit somebody in a different color uniform.”
LaGrange has a long-standing rivalry with Newnan that dates back nearly 100 years.
The teams were unable to play in the regular season this year, but they’ll at least be able to meet in the preseason.
“Just keeping the rivalry with Newnan alive is big,” said LaGrange offensive coordinator Davis Russell.
Russell said that while there won’t be a lot of preparation that goes into the Newnan game, everyone is taking it seriously.
“We’re going to treat it like a scrimmage, but we want to go out there and compete and win the game,” Russell said.
Russell added that for a preseason game, “we don’t do a ton of game-planning. We’re going to line up and do what we do, the basic stuff.”
Callaway and LaGrange will open their seasons against each other on Aug. 22.
Troup will visit Upson-Lee, which is heading into its first season under head coach Tommy Parks.
Parks, a native of Thomaston, had been the head coach of the Harris County football team.
Troup will play Upson-Lee, and then it will have two weeks to prepare for its season opener on Aug. 29 against LaGarnge.
“We’re excited to (play Upson-Lee), and then we’ll come back and get ready for our first regular-season game,” Troup head coach Lynn Kendall said. “That’ll be a good team for us to scrimmage. They’ll be big and physical. They’re going to be motivated, excited.”
Lafayette Christian, meanwhile, will play its first regular-season game Friday at home against Shiloh Hills, with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
Reach Kevin Eckleberry at (706) 884-7311 (ext. 232) or on Twitter @lagrangesports