This past offseason brought several changes in Douglas County athletics, highlighted by different programs changing classifications. The county is home to two new Class 5A programs as Alexander and Chapel Hill each moved up in classification, joining fellow Douglas County schools Lithia Springs and New Manchester in the same region.
Douglas County High School remains in Class 6A but has seen a shift in its region configuration with Cobb County program Campbell entering.
Alexander is coming off its most successful campaign in nearly 20 years after winning eight games, making the playoffs for the first time since 1997 and earning two postseason wins. The Cougars come into 2014 with aspirations to make it even further than the quarterfinals this season.
Douglas County was also home to another postseason team last season as Chapel Hill made the playoffs out of Class 3A and won five contests. The Panthers welcome new head coach Justin Deshon into the program and seek a postseason appearance for the third consecutive season.
The county’s youngest program, New Manchester, had its most successful season in history last year, winning six contests and missing the playoffs by one game. The Jaguars return top talents on both sides of the ball and look poised to break through with a postseason berth in 2014.
Douglas County High School also missed the playoffs by one game last season and is ready to improve on its three-win campaign from 2013. The Panthers have had a strong offseason and the coaching staff is optimistic about this upcoming year.
Lithia Springs went winless last season but have ushered in a new era with the hiring of former Lovejoy assistant Craig Chatman as the head coach of the Lions’ program.
The talk is over, everyone is undefeated and still has a chance to make their championship dreams come true. It’s time for some football!