Chamblee’s conference opponents will be the same as last season with the exception of St. Pius, Arabia Mountain and Grady.
“Arabia Mountain and St. Pius are two tough teams and we are going to treat them like everybody else and work hard to prepare for them,” Chamblee senior Xzavier Shugars said. “Do what we can to beat them.”
The all-time series between Chamblee and St. Pius is 11-11 but the teams have not met since 2005.
As far as Arabia Mountain, the Bulldogs will meet the Rams for the first time and the game will be at Hallford Stadium.
Last season, Chamblee finished 6-4, thanks in part to an exceptional rushing performance from Shugars. He carried the ball 174 times for 1,071 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Shugars said Johnson expects him to lead a little differently this season.
“He wants the seniors to be more vocal and not just lead by example even though there aren’t that many of us,” Shugars said. “He said the team is only as good as its seniors so as I try to lead by example and vocally.
“Hopefully, I will do the right things and the younger guys will follow, and take the team as far as I can.”
On defense, linebackers Cornelius Gyamfi and Chris Burgess are back. Gyamfi had 43 tackles last season and Burgess added 39.
Senior safety Courtland Rogers and junior defensive end Cecil Stallings both had 30 stops.