August 13, 2020

GHSA pushes back start date for high school football season

(Franklin, GA) — Due to COVID-19, the Georgia High School Association Board of Trustees voted Monday to delay the start of the high school football season by two weeks.

The vote was unanimous (12-0) for a new start date of Sept. 4, which would allow districts more time to make sure their teams are able to prepare.

All 10 games of the regular season will remain, along with all five weeks of the playoffs.

The Heard County Braves had been scheduled to open the regular season at home on August 21, so that game will now be played at Staples Stadium on September 4.

The Braves will have two preseason games prior to the regular season — the first at home versus Alexander on August 21 and the second at Troup County on August 28.

The conditioning and practice dates for football are to remain the same.

Players will report for the first day of mandatory practice next Monday, July 27. It will be the first of the acclimation process for the heat with no pads. The first time pads can be worn is Aug. 1.

Charlton County athletic director Jesse Crews made a motion to keep the current GHSA calendar and have football start on time. That motion was voted down 8-4.

Other fall sports, which include cross country, volleyball, and softball, will remain on schedule.

The Lady Braves regular season softball opener is currently scheduled to take place on August 10 at Bowdon.

Heard County AD Shane Lassetter says the HCHS athletic program is currently dealing with zero known cases of COVID-19.

See the full Braves varsity football schedule below and stay tuned for a full Lady Brave softball preview and schedule next week at


Friday, August 21:  Scrimmage  vs. Alexander (HOME)

Friday, August 28:  Scrimmage @ Troup Co.

Friday, September 4:  vs. South Atlanta (HOME)

Friday, September 11:  @ Pepperell

Friday, September 18:  @ Manchester

Friday, September 25: vs. Darlington (HOME)

Friday, October 2: @ Cedartown

Friday, October 9:  vs. Central (HOME- Homecoming)

Friday, October 16:  OPEN

Friday, October 23:  vs. Temple (HOME)*

Friday, October 30:  OPEN

Friday, November 6:  @ Haralson Co.*

Friday, November 13: vs. Bremen (HOME- Senior Night)*

Friday, November 20: @ Callaway*

*Region 5-AA Games

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