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High school football 30 days away

COVINGTON — Newton High School will get things going on the gridiron as they host Berkmar on August 22 to start the 2014 football season.

This year will be quite different from the last two seasons as Region 2-AAAAAA has added another powerhouse with the addition of last year’s Class AAAAA runnerup Tucker. Lovejoy has dominated the region for the past cycle as reigning region champions.

Other than Tucker, Lakeside, DeKalb will also be new to the region with Druid Hills, Luella and Morrow heading elsewhere. As a result of the six-team region, a team can make it to the Class AAAAAA playoffs with a 2-4 region record.

Newton will host Tucker in the first region game at home on Oct. 3 as Alcovy will begin their hunt for a region championship on the road against Lakeside on the same day.

The two local teams will lock horns in a region/county battle on Oct. 10 with Alcovy getting to be the home team. Following a bye week, Alcovy will travel to Tucker while Newton plays host to Lovejoy.

Alcovy will close out region play at home hosting Rockdale on Oct. 31 and Lovejoy the week after while Newton will finish on the road at Lakeside and Rockdale.

For the fifth straight cycle period, the Eastside Eagles will be moving to a new region making it difficult to keep those rival games alive. The last time the Eagles were able to stay in a region for two consecutive cycles were the 2004 and 2006 cycles when they were the smallest school in Region 8-AAAA. Since the 2008 cycle, the Eagles have been flip-flopping between regions 4 and 8 in Class AAA and Class AAAA.

As a result of an extensive region schedule this time around, the Eagles will be unable to continue the battle for the county championship as they could only play one county rival.

The Eagles will be the visiting team at Homer Sharp Stadium as they take on Alcovy on August 29 before heading to Madison County the next week. For the rest of the season Eastside will be involved in sub-region 4-AAAA games.

They will start their region schedule on the road at Griffin on Sept. 12 before playing their first home game on Sept. 19 against Jonesboro.

After a road game at Eagle’s Landing and a bye-week, the Eagles will be at home against Locust Grove before heading back on the road against Henry County.

Their final two games, Oct. 24 and Nov. 1, will be at home against Hampton and Walnut Grove. The final game of the season will be against an opponent on the other side of the subregion with a possible trip to the Class AAAA playoffs at stake.