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Prep 2022 FOOTBALL SCHEDULES Released: Who is Your Team Playing?

By Travis Jaudon/For the Prep Sports Report | August 5, 2022

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The Georgia High School Association approved changes to its classification and region alignments beginning this fall around the state. Many Savannah area football teams will be playing in new classifications (1A-7A) and/or new regions beginning in August with the start of the 2022 GHSA football season.

 

Throughout this three-part series, Prep Sports Report is taking a look at every area team’s schedule for this season, including highlights and key notes to know this year. Here’s the breakdown of the series:

 

PART 1 – Bryan County (3-A); Savannah High (3-A); Windsor Forest (3-2A); Jenkins (1-5A); Effingham (2-6A); South Effingham (2-6A); Richmond Hill (1-7A)

PART 2 – Calvary Day (3-3A); Savannah Christian (3-3A); Savannah Country Day (3-3A); Johnson (3-3A); Groves (3-3A); Beach (3-3A)

PART 3 – Benedictine (3-4A); New Hampstead (3-4A); Islands (3-4A); Memorial Day School (GISA); St. Andrew’s (GISA); Bethesda Academy (SCISA)

 

BRYAN COUNTY (Region 3-A)

The Redskins went 3-7 (2-5 in region 3-A Public) last season in what turned out to be a positive rebuilding season for the program in Pembroke.

 

Rising junior Austin Clemens should lead the Bryan County offense in 2022 after rushing for 398 yards and five touchdowns last season as a sophomore.

 

Aug. 19 at Lincoln County

Aug. 26 Treutlen

Sept. 2 at Wheeler County

Sept. 16 Portal

Sept. 23 Telfair County

Sept. 30 at Montgomery County

Oct. 7 Metter*

Oct. 14 at Screven County*

Oct. 28 Savannah*

Nov. 4 at Claxton*

 

SAVANNAH HIGH (Region 3-A)

Head coach Michael Moore and the Blue Jackets posted a record of 2-8 (1-5 in region 3-3A) last year playing in Class 3A. Now, Savannah High will drop down two classes to play in Region 3-A alongside Claxton, Metter, Screven County and Bryan County. Savannah High and the Savannah Chatham County Public School System will open its brand new $5.3 million stadium located on its Pennsylvania Avenue campus on August 19th for the season opener with Josey High School.

 

Aug. 19 Josey

Aug. 26 Richmond Academy

Sept. 2 Groves

Sept. 9 at Butler

Sept. 16 at Cross Creek

Sept. 23 at Bulloch Academy

Oct. 7 Claxton*

Oct. 14 at Metter*

Oct. 21 Screven County*

Oct. 28 at Bryan County*

 

WINDSOR FOREST (Region 3-2A)

The Knights were a dangerous team last season in Region 3-3A, going to the state playoffs with a veteran club and finishing with a record of 4-5 overall and 3-2 within the region. This season, Windsor Forest plays in region 3-2A with the likes of Appling County, Brantley County, Pierce County, Tattnall County, Toombs County and Vidalia.

 

Aug. 19 Savannah Country Day

Aug. 26 New Hampstead

Sept. 2 Johnson

Sept. 9 at Islands

Sept. 23 at Vidalia*

Sept. 30 at Tattnall County*

Oct. 7 Brantley County*

Oct. 14 Appling County*

Oct. 21 at Pierce County*

Oct. 28 Toombs County*

 

JENKINS (Region 1-5A)

The Warriors (6-5, 2-1 region 3-4A in 2021) exit region 3-4A in favor of moving up one class to region 1-5A this year. HVJ will battle with other 1-5A schools for state playoff seeding all season, but Jenkins is the lone Savannah area team in the region. Region 1-5A includes Jenkins, Bradwell Institute, Coffee County, Greenbrier, Statesboro and Ware County.

 

Aug. 19 at Benedictine

Aug. 26 Bluffton (SC) High School

Sept. 2 at Richmond Hill

Sept. 16 at Carrollton

Sept. 23 Wayne County

Oct. 7 at Ware County*

Oct. 14 Greenbrier*

Oct. 21 Coffee*

Oct. 28 at Bradwell Institute*

Nov. 4 Statesboro*

 

EFFINGHAM COUNTY (Region 2-6A)

Effingham remains in Class 6A and will play alongside its rival South Effingham in Region 2-6A. The Rebels went 6-4 (4-2) last season, reaching the Class 6A state playoffs as the region’s four-seed. Ashley Thompson returns as the receiver/safety should be one of the area’s top two-way players this fall.

 

Aug. 19 at Richmond Hill

Aug. 26 at Burke County

Sept. 2 at Statesboro

Sept. 9 Southeast Bulloch

Sept. 23 South Effingham*

Sept. 30 at Glynn Academy*

Oct. 7 Grovetown*

Oct. 14 Evans*

Oct. 28 at Lakeside, Evans*

Nov. 4 at Brunswick*

 

SOUTH EFFINGHAM (Region 2-6A)

The Mustangs (2-8, 1-5 in 2021) look to bounce back from a rough year last season and they’ll hope to make it back to the GHSA state playoffs again this year. Justin Martell returns as the rising senior caught two touchdown passes last year. He and quarterback Kaden De Genaro will look to pick up the slack after Cameron Edwards graduated following a senior season in which he rushed for 1,093 yards.

 

Aug. 19 at Vidalia

Sept. 2 at Islands

Sept. 9 Bradwell Institute

Sept. 23 at Effingham County

Sept. 30 at Screven County

Oct. 7 Glynn Academy*

Oct. 14 Lakeside, Evans*

Oct. 21 Brunswick*

Oct. 28 at Grovetown*

Nov. 4 at Evans*

 

RICHMOND HILL (Region 1-7A)

Moving up to the highest classification in the GHSA, head coach Matt LeZotte and the Wildcats will be playing against some of the state’s best football teams beginning in 2022. Richmond Hill finished 4-6 (4-2) in 2021, reaching the Class 6A state playoffs. Returning this season will be one of the area’s top sophomores in Caleb Easterling (five rushing TD’s as a freshman) and rising senior quarterback Ty Goldrick (10 passing TD’s, 10 interceptions as a junior).


The region 1-7A teams are: Richmond Hill, Valdosta, Lowndes County, Colquitt County and Camden County. 

 

Aug. 19 Effingham County

Aug. 26 at Ware County

Sept. 2 Jenkins

Sept. 10 at Baker County

Sept. 16 New Hampstead

Sept. 23 at Coffee

Oct. 7 Camden County*

Oct. 14 at Valdosta*

Oct. 28 at Lowndes*

Nov. 4 Colquitt County*

 

FOLLOW Travis Jaudon on Twitter/Instagram @JaudonSports. Email him at travisLjaudon@gmail.com.

 

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