By Doug Gorman
The high school football season officially started for teams in the Southern Crescent Thursday night when the Mt. Zion Bulldogs and Lovejoy Wildcats opened their seasons at Twelve Oaks Stadium.
However, action really heats up tonight as several teams renew rivalries to open the 2005 season.
At Tara Stadium, Riverdale and North Clayton meet in a rematch of last year's shoot-out. With its victory against the Raiders last year, North Clayton jumped started its season on the way to a perfect 10-0 regular season record.
Also tonight at Twelve Oaks Stadium, the Forest Park Panthers and the Morrow Mustangs get their seasons started. Both teams will begin play with new head coaches at the helm as Steve Cole takes over at Forest Park and Kennedy Holt takes charge at Morrow.
Across the county line in Henry County, Dutchtown and Stockbridge opened the season at Stockbridge. It is Dutchtown second season, while Stockbridge begins a new era as head coach Steve Collins takes over on the Tigers' sidelines.
Luella travels to Union Grove in a rematch of last year's game. A year ago, Luella beat Henry rivals Eagle's Landing, Stockbridge and Henry County, but fell to Union Grove.
A year ago, Union Grove jumped from Class AA to Class AAAAA, and finished with a 3-7 record.
In other games involving Henry County teams, the Henry County Warhawks plays host to Riverwood, and Mt. Vernon Christian Academy entertains Harvester.
Eagle's Landing Christian Academy travels to Athens Christian. A year ago, ELCA made the playoffs in their first season as a member of the Georgia High School Association.
One game is on the schedule for Saturday as the Jonesboro Cardinals play Mundy's Mill.
A year ago, the game ended in a tie. All games start at 7:30 p.m.