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GPB Sports' Jon Nelson takes a Southern Swing, previewing some of the biggest football programs in Georgia.

The Southern Powerhouse Preview Begins

Jon Nelson - Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 11:11am

Here's how the Southern Swing tour begins as we load up the van and depart GPB for a three day look at South Georgia football. Watch the video below! Next stop...Liberty County, home of the Panthers! Here's the...

GPB Sports' Jon Nelson takes a Southern Swing, previewing some of the biggest football programs in Georgia.

Hinesville Loves Friday Nights: Southern Swing First Stop, Liberty County

Jon Nelson - Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 1:18pm

The first stop on my fourth annual "Southern Swing" tour was Liberty County, where I caught up with the Panthers' Head Football Coach, Kirk Warner. Coach told me why Friday nights under the lights are so important to...

GPB Sports' Jon Nelson takes a Southern Swing, previewing some of the biggest football programs in Georgia.

A Man of Few Words: Camden County Star CB Kalvaraz Bessent Talks Wildcat Football

Jon Nelson - Wednesday, August 7, 2013 - 9:35am

The second stop of my "Southern Swing" tour was Camden County! I scoped out big time cornerback Kalvaraz Bessent on the field after practice to get an athlete's take on the meaning of Wildcat football to the town of...

Coach Jim Dickerson says his team can't wait for those Friday night lights.

A Point of Pride: Jim Dickerson Talks Clinch County Football

Jon Nelson - Thursday, August 8, 2013 - 10:07am

No "Southern Swing" tour is complete without a Clinch County visit. Head Coach Jim Dickerson told me that football is nothing short of a staple for the people of Homerville. Watch the video below to hear from Jim...

Trojans Head Coach Maurice Freeman sports his game face when necessary but he isn't afraid to squeeze a laugh out of you.

Born and Raised on Brooks County Football

Jon Nelson - Friday, August 9, 2013 - 7:47am

The Brooks County Trojan family has endured a lot this summer, as three of their athletes were lost in a tragic car accident. But I can't think of a head football coach better suited to lead the rest of the Trojan...

The Valdosta Wildcats draw thousands of fans weekly to watch and support as they defend their turf.

A Football Hungry Town: Coach Rance Gillespie on Valdosta's Love For The Game

Jon Nelson - Monday, August 12, 2013 - 1:08pm

The Valdosta Wildcats are known for playing amongst some of the most dedicated high school football fans in Georgia. Even considering the years of experience Head Coach Rance Gillespie has within the game of football,...

The Peachtree Ridge Lions carry the ball on the their way to a victory over the Walton Raiders.

Corky Kell Classic Teams Make Strong Statements With Kickoff Performances

Jon Nelson - Tuesday, August 27, 2013 - 10:46am

The first weekend of the 2013 season created a lot of conversation for our “Football Fridays.” I know our readers in South Florida and North Florida are looking at the contests at Norcross High School with a lot of...

The Football Fridays All-Access Pass Pre-Game show will feature delicious recipes you'll want to try out for yourself!

Football Friday Fun Returns!

Mark Harmon - Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 11:45am

Football Fridays, here we go!!! After watching ten great teams in five very entertaining games at the Corky Kell Classic on Saturday, we shift gears and get ready for the debut of GPB's Football Fridays in Georgia,...

Valdosta HC Rance Gillespie's 100th career win was earned through Friday's 41-14 win over Newton. Photo courtesy of Mike Chapman

Ranked Teams Fight To Stay On Winning Side Of The Ledger

Jon Nelson - Monday, September 23, 2013 - 1:18pm

It was the week of the close call this time around… Everywhere you look, teams that were ranked were escaping as best they could to stay on the winning side of the ledger… Lovejoy scored on a TD pass with 33 seconds...

The Collins Hill Eagles, fresh off their win against Peachtree Ridge, meet Norcross in Week 7 on GPB. Photo by: Brandon Nguyen

Excitement Builds As We Map Out High School Football's "Third Season"

Jon Nelson - Monday, October 7, 2013 - 12:05pm

If you watch our “Football Fridays in Georgia” coverage- and however you watch, whether it’s on GPB itself, on gpb.org, or through our app for your iPhone- I start referring to this time of year as our sports version of...

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