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Preseason football games canceled

By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY

Daily News

There will be no tune-up games for the Callaway, LaGrange and Troup football teams.

Georgia High School Association executive director Robin Hines has made the decision to cancel all preseason football scrimmages, meaning teams won’t play until the regular season begins in September.

LaGrange and Troup will open the regular season with road games on Sept. 4, while Callaway’s first game is on Sept. 11 against Troup.

Earlier, Hines decided to delay the start of the season back two weeks.

Hines made the decision to cancel the scrimmages following a meeting with the GHSA’s sports-medicine advisory council on Tuesday.

Teams will be permitted to continue practicing while following the GHSA guidelines.

Hines’ decision means six preseason games involving Callaway, LaGrange and Troup have been canceled.

Each team was set to play preseason games on Aug. 21 and Aug. 28 before the start of the regular season.

On Sept. 4, LaGrange and Troup begin the regular season with road games against Upson-Lee and Harris County, respectively.

Callaway’s season opener against Opelika had to be canceled because the season was pushed back two weeks.

Now, Callaway’s first game will be against the rival Troup Tigers on Sept. 11.

Also on Thursday, Hines announced that the competitive cheerleading team has been postponed.

Competitive cheerleading is a fall sport, but it has been pushed back to the winter.

The tentative new start date for the cheerleading season is Nov. 21, with the finals set for Feb. 26-27.

Here are the updated schedules for Callaway, LaGrange and Troup without the preseason games:

CALLAWAY

Sept. 11 – Callaway at Troup

Sept. 18 – Hardaway at Callaway

Sept. 25 – Callaway at Douglass-Atlanta

Oct. 9 – Callaway at Thomas County Central

Oct. 23 – Callaway at Haralson County

Oct. 30 – Bremen at Callaway

Nov. 13 – Callaway at Temple

Nov. 20 – Heard County at Callaway

LAGRANGE

Sept. 4 – LaGrange at Upson-Lee

Sept. 10 –Northside-Columbus at LaGrange

Sept. 25 – LaGrange at Columbus (Kinnett Stadium)

Oct. 2 – LaGrange at Kendrick (Memorial Stadium)

Oct. 9 – Shaw at LaGrange

Oct. 16 – Carver-Columbus at LaGrange

Oct. 29 – Jordan at LaGrange

Nov. 5 – LaGrange at Spencer (Memorial Stadium)

Nov. 13 – LaGrange at Troup

Nov. 19 – Hardaway at LaGrange

TROUP

Sept. 4 – Troup at Harris County

Sept. 11 – Callaway at Troup

Sept. 25 – Hardaway at Troup

Oct. 2 – Spencer at Troup

Oct. 8 – Troup at Columbus (Kinnett Stadium)

Oct. 15 – Troup at Kendrick (Memorial Stadium)

Oct. 23 – Shaw at Troup

Oct. 30 – Troup at Carver (Memorial Stadium)

Nov. 13 – LaGrange at Troup

Nov. 20 – Troup at Jordan (Kinnett Stadium)