COVINGTON, Ga. — In case you were counting, the 2019 high school football season kicks off in 157 days. We know that because all three Newton County schools have their schedules set for the season.
And really, the biggest thing changing on each school’s slate of games is the venue. Most games that Alcovy, Eastside and Newton played away last year will be played at home, and vice versa. But Alcovy will make its second straight trip to south Georgia powerhouse Colquitt County, Eastside will visit Ola for the second straight year and Newton will make a return trek to Buford in 2019.
Both Eastside and Newton will see a stretch of at least three consecutive road games, with Newton playing for straight away from Sharp Stadium. In fact, the Rams won’t play a home game at Sharp Stadium for the entire month of September, as they’ll have a bye during the week of September 6 before traveling to Arabia Mountain, Buford and Westlake in consecutive weeks.
Newton will then open Region 8-AAAAAAA play at South Gwinnett before returning home for the annual back-to-back gauntlet of Archer and Grayson.
Only two Thursday games are slated — Alcovy’s home game with Region 3-AAAAAA foe Grovetown and Eastside hosting Hampton on November 8 for the regular season finale. Each squad will play a preseason scrimmage game on the week of August 16-17, with Alcovy traveling to Jackson and Eastside hosting Walnut Grove on August 16 and Newton welcoming MLK for a Saturday scrimmage on August 17.
Alcovy and Newton will be breaking in new head coaches when August rol around with coach Jason Dukes replacing Chris Edgar and Camiel Grant, Jr. stepping in for the departed Terrance Banks.
Below are the complete team schedules for the 2019 season.
*Denotes region games
August 16 at Jackson (Scrimmage)
August 23 vs. Newton
August 30 at Rockdale
Sept. 6 vs. Eastside
Sept. 13 at Salem
October 4 at Colquitt County
(Thursday) October 10 vs. Grovetown*
October 18 at Lakeside*
October 25 at Heritage*
Nov. 1 vs. Evans* (Senior Night)
Nov. 8 at Greenbrier*
August 16 vs. Walnut Grove (Scrimmage)
August 23 at Ola
August 30 vs. Newton
Sept. 6 vs. Alcovy
Sept. 20 vs. North Clayton*
October 4 at Luella*
October 11 vs. Woodward Academy*
October 18 at Salem*
October 25 at Druid Hills*
Nov. 1 at McDonough High (Henry County)*
(Thursday) Nov. 7 vs. Hampton (Senior Night)*
(Saturday) August 17 vs. MLK (Scrimmage)
August 23 vs. Alcovy
August 30 vs. Eastside
Sept. 13 at Arabia Mountain
Sept. 20 at Buford
Sept. 27 at Westlake
October 4 at South Gwinnett*
(Saturday) October 12 vs. Archer (2:30 p.m.)*
October 25 vs. Grayson*
Nov. 1 at Shiloh*
Nov. 8 vs. Rockdale*