The Georgia High School Association has released the region assignments for its member schools for the 2004-2006 reclassification, with Lincoln County High to remain in Class A. Click here for the list at the GHSA website.
GHSA will continue to use the five-class system begun a few years ago, but with the number of schools in each class not being the same this time around. Classs AAAAA will have 70, AAAA 83, AAA 74, AA 80, and A 84. This change is intended to be more equitable to some of the larger schools. For example, Evans High will now play in AAAA with Greenbrier, Lakeside, and large northeast Georgia schools, rather than AAAAA. Evans has an estimated enrollment of 1,664, and will no longer have to play against schools with enrollments greater than 2,000.
Lincoln County is shown with an enrollment of 418. Washington-Wilkes (493) will move from Class AA to become one of the largest schools in Class A. The Devils and Tigers look to dominate Region 7-A in 2004 and 2005, with the other 7-A football schools including Aquinas, GMC, Glascock County, Hancock Central, and Warren County. Social Circle was initially placed in 7-A, but the GHSA granted its appeal to stay in 8-A.
Some of the area and other notable schools slated to change classes in 2004 include: 2002 AAAA champion Thomson moves to AAA, and 2002 AAA champion Screven County moves to AA. Class A stalwart Metter moves to AA, and Turner moves down from AA. Perennial A powers Commerce, Bowdon, Miller County, and Clinch County remain in Class A, as do Athens Academy, Landmark Christian, and Johnson County (moves to 4-A along with Twiggs County). Miller and Clinch will both be in Region 1-A.