The Georgia High School Association released last Thursday its proposed changes to region alignments across the state, and the changes, if they become effective in the next couple weeks, will shake things up over the next two athletic years.
On the local level, the changes will only affect Swainsboro High; Emanuel County Institute will remain in its current region with no revisions.
Today, Swainsboro competes in Region 2-AA. Others in the region include Bacon County, East Laurens, Jeff Davis, Toombs County, long-time rival Vidalia, and Woodville-Tompkins.
According to the propositions published on November 14, the Tigers will see a complete change of schedule moving into Region 4-AA. Among the new competition will be Jasper County (Monticello), former rival Jefferson County, Putnam County (Eatonton), Social Circle in the Atlanta area (who will move up from Class A), and two football powerhouses, Thomson and Washington County.
The Bulldogs, on the other hand, currently play in 3-A against Bryan County, Claxton, Jenkins County, McIntosh County, Metter, Portal, Savannah Classical Academy, Savannah Early College, Screven County, and STEAM Academy. This will remain the case unless something unexpected happens with the appeals process.
Schools across the state will be given the opportunity to appeal to move out of their respective proposed regions and into another in the weeks to come. Once the process is finalized, the regions will be set and take effect starting Fall 2022 through Spring 2024.