This past offseason brought several changes in Paulding County athletics, highlighted by North Paulding’s move in classification to Class 6A, meaning the program won’t be in the same region as its four other Paulding public high school counterparts.
North Paulding along with South Paulding had artificial turf surfaces installed on their respective football fields this summer, showing the increased level of resources put into Paulding County facilities.
On the field, each program comes into the 2014 season with renewed hopes. The aforementioned North Paulding Wolfpack are coming off the best season in program history, winning 11 contests, a region championship and reaching the quarterfinals of the state playoffs after winning two postseason games.
South Paulding also had a record-setting season last year, sharing the region title with North Paulding. The Spartans won a program-record 10 contests and a playoff contest themselves.
The East Paulding Raiders are seeking a fifth consecutive trip to the playoffs this year after another postseason appearance in 2013. The Raiders also won a playoff contest last season meaning that three programs from Paulding County emerged from last postseason with at least one victory.
Paulding County High School won two contests last season but the coaching staff has expressed optimism in the renewed commitment of a roster which contains several potential all-county performers.
Hiram also has seen an improved roster emerge this offseason as the Hornets regroup after a one-win campaign in 2013.
Finally, private school Grace Christian Academy had a difficult start to the 2013 season, losing its first six games. However, the Eagles won their final two games after an in-season head coaching change and spent the entire offseason building on that positive momentum.
The talk is over, everyone is undefeated and still has a chance to make their championship dreams come true. Its time for some football!