High School football teams across the state are preparing for their first games of the season. That includes the Ashford Yellow Jackets.
Ashford enters the year with a new head coach, after promoting Mitch Sellers to replace Chip Harris, who left after last season to become the new head coach at Chipley.
Sellers takes over a young team, but he has a veteran coaching staff, including Neal Rumble, who was the head coach at Rehobeth last season.
Sellers knows his team will face some growing pains, but he believes the Jackets can come along quickly, and be a factor in Class 4A Region 2 by the end of the season.
"We've got to be good and solid on special teams, and then we've got to play really good defense," Sellers said. "Offensively, we always seem to have athletes to be able to score a few points, but we've got to play better defense, to keep it close at the end and give us an opportunity to win the game."
Ashford opens the regular season at home on August 31st, hosting Carroll.
Ashford 2012 Schedule
Date Opponent Score
Fri., Aug. 31 vs. Carroll (5A)
Fri., Sep. 7 @ St. James (4A) *
Fri., Sep. 14 vs. Alabama Christian (4A) *
Fri., Sep. 21 @ Beauregard (4A) *
Fri., Sep. 28 @ Rehobeth (5A)
Fri., Oct. 5 vs. Tallassee (4A) *
Fri., Oct. 12 @ Bullock County (4A) *
Fri., Oct. 19 vs. Charles Henderson (4A) *
Fri., Oct. 26 vs. Headland (4A) *
Thu., Nov. 1 @ Houston County (2A)
* denotes region game