MOULTRIE — It is still almost seven months until the kickoff of the 2006 high school football season, but for many people, it is still not too early to look ahead to what that first week of games will bring.

Football schedules are not official until approved by the Georgia High School Association and several schools — including Bainbridge, one of Colquitt County’s non-region opponents — are still trying to complete a full slate of 10 games.

And the unofficial Region 1-AAAAA schedule of games for this season has a skein of question marks where Valdosta’s Sept. 1 opponent should be listed.

But the first four weeks of the 2006 season will include non-region games for the the six Region 1-AAAAA schools.

On Sept. 1, Colquitt County will travel to Cook; Coffee will go to Madison, Fla., to meet the Cowboys; Tift County will be at home to play host to Brooks County; two-time Class AAAAA defending state champion Lowndes will travel to Harrison; and Houston County will meet Northside-Warner Robins at McConnell-Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins.

Warner Robins High, the newest addition to Region 1-AAAAA, will move up from Class AAAA and open the 2006 season on Saturday, Sept. 2, in the Georgia Dome against Parkview High.

Valdosta and Tift County will play in the new South Georgia Classic at Camden County High in Kingland the next week.

The Wildcats, under new head coach Rick Tomberlin, will face Chattahoochee on Friday, Sept. 8. The Blue Devils will meet Collins Hill on Saturday, Sept. 9.

Also on Sept. 8, Coffee will be home against Clinch County, Colquitt County will travel to Thomas County Central, Lowndes will be at Martin Stadium to face Eagle’s Landing and Warner Robins will meet Northside-Warner Robins in their annual bash.

Also on Saturday, Sept. 9 Houston County will be at home to play host to Windsor Forest.

Colquitt County will play its first game of the season at Mack Tharpe Stadium at Tom White Field on Friday, Sept. 15, entertaining Lee County.

Also that night, Coffee will be home against Bradwell Institute; Valdosta will be at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium to play Brookwood; Tift County will go on the road to play Americus-Sumter County; Lowndes will get a chance to avenge its only loss of 2005 when it plays host to Ware County; Houston County will be home to meet Berkmar; and Warner Robins will go to Central Gwinnett.

The final night of non-region games will be on Friday, Sept. 22, and will include Johnson of Savannah at Coffee; Bainbridge at Colquitt County; Lincoln (Fla.) at Valdosta; Thomas County Central at Tift County; Central Gwinnett at Lowndes; Houston County at Parkview; and Beach at Warner Robins.

SPRING PRACTICE NOTES: When the Colquitt County High boys basketball team lost to Bainbridge on Friday, the leading scorer for the Bearcats was Ray Dominquez.

Dominiquez is an interesting football story. After playing football as a freshman, he gave up the sport to concentrate on basketball.

After deciding to return to the gridiron last season after two years off, he performed well enough on the offensive line to earn a scholarship to Arkansas.

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