DeKalb County Media Day is like waving the green flag on football season… it’s go time!

DCSD puts on one of the first high school football media days in the state and it signifies that we’re only a month away from turning on the Friday night lights.

Tucker High School hosted the big day, and Tigers head coach Wayne Jones joins a carousel of new coaches in DeKalb including Jimmy Williams at Cross Keys, John Bowen heading to Towers and David Roberson at the helm of Stone Mountain.

The Cedar Grove Saints won the 2021 3A State Championship with a 56-26 win over Carver (Atlanta) at Center Parc Stadium.

Cedar Grove Saints Head Coach John Adams hoists the 2021 3A State Championship trophy after their win over Carver (Atlanta) at Center Parc Stadium.

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Last year, nine DeKalb County teams punched their tickets to the GHSA state playoffs with Cedar Grove becoming the crown jewel. The Saints brought home a 3A State Championship for the fourth time in six years. It was the first state title for head coach John Adams in his first year as a head coach.

One of the hottest topics at the media day was realignment. The GHSA realigned regions and classifications all over the state which will go into effect this upcoming season. Many DeKalb County schools jumped classifications and regions.

GPB’s Hannah Goodin caught up with some of the head coaches to talk about realignment, summer practice, schedules, and expectations for the 2022 season:


Cedar Grove Head Coach John Adams:


GPB's Hannah Goodin talks to Cedar Grove head coach John Adams about his 2021 State Championship and what's next for the Saints.

Marist Head Coach Alan Chadwick:


GPB's Hannah Goodin talks to Marist head coach Alan Chadwick about summer ball, reclassification and what's to come for the War Eagles.

Decatur Head Coach William Felton:


GPB's Hannah Goodin talks with Decatur head coach William Felton about the competition in his new region and expectations for the Bulldogs this season.

St. Pius Head Coach Chad Garrison:


GPB's Hannah Goodin talks with St. Pius head coach Chad Garrison about reclassification and new competition for the Golden Lions this season.

Lakeside Head Coach Morris Starr:



GPB's Hannah Goodin talks with Lakeside head coach Morris Starr about building up the Vikings program.

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