The GHSA's realignment is complete and our Trojans will face some new region competition for the next two years. In addition to moving up in classification to AAAAA, our Trojans will be playing in a nine team region, one of only two like sized regions in the AAAAA class.
Our Trojans will open at home against the Newnan Cougars before hosting the Riverdale Raiders. Both of these contests are non-region affairs with an open date scheduled between them.
Game three is when region play will commence. There are some new rivalries as well as some that have been dormat for some time. Carrollton has never faced the East Paulding Raiders or the Woodland (Cartersville) Wildcats on the gridiron. The Raiders finished 2015 with an 8-4 mark while the Wildcats went 1-9. These are the first two region contests of the new year. East Paulding will travel to Grisham while we will don the road whites at Woodland.
The 2016 Homecoming game will be against the Rome Wolves. Carrollton has a perfect 2-0 record against the Wolves but it's been since 1993 since we've met. Rome went 8-4 last season. Game six, on the road in Villa Rica, is the return of a long and storied rivalry that has been missing from the schedule since 2007. Our Trojans have a 41-5-7 lifetime record against the Wildcats and have won the last seven contests. Villa Rica went two up and eight down last season.
The Hiram Hornets will host our Trojans for game seven. We split the only two games we've played against Hiram and they will, no doubt, be looking to make a name for themselves in the Region against our mighty gold and black.
Game eight will provide us the opportunity to exact revenge on the Kell Longhorns who have won the only two contests between the two teams. Kell finished the 2015 season at 9-4, but who won't be looking to come to Grisham for what promises to be an epic battle.
Former Trojan Assistant Coach Scott Hamilton will have his Paulding County Patriots ready to go against our Trojans as we enter the homestretch. The Patriots finished the season at 8-3 but have never beaten our Trojans in five attempts, the last coming in 1981. This game promises to be pivotal in the region standings come state playoff time.
The 2016 regular season ends at Grisham as the Cass Colonels return. We've not seen Cass since 2007. Sporting a 17-2 lifetime record with 12 in a row, will have the Colonels looking to topple our Trojans in a big way. Finishing at 6-4 last season, the Colonels will be looking to improve and qualify for the playoffs.