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Originally published: 2013-08-14 15:24:16
Last modified: 2013-08-14 15:24:59

2013 prep football preview (part one)

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Pads began popping and whistles blowing on high school campuses across the state earlier this week, which means only one thing: High school football season has officially begun!

For the past five seasons, The AJT has provided previews of teams in the Western Highlands 1A/2A Conference, Avery's non-conference foes and additional local high school and college teams.

This sixth rendition is broken into two parts to cover the non-conference and conference schools teams Avery will square off against in 2013. Part two of this year's previews and a game preview of Avery's season opener at Cloudland (Tenn.) will appear in next week's edition.

This week's preview covers non-conference opponents McDowell, Thomas Jefferson and Watauga, along with conference foes Owen and Hendersonville.

To read the complete story, please pick up a copy of your hometown newspaper, The Avery Journal-Times, available at almost 100 locations in Newland, Banner Elk, Crossnore, Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain, Tenn. To subscribe to The Avery Journal-Times, please call (828) 733-0401 or click to