After much uncertainty about whether or not there would even be a football season, the time has finally come. 

The Metter Tigers will kick off the 2020 football season this Friday night in Swainsboro. The contest will be the first game for both squads since the GHSA pushed the season start date back to Sept. 4. 

Metter will be looking to break their losing streak to the Swainsboro Tigers, having lost the last six meetings dating back to 2014. 

Last season Swainsboro edged past Metter in a close defensive battle 14-7. In fact, the last two meetings under Metter’s Head Coach Rodney Garvin have been very close defensive games. 

Last year’s loss was Metter’s second on-field loss of the season. However, after a later ruling from GHSA that forced The Islands Sharks to forfeit, the loss to Swainsboro became the only regular-season loss posted by Metter. 

Friday night is sure to be another great game between the two Tigers. 

Kickoff is set for 7:30 in Swainsboro.

The game will be broadcast on Metter’s radio station (98.5), and complete game coverage will be provided in next week’s issue of Metter Advertiser.

Going to the game? What you need to know

If you’re planning to travel to Swainsboro to watch the battle of the Tigers, here are a few things you need to know.

• Tickets will be sold on game night and the public will be admitted in a usual manner. The only pre-sold tickets were those for Swainsboro’s reserved home side seating.

• There is no capacity limitation. Spectators will assume any risks for attendance.

• Signs will be in place urging masks and social distancing.

• Additional concession stands and sanitizer stations will be available.

Superintendent Bubba Longgrear asked local fans to be respectful of Swainsboro’s request for masks and social distancing.

“We want to be good visitors,” he said, “and we want to encourage our fans to honor their requests. Maybe when you’re sitting with your group, masks won’t be as important, but if you are moving through tight areas, such as concessions or the restrooms, please wear your masks and social distance whenever you can.”


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