The 2017 DCSD high school football season is just around the corner with most teams getting in their openers the weekend of August 18-19.

Sixteen of the DCSD football programs are playing preseason scrimmages.

The first two scrimmages are coming up on Friday and Saturday of this week.

Southwest DeKalb under the direction of new head coach Damien Wimes opens the scrimmage season traveling to Salem (Conyers) for a 7:00 pm matchup on Friday, August 4. The Panthers are coming off Class 5A state playoff first round appearance last fall.

The defending Class 3A state champions Cedar Grove Saints travel to Newton County on Saturday, Aug. 5 to take on the Class 7A Rams at 7:00 pm. The Saints defeated Greater Atlanta Christian in the Class 3A state championship game last fall.

Four teams host scrimmages on Friday, August 11 with Miller Grove hosting Alcovy at Miller Grove High at 5:30 pm.

Class 5A Sweet 16 state playoff participant Arabia Mountain prepares for the 2017 season by hosting Rockdale County at 7:00 pm at Buck Godfrey Stadium while 2016 Class 6A Elite 8 participant Stephenson hosts Carver (Atlanta) at Hallford Stadium also at 7:00 pm.

Class 6A state runner-up Tucker hosts Class 5A state runner-up Buford at 7:30 pm at Adams Stadium to finish off the home schedule on Friday.

Away scrimmages on Friday include Clarkston at Osborne (7:30 pm), Druid Hills at Decatur (7:30 pm), Dunwoody at Apalachee (7:30 pm), Lakeside at Marist (7:30 pm), McNair at Fellowship Christian (7:30 pm), Stone Mountain at Heritage (Conyers, 7:30 pm) and Towers at KIPP Academy (7:00 pm).

Redan versus Martin Luther King Jr. tops the list of Saturday, August 12 scrimmages as the pair kickoff at 6:00 pm at Buck Godfrey Stadium.

Chamblee travels to Atlanta to face Washington in an early 11:00 am kickoff for their scrimmage on Saturday.

Thirteen DCSD football teams play their season openers on Friday, August 18 while four more kickoff the season on Saturday, August 19. Cross Keys and McNair are the only teams to not open on the first weekend of play.

See link below for the full 2017 scrimmage schedule: