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The Upson-Lee Knights have a new coach and will also participate in a new region this season, but there are some interesting facts about this season’s schedule and Region 2 in general.

On the Knights 2014 schedule, they will face only two teams which Upson-Lee has seen before. The Knights open their season on Sept. 05 with Pike County, and they are 1-1 versus the Pirates, and they will face Baldwin, a Region 2 opponent on Sept. 26. The Knights are 0-3 all-time against the Braves.

With that said, there will be some familiar teams which fans in the community may recognize. The Knights will face Northeast Macon, Perry, and Mary Persons, all teams which both Upson and R.E. Lee played before consolidation.

R.E. Lee played Mary Persons 23 times over the years, finishing with a record of 11-12 against the Bulldogs, while Upson played the Bulldogs 14 times, winning three of those games. Both the Rebels and the Yellow Jackets played Perry four times each, with the Rebels beating the Panthers three times and the Yellow Jackets taking down Perry twice. Both R.E Lee and Upson High never lost a game to Northeast Macon, with the Rebels finishing 4-0 and the Yellow Jackets finishing 2-0.

The Knights will face six teams this season which they have never played, with five of those teams being in the same region as the Knights. The only non-region team Upson-Lee will see for the first time ever will be the Patriots from Northside Columbus High School.

There are three teams which the Knights will see this season that made the State Playoffs in 2013. Veterans, who Upson-Lee will see at home on Nov. 07, finished with an 8-4 season last year. Even though UL has never faced the Warhawks in football, last season Coach Tommy Parks defeated Veterans while at Harris County by a 30-20 score. After losing their first three games of the season to Northside-Warner Robins, Warner Robins, and Harris County, Veterans won eight games in a row and advanced to the second round of the State Playoffs, losing 20-17 to Wayne County.

Mary Persons finished 2013 with a 10-2 record, including winning their first eight games of the season. Mary Persons lost 10-0 to Veterans, finishing second in the region last season. The Bulldogs lost in the second round of the State Playoffs by a 20-0 score to Burke County.

The final playoff team from 2013 which the Knights will see this season is a team they beat last season, the Pike County Pirates. The Pirates finished the regular season with a 5-5 record, then lost their sixth game of the season 31-0 to Central-Carroll in the first round of the State Playoffs.

The combined 2013 record of the Knights 2014 opponents is 45-61. Here is Upson-Lee’s full schedule for 2014 along with some other key games around the area:

2014 Upson-Lee Knights Schedule

Aug. 29 BYE

Sep. o5 @ Pike County

Sep. 12 vs. Northside-Columbus

Sep. 19 vs. Northeast Macon

Sep. 26 @ Baldwin *

Oct. 03 vs. West Laurens * (HC)

Oct. 10 @ Perry *

Oct. 17 vs. Mary Persons *

Oct. 24 @ Howard *

Oct. 31 @ Osborne

Nov. 07 vs. Veterans* (SN)

* Denotes a region game

2014 Key Area Match-ups

Aug. 29

Pike County @ Lamar County

Griffin @ Burke County

Aug. 30 (Sat)

Manchester vs. Charlton County (@ Mercer)

Sep. 05

Mary Persons @ Washington County

Pike County vs. Upson-Lee

Spalding vs. LaGrange

Sep. 12

Taylor County @ Hawkinsville *

Mary Persons vs. Lamar County

Sep. 19

Spalding @ Eagles Landing *

Sep. 26

Pike County @ Spalding *

Lamar County vs. Alcovy

Sep. 27 (Sat)

Griffin vs. Jonesboro *

Oct. 03

Manchester @ Bowdon *

Oct. 10

Lamar County @ Bleckley County *

Manchester vs. Heard County *

Oct. 17

Spalding @ Griffin *

Mary Persons @ Upson-Lee *

Oct. 24

Mary Persons vs. Veterans *

Griffin @ Pike County *

Taylor County @ Dooly County *

Oct. 31

Taylor County @ Marion County *

*Denotes a region game

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