Prep football cranks up - Aug. 17

Eight state titles, which includes two for the Division II programs, is too many for a state the size of Tennessee.

I'd much rather see the rebirth of bowl games for the teams that go 6-4 or 7-3 and just miss the playoffs by an eyelash.

But of course, there's too much money at stake to ever go backwards.

Football games should start the first weekend in September with practice beginning the first week of August.

If you're a regular reader of The Wilson Post, you've noticed a little something different with the print edition of Aug. 17.

We've re-worked our front page with the intent of getting more news ABOVE the fold. This is a newspaper term which translates to an easier read for those looking through the plexiglass fronts of our outdoor racks.Inside the Aug. 17 edition is our massive 2011 prep football preview The UNDEFEATED. Catchy title, don't you think? You see, everyone is undefeated as of now.The 72-page publication was produced in-house through the combined efforts of our Main Street Media family at The Wilson Post, the Gallatin News and the Hendersonville Standard. We highlighted District 9AAA because of the common schedule shared by us and our Sumner County brethren.We DID NOT neglect our non-9AAA programs. You'll find previews, schedules, photos and features on Watertown, Friendship Christian and Mt. Juliet Christian -- just like the larger programs.I would be neglect if I didn't give a huge shout out to our graphic design guy Zack Owensby. Zack-Man (as I call him) spently many hours slaving over a hot desk top to produce a publication we are all proud of.

The Blue Devil nation lost a loyal alumni Tuesday, Aug. 16 with the passing of former LHS football player Gregg Baines following an extended illness.Gregg, 42, played WR / DB and returned punts for Ed Sheley in the mid-1980's. He was a longtime member of Lebanon's First Baptist Church, where he was a Sunday School teacher, deacon and active as a coach and referee in the Upward Basketball program.Gregg was a first class husband, father, son, brother and friend. Rest in peace No. 21.