Gastonia, Shelby-area high school football: Everything you need to know for the 2022 season

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … for high school football fans, at least.

The 2022 high school football season in Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties gets underway Friday, Aug. 19. In preparation for kickoff, The Gaston Gazette and Shelby Star have gathered insight on each area team, previewing what the upcoming gridiron campaign may have in store. In addition, lists have been compiled highlighting the top players at each position.

Below are links to stories that’ll bring you up to speed as the 2022 high school football season begins. Bookmark this page for coverage throughout the season to ensure you don't miss stories featuring teams from Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties.

Week 6 Rewind

TAKEAWAYS FROM WEEK 6: Big South 3A title picture comes into focus; Ashbrook senior RB shines despite team's 1-4 start

HOW DO AREA TEAMS STACK UP?Gastonia, Shelby area high school football rankings entering Week 7

FOR THE LOVE OF PIZZA:Why South Point football coaches used pizza motivation against Hunter Huss

WEEK 6 ROUNDUP:Forestview downs rival Ashbrook, Crest thumps Stuart Cramer in Big South 3A

PRIMETIME PERFORMERS: Bessemer City QB, Crest RB's big night headlines Week 6's top performances

Week 5 Rewind

ONE MORE THING TO PREPARE FOR: How Crest football proved it is no one-man show in a win over Ashbrook

SENIOR QBs SHINE: Gaston and Shelby area high school football Week 5 takeaways

WHAT AREA TEAMS MADE THE GRADE?: Midseason report — Who's on the rise for Gastonia, Shelby area high school football?

WEEK 6 SCORES: North Carolina high school football scores for Week 5 in Gastonia, Shelby, NC

SEIZING THE MOMENT: Here are the top Gastonia, Shelby area high school football performers for Week 5

Week 4 Rewind

Not exactly as anticipated: Cherryville football's hopes for momentum before league play crash in 50-0 loss to Chase

Shelby gets on the board, Burns rolls: North Carolina high school football scores NCHSAA Week 4 in Gastonia, Shelby, NC

Area's best in Week 4: Here are the top Gastonia, Shelby area high school football performers from Week 4

Let's rumble! Conference play to start: Here are the Gastonia and Shelby high school football Week 4 takeaways

Nothing shakin': Ranking the Gastonia, Shelby area's top high school football teams for Week 5

Week 3 Rewind

Game of the Year?: How Crest football overcame a 23-point deficit to stun rival Shelby

Kings Mountain shuts out rival Burns: Week 3 high school football roundup: Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties and more

Week 3's best: Here are the top Gastonia, Shelby area high school football performers from Week 3

What did we learn in Week 3?: Here are the Gastonia and Shelby high school football Week 3 takeaways

How do area teams stack up after Week 3?: Ranking the Gastonia, Shelby area's top high school football teams for Week 4

Photo galleries: Shelby at Crest | Burns at Kings Mountain | Freedom at Forestview

Week 2 Rewind

Lights out: Burns football dominates rivalry matchup with Crest, ruins Sosebee's home debut

Kings Mountain, East Lincoln roll: Week 2 high school football roundup for Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln counties

What did we learn from Week 2?: Gastonia and Shelby high school football Week 2 takeaways

Shaking things up: Ranking the Gastonia, Shelby area's top high school football teams for Week 3

Who were Week 2's best?: Gastonia, Shelby-area nominees for Week 2 high school football players of the week

Photo galleries: Burns at Crest | East Gaston at South Point | Forestview at East Lincoln

Week 1 Rewind

Surprise, surprise: Here's how underdog Kings Mountain downed rival Shelby

Burns, Crest, South Point impress: North Carolina high school football: Gastonia, Shelby-area Week 1 roundup

Week 1 takeaways: What we learned from A.J. Richardson, King Mountain, Shelby, Ashbrook in high school football

There's a new No. 1: Ranking the Gastonia, Shelby area's top high school football teams for Week 2

Week 1 photo galleries: North Gaston at East Gaston | Forestview at Burns | Bunker Hill at Stuart Cramer | Kings Mountain at Shelby

Feature stories

Bound for South Bend: Here's why South Point football standout Sullivan Absher committed to Notre Dame

Headed for the hills: Burns linebacker Cahari Haynes commits to Appalachian State football

He's a fighter: How Kings Mountain's Jake Lloyd fought off COVID-related illness to get back on football field

Leading in a new way: How Shelby football's Tyler Boyce is embracing a new leadership role with the Golden Lions

The secret is out: How a stellar summer helped Burns' L.J. Allen become a hot commodity on recruiting trail

'Do it #4KD': How Bessemer City football is keeping a fallen teammate in heart and mind

Told by those who've played the game: These Crest-Shelby football assistant coaches have been part of rivalry for decades

Shelby legends in their own right: Crunching numbers for Shelby High football is a labor of love for Bob and Jim Sherman

STOCK SURGING: Crest WR Javarius Green's football recruiting stock surges after 5-touchdown game

STORM RISING How sibling rivalry helped launch Staurt Cramer QB Rocquemore's rise to stardom

Players to watch

Dandy Dozen: Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln's best high school football players for 2022

Primed for a big year: 12 Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln high school football players who just missed Dandy Dozen

Watch lists: QB | RB | WR/TE | OL/DL | LB | DB

Previews, predictions and analysis

Who begins 2022 season with a win? Predictions, preview for Week 1 in Gaston, Cleveland and Lincoln counties

Questions, anyone? Our 20 biggest high school football questions in 2022

Who's No. 1? Here's the area's preseason power rankings

Big South 3A preview: Predictions, team-by-team breakdowns for 2022

Anyone stopping Shelby?Southern Piedmont 1A/2A football predictions, team-by-team breakdown

Lincoln County, MICS preview: Can Mountain Island Charter, Lincoln County teams contend?

Great first impression: What players impressed at Friday's jamborees?

Road teams beware: What teams have biggest home-field advantage?

Schedules

Mark your calendars: Team-by-team schedules across the area

Don't want to miss these: What are the biggest games in the area for 2022?

Photo galleries

Day 1: Shelby High football first practice of 2022 season

New day in Dallas: Photos from North Gaston High football practice

Trying to make it more than a fling: East Gaston football preps for 2022 season

Finally, full-contact: Photos of Stuart Cramer at East Lincoln scrimmage

You can reach Joe Hughes at 704-914-8138, email jhughes@gastongazette.com and follow on Twitter @JoeLHughesII.

This article originally appeared on The Gaston Gazette: HS football in Gastonia, Shelby area in 2022: All you need to know