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
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
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 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
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
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
Week 2 Rewind
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
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
There's a new No. 1: Ranking the Gastonia, Shelby area's top high school football teams for Week 2
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
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
Players to watch
Primed for a big year: 12 Cleveland, Gaston and Lincoln high school football players who just missed Dandy Dozen
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?
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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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