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Prep football: Fox 5 Caravan rolls through Rome

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The Fox 5 Caravan crew has been making stops all over Northwest Georgia, including Ringgold, Cedartown and other schools. 

The Caravan came to the Greater Rome area on Wednesday, and visited several local schools, including Pepperell and Armuchee.

While in Lindale, the crew was escorted into Dragons Stadium by the old Lindale Fire Truck, and they declared it one of the most spirited schools around.

The praise of Pepperell gave Dragons football head coach Jeff Shiflett something to smile about.

“I think it’s great for our community to get them out here and just show our spirit,” he said. “And not just our high school kids, but our primary age kids got a chance to participate.”

The Pepperell primary students lined the sidewalk and cheered as the Caravan came by to show their support.

At Armuchee, the crew captured footage of the campus, and several of Armuchee’s senior football players and senior cheerleaders showed their spirit for the camera.

“The kids thought it was pretty cool. … They got to do some of the ‘in-your-face’ type of shots and stuff like that,” said Armuchee coach Preston Cash. “It was a pretty good deal … It was a nice break in the monotony.”

Cash noted that the Armuchee players had to set the record straight on one item.

“Some of our kids had to correct (the crew) on how to say Armuchee,” said Cash, laughing off the mispronunciation.

Armuchee opens the season at Trion on Aug. 30.

Meanwhile, at Pepperell, the Dragons — who are coming off a preseason scrimmage last Friday with Darlington — expect a tough non-region schedule ahead, especially in their first three games of the season.

He said the Darlington scrimmage gave his team needed experience and film to look at, and with more than a week to go he feels his Dragons have time to learn from their mistakes. 

“We’ve got this week to try and correct many of those mistakes that we made,” he said. “A lot of them were just some mental issues and some communication breakdowns. The effort was great, we’re there with that. Now we just have to work on some of the technical aspects of it.”

Shiflett said the team is looking forward kicking off against Northwest Whitfield on Aug. 30. 

“We’ve got a long way to go and we’re just going to try and get better each and every day and get ready to go play Northwest Whitfield next week,” he said.