Where: Reid Stadium, Rockdale County High School, Conyers
Head coaches: Randell Owens (47-36 overall, 26-16 @ MCHS), Mike Etheridge (22-39-2 overall, 0-0 @ RCHS)
Last year’s records: Madison County 5-5, Rockdale County 1-9
Series: Rockdale County leads 3-1
Last meeting: Rockdale County 24, Madison County 15 (2005)
Notes: Randell Owens is 7-1 in season openers as a head coach, winning his last seven … The Raiders open the season where last year’s season ended — at Reid Stadium in Conyers. Madison County lost to Salem 31-11 in the region playoffs last year on the campus of Rockdale County High School … Madison County will go for its sixth win in its ninth season opener this decade … This is Rockdale County head coach Mike Etheridge’s first game as the Bulldogs’ head coach. Etheridge was a head coach at Jackson County from 1984-1987 when he guided the Panthers to three .500 or better seasons. His teams never faced Madison County.
MCJ prediction: Madison County 20, Rockdale County 14