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Big Bend, south Georgia football teams prep for a season of excitement and unknowns

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Posted at 11:37 PM, Jul 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 23:37:15-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — How high school and college football will look is a big question that no one really knows the answer to right now.

In north Florida, teams are conditioning, ready for the July 27 practice date.

At Chiles High School the Timberwolves are back at it, working out in groups of 20.

There has been a lot of discussions as to when the high school football season will start. On-time, pushed back a few weeks, even staggered start dates have been discussed.

Another big question: Will fans be allowed in or not?

Chiles is banking on it. They're hosting their first annual "tee off to kickoff" golf tournament, a fundraiser for the program that's needed now more than ever.

"Everybody is doing fundraisers," said Kevin Pettis, the head football coach at Chiles. "Support your school. If you're a student out there and you're hearing this and your football team is doing a fundraiser, participate in the fundraiser, buying whatever they're selling, you know. Just get out there and support your school. That may be their only opportunity to raise money for travel, for uniforms, for reconditioning, for safety stuff. If they're out there doing it, it's important you pitch in and help."

Chiles' golf tournament is set for August 7 at Summerbrooke Golf Course in Tallahassee. For information, click here.

There are just many questions at the collegiate level about the upcoming football season.

At Valdosta State, the Blazers started workouts this week.

While they can't officially practice until next month, the NCAA is allowing Division Two teams to practice with footballs as long as it's voluntary.

This Blazer team is not happy with the way last season ended. Their 25 game winning streak was snapped as they looked to defend their National title. They're hungry.

They return two-time Harlon Hill finalist Rogan Wells at quarterback as well as several key-skill guys. The difference-maker will be who steps up to lead this team.

"How does that leadership gel and come together and lead this team forward," said Gary Goff, the head football coach at Valdosta State. "I'm excited to see Rogan play his senior year. We have about 26 seniors that have had an unbelievable career here and they're not content with it. They're very upset. I can't wait to get on the field with them and say, 'hey are you working hard enough right now to be a Champion? I don't know if you are right now.' It'll stoke the fire each and every day!"

The first chance to see the Blazers play is Sept. 5 when they host Savannah State for their season opener.