The Union County Panthers unveiled their 2018 football schedule this week, with the slate highlighted by a scrimmage against Habersham Central and non-region games against East Hall, Towns County and Fannin County.
The Panthers’ head coach, Brian Allison, who enters his 23rd season as a head coach, led Union to a 6-4 record in 2017, although the Panthers fell just short of making the state playoffs for the fifth straight season.
2018 Panthers Schedule
8/10 – Habersham Central (Scrimmage)
8/17 – BYE
8/24 – vs East Hall
8/31 – @ Towns County
9/7 – vs Fannin County
9/14 – @ Monticello*
9/21 – vs Putnam County* (Homecoming)
9/28 – @ Elbert County*
10/5 – BYE
10/12 – vs Banks County*
10/19 – @ Oglethorpe County*
10/26 – vs Social Circle* (Senior Night)
11/2 – @ Rabun County*
*Denotes Region 8-AA game
The final regular season game comes with much intrigue, as the Panthers and Wildcats battled for years for supremacy in Region 8-AA before Union County left for a couple years to Region 7-AAA. After the two-year hiatus, the Panthers return home to 8-AA.
The 2018 season will mark the 17th year for Allison at Union, as he coached from 1996-2001 and from 2008 to present. In Union’s history, dating back to 1957, the Panthers have a .456 winning percentage, and last won a region title in 1973 (as well as 1972). Allison, who is 123-103 overall in his career, needs just two more wins for 100 at Union County.