Mt. Zion-Jonesboro: Former head coach Kevin Johnson stepped down following the 2019 season and the head coaching position has yet to be filled. The team finished last season 3-7 and missed out of the playoffs for the 10th-straight year. It was not all negative, however, the team was dramatically more competitive and shrank its average margin of defeat from 15.3 ppg the previous season to .9 ppg.
North Clayton: The Eagles reached back-to-back postseasons in 2016-17, but has struggled the past two seasons as head coach Cap Burnette was dealt with a roster filled with youth and inexperience. The clear goal for the team will be establishing itself offensively after a very difficult 2019 season that saw them average just 5.4 ppg.
Riverdale: Head coach Rodney Hackney led Riverdale from 2001-03 and made stops at five other programs before returning to the Raiders in 2018. Under his leadership. Riverdale has followed its 1-9 campaign in 2017 with back-to-back 7-4 seasons and the first back-to-back playoff appearances since 2005. Last year's group dropped a 48-35 non-region loss to Carrollton, but was then 7-1 heading into its final two region games with a chance to close out its first region title since 1998. A heartbreaking 42-41 loss to Starr's Mill, however, preceded a 47-14 loss to Griffin in the season finale and the Raiders dropped down to the No. 3 seed. Neither Starr's Mill nor Griffin are now situated in Riverdale's same region and the team has a chance to break that long region championship hiatus in this new configuration.
NOTES: None of the seven teams that competed in Region 6 return as it shifts from a North-Georgia group of teams to a Metro-based lineup of teams. Druid Hills and Marist join from within the classification, while Arabia Mountain and Miller Grove make their way to Region 6 from Class AAAAA. Hapeville Charter makes a two-classification jump up from Region 6 in Class AA, while Mays and Stephenson make a two-classification descent from Class AAAAAA.
NOTES: Region 7 saw a complete turnover with the departure of Blessed Trinity, Chestatee, Denmark, Flowery Branch, Marist, West Hall and White County). Four former Region 6 teams (Heritage-Catoosa, Northwest Whitfield, Pickens and Southeast Whitfield) and Cedartown and Central-Carroll from Region 5 now form the region.
NOTES: Madison County and North Oconee will be joined by five newcomers after the vacancies left by Oconee County, St. Pius and Stephens County. Jefferson and East Hall arrive from Class AAA and Cedar Shoals hails from Region 8 in Class AAAAA. Additionally, former Region 7 opponents Flowery Branch and Chestatee arrive from within the classification.