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2003 Preview: Tri-Cities

<A HREF="http://gavsv.com/fbsc2002/dispteam.php?team=trici">Tri-Cities</A> is becoming a force to be reckoned with in region 7-AAAAA

Head Coach Robert Dendy's Tri-Cities Bulldogs were a surprise team in region 7AAAAA last season going 8-3 and making it to the playoffs. But the Bulldogs will not be able to sneak up on anyone this season. 

Tri-Cities returns 14 starters from last year's team, and they are equally distributed among the offense and the defense with seven a piece. The Bulldog defensive will be led by star defensive back Tristan Davis. Davis had 70 tackles and four interceptions last season, and he has been a star at camps across the south this summer. Davis will not have to do it by himself though as Tri-Cities will bring back starters Frank Alston at defensive end, cornerback Marcus Harris, strong safety LaDarrell Astin, and linebackers Malcom Cost and Codera Matthews.

The offensive side of the ball is in good hands with returning starting quarterback Christopher Clarke, but watch out for Southwest Dekalb transfer junior quarterback Tre Rutland. Rutland was at the MSL Combine on Saturday, and he was one of the top three quarterbacks on the field.

Regardless of who is playing quarterback, the offensive backfield is set with returning starter Remarcus Brown. Brown rushed for 1,088 yards on only 78 carries last year, and he is poised for a monster season. Antonio Peters is a two year starter, and he will anchor the line at center.

Region 7AAAA is going to have some fierce competition this year, and key games for Tri-Cities include Stephenson, SW Dekalb, and Douglass

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