Class A - Region 4

2004 Football Preview
Class A - Region 4

The revamped Region 4 is the largest in the state in terms of football teams and could possibly be the toughest in the state also. With each team playing nine region games, an undefeated season will be hard to come by with the two leading contenders, Hawkinsville and Twiggs County, squaring off in Jeffersonville on the second Friday of the season. Either team could make it to the Dome after losing this early season matchup. The Red Devils lost both offensive guards and two receivers to graduation but return All-State running back Jeremy Marshall and QB Todd Coley who threw 32 TD passes last year. Defensively, the Devils must replace Charles Johnson, who'll be playing in the shadows of David Pollock and Will Thompson in Athens this year, along with All-State linebacker and leading tackler Antwan Thomas. The secondary returns three starters including Bree Anderson, who had 13 picks last year. After a rebuilding effort in 2001, his first year at Twiggs County, Coach Dexter Copeland has won a region championship and 22 games. This year's team may be the best one yet with all 11 starters returning on offense and 9 returning on defense. The Cobras return two 1000-yard rushers, JoJo Cox and Octavious Holston, and the defense will be led by linebacker Antonio Clay, one of the best in the south. Other all-star candidates include Lorenzo Shine (OL/DL), Chad Floyd (OL/DL) and Sherman Kind (RB/DB). The other two playoff teams should come from Dooly County, Johnson County, and Telfair County with Treutlen being a dark horse because of their talent and new coach Britt Ingle. Coach Eli Dupree, who's taken over the head job in Wheeler County, will be in a rebuilding mode this year while both Wilcox County and Montgomery County both lost some key personnel to graduation.


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