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.
Class A - Region 4
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