Class A - Region 6

2004 Football Preview
Class A - Region 6


In Region 6 the Devils will definitely reign, but everyone will have to wait until the 22nd of October to find out if it's the Blue or Red variety. That's the date that Bremen travels to the new stadium of archrival Bowdon. This game is always a street fight and this year's winner will be the Region Champ, but the loser will still be a Dome contender. Veteran Coach Dwight Hochstetler must replace three lineman and two linebackers at Bowdon in his 4-4 alignment, but he always fields a rough and ready defense and the newcomers will have plenty of experience by the time Bremen comes calling. Offensively, a new QB and running back has to be found, but talented skill people have never been in short supply in Red Devil country. There could be a problem in replacing three offensive linemen, but Bowdon still could garner the title. Bremen Coach Ricky Tolleson, whose team lost by only a point to Dome team Trion last year, should be undefeated and ranked in the Top Ten when the Blue Devils roll into Bowdon the third Friday in October, and should be favored to win a close one. Tolleson has his son returning at QB along with a whole platoon of running backs and fullbacks including Mario Bexley, Matt McClure, Tyler Hamil and Blake Jacobs. Hamil and Jacobs also play linebacker where they're joined by veterans Jonathan Wilson and Jordy Wilson at DE. Several defensive backs, who double as wide receivers, also return with seniors Brandon Smith and Kyle Parker leading the group. Just like Bowdon, the Blue Devils must replace several departed lineman on both sides of the ball. John Robinson (6-5 270), Blake Wingo (6-1 260) and Neil Loveridge (6-2 240) are being counted on to fill the void. Senior baseballer Casey McDowell (6-2 300) is also a candidate even though he's not played football since middle school in Carrollton. If these linemen mature quickly in the early season games, Bremen could make a run for the Dome as well as winning the region.

After losing in the Dome last year on a last minute Lincoln County TD, a lot of folks up in north Georgia still said that the Trion Bulldogs were the better team…and they were extremely talented. Most of that talent graduated and, even though he's an outstanding coach, Trion's Mark Loudermilk will have an extremely difficult rebuilding job this season at 100 Bulldog Boulevard but will have a playoff berth regardless. After a trip to the quarterfinals in 2002, Coach Greg Ellis went through a rebuilding effort with the Gordon Lee Trojans but should be back in the playoffs this year and could battle Trion for the # 3 seed. The Temple Tigers will be improved but probably won't improve their region standing.


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