Class AA - Region 2

2004 Georgia High School Football Preview

2004 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 2

During the past two seasons, this region has belonged to Charlton County. But the Indians, a state finalist last season, figure to be in for some tough competition. Charlton still should have enough weapons to win the region crown.

Last season, the Indians threw the ball more times in one game than many teams threw the entire season. Replacing All-State Quarterback Jeremy Privett and wide receiver Tristan Bridges won't be easy. Charlton figures to be solid defensively with senior defensive tackle Justin Mincey (6-6, 255) anchoring up front. Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Miami are heavily recruiting him.

Appling County made the playoffs in Class AAA last season but exited after a 56-0 beating by Laney in the first round. The Pirates figure to challenge for the region title after dropping a classification. Fitzgerald is just four years removed from playing in the Class AAA state championship game. The Purple Hurricanes were contenders last season in Region 1-AAA and made the second round of the playoffs. They should contend for a postseason berth.

Irwin County also made the postseason as a member of Region 2-AA last season and should once again contend. Sophomore offensive lineman Justin Anderson (6-5, 290) is a junior and gives the Indians a nucleus to build around.

A team to watch out for is Jeff Davis, who moves to Region 2 from Region 3.Former Clinch County coach Cecil Barber, who guided Clinch to a Class A state title in 2002 and a state semifinal appearance in 2003, takes over a program that struggled last season.

Pierce County, Bacon County and Brantley County will have a tough time contending for playoff spots in a stiff region.

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