Class AA - Region 3

2004 Georgia High School Football Preview

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2004 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 3

The state's largest region is also the toughest. Of the 14 competing schools, seven earned playoffs trips last year — Swainsboro and Screven County made the Class AAA playoffs, Southeast Bulloch, East Laurens, Toombs County and Vidalia made the AA playoffs, while Metter made the Class A playoffs. Just making the postseason in this region is a statement.

With so many schools and so much travel, the region is subdivided. Claxton, Metter, Savannah Christian, Screven County, Southeast Bulloch, Tattnall County and Toombs County will compete in the West subregion, while Bleckley County, Dodge County, Dublin, East Laurens, Swainsboro, Vidalia and West Laurens will play in the East subregion.

Screven County won state in Class AAA in 2002, while Metter, which features All-State quarterback Zach Stanford, was a powerhouse in Class A last year. Both are the favorites in the East subregion. Toombs County and Southeast Bulloch should also vie for the playoffs.

In the East, Swainsboro is loaded and ready for a return to the postseason. The Tigers took eventual Class AAA state champion LaGrange to the wire before falling 2-0. Vidalia lost just 10 seniors off its team that went 12-1-1 last year. After Swainsboro and Vidalia, Dublin and Dodge County are expected to rebound after rebuilding seasons in 2003. Dublin played for the Class AAA state title in 2002, falling to Screven County. East Laurens should also challenge for a postseason berth.

The top four teams in each subregion make the region playoffs, which will be held on Oct. 29. The winners make the state playoffs.

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