2004 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 4
The most excitement in this region occurred during the offseason when Pike County hired former Statesboro coach Howard "Buzz" Busby to direct its program. This region struggled in the state playoffs last year. Only Jackson advanced beyond the first round. However, the region should still be pretty exciting.
Jackson and Macon County are still expected to contend for the region title, but Callaway should also figure in the region race.
Greenville made a playoff appearance last season and the Patriots could do the same this year under coach Jeremy Williams. But if Greenville is to approach last year's success, they'll have to replace quarterback Kevin Bray, who passed for more than 2,000 yards.
Lamar County, after winning the region in 2002, slipped out of the region race last season as did Rutland. Both should contend this season. Manchester, under coach Greg Oglesby, is still a year away but could challenge for the postseason.
Heard County, moving up a class, made the Class A playoffs last season. The Braves will find playing up more difficult. Crawford County and Tri-County, who struggled last season, aren't expected to figure into the region race.
Pike County is a playing a region schedule for the first time
in four years and should be a team to look out for. Busby guided Statesboro
to a Class AAAA state title in 2001 and runner-up finishes in '00 and
'03. It took Busby just one year to turn a mediocre Statesboro program
into a state power during the late 90's.
Class AA - Region 4
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