Class AA - Region 5

2004 Georgia High School Football Preview

2004 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 5

If you're a fan of Decatur, it may be hard to top last year's 13-1 record and trip to the state semifinals in the Georgia Dome. But the 2004 season could be just as good if some key underclassmen step forward. Replacing players such as defensive back Jamaal Saleera will be tough, but Decatur isn't short on athletes. The good news is that a pair of Division I-A prospects return. Running back Johnny Hambrick (5-7, 160) is back after tallying more than 1,000 yards rushing. He was a major part of the Bulldogs' trip to the Class AA semifinals last season. Meanwhile, defensive tackle/offensive tackle Corey Moon (6-4, 245) is one of the state's best. Hambrick should find plenty of running room behind him. Another of Decatur's top players is junior wide receiver Antoine Mitchell.

Grady was the Region 5-AA runner-up last season and always boasts good talent combined with strong speed. Take out Decatur and Grady would rule this region. The Knights should challenge for the region title.

Lovett moves down from Class AAA and should make a run at third-place.

Crim and Carver ranked near the bottom last year. Both should improve this year and contend for playoff spots. Cross Keys played a nonregion schedule as a member of Class AAA last year and went 0-10. The Indians aren't expected to be much better.

Walker and Cross Keys should occupy the cellar.

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