Class AA - Region 7

2004 Georgia High School Football Preview

2004 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 7

A trio of Class AAA Richmond County schools — Josey, Laney and Westside-Augusta move down in classification, while newly opened North Oconee will compete in this region.

Even though Morgan County won this region last year, the Bulldogs will have a hard time winning this region as long as the Laney Wildcats are around. Laney has made the state playoffs for the past four years in Class AAA, including a state semifinal appearance in 2002. The Wildcats return nearly all of their starters from a team that lost to Spalding in the quarterfinals last season. Laney figures to take to the air early and often. With quarterback Dominique Walker and wide receiver Robert Dunn both returning, the Wildcats could have the most-explosive offense in Class AA. Laney will always have speed and should be exciting to watch.

Morgan County was solid last year and posted one of its best seasons in recent memory. Replacing All-State linebacker Dusty Sidwell on defense will be tough, but the Bulldogs have enough adequate replacements to make a run at the region title.

Westside held its own as a member of Class AAA and should also contend for the region title. Coach Gerald Barnes has built a solid program since taking over in 1998.

Putnam County has been one of the state's more-consistent teams. But after appearances in the second round of the Class AA playoffs in 2001 and '02, the War Eagles were hammered by Darlington in the first round last year. They should contend for a postseason berth.

Greene County always has athletes and could challenge for the postseason.

Josey has struggled since making the playoffs as a member of Class AAAA in 1999. The Eagles also struggled to compete in Class AAA the last two seasons. They won't find the competition any easier.

Monticello and Oglethorpe County didn't fare well last year and aren't expected to improve. North Oconee plays its first season.

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