Class AA - Region 8

2004 Georgia High School Football Preview

2004 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 8

Despite losing five Division I-A signees off last year's state championship team, Buford is still the team to beat. However, the Wolves just may not be as a dominant. The biggest holes are filling Notre Dame signee Darius Walker's shoes. The state's all-classification player of the year last season was a key figure in helping Buford to the state championship. The likely candidate to replace Walker is senior Yvan Banag, who played some in the offensive backfield and at safety last year. Quarterback Kyle Manley signed with Georgia Tech and will be tough to replace. Defensively, Buford lost Auburn signee Neil Brown, but a number of underclassmen and transfers are expected to help the Wolves back to the state championship game.

East Hall made the playoffs last season as a Class AAA member. After dropping down and escaping a region that consisted of Gainesville and North Hall, the Trojans should find the competition a little easier and contend for the postseason.

Greater Atlanta Christian turned some heads last season after finishing as the third seed from Region 8-AA and winning its first two state playoff games over Grady and Morgan County. The Spartans nearly stunned Vidalia in the third round. With several returners, GAC should return to the postseason. Wesleyan is also expected to challenge for the region title and a postseason berth. The Wolves, like GAC, made the state quarterfinals last season.

Lumpkin County has enough returners to contend for a playoff spot, but a much-tougher region could have the Indians fighting just to compete.

Banks County, Dawson County, Rabun County and Union County all occupied the cellar of Region 8-AA last year. The four teams are unlikely to contend for postseason berths.

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