2004 Football Preview
Class AAA - Region 2
Region 2-AAA may not rank as the toughest from top to bottom, but it certainly boasts the two best teams in the classification. With Shaw, which established itself as a state power in Class AAAA, dropping a classification as well as LaGrange returning nearly everything off its state championship team, Region 2 is loaded.
The Grangers won the Class AAA state title last season with defense, which should be a strong point again. Linebacker Tray Blackmon (6-0, 192) and Travis Hart (5-10, 205) form arguably the top linebacking corps in the state. Both are major Division I-A prospects. Defensive end Braxton Kelley (6-2, 222) was a wrecking crew for opposing offenses last year. He returns along with cornerback Kelly Reed (6-0, 183).On offense, Demoreo Ford (5-11, 165) at wide receiver and running back Justin Patterson (5-9, 178) should keep the offense exciting. With these six major college prospects, LaGrange will be everyone's pick to repeat.
Shaw lost 18-17 to Class AAAA champion Marist in the quarterfinals last year, but the Raiders are geared for another return to the postseason. Senior fullback Jerrell Mabry (6-5, 245) is the team's biggest prospect. Senior quarterback Terence Moore (6-2, 175) returns after missing all of last year, while last year's QB, senior Derrick Powell (6-2, 170) moves back to wide receiver. The defensive line is especially strong with senior Dezric Dugger, junior Steve Jacobs and senior Ryan Oesterle returning.
Troup made the state quarterfinals last year in Class AAAA. They must fill some holes on offense, including finding a replacement for the graduated Tyler Wynn at quarterback. The Tigers do boast a major college prospect in cornerback Desmond King (5-11, 175).
With a new coach in Tommy Parks, Harris County should make a run at the postseason. Harris has 23 returning seniors.
Columbus just missed making the playoffs last season, but must replace most of its skill players.
Kendrick should be improved under second-year coach Ahmand Tinker but is still a few years away.
Jordan lost all-state performer Dantrell Savage and too many players to contend.
Spencer will likely struggle.
Northside, which opened in 2002, is playing its first season of varsity.
Class AAA - Region 2
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