2004 Football Preview
Class AAAA - Region 3
Hardaway, Northside-Warner Robins, Warner Robins and Westside Macon comprise the South subregion. Eagles Landing, Griffin, Henry County, Luella, Stockbridge, Upson-Lee and first-year school Dutchtown are in the North. The South features the top teams, while the North features the best players.
With only two playoff spots, Northside, Warner Robins and Westside Macon will duel for top honors in the South. All three competed in Class AAAAA last year and Westside was a state semifinalist.
Westside must replace all-state running back Travis Evans and deal with the graduation of 19 seniors, but there is more than enough talent for the Seminoles to return to the playoffs. Only nine seniors return, but a strong group of sophomores should contribute. Linebacker Jay Tarver (6-2, 195) anchors the defense.
Northside won Region 2-AAAAA last year and after a second-round loss to Newnan, is anxious for a return. With a solid nucleus of underclassmen, the Eagles should figure in the postseason race.
It's rare not to see Warner Robins in the playoffs but the Demons missed out last year. They'll challenge this year, but must get by Westside and Northside first, which won't be an easy task.
Hardaway lost quarterback Jacob Anderson and 1,500-yard rusher Kelvin Moore to graduation and replacements must be found for the Hawks to challenge. The biggest obstacle is finding a defense that can stop opponents, which was Hardaway's downfall last season.
Carver drops from Class AAAAA and features some strong youth at the skill positions. If the Tigers can find some more offensive linemen to compliment prospect Marlon Davis (6-4, 320), they could be the subregion's sleeper team.
Central Macon struggled as a Class AAA member and won't figure in the postseason race.
Griffin just made the playoffs in a rebuilding season last year but with a load of underclassmen returning, the Bears should make a run at the subregion crown. Tight end Jay Brown's decision to play football or basketball will have an impact on the Bears' season. Not only is Brown (6-5, 230) an exceptional football player and the team's go-to-guy at tight end, he's a even better basketball player. Running back Ahmad Mayo (5-9, 212) returns.
Upson-Lee made the postseason and figures to be in the chase again.
Luella has enough prospects to make a run at a playoff berth. Three solid Division I-A prospects – wide receiver Johnny Belt (6-4, 185), linebacker Devin West (6-2, 200) and safety Sean Bartram (6-0, 185) – will carry the load.
Henry County should improve after struggling through a challenging Region 2-AAAAA schedule last year. The Warhawks could contend for a postseason berth if some skill players can be found. Senior lineman Josh Gaullet (6-5, 315) anchors the offensive front, while defensive tackle Wes Chandler (6-2, 250) leads the defense.
Eagles Landing showed signs of improvement last
season and dropping a class will help. Stockbridge and Dutchtown
won't be in the playoff race.
Class AAAA - Region 3
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