2004 Football Preview
Class AAAA - Region 4
Until a first-round upset in the Class AAAA playoffs, Sandy Creek seemed poised to make a run at the state championship. The Patriots not only lost a home playoff game to Bainbridge, they were drilled 31-13. Sandy Creek is hungry for a return to the postseason and anxious to accomplish what last year's team failed to achieve. The Patriots have enough talent to capture the region title once again.
Woodward Academy finished second in the region last year, losing only to Sandy Creek. The War Eagles defeated Cairo in the first round, then turned heads when they shaved a four-touchdown deficit at Shaw in half and fell 38-27 after seemingly getting left for dead in the first half. Even with the loss of quarterback Jordan Lyons (6-2, 185) to Penn State, Woodward should compete for a playoff spot.
Creekside had an up-and-down season and its inconsistency cost them a playoff berth. The Seminoles should figure in the postseason race this year. Senior running back Stephone LaFrance (6-1, 206) will be a major focus of Creekside's offense.
Douglas County won its final two games, ending a four-game midseason losing streak and made the postseason before losing to Region 1-AAAA champion Ware County. The Tigers hope to build off last season's late surge.
Villa Rica is moving up from Class AAA where they made a trip to the playoffs. Moving into a higher class will be tough, but this region won't be any tougher than Villa Rica's old region (Region 6-AAA) where they competed against teams such as LaGrange, Cartersville, Carrollton and Cedartown. Villa Rica could end up in the playoff chase.
Northgate finished 5-5 last season after dropping its final two games, costing the Vikings a postseason berth. Some underclassmen will have to step forward if Northgate is to approach last year's success.
McIntosh, which moved down from Class AAAAA, should find it easier to compete, but the Chiefs won't be a playoff contender.
Chapel Hill and Lithia Springs should improve.
Alexander, which finished last in the region in 2003, won't be
last this year because of Haralson County. Haralson, which moves
up, struggled to compete in Class AAA.
Class AAAA - Region 4
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