2004 Football Preview
Class AAAA - Region 7
Just making the playoffs in the North subregion will be a statement as Dalton, Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe and Ringgold all return ample talent and should challenge for postseason berths.
Dalton returns senior quarterback Logan Coffey and if some offensive linemen develop, the Catamounts have a chance to return to the playoffs after missing out last year.
Ringgold surprised everyone last year by making the postseason, but they won't be sneaking up on anyone in this subregion. Even though the Tigers bowed out in the first round, it gave them something to build on for the 2004 season.
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe has been on a playoff run of late, constantly reloading. If some younger players can step up to the challenge, the Warriors should be back in the postseason.
Northwest Whitfield is dropping a class after losing a wealth of talent. The Bruins have a chance to contend.
Murray County is also dropping a class and should be better. The Indians had problems competing at the Class AAAAA level with youthful teams.
Ridgeland and Southeast Whitfield struggled last season. This year should be better, but neither is likely to challenge a top-heavy subregion.
Rome won Region 7-AAAA last season and, even though the Wolves were upset in the first round, they should have enough talent to defend their crown. Safety Clyde Moore (6-1, 193), a versatile college prospect, gives Rome a two-way threat.
Paulding County has a strong prospect in offensive lineman Andrew Lawrence (6-4, 280) and should contend for the playoffs as well as Gordon Central, which fell a couple of games shy of a postseason bid last year.
Woodland and Hiram should be much improved after finishing near the bottom in Region 7-AAAA last year.
East Paulding has one of the state's top offensive
line prospects in Paul Duncan (6-6, 288), but the Raiders likely won't
figure in the playoff race.
Class AAAA - Region 7
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