Class AAAAA - Region 7

2004 Georgia High School Football Preview

2004 Football Preview
Class AAAAA - Region 7

Only two teams reached the playoffs last season in the entirely revamped Region 7 and one of those did it in Class AAAA.

South Forsyth switches classifications with an inexperienced offense, but it will have running back Jamie Benjamin, who picked up 1,124 yards in 2003.

Chattahoochee nearly knocked off state power Parkview (3-0) in the second round of the AAAAA playoffs last season. Jerry Crowder takes over the Cougars program from longtime coach Bill Waters. Crowder was expected to inherit talented quarterback Jeff Witt, but the college prospect transferred to Parkview because of concern over the new coach's offensive philosophy. The Cougars do return running back Patrick Paschall, who rushed for 1,234 yards a season ago.

Collins Hill may be on the verge of making a deep postseason run with the return of 14 starters, including quarterback Brandon Jones who threw for 1,281 yards last season.

Look for Centennial to contend after missing a postseason trip in 2003 despite a 7-0 start. Dacula will also be a factor with running back Dre Biggs, its experienced offensive line and veteran defense. Richard Gillispie took over a Duluth program that finished third in Region 8 in 2003 but he must find a way to replace most of the team's top players.

North Gwinnett quarterback E.J. Adams may be the top signal caller in the region and he will have plenty of weapons, including Division I recruits wide receiver Jared Cook and tight end Ross Bogue along with returning starting running back Sam Savoy. Jeff Coleman from Norcross will rank among the region's top running backs and, with the return of starting quarterback Graham Skinner, the Blue Devils will put up points.

Northview is looking for its first program win. Both Peachtree Ridge and Mill Creek are new schools and will play non-region schedules.

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