Class A - Region 2 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class A - Region 2
With 7 starters returning on each side of the ball, the Randolph-Clay Red Devils should have one of the most talented teams in South Georgia this year. New head coach Josh Lowe is a dynamic young man who's injected new enthusiasm into the program. The Devils lost only one region game last year, to the Pacelli Vikings, but it's doubtful if they'll lose at all prior to the playoffs this year. They could, in fact, make a run at the Dome. Last year's quarterback, Cody Hughley, a 6-1/ 165 lb. junior who'll have both his big fullback Montrel Davis and running back Chris Clay returning along side him, will lead the offense. Clay was one of the best in the state as a freshman, leading all runners with 1,902 yards rushing. Anchoring the offensive line will be huge 6-5/ 310 lb. Brandon Kennedy with 275 lb. Eddie Clay lining up beside him. Tight end Brian Thornton and wide receiver Tavaras Bennett also bring back stability to the passing game. Hard-hitting Anthony Jones, a 6-1/ 197 lb. senior, returns at linebacker to lead the mostly veteran defense. Other seniors include defensive back Madarius Hightower and linebacker/defensive back Ricky Knighton. The defensive line will depend on 6-2/ 251 lb. Schuyler Foster and the aforementioned Davis to clog up the middle, allowing the Devils to take advantage of an abundance of speed at the linebacker and defensive back positions. If Coach Lowe can get by AAA Monroe of Albany in the season opener, the remainder of the regular season could very well be a downhill ride to the playoffs.

The other 3 playoff slots will probably go to Taylor County, Terrell County and the winner of the annual Brookstone-Pacelli street fight. The Terrell Greenwave return a big and strong offensive line and Coach Vince Huff has a stable of veteran running backs. Most defensive starters are back including an All-Region performer at linebacker. Even though Coach Kirksey lost his versatile quarterback, big fullback and most of the offensive starters, there's always an ample supply of talent to go along with tradition at Taylor County. Quarterback Clay Mathis and huge 6-6/ 390 lb. Offensive tackle Octavious Green will lead the Vikings. The Brookstone Cougars return six starters on both offense and defense from last year's 7-4 team that lost to Twiggs County in the first round. The blue and white clad Cougars always come to play and could very well enter the last game of the regular season against Pacelli with only one loss.

With the loss of their head coach, defensive coordinator, three Division 1 signees and a host of other talent, Pacelli may have trouble reaching the playoffs this season. Coach John Williams and the Calhoun County Cougars should better last year's three win mark and could finally be the dark horse in the region. The Schley County Wildcats will struggle to improve on last year's 1-7 region mark and the Stewart-Quitman Royal Knights will struggle just to score a TD while again going 0-10.

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