Class A - Region 3 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class A - Region 3
Region 3 will once again be one of the most competitive regions in Class A for 2005. Calvary Day School returns seven starters both offensively and defensively. The Cavaliers will be led by Demarcus Dobbs, who has college offers from Georgia Tech, UAB, and Ball State. The 6-3/ 250 lb tight end looks to improve on his team leading 21 receptions in 2004 and will provide the Cavalier quarterbacks an easy target. The quarterbacking duties could be shared between speedy Aric Lindblad and Hunter Smoak, who threw for 11 TDs in 2004. Senior Brandon Hardy has back-to-back 1,000+ yard rushing seasons and he looks to be the "go-to" back for the Cavaliers. The Cavaliers key to the offense could be replacing two starters from last year on the offensive line. The skill positions are solid and if the offensive line comes through the Cavaliers will put a lot of points on the board. Defensively the Cavalier linebacker corps is the strong suit. Led by Hunter Smoak, Demarcus Dobbs, and returning leading tackler Justin Fields, the group will be hard to move the ball on. Dobbs will see time at defensive end and Tyler Boylston appears ready for a breakout season defensively. Ryan Claus, who already holds the school record for interceptions, leads the secondary.

McIntosh County Academy was the surprise team in 2004 by moving to the quarterfinals before losing to Lincoln County. The Bucs lost four skill position players who signed college scholarships but still return six starters offensively and seven defensively. The team will be led by Allen Bailey, a 6-4/ 257 lb junior linebacker who was All-State in 2004. The Bucs will rely on the running game more during the upcoming season and Jeremy Height looks to be the next in a long line of great running backs out of MCA. The backs will run behind a huge offensive line that will average near 300 lbs. The only unproven position defensively is at cornerback where talent exists but experience is lacking.

First year Coach Pat Collins had the Portal Panthers on the prowl in 2004, making the second round of the playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Hawkinsville. The highly potent wing-t rushing attack that produced two thousand-yard individual rushers will once again provide a challenge to opponents. The Panthers return a number of starters and look to go deeper into the playoffs in 2005.

The Savannah Country Day Hornets shocked everyone by defeating Pacelli in the playoffs and went to the quarterfinals before falling to Bowdon. The main task of the Hornets will be finding a replacement for outstanding quarterback Charlie Compton. The Hornets return a good nucleus and will again be in the playoff hunt.

Emanuel County Institute defeated Calvary Day late in 2004 to ensure a playoff berth. The Bulldogs fell in the first round to eventual state champion Clinch County but once again will be looking to make the playoffs in 2005.

Jenkins County has brought in new coach Chuck Conley. Conley has been successful at other schools and will be looking for improvement and an increase in participation out of the Eagles.

Long County will round out the region and simply looks to make any improvement over the past season. The Blue Tide started the football program in the last few years and are striving to increase participation and get a few wins.

While Calvary Day is the pick for the region crown the final finish will most likely be decided between the Cavaliers, MCA, and Portal in some order.

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