Class A - Region 6 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class A - Region 6

It should be déjà vu all over again in Region 6 with the annual showdown between Bowdon and Bremen on the third Friday in October again determining the region title. Either bunch of Devils should fare well in the playoffs, but the good money will be placed on those dressed in red. In fact, Bowdon may have the best pair of running backs in the state with returning senior starters A.J. Cooley (6-1/ 200lbs-4.6 forty) and Travis Nunn (5-9/ 150 lb.-4.5 forty). Nunn ran for 891 yards last season. Junior Jake Rollins (6-3/ 175 lb.), who has all the tools, takes over at quarterback while seniors Amos Young at center and two-time state wrestling champ Scott Yates return to lead the offensive line. Darrin Leister, a 6-3/ 250 lb. sophomore, will be one of the best tight ends anywhere and will also line up at defensive end in Coach Hochstetler's 4-4 alignment. Yates will be one of the defensive leaders from his inside linebacker slot, along with Cooley at free safety and Nunn at cornerback.

Bremen returns most of their offense, which will be led again by Coach Ricky Tolleson's son, Ret, an All-State candidate at quarterback. The younger Tolleson runs his dad's "veer bone" to perfection and accounted for 25 TDs last season. Ret passed for 779 yards and 12 TDs while rushing for 578 yards and 13 TDs. His outstanding 6-4 wide receiver, Jamie Walker, had 31 receptions for 434 yards and should improve on those numbers during this campaign. Special teams in Blue Devils Country are always good and will also be led by Tolleson, one of the better PAT and FG kickers in the state. In order for Bremen to finally break Bowdon's win streak against them, they must re-load on defense where they lost two of the best defensive ends in Class A, along with 2 linebackers, a defensive tackle and a couple defensive backs.

Coach Mark "Milk" Loudermilk returns 19 starters at Trion and his Bulldogs may be ready to make another run like they did in 2003. Even though they lost Sly Purdy and his 1,015 yards rushing, quarterback Brent Tucker (613 yards rushing) and running back Bobby Dover (553 yards rushing) return along with the entire offensive line and tight end Ryan Hatcher (20 receptions/ 370 yards). Five battle-tested seniors will lead the Dogs on defense-defensive linemen Seth Lindsay, Jason Brooks, Alan Pledger and defensive backs Drew Lanier and Joseph Eleam. If Trion can open the season with a Saturday night win at home against Commerce, they may create havoc for all those Devils in their vicinity. Up in Chicamauga Coach Greg Ellis had 67 players out for spring practice, which is good news for Gordon Lee. However, the bad news is that 28 of them were freshmen. Both these freshmen and this year's junior class won middle school championships, which means the Gordon Lee Trojans are probably a year away from duplicating or bettering their 2003 trip to the quarterfinals.

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