Class A - Region 7 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class A - Region 7

The showdown on the 14th of October between the Washington-Wilkes Tigers and the Lincoln County Red Devils will decide the championship in Region 7. The Tigers will have home-field advantage in their renovated stadium and they return most of their starters. Coach Russell Morgan had a big turn out during spring practice and his solidified staff has high expectations for this year's squad.

Defending 7A champion Lincoln County returns a strong nucleus from their 12-2 team. In order to return to the state championship game, they must find a quarterback but have three talented candidates. The Devils may have the tallest group of receivers ever in Class A and could give Coach Campbell a potent passing attack if the new quarterback produces. As always they will run the ball often but must replace the two big guys up front they lost to graduation. Senior Shawntavious Jennings and Juniors Branden Barden, Rontae Norman and Tyler Beale are expected to lead the Devils in 2005.

After the Devils and Tigers, Aquinas, Hancock Central and Warren County will battle for the third and fourth spots in the region. Aquinas shocked Class AAA Richmond Academy and others en route to a 5-0 start and 7-4 final record last year. Those seven wins were the most in many seasons for the Irish and Coach Jim Conner has more players than ever out for the team. Hancock Central's 2004 season was the Bulldog's best in several seasons also and they have enough returning talent to surprise some teams this year. Warren County has the players and hired a new coach, Charles Rutland, to lead the screaming Devils out of the doldrums. He won a bunch of games at Wrens High and at Jefferson County after Wrens and Louisville High merged to form the new school-including a region title while playing in the same region with juggernaut Washington County. Coach Rutland retired a few years ago but agreed to come back into the coaching ranks in Warrenton. He must know something.

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