Class AA - Region 1 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 1

The Cook County Hornets may be the team to beat in 1-AA this year. Coach George Dean's team had two late losses last season by a total of eight points. One of those was to region champ Thomasville (17-14) and Dublin was able to beat them 14-9 in the opening game of the playoffs.

With quarterback Ty Goff, wide receiver Blake Mainor, linebacker Maurice Thomas and running back Thomas Newsome returning, the Hornets will be strong on both sides of the ball.

Over in Brooks County, the Trojans made it to the third round of the 2004 playoffs before being beaten in Buford by the Wolves. This season the Trojans will again be close to the head of the class in region play.

Coach Ryan Branch will depend on the legs of fullback Donnell Golden and halfback Marcus Stroud, who combined for more than 1800 yards in 2004, to pursue the region crown.

The game that may decide who wins this region will be when the Trojans travel to Cook County on September 23rd to open region play.

The Thomasville Bulldogs will be under the direction of new head coach Richie Marsh after Tommy Welch resigned to take the head job at Lafayette High School.

The Bulldogs have won three consecutive region crowns but were dropped by the fourth seed from Region 3, Swainsboro, in the opening round of last year's playoffs. They can successfully defend their region if the offense can pick up the newly installed veer and not have to go through a football learning curve. Running back Fredrick Moore should fit nicely into the offense.

Although Early County barely missed the playoffs last year, the Bobcats should make the grade in 2005. They are looking to return to the level of 2002 (Dome) and 2003 (quarterfinals).

Head Coach Trey Woolf will have to find a way to correct the 0-4 stretch they had to conclude the 2004 season that saw the Bobcats fall from 2-0 to 2-4 in region play. The same four teams loom on the end of the 2005 schedule, Brooks County and Cook County at home and Thomasville and Mitchell-Baker on the road.

Speaking of Mitchell-Baker, the Eagles will try to return to the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. Of course, it is not a coincidence that the playoff run coincides with the arrival of Coach Elliott Walker to Camilla.

The Eagles will need to shore up their defense in 2005 to be a serious contender. In their four region losses in 2004 they allowed 129 points and even in their two wins they allowed 70 for a total of 199 points in six games.

The Albany Indians will try to return to the playoffs, but it will be a tall task for the Tribe with the competition level in Region 1-AA. Head Coach Scott Horton will have his work cut out for him.
Quarterback Jamoksi Ward and wide receiver/defensive back Stephen Tuck should give the Indians plenty to cheer about, but the anemic offense of 2004 that failed to score 10 points in six games will have to find some juice for Albany to return to the playoffs.

The Berrien Rebels have a new head coach in Ross New. Coach New will try to revitalize a team that has won only three region games in four years.

A game the Rebels had better be ready for is on the road at Mitchell-Baker on September 30th. The Rebels defeated the Eagles for their only region win in 2004 and Eagles may sharpen their talons for this one.

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