Class AA - Region 5 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 5

The Decatur Bulldogs have been the class of Region 5, but will enter the 2005 season with a new head coach. Former assistant Michael Tanks takes over for Steve Davenport, whose teams won 11 consecutive region games over the last two seasons and are only one year removed from the state finals. Tanks plans few changes for the team, and he certainly hopes the Bulldog defense has a repeat performance after allowing only six points in their six region games in 2004 while scoring 242. On offense, wide receiver Antoine Mitchell, who led the team with 40 receptions for 1,161 yards (an astounding 29 yards per catch) and 12TDs, will be the focal point.

As in the last two seasons, Decatur's primary competition will come from Grady High School. The Grey Knights only loses in Region 5 the last two seasons have been to the Bulldogs and on September 23rd Decatur will visit the Grady to decide the region crown once more. Considering the relative strength of the rest of the region, if the Knights want the Bulldogs' stranglehold on the region to be removed, they will have to do it themselves. In 2004, the Grey Knights handled everyone else in the region without a lot of trouble, and Coach Ronnie Millien's team should cruise into the playoffs again in 2005.

The Lovett Lions will get their first new head coach in 23 years when Mike Muschamp takes over the reigns from Bill Railey, who was 200-73 in his career at the school. Muschamp's biggest task this season will be to shore up an offense that disappeared from the end zone in the four Lion losses. The Lions could only muster 24 points in those games, while the defense performed admirably in each contest. Considering Muschamp's resume as a former quarterback under Steve Spurrier at Duke and the offensive records his teams set at Savannah Country Day, the problem with scoring points should be quickly remedied.

In a region where four of the six teams make the playoffs, the Cross Keys Indians will be a playoff contender this season. A porous defense against top teams in the region will prevent the Indians from making significant gains in the standings.

The Walker School will be looking to move up and make the playoffs in 2005. A 2-8 season in 2004, with only one region win, leaves the Wolverines nowhere to look but up. The team is still in their football infancy and with a maturing roster may be the surprise team in 5-AA.

The Carver-Atlanta Panthers have not won a region game in recent years. Things won't get any easier as the struggling Panthers are scheduled to move up to AAA in 2006.


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