2005 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 6
The Calhoun Yellow Jackets advanced to the second round of the state playoffs and are anticipating a longer playoff journey this season. The Yellow Jackets return wide receiver Kris Durham and quarterback Cody Worley to anchor a lineup that will be one of the best in the state. With Head Coach Hal Lamb returning to the sidelines, Calhoun will be state contender.
Coach Tommy Atha and the Darlington Tigers are looking for some playoff magic this year. Getting eliminated in the first round and second round the past two seasons has the Tigers eager to advance deeper this time around. Darlington started a lot of underclassmen in 2004 and that will bode well for them in 2005. Two-way lineman Ryan McMahon will be one of the leaders for the Tigers.
Coosa will have a new head coach when they kick of the 2005 season. Chad Perry will lead the Eagles and hopes are high that they can take region 6-AA from the Yellow Jackets. Dual Quarterbacks Chris Warner and Chris Jones will run the offense for the Eagles that performed well in every game until the traveled to Charlton in the playoffs.
The Adairsville Tigers will be seeking a return to the playoffs after missing them in 2004. The Tigers had a lot of juniors who saw significant playing time in 2004. If those players can provide leadership, the Tigers will be in the hunt.
Another Region 6 team that will be in the mix for a playoff spot is Chattooga. They could go anywhere from the 2nd to the 6th spot. The Tigers will look to run strong again in 2005 and if they can reverse one of the two close losses they had against Darlington and Coosa, they could be hosting a first round game instead of matching up with a team like Buford.
The Yellow Jackets of Rockmart were a couple of close region games from getting into the playoff chase, but they were young and a year away. This season the Yellow Jackets have the seasoning to be the surprise of 6-AA. Perhaps not enough of a surprise to overtake and challenge for the region crown, but certainly if overlooked could crack the top six and play for that last playoff spot.
The LaFayette Ramblers have been a middle of the pack region team for the past three seasons, finishing sixth in large regions each year (they previously competed in 7-AAAA). During the 2004 season they won the games they were expected to, and lost to those who were better. In 2005 the Ramblers will have a new coach in Tommy Welch, the highly successful former coach of the Thomasville Bulldogs. The Ramblers must find more consistency on offense.
Pepperell was a much-improved team in 2004 from the 2003 campaign. Close losses kept the Dragons out of the playoffs as they lost three games by 11 total points. The schedule in 2005 finds the Dragons hosting many of the top teams, but they will be on the road against the teams in the middle of the pack. That could be an unfavorable situation when the season begins because they will need some road wins or some huge upsets at home.
The Model Blue Devils struggled in 2004 and, in a region deep with talent, will have their work cut out for themselves again. The Blue Devils did not have a close loss in 2004, so progress on the offense and defensive side of the ball will be required to move them back into the middle of the pack in 2005.
Dade County is also a team looking for something good to happen. The good news for this season is that last year's team was heavy with underclassmen and the 2005 Wolverines should be improved.
The Armuchee Indians face another long season in 2005. With a 2-38 record in four years the Indians have their work cut out for them. A home date against Dade County gives them their best shot for a region win.
Class AA - Region 6 Football Preview
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