Class AA - Region 7 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 7

The Laney Wildcats, under the direction of Head Coach Eric Parker, are developing into one of the top programs in the state. In the last three years the Wildcats have extended their season by a total of eleven games, including trips the Georgia Dome in 2002 and 2004. This year, despite losing some stars on offense, the Wildcats will be right back in the thick of the 7-AA region run. Expect to see the Wildcats running the ball more in 2005.

Morgan County had an outstanding 2004 season that ended in the second round of the playoffs at Buford. Two close losses to Laney and Josey prevented the Bulldogs from capturing the region crown. The Bulldogs graduated only twelve seniors from the 2004 squad and have returning talent to challenge the Wildcats and hold off the rest of the pack.

Another team poised and ready to take the region's top spot from Laney is Greene County. Two three point losses put the Tigers on the road last season to start the playoffs, where they lost a close one to Coosa. A solid ground game with a stable of backs will lead the Tigers.

Putnam County's War Eagles ended the season with a 27-26 loss at Grady.
Going into the 2005 season the War Eagles have to find the answer to solve the Wildcats and Bulldogs. While the War Eagles were able to slide through the rest of their 2004 schedule with relative ease, they lost to the aforementioned Tigers and Bulldogs by 23 and 21 points.

Brighter days are ahead for Josey. The Eagles ended three consecutive one-win seasons with a run at the playoffs in 2004 and missed making it by a tiebreaker. They will field a veteran team that lost only eight players to graduation and should return around twenty-five seniors and juniors this season.

Westside-Augusta pulled the upset of the year in 2004 when they bested region champ Laney. This year hopes are high that the Patriots can get the better of a couple more teams. They will return around thirty upperclassmen in 2005 and could make a push at the fourth playoff spot. The October 14th visit to Laney will probably not help this effort.

The Monticello Hurricanes lost big in their region games in 2004 and do not have a lot of hope of turning the corner in 2005.

The Oglethorpe County Patriots and North Oconee Titans do not play region schedules but were 5-5 and 0-10, respectively, in 2004.

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