Class AAA - Region 2 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AAA - Region 2

LaGrange completely dominated this region as well as the entire classification last year en route to its second straight state title and third in four years. However, this region looks to feature a little more parity after graduation took the majority of LaGrange's starters. The Grangers must replace all of their skill players, including quarterback Thad Todd and Kentucky signee Demoreo Ford, as well as its bruising defense that featured state Player of the Year Tray Blackmon and fellow defender Braxton Kelley. The good news is that because of the team's blowout victories last season, a strong group of underclassmen received valuable playing time. The Grangers have a Division I prospect in senior defensive tackle Robert Ramey (6-0, 210) to build around.

Shaw hoped for a rematch against LaGrange in the state championship game last year. Instead, a talented Raider team lost to Cartersville in the quarterfinals. Replacing standouts such as fullback Jerrell Mabry, athlete Brandon Rose and defensive line stalwart Dezric Dugger won't be easy, but coach Charles Flowers believes a strong group of underclassmen will have Shaw battling for the region title. The offense is young, but the Raiders return two of the best defensive linemen in the state - tackle Emanuel Dudley (6-2, 230) and end Steve Jacobs (6-1, 220).

Keep an eye on Troup. A talented group of returnees should have the Tigers primed for another postseason berth. Senior running back Demetrice Goode (5-9, 175) rushed for 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns last season and may be the region's best runner. Offensive linemen Demonte Bartley (5-8, 175) and Arthur Atkinson (6-0, 260) should provide plenty of support. The defensive should be solid, especially up front where Division I prospects Tyler Darden (6-4, 240) and Justin Woodard (6-3, 210) anchor.

Kendrick improved tremendously last season and came within a game of making the playoffs. The Cherokees have enough talent to make a run at the postseason.

Northside-Columbus won three games in its first season of varsity competition. The Patriots should challenge for a postseason berth.

Harris County made the playoffs last year but with the loss of 22 seniors, the Tigers will find duplicating last year's success to be difficult.

After a 4-6 season last year, Columbus High hopes to improve. Jordan and Spencer will once again struggle in a tough region.

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