Class AAA - Region 4 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AAA - Region 4

Peach County believes it has something to prove after falling in the quarterfinals to M.L. King. The Trojans, a preseason favorite last year to meet LaGrange in a rematch of the 2003 state championship game, fell two games shy of their preseason goal. There is enough talent for the Trojans to challenge for a postseason title, but Peach must find a way to beat out Washington County in this rugged region.

Big-time players once-again highlight Peach County's roster. Even though leading rusher Tony Wright is gone, senior quarterback Antonio Henton (6-2, 210) is both a running and passing threat. Last year, he passed for more than 1,800 yards and 19 touchdowns while rushing for 316 yards. His favorite target returns in senior wide receiver Chris Slaughter (6-3, 165), who caught 42 passes for 1,016 yards and 14 touchdowns. If some offensive linemen can be found, this team could be lethal. Senior Samuel Chester (6-4, 265) anchors the defensive line.

State runner-up Washington County, after losing to Peach County midway through the season, reeled off seven straight wins before falling to LaGrange in the championship game. The Golden Hawks figure to go deep in the postseason once again. The good news is the offense will be solid with the return of the versatile Eulas Taylor (5-11, 175) at running back. Taylor can do a little of everything. He will excel if he runs behind offensive lineman Lance Helton (6-4, 304), a major prospect who anchors the line. If the Washington County defense can perform like it did last season, when they allowed only 11.5 points per game and had four shutouts, they have a strong chance of approaching last year's success. The bad news for the Hawks is they have to play at Peach on September 30th in a game almost certain to decide the region title.

Mary Persons is always tough and should challenge for a postseason berth. The Bulldogs, however, must find a way to score points. Last year, Mary Persons relied on its defense to bail the team out of tight situations. Offensive lineman Jeffrey Cowart (6-6, 290) should help get the offensive attack moving.

Perry has to replace 13 starters but if the team responds to new coach Andy Scott, an assistant who was promoted when former coach Chuck Conley resigned, they should be back in the playoffs for the third straight season.

Spalding should be better after winning just one game last year. Northeast and Southwest Macon will find competing in Region 4 tough once again.

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