Class AAA - Region 5 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AAA - Region 5

M.L. King showed last season that good football is played in this region, making it to state semifinals before falling to eventual state champion LaGrange. Westminster also made a strong postseason run before narrowly falling to Cartersville in the second round. In subregion A, Westminster and M.L. King earned the subregion's two playoffs positions last year and are the early favorites to do so again. But keep an eye on Dunwoody, a young team in 2004 that matured tremendously.

Westminster lost a wealth of talent, including standouts Gordon Beckham at quarterback and linebacker Glenn Doris. There is a talented group of younger players waiting to step in.

M.L. King also lost several key standouts but return one of the state's more talented secondary players in cornerback Abram Gordon (5-10, 150). He finished with five interceptions last year and will provide some stability on defense.

Dunwoody will be led by junior quarterback Jarvis Worthy (5-11, 160). If some offensive linemen step forward, Worthy could lead this team to a postseason berth.

Riverwood showed improvement last season, winning four games after going 0-10 in 2003. The Raiders return a solid group of seniors that took their lumps last season. Leading rusher Julian Hicks (5-10, 185) returns to spark the offense.

Blessed Trinity and Druid Hills struggled last year, and the 2005 season likely won't get any better.

In subregion B, McNair and Towers made the postseason last year and should be the preseason favorites. However, Westlake features some of the region's top players.

Towers features one of the region's top athletes in quarterback Byron Ingram (6-4, 175). The defense will be anchored by Division I-A prospect Jasper Brooks (6-3, 210).

Westlake always has talented players and this season is no different. The Lions have a duo of defensive stalwarts in seniors Morrice Richardson (6-2, 215) and safety Mario Edwards (6-1, 200) at linebacker and safety respectively. Offensively, junior quarterback Cameron Newton (6-4, 200) has the tools to be a force.

Southside, Clarkston, Therrell and Avondale need to improve in order to challenge for a shot at the postseason.

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