Class AAAA - Region 4 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AAAA - Region 4

Sandy Creek has posted back-to-back unbeaten campaigns during the regular season, but the Patriots haven't been able to carry that momentum into the postseason. In 2003, Sandy Creek lost in the first round. Last year, the Patriots went a step further before falling in the second round. Even with a new coach, Sandy Creek is still the favorite in this region. Former coach Rodney Walker resigned to take the athletic director position at Mary Persons. The Patriots promoted Walker's son, Chip, who was the offensive coordinator, to direct the program. There are some key spots to fill but plenty of talent returns. Posting a third straight 10-win regular season will be tough but expect Sandy Creek to be in the playoffs.

Creekside had a solid year in 2004, going 10-2 and making it to the second round. The Seminoles expect similar results this year. Junior athlete Eric Berry (6-0, 180) gives Creekside a two-way threat. The Seminoles feature a talented nucleus of returning skill players, which makes them a region contender.

Douglas County, Villa Rica and Northgate will also challenge for the postseason.

Douglas County has quarterback Ricky Dobbs (6-2, 200) returning for his senior season and running back David Fayson back. Wide receiver Jonathan Cummings makes the Tigers a threat through the air.

Villa Rica just missed the postseason last year. A good returning nucleus, including running back/linebacker Spain Cosby (5-10, 200), will help the Wildcats pick up where they left off.

Northgate lost a good portion of its playoff team to graduation, but the team boasts good size on the interior lines and the returning skill players are solid. Senior running back Rod Neal (5-10, 175) will carry the offense, while senior Chase Smith and junior Marcellus Hunter return at linebacker.

Woodward Academy may be a year away from getting back into the thick of the region race.

McIntosh and Lithia Springs are still young.

Expect Haralson County to be improved.

Alexander and Chapel Hill will finish at the bottom of the region, while Whitewater continues to play a nonregion schedule.


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