Class AAAA - Region 6 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AAAA - Region 6

Once again, Region 6 will be one of the toughest in the classification from top to bottom. Last season, Tucker rolled through this region and posted a perfect 10-0 regular-season record. The Tigers are talented once again and should make a deep postseason run. However, they will face stiff competition from Marist, which was rebuilding in 2004.

Tucker has compiled a combined 24-3 record during the previous three seasons and boasted talent such as running backs Thomas Brown, Brandon Young and quarterback D.T. McDowell. However, Tucker hasn't made it past the state semifinals during that span. Some key positions have to be filled but there are solid players as usual waiting to step in. One position that will be strong is in the defensive secondary where senior starters Asher Allen (5-10, 185) and Mike Compton (5-10, 185) return.

Marist lost defensive stalwart Andrew Dete and star runner Anderson Russell to graduation but the War Eagles are expected to contend for the region once again. While junior fullback Preston Lyons, who rushed for 885 yards and 18 TDs, can be counted on, some other underclassmen will have to step up.

After Tucker and Marist, there is more parity in this region between St. Pius X, North Forsyth, Etowah and Chamblee.

North Forsyth may be the team to watch. The Raiders, who made the playoffs last season, lost only a handful of starters and field a senior-laden team. Quarterback Payton Light and wingback Matt Miller are being counted on to lead the team

St. Pius X lost a ton of talent from last season's playoff team but the Golden Lions are always well coached and should be in the playoff hunt. Some key positions have to be filled.

Chamblee is another team to watch out for. If the Bulldogs' offensive line play is strong, look for running back Rod Jones to have a big season.

Etowah was youthful last season, but the Eagles should be much improved.

Expect Lakeside-DeKalb to step up. The Vikings struggled to a 1-9 record last year with a roster filled with mostly sophomores and juniors.

North Springs and Forsyth Central should rank near the bottom of the region again.

Alpharetta is playing a nonregion schedule.

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