2005 Football Preview
Class AAAA - Region 8
What a year 2004 was for Salem. The Seminoles won the Region 8 title with ease, then rolled to three wins and made their first appearance in the Georgia Dome in the state semifinals before falling to Statesboro. It will hard for Salem to duplicate last season's success after losing 18 starters to graduation, but there is enough young talent returning to challenge for another trip to the playoffs.
Cross-town rival Heritage may be the team to beat in this region. The region runner-ups last year return a solid senior class, especially at the skill positions. Running back Brian Berry (5-9, 165) and fullback Stanley Dickson (5-7, 170) return to lead the backfield. Division I prospect Bo Harris (6-2, 210) and Chance Henderson (6-1, 225) return at linebacker.
Cedar Shoals should challenge for a playoff berth. A pair of wide receivers in seniors Jake Thompson (5-8, 170) and Demontae Edwards (5-7, 155) pace what could be an explosive offense.
Clarke Central should be back in the playoff hunt as well as Loganville, which is in its second season under coach Eric Godfree.
Madison County, which played a nonregion schedule two years ago, showed remarkable improvement in 2004 and should be another team to keep an eye on as well as Habersham Central.
Expect Jackson County to be better but not enough to challenge for the postseason, while Rockdale County and Eastside will rank near the bottom of the region again.
Class AAAA - Region 8 Football Preview
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