Class AAAAA - Region 2 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AAAAA - Region 2

Douglass edged out Stephenson for the region championship last year and don't be shocked if those same two powers duke it out again this season.

An unbeaten region mark was the highlight of Douglass' 10-2 season in 2004 and a wealth of talent returns from that group with guys like blazing cornerback Alan Strong and 270-pound lineman Nicholas Wiggins.

Stephenson, which like Douglass reached the second round of state last year, will be led this season by a powerful defense led by a quartet of Division I prospects. Linebackers Marcus Ball (6-0, 205), Perry Riley (6-0, 210), and Kelvin Sheppard form a dominant unit and defensive end Jermaine Cunningham (6-4, 210) is quick off the edge, but the Jaguars need more offensive production than they got last fall. 5-10, 193-pound running back Andre Anderson (1,042 yards rushing, 7 TDs) will try to revitalize the attack.

Look for another strong season out of Riverdale, which is coming off a state playoff berth. The Raiders are huge on the line with 6-3, 260-pound Fola Ola and 6-2, 280-pound Russell Jackson opening holes for running backs Kelvin Colbert and Chad Morgan. Linebacker Vandaral Shackleford (6-1, 205) had 85 tackles, five sacks and three forced fumbles last season.

Redan also has its sights on returning to the state playoffs and looks to have a good shot at the top four in Region 2-AAAAA.

Newton and Lithonia are on the verge of bumping into the upper tier while Morrow and Tri-Cities seek to improve after winning just one game each in 2004.

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