Class AAAAA - Region 5 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AAAAA - Region 5

Harrison head coach Bruce Cobleigh changed his wing-T style to an air attack last season, and the move worked wonders thanks to star quarterback Zach MacDowall. MacDowall's return - he threw for over 2,300 yards and 25 TDs as a junior - and a good nucleus on defense give the Hoyas bright hopes in the Region 5-AAAAA race.

McEachern also expects to challenge for the region title since the young team the Indians fielded last year has matured considerably. Line play, led by star junior Ted Laurent, is strength, as is a defense with a pack of returnees.

Defending region champion Marietta was hit hard by graduation losses, particularly on defense, which makes matching last year's 9-0 region mark a long shot. Standout free safety Ghervon Blue is the top player back on defense for the Blue Devils, who will need young players to fill the gaps defensively.

South Cobb lost some important playmakers off last year's state playoff team, which lost a 70-68, seven-overtime heartbreaker to Collins Hill in the first round. Quick running back Mike Brown has to pick up the slack while end Terrance Campbell leads the defense.

North Cobb and Kennesaw Mountain also will vie for playoff spots, but Campbell, Pebblebrook and Osborne have improved and might be able to get in the mix.

Sprayberry is regrouping after a winless 2004 season.

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