Class AAAAA - Region 8 Football Preview

2005 Football Preview
Class AAAAA - Region 8

The usual power players - Parkview and Brookwood - are expected to rise to the top once again in Region 8. Both teams should factor in the state title chase with talent-laden teams.

Parkview had another strong season in 2004, reaching the state championship game before falling 17-14 to Lowndes to cap a 13-2 campaign. The Panthers, loaded with athletes, will build around one of the state's best junior running backs, Caleb King (936 rushing yards, 12 TDs, 7.5 yards per carry). Tackle Lawrence Simonson (6-1, 256) and end Gator Parker (6-1, 235) will control things up front for the Panthers on defense.

Brookwood was disappointed with a 9-2 season in 2004, but is primed for another successful year. The Broncos have added D-I caliber transfer Cameron Smith (1,452 rushing yards for 0-10 Meadowcreek last season), who will run behind an offensive line led by 280-pound Matt Long.

Central Gwinnett, 7-4 a year ago, and running back Bean Johnson (1,152 yards, 16 TDs) has the best chance to push the top two schools.

Berkmar made a rare playoff appearance last season, but the Patriots will be pushed by South Gwinnett, with receiver Jackson Dean ( 36 catches, 691 yards, 7 TDs), and Grayson, both 5-5 a year ago.

Don't count out Shiloh, a playoff team in 2003, but things look rough for Meadowcreek, which is trying to break a 12-game losing streak.

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