2006 Football Preview
Class A - Region 3
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The only change in Region 3-A from last year is the departure of McIntosh County Academy (who moves up to Class AA) and the addition of Claxton, who is moving down a class. The remainder of the region stayed the same with Bryan County, Calvary Baptist, Emanuel County Institute, Jenkins County, Portal and Savannah Country Day.
With defending region champion McIntosh County Academy moving up, the top of the region should be occupied by Savannah Country Day and Portal. Country Day had one of its better seasons in recent memory last year, falling to eventual state runner-up Washington-Wilkes in the quarterfinals and finishing with a 10-3 record. The Hornets, with most of their talent returning, should be back in the playoffs.
However, Portal should also figure in the region title chase after an 8-3 campaign last season. Coach Pat Collins' program has combined to win 18 games in the past two seasons. State powerhouse Hawkinsville has put the Panthers out of the playoffs each of the past two seasons.
ECI snuck up behind Calvary Baptist in the final week of the regular-season, upended the Cavaliers and made the playoffs before falling to Johnson County in the first round. Before the loss to Johnson, the Bulldogs had won three straight. ECI's younger players should build off last year's finish and challenge for the postseason again.
Calvary Baptist missed the playoffs in 2005 but will be back in the hunt this fall with a strong nucleus returning.
Claxton won't have it any easier in this region than it did in Class AA, however, the Tigers should improve. Jenkins County and Bryan County will occupy the bottom of the region standings.
Class A - Region 3 Football Preview
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