2006 Football Preview
Class A - Region 5
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Six teams - Eagle's Landing Christian, Fellowship Christian, Landmark Christian, Mount Pisgah, Our Lady of Mercy and Whitefield Academy - will be competing for four playoff spots. Landmark Christian was the team to beat in this region last year and should be among the top teams in 2006.
As competitive as this region was last year, none of the four playoff teams made it past the first round, including region champion Landmark Christian. The War Eagles should improve on last season's 7-4 record. Their offense should be in good hands with the return of senior quarterback Matt Moody (6-3, 213), who is a major Division I prospect. Moody has drawn considerable interest from Alabama, Duke, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Georgia
However, the War Eagles will have to step up defensively if they are to better last season's record.
Eagle's Landing Christian will also challenge for the region title. The Chargers lost their final two games last year, including a 26-9 setback to Landmark in their regular-season finale which cost them the region title. That ended a streak of four shutouts the Chargers had posted. A pair of senior college prospects in running back Russ Cooper (5-8, 175) and linebacker Cameron Panther (6-2, 190) will lead the way.
Eagle's Landing visits Landmark on Nov. 3 in a game expected to decide the region champion.
After Landmark and Eagle's Landing Christian, the remainder of the region race is unclear.
Whitefield Academy went 4-7 last year and should improve. A pair of schools - Fellowship Christian and Mount Pisgah - play their first season in the GHSA. Both had success while playing in the GISA league last season.
Our Lady of Mercy looks to get into the win column after going 0-10 last year.
Class A - Region 5 Football Preview
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