2006 Football Preview
Class A - Region 7
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Very seldom do two teams from the same region meet for the state title. However, that happened last year when Lincoln County defeated Washington-Wilkes 25-0 for its first state title since 1995. Even though Washington-Wilkes moved back up to Class AA, there is enough talent and strong teams from this region for two to make it back to the title game.
The A subregion will consist of GMC, Hancock Central, Monticello, Twiggs County and Wilkinson County, while the B subregion will consist of Aquinas, Glascock County, Lincoln County and Warren County.
Twiggs County was one of the most-improved teams in Class A last season. The Cobras dropped their first three games, then won eight of their next 10 to earn a quarterfinal appearance. The Cobras will pick up where they left off. One player to keep an eye on is senior offensive lineman Chris Little (6-5, 320), a five-star recruiting prospect by scout.com.
After Twiggs, three teams have a chance at a playoff berth - Hancock Central, Monticello and Wilkinson County. Monticello is dropping from Class AA.
GMC won only one game and is looking to get its program back on track.
Lincoln County, like Twiggs, also lost its first three games against higher-classification opponents, then rebounded to win its next 12. The Red Devils will once again go deep in the postseason. They return two solid Division I prospects in senior running back Darell Norman (5-10, 180) and tight end Brandon Barden (6-5, 220).
Charles Rutland's Warren County Screaming Devils had their best season this decade when they went 8-4 last year and made the playoffs. Warren County will be back in the playoff chase this fall but must fight off Aquinas, which finished 6-5 last year and also made the playoffs.
Aquinas features one of the state's top defensive end prospects in senior John Douglas (6-2, 225).
Glascock County will play a nonregion schedule.
Class A - Region 7 Football Preview
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