2006 Football Preview
Class A - Region 8
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After an uncharacteristic season in 2005, teams in this region seek to improve on their records as well as performing better in the state playoffs. Last year, region champion Social Circle won the most games at seven and also was the only school to advance past the first round. Reclassification didn't change this region as it is still comprised of Athens Academy, Athens Christian, Commerce, Jefferson, Prince Avenue Christian, Social Circle and Towns County.
Don't expect another 6-5 season from Commerce. The Tigers had their time to rebuild last season and a wealth of talented underclassmen should be ready to step into their roles.
However, Commerce won't be the only team seeking to shake off a disappointing 2005 season. Athens Academy lost four of its final five games, including its first-round playoff game with Washington-Wilkes and finished the year with an uncharacteristic 4-6-1 record. The Spartans have a solid defensive end prospect in senior Todd Jenkins (6-3, 220), who will anchor the defensive front.
Defending region champion Social Circle should be in the region title hunt after posting its best season this decade in 2005. The Redskins have four consecutive trips to the playoffs but haven't made it past the second round.
After a strong finish in 2004, Jefferson finished last year at 5-5 and hopes to approach the success it had two seasons ago.
Towns County and Prince Avenue Christian will rank near the bottom of the region. Towns was winless last season and Prince Avenue will make adjustments after playing a nonregion schedule the past two years.
Athens Christian has opted to play a nonregion schedule for the next two seasons.
Class A - Region 8 Football Preview
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