2006 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 6
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Realignment overhauled 6-AA for 2006, lumping together schools from DeKalb, Cobb and Gwinnett counties, while saying goodbye to metro-Atlanta schools Grady and Carver, which dropped down to Class AAA. The region is one of the state's best with six playoff teams from 2005. The fight for the title should be a good one.
Longtime state power Buford failed to make the state title game last year for the first time since 1999, but Jess Simpson's team still has plenty of talent for 2006. Buford will be very strong on defense with 10 returning starters, led by linebacker Trey Hunsucker. Buford's biggest needs are in its offensive backfield, an area wiped out by graduation. If Buford can get past Lovett and Decatur, the Wolves could claim their sixth straight region title.
Lovett and Decatur are right behind Buford. Lovett finished with an 8-4 record in 2005, while Decatur finished at 8-2. Lovett is similar to Buford in that it will be strong defensively with eight returning starters, while looking to fill holes on offense, especially at quarterback and tight end.
Greater Atlanta Christian and Wesleyan should also be in the thick of things. GAC, 8-AA runners-up in 2005, returns lineman T-Bob Hebert and quarterback Lee Chapple, who completed 61% of his passes last year for 1,672 yards. Caleb King's prescence should instantly elevate GAC's chances.
New Wesleyan head coach Franklin Pridgen has scrapped the Wolves spread offense from last year for a more-balanced approach, hoping to better their 5-5-1 record.
Avondale drops down from 5-AAA after a 2-8 campaign in 2005, while Cross Keys hopes to improve after going 1-9. Holy Innocents' is also a newcomer to the region, while Creekview will play a non-region schedule.
Class AA - Region 6 Football Preview
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