Class AA - Region 7 Football Preview

Region 7-AA took all of 6-AA from last year and added Temple from Region 6-A, giving the region 12 teams and creating a need to subdivide the region.

2006 Football Preview
Class AA - Region 7
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Region 7-AA took all of 6-AA from last year and added Temple from Region 6-A, giving the region 12 teams and creating a need to subdivide the region.

In 7-AA South, Darlington, Pepperell and Rockmart each made the playoffs last year, while Coosa missed out by virtue of a tie-breaker after going 7-3 in the region. Pepperell appears to be the early frontrunner with 1,000-yard rusher Caleb Beard returning along with tight ends Jonathan Holiday and B.J. Stewart.

Darlington has several holes to fill, especially at quarterback and running back, while Rockmart looks solid with running back Roger Glover and quarterback Madison Moss returning. Coosa reshuffled its backfield with Chris Jones going from running back to quarterback and Chris Warner moving from quarterback to running back.

Temple joins Region 7-AA after a 5-7 season in 2005, which saw the Tigers upset Landmark Christian 14-13 in the first round of the Class A playoffs. Armuchee and Model don't look to be a factor in the playoff race.

The 7-AA North subregion features Calhoun, who narrowly lost to Charlton County 27-21 in the Class AA championship game. The Yellow Jackets again are one of the favorites to win the region with 19 seniors. The entire offensive line returns to make room for running back Adam Urbano, while Curt Welch leads the defense at linebacker. The biggest needs for Hal Lamb's Yellow Jackets are at quarterback and receiver.

Adairsville and Chattooga join Calhoun in the North subregion and should compete for a spot in the regular-season finale. The new setup requires that the top four seeds in each subregion play each other with the winners going to the playoffs. LaFayette and Dade County combined for one win in 2005 and are not expected to be in the playoff hunt.


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