Class AAA - Region 2 Football Preview

Several new faces make their debuts in Region 2 this season with Carver and Hardaway dropping from Class AAAA. For the first time this decade, all Columbus public schools will compete in the same region.

2006 Football Preview
Class AAA - Region 2
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The A subdivision will consist of Carver, Columbus, Harris County, Jordan, Kendrick and LaGrange, while the B subdivision is comprised of Hardaway, Northside, Shaw, Spencer and Troup.

After what LaGrange termed as a rebuilding season in 2005, the Grangers should once again go deep in the postseason. LaGrange failed to win the region last year but still managed a trip to the state semifinals. There are some holes to fill, especially on offense, but the defense should be strong. Division I prospect D.J. Stafford (6-3, 240) anchors the line at end.

After the Grangers, three teams in subregion A have a chance at the playoffs. It will be interesting to see how dropping a classification affects Carver. The Tigers had success in AAAA but also struggled at times. Carver, never short on athletes, boasts a pair of Division I prospects in defensive tackle Allen Thomas (6-5, 240) and linebacker Patrick Grant (6-0, 205).

Harris County and Kendrick should also contend. Harris made the playoffs in 2004 and should make a run at the postseason, while Kendrick has just missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons.

Columbus returns solid talent on the offensive and defensive lines but must replace talented quarterback James Kennebrew. Jordan will struggle to contend.

Even with a new coach, Shaw is expected to be the favorite in subregion B. Longtime coach Charles Flowers resigned to take the Muscogee County Athletic Director post, presenting an opportunity for former assistant Craig Fitts to step into his first head coaching position. There is enough talent for the Raiders to contend for another region title.

Troup should once again be in the playoff hunt. The Tigers always have excellent athletes and this season won't be any different. Keep an eye on senior offensive lineman Jasmon Gates (6-2, 315), who is drawing major college attention and will anchor the offensive front.

Hardaway should also be in the chase, especially with a trio of talented offensive standouts in tight end Antwane Greenlee (6-5, 300), offensive lineman Darius Phillips (6-3, 280) and wide receiver Kelcie McCray (6-1, 171). If the Hawks can play defense, a playoff berth could be possible.

Northside, which lost head coach Dwight Jones and several assistants, was hit hard by graduation. The Patriots will be rebuilding.

Spencer will be seeking to end a 32-game losing streak.


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