2006 Football Preview
Class AAA - Region 3
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Two state heavyweights - Thomson and Washington County - will battle for supremacy in this region's B sub region. The two programs will be joined by Butler, Cross Creek, Glenn Hills and Harlem. The A sub region consists of Benedictine, Burke County, Hephzibah, Liberty County, Richmond Hill and South Effingham.
While the A sub region doesn't have the marquee names like its B counterpart, making the playoffs will be equally as tough. South Effingham, after making the postseason last year, will be the favorite. The Mustangs return a strong nucleus from a team that began the season 7-0 before a late-season stumble.
Burke County just missed the postseason last year and will be a serious contender while Benedictine, seeking some consistency, was good enough to beat South Effingham before dropping its final two games to Liberty County and Jefferson County.
Liberty County is expected to be much-improved and challenge for a postseason berth. The Panthers lost eight games in 2005 by a combined 41 points. Liberty lost only one game by double figures. Hephzibah and Richmond Hill will struggle to contend.
Thomson should be the favorite in sub region B, but its contest at Washington County on Nov. 10 will have region and state implications. Washington County, with new coach Joel Ingram, is still smarting from its 21-20 loss to Thomson in the first round of the playoffs last year when the two competed in different regions. Both teams have made the postseason each of the past seven seasons.
Harlem, Cross Creek and Glenn Hills will be three teams to keep an eye on. All three have solid returning talent and could be in thick of the sub region race. Butler will occupy the bottom of the region.
Class AAA - Region 3 Football Preview
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