2006 Football Preview
Class AAA - Region 4
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This region produced last year's state champion in Peach County and some of the state's top football. With the addition of several new faces, solid football will continued to be played here. The A subregion consists of Dutchtown, Henry County, Jackson, Mary Persons, Ola and Spalding, while the B subregion is comprised of Central Macon, Northeast Macon, Peach County, Perry, Southwest Macon and West Laurens.
It will be interesting to see how the A subregion takes shape. Jackson moves up and competes with several familiar opponents. The Red Devils had considerable success in Class AA and should be a playoff contender, especially with a pair of Division I prospects in defensive end Neland Ball (6-6, 220) and wide receiver John Keye (6-6, 210). Mary Persons, known for its fundamental style of play, should pick up where it left off last season. The two teams meet in Forsyth on Oct. 13 in a game expected to decide the subregion's top playoff seed.
Spalding should improve but not enough to contend for a postseason berth. Dutchtown and Henry County move down a class and aren't expected to be in the subregion race. Ola, Henry County's newest school, plays its inaugural season with Jack Hines as its coach. Hines is a former Clemson assistant and the son-in-law of Florida State coach Bobby Bowden.
Peach County, with four strong college prospects returning, is still the team to beat and should dominate the B subregion. The Trojans started last season 0-3 but won their next 12 to win the state title. Look for them to pick up where they left off.
Perry went 8-4 last season and should challenge for a playoff berth as well as Central Macon, who narrowly missed out last year. West Laurens moves back up to Class AAA, while Northeast Macon continues to try and get its football program going. Southwest sMacon hopes to break a 23-game losing streak dating back to 2003. None of the three are expected to figure into the postseason race.
Class AAA - Region 4 Football Preview
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