Class AAAA - Region 2 Football Preview

South Atlanta football has taken a backseat to its nothern counterparts during the past decade. However, this may be the year teams from the southern metro area get noticed. Starr's Mill drops from Class AAAAA and is not only the region favorite but a state title contender as well.

2006 Football Preview
Class AAAA - Region 2
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South Atlanta football has taken a backseat to its nothern counterparts during the past decade. However, this may be the year teams from the southern metro area get noticed. Starr's Mill drops from Class AAAAA and is not only the region favorite but a state title contender as well. The Panthers' offense will be in good hands with the return of senior quarterback Robby Davis (6-0, 190), who has drawn considerable college interest because of his academic qualities and his athleticism. Senior cornerback Branden Lewis (5-7, 160) anchors the defensive secondary.

Just because Westlake is moving up in class, don't think the Lions won't be successful. The team returns a pair of four-star college prospects by scout.com in senior quarterback Cameron Newton (6-6, 225) and cornerback Addison Williams (5-9, 170). Newton can do a little of everything and will have a strong supporting cast on offense with the return of running back Mychaal Harrison (5-7, 170) and wide receivers Tim Pope (6-2, 190) and Deshon Lawrence (6-1, 190), all seniors.
Creekside breezed through its region last year, then lost its first-round playoff game. The Seminoles will contend for the region title and boasts the state's top prospect in cornerback Eric Berry (6-0, 195), a five-star prospect by scout.com.

Keep a watch for Northgate, which is poised to have one its better seasons in school history. A wealth of talent returns including senior quarterback Andre Morris (6-2, 170) and running back Mike Davis (6-1, 225). The Vikings showed promise last year but also were inconsistent. They were good enough to beat Haralson County, a playoff team but failed to beat Woodward Academy and Chapel Hill.

Woodward Academy hopes to break a streak of back-to-back 5-5 campaigns. The War Eagles missed the playoffs for the second straight season.

Banneker moves up from Class AAA and competed well. However, the Trojans will find competing in a higher classification a bit harder. McIntosh, Fayette County and Whitewater should improve but not enough to be a factor in the region standings.


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