2006 Football Preview
Class AAAA - Region 7
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The new Region 7 is quite different from the old Region 7. Gone are East Paulding, Hiram, Murray County, Paulding County and Woodland, and the region will no longer be subdivided. However, Rome and Dalton proved to be the two best teams from this region in 2005, advancing to the quarterfinals before their seasons came to an end. Those two teams will continue to battle for supremacy in this region.
Dalton has 31 seniors on its roster and a talented junior class that is also expected to contribute. The Catamounts, who finished second in the region last year, could have their best season since 2001 when they finished as the state runner-up. Even though quarterback Harrison Scott (5-11, 180) will be just a junior, he will be expected to help guide Dalton back to the playoffs. The strength of this team will be its defense. Senior kicker Adrian Mora is one of the best in the state and gives the Catamounts another weapon.
Rome, after going 11-2 and winning the region, will once again be a contender. However, the Wolves have some key positions to fill, especially on offense. One position Rome won't have to worry about is at defensive end where senior Tymon Hudson (6-2, 200) returns. Hudson is a solid Division I prospect. Dalton visits Rome on Oct. 13 in a game expected to decide the region title.
Gordon Central finished as the No. 3 seed last year and lost to Salem in the first round. The Warriors should be in the playoff hunt again.
Northwest Whitfield just missed out on the postseason in 2005 and the Bruins have enough returning talent to make a playoff run. Southeast Whitfield and Ridgeland had several close games that could have went either way. If both figure out a way to win those, they could have a chance at playoff berths.
Ringold and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe should battle for last place in the region standings.
Class AAAA - Region 7 Football Preview
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