Class AAAAA - Region 4 Football Preview

Region 4-AAAAA is a hodgepodge of teams that were in three different regions last season and the result is a pack of teams with no overwhelming favorite. Of the seven teams, only three had winning records in 2005 and 7-5 is the best of those marks.

2006 Football Preview
Class AAAAA - Region 4
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Region 4-AAAAA is a hodgepodge of teams that were in three different regions last season and the result is a pack of teams with no overwhelming favorite. Of the seven teams, only three had winning records in 2005 and 7-5 is the best of those marks.

Three of the favorites are holdovers from last year's 4-AAAAA, with East Coweta (7-5 a year ago), Mundy's Mill (6-4) and Newnan (4-7).

East Coweta will be young, particularly at the skill positions because of graduation losses. Its success hinges on how the youth performs in pivotal roles. The Indians'strengths are in the offensive line, where four seniors return including Joseph Babb and Johnny Blankinship, and the defensive front. They will rely heavily on running back Tim McGill and wingback/free safety Neko Fowler for big plays.
Mundy's Mill is as athletic as any of the region's teams, which gives the rising power high hopes of a region crown. The Tigers have speed, but also size, led by Maryland commitment Lamar Young, a 6-foot-3, 305-pounder.

Newnan's roster is full of playmakers, making outstanding quarterback Thomas Darrah even more effective. Darrah threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 23 TDs as a junior. One of his favorite targets is wideout Quamorris Dixon.

The other four teams include two from last year's 2-AAAAA, Tri-Cities and Morrow, and two teams up from Class AAAA, Hiram and Paulding County.

Tri-Cities has speed at nearly every position, but the line led by Terence Edge (6-foot-3, 265 pounds) is solid. Quarterback Giorgio Morgan and running backs Malcolm Smith and Anthony Merriweather are dangerous.

Hiram (4-6 last season) and Paulding County (3-7) were average teams in a lower class, but hope a year of growing up translates to more wins. Morrow went 1-9 in 2005 and is in rebuilding mode.


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