Class AAAAA - Region 8 Football Preview

It would be a major surprise if the region title went anywhere but Brookwood or Parkview, the two teams that have put a stranglehold on that prize for more than a decade.

2006 Football Preview
Class AAAAA - Region 8
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It would be a major surprise if the region title went anywhere but Brookwood or Parkview, the two teams that have put a stranglehold on that prize for more than a decade.

Last year was Brookwood's turn to claim the region crown, which sparked the team to a state runner-up finish. The Broncos were unbeaten before falling harshly to Lowndes in the state finals, and they're eager to put that forgettable performance behind them.

Coach Mark Crews' defense is tough, with tremendous speed from a linebacking corps of Rennie Curran, Joe Moore and David Kelley, as well as from safety Patrick Moran. Curran, whose 198 tackles were 41 more than Gwinnett's No. 2 guy, has committed to UGA.

On offense, the questions are how Brookwood will replace running back Cameron Smith and quarterback David Pittman. Daniel Peek, who transferred from Grayson last year, is expected to be the starting quarterback.

The Panthers advance deep in the playoffs every year, and this year shouldn't be any different. They enter the season with some impressive numbers - 11 straight state quarterfinal appearances and 10 wins in 10 of the last 11 seasons. The Parkview Panthers' defense may not have that kind of star power, but the unit is consistently among the state's best and is one of the most sound defensive squads around.

Central Gwinnett has enjoyed its best success since the early 1980s in recent seasons, with head coach Bradley Warren building a quality program. The Black Knights, led by a quick defense, won two playoff games last year before falling in the quarterfinals to eventual state champion Lowndes.

Grayson is slowly growing into another Gwinnett power and is expected to make a serious playoff push this year. The Rams are big and physical, and have a top recruit in UGA commitment Conrad Obi, a big defensive end.
B erkmar has made two straight playoff appearances - a first in the school's long history - but head coach Wendell Early will have a tough time making it three in a row because of graduation losses that particularly sapped the lines.

South Gwinnett, 5-5 in 2005, is its first season under new coach John Small, also should factor in the playoff hunt. Shiloh has a new coach in Nick Davis, who hopes to improve the Generals' 2-8 record from a year ago.

Meadowcreek has nowhere to go but up after another 0-10 campaign last year.


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