THE WORD: New coach Pierre Coffey moves over to
Spencer after serving as the offensive coordinator at
Carver in Columbus the last few seasons. He hopes to use
some of his skill set to put the Greenwave into the end zone
this fall. That was a real problem last season for Spencer.
Only a one-win team last fall, Spencer failed to score more
than 10 points four times last fall. If the Greenwave are
going to make any noise in Region 2-AAA, the offense is
going to have to improve.
2014 RECORD: 9-2
THE COACH: Sheddrick Risper
THE PLAYERS: Gerimie Mitchell (Sr., WR), Kareem
Warren (Sr., DL)
THE WORD: Since being formed in the late 1990s,
Westside has become the top program in Macon. The
program has never had a losing season - that’s pretty good
no matter who you are. Now it seems the Seminoles need
to figure out the riddle that is playing Peach County. The
Trojans have had their number of late - and in lopsided
fashion. In order to win the region, and that should be the
goal from this point forward for Westside, they will have to
beat Peach County. That game will be played in Bibb County
this fall, so at least seniors Gerimie Mitchell and Kareem
Warren have that going for them.
2014 RECORD: 3-6
THE COACH: Myron Newton
THE PLAYERS: Devon Richardson (Sr., LB), Brennon
Holden (Sr., DL)
THE WORD: Two painful late-season losses cost the
Bulldogs a shot at the playoffs last fall. Two-point losses
to Josey and Hephzibah in back-to-back weekends were
a difficult way to end the year. Those two games would
have given Butler a 4-2 record in the division. Now Devon
Richardson and Brennon Holden will have to get the
defense in order for important games with crosstown foes
Josey and in-region rivals Laney.
GLENN HILLS SPARTANS
2014 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Tim McClain
THE WORD: A 6-0 win over Josey was the only high mark
in a 1-9 season for the Spartans. In seven games last fall
Glenn Hills allowed 40 points or more on the gridiron. The
offense sputtered nearly the entire season as well. It is an
uphill battle for coach Tim McClain and his players.
2014 RECORD: 6-5
THE COACH: OPEN
THE PLAYERS: Darrell Baker (Sr., WR), Nick McGhee (Sr.,
DL) Dameien Rodgers (Sr., DL)
THE WORD: Hephzibah has struggled for a long time to
have a winning season. Perhaps that’s why 2014’s 6-5
record and a playoff appearance was so special. Players
like Darrell Baker, Nick McGhee and Dameien Rodgers will
all be back to try to get into that do-or-die situation again.
But the Rebels’ situation is always precarious - only two
years ago they had a winless season.
2014 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Raleigh Roundtree
THE PLAYERS: Shavor Martin (Sr., OL), Andru Champion
THE WORD: Josey twice played Butler, and twice won 22-
20. That’s about all that went right last fall. Seniors Shavor
Martin and Andru Champion are eager to get more wins
under their belt this fall. Winnable games with Butler, Hancock Central, Glenn Hills and the season opener against
Portal dot the schedule and provide a the Eagles with a real
shot to have their first winning season since 1998.
2014 RECORD: 7-4
THE COACH: OPEN
THE PLAYERS: Vicente’ Thompkins (Sr., ATH), Danye
Washington (Sr., WR)
THE WORD: Offensive Player of the Year Vicente’
Thompkins returns for his final season at Laney. Look at
the offensive production with Thompkins running around
the field. The Wildcats scored at least 40 points or more
five times. He wasn’t the only one performing, however.
Receiver Danye Washington was also doing his part to run
up the numbers for the Wildcats. Circle the calendar for
October 2 - that’s when the Wildcats travel to The House of
Pain to take on Washington County. That game will decide
the Wildcats’ fate in Region 3-AAA.
WASHINGTON COUNTY GOLDEN HAWKS
2014 RECORD: 14-1
THE COACH: Joel Ingram
THE PLAYERS: Darius Tucker (Jr., RB)
THE WORD: The majority of the Golden Hawks’ 2014 squad is
gone - so the pressure is on for Darius Tucker to perform the way
he did last season. WACO fought its way to the Georgia Dome
and the AAA Finals. But they fell 27-20 to Calhoun. That loss
prevented the Golden Hawks from winning their fourth state title.
That game, and a 28-17 win over Blessed Trinity in the semifinals,
were the only competitive games WACO played in 2014. The rest
of the games were blowouts. 2015 could be a special season
in Sandersville, but shutting foes down at the House of Pain will
be critical to success. WACO only allowed 12. 4 points a game at
home last fall - a dominating mark by any standard.
2014 RECORD: 4-6-1
THE COACH: Scott Tate
THEPLAYERS: Joshua Reynolds (Sr., RB), Trevor
Patterson (Sr., OL)
THE WORD: Westside really bogged down offensively at
the end of 2014, which cost them in the playoffs. Three
games in a row of only one touchdown scored not only cost
he Patriots playoff positioning, but eventually cost them
their playoff lives. Joshua Reynolds and Trevor Patterson,
both seniors on the offensive side of the ball, will have to
step it up if Westside is going to get back to the playoffs
again in 2015.
Region 4 Division A
CEDAR GROVE SAINTS
2014 RECORD: 9-3
THE COACH: Jimmy Smith
THE PLAYERS: Tre Shaw (Jr., DB), Ant wuan Jackson (Sr.,
DL), Netori Johnson (Jr., OL), Elysee Mbem-Bosse (Sr., LB),
Jelani Woods (Jr., QB), Justin Shaffer (Jr., OL)
THE WORD: The most talented team in the region - Cedar
Grove - returns six players from all-region teams in 2014.
The top two players, senior defensive lineman Antwuan
Jackson and junior defensive back Tre Shaw are being
pursued by nearly every college program in the South.
If the Saints are going to make the jump to the state
quarterfinals and beyond this fall they are going to have
to have more consistent offense in big games. Losses
to Columbia, Blessed Trinity and Calhoun saw the Saints
offense manage only 13 points a game - not nearly enough
to expect to win.
MAYNARD JACKSON JAGUARS
2014 RECORD: 7-4
THE COACH: Eric Williams
THE PLAYERS: Orenzo Smith (Sr., WR), Martavious
Billingsley (Sr., OL), Vodi Ferguson (Sr., DB), Javel Hardnett
(Sr., LB), Lorenzo Maddox (Sr., DB)
THE WORD: The Jaguars ended 2014 on a five-game
winning streak, the longest run of victories in school
history. Washington County, however, easily dismissed
Jackson 73-28 in the first round of the playoffs. Still, it was
Maynard Jackson’s first trip to the playoffs in school history.
If players like Orenzo Smith and Martavious Billingsley can
keep the offense moving and Vodi Ferguson, Javel Hardnett
and Lorenzo Maddox can continue to perform on defense
another trip to the playoffs should be in order this fall.
2014 RECORD: 3-7
THE COACH: Shelton Carleton
THE PLAYERS: Maurice Sutton (Sr., ATH)
THE WORD: The Mustangs had their second most successful season in the last five seasons. That was thanks in no short
part to the play of senior athlete Maurice Sutton. He lined
up all over the place for McNair. Can the Mustangs pivot to a
winning season in 2015? They’ve not had one since 2008.
Games against North Clayton, South Atlanta and Towers will
have to be wins if a winning record is to be had.
NORTH CLAYTON EAGLES
2014 RECORD: 3-7
THE COACH: James Soza
THE PLAYERS: Kindle Vildor (Sr., DB), Jamarcus Sanders
THE WORD: A winless pre-region schedule gave way to a
two-game winning streak once 4-AAA play began. But difficult
outcomes against Westminster and Cedar Grove sent North
Clayton to its third losing season in a row. Senior signal
caller Jamarcus Sanders is going to have to get the Eagles to
produce more consistently on the offensive side of the ball.
Four times last fall North Clayton failed to score more than ten
points in a game. The Eagles lost all of those games.
2014 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Kevin Hill
THE PLAYERS: Christian Grier (Sr., ATH), Frank Bailey (Jr.,
RB), Rashid Harris (Jr., RB)
THE WORD: The Hornets have hit a rough spot in their
football history. Even though the school has only ever had
two winning seasons (and those were the first two seasons
of play), South Atalanta has won only three games in the
last two years. The offense has been nonexistent at times.
Junior running backs Frank Bailey and Rashid Harris will
have to get into the end zone more often if South Atlanta is
going to have more wins this fall.
2014 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Brian Montgomery
THE PLAYERS: Torrance Marable (Jr., RB), Demetrius
Gilbert (Sr., WR)
THE WORD: If the Titans are going to get back to a winning
season, then 1st team all-region running back Torrance
Marable is going to have to get them there. The 5-10,
180-pound DeKalb County product claims a 4. 45 40-yard
dash. But Demetrius Gilbert, a senior receiver, is going to
have to help, too. One reason the Titans have struggled in
the last few years is a coaching carousel. Brian Montgomery is the third coach at the school in the last four years.
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