Baldwin and Jones County are out, while Brunswick, Glynn Academy, Richmond
Academy and Ware County are in the new Region 3. The A subregion is comprised
of Brunswick, Effingham County, Glynn Academy, Ware County and Wayne County.
The B subregion is made up of Evans, Greenbrier, Lakeside-Evans, Richmond
Academy and Statesboro.
Of the teams in the A subregion,
only Effingham County had a record below .500 last season when the Rebels
finished 5-6. Meanwhile, only Statesboro in the B subregion finished with
a winning record in 2005.
Ware County, which moves to
Region 3 after competing in the rugged Region 1, will be the subregion
favorite. The Gators went 3-1 against Class AAAAA schools and was the
only team to defeat Class AAAAA state champion Lowndes.
After Ware, it will be a toss-up
between the rest of the teams. Glynn Academy and Brunswick each made the
playoffs as Class AAAAA schools last year, while Wayne County and Effingham
County also made the postseason.
In the B subregion, don't expect
defending state champion Statesboro, which has been in the title game
five of the past six years and captured its second state title in that
span, to miss a beat. The Blue Devils return a pair of defensive stalwarts
in senior back John Knox (6-2, 190) and end Justin Houston (6-3, 240).
Greenbrier played well at times
last season, beating both of its Columbia County rivals in Evans and Lakeside-Evans
soundly. The Wolfpack narrowly missed the postseason. They should improve.
Evans and Lakeside-Evans shouldn't
factor into the playoff chase. Richmond Academy, which struggled in Class
AAA, won't find the competition any easier.