Class AAAAA: Camden County lost 18 of 22 starters, but no one is counting out the two-time champions after what they did last year -- starting 0-2, then reeling off 13 wins in a row. "It's too early to tell about our chances, but our kids believe we can do it, and our community expects it," coach Jeff Herron said. "We're young, but we have a lot of talented kids, no doubt about it. We feel like our program is in a position to have a chance every year, and we'll give it our best this year." Herron said no players on his team have been offered major-college scholarships.
Class AAAA: Sandy Creek lost several of its star-studded offensive weapons, most notably all-state tailback Rajion Neal, who signed with Tennessee. However, the Fighting Patriots return 11 starters, including Ronnie Bell, a rising star at quarterback. "We feel like we have a good team," coach Chip Walker said. "There are a lot of things that go into making a run like we did last year, like staying healthy. Those are going to be more important this year in AAA because we're not as deep as in the past." The AAAA championship race is wide open after Sandy Creek switched classifications. Griffin, Northside-Warner Robins and Tucker are among the favorites to win.