What we learned after the first two big preseason events (Autism Bowl and Centennial Bowl) and also the scrimmage games are interesting. It looks like its going to be a great year from a competition stand point in the youth football. Here are some of our thoughts.
This is going to be a good one. All across the state the players are developing, the coaches are dedicated and the parents are passionate. That equals a great environment for youth football for years to come. Central Dekalb who is thought by many to be the front runner has probably the best player on their team. They also have some very good play calling coming in from the sideline with Coach Pat. Tri-County is big. If they wanted to they could literarily line up and come down hill every play. Welcome All has talent and a good coaching staff. North Henry is the as of today a very good TEAM. They play as a unit, on offense the execute and open holes for the runner which is rare at that age group. On defense they have some bug hitter but they really fly around and get all 11 to the ball. They also play hard the entire game, so there is no let up with the Tigers at all
Best division in the state of Georgia right now. Every league has a chance to win the B2C Championships at the end of the year. Cascade, Jonesboro, Decatur Army Camo, Central Dekalb, Atlanta Tigers and Tucker are on the second tier of teams that has a chance to win it as all of them have something special that can help them win the big one in December. Welcome All has a chance to repeat as champions but its going to be hard on them as they have an obstacle in their way and that is the Atlanta Ducks. As of today they have the best coaching staff on offense and a defense that can fly around and make plays because of their speed, which more than makes up for their size.
Welcome All might be on to something. They have the best offensive player in the game in Mansur McClain and their defensive lineman are consistently changing the line of scrimmage. That is a great formula that can win you a lot of ball games. Atlanta Ducks have CJ back in the backfield which helps them on offense but more importantly it helps them on defense as he is a very good linebacker. Atlanta Vikings are going to take some time to gel as they have a lot of players but that should help them in practice as they can get a full look on offense and defense. They still have a two headed monster in the backfield that when both are healthy they are the best duo in the 8U age group. Acworth has last years defensive player of the year and
Tucker, Welcome All and the Atlanta Ducks are going to be at it all season long. Welcome All has the best DT in that age group, the kid is a monster. Atlanta Ducks has the best offense as they are able to spread the field and create favorable matchups in the passing game. Tucker is still Tucker, talent wise they are good, schematically they are sound. Lately this has been the age group where Tucker starts to show some wear and tear in their players because of their scheme but I am sure that it is going to change this year with the great Coaching staff they have.
Atlanta Ducks are going to even be more dominant this year than last year. Vikings, Jonesboro and North Henry are all going to give it a good go at it but the Ducks defense is just too much for anyone in the state to deal with.
Solid division but now that Acworth is no longer together Central Dekalb is about to have a banner year and probably look to sweep all the awards.
Atlanta Tigers are really good. It’s been a while since we at B2C have seen a team that could have played in the 2010 Frank Ski Bowl which include Dacula, North Clayton, GA Rattlers and Atlanta Vikings. Over 30 D1 players were on that field that day. This Atlanta Tigers team has a chance to be considered one of the greats. It is a mix between great talent and great coaching. This team team has a chance to get special.