Take a closer look at the upcoming 2017 high school football season in Clayton County.
Drew brings back the majority of last year’s squad, including All-County selections Gary Tyner, C.J. Davenport and Anthony Menchaca.
Edwards is the 11th head coach in 15 seasons for the program and will hope to lead the Panthers to multiple wins for the first time since 2013.
The Cardinals won four straight games to close last year to secure a trip to the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
Weaks said he thinks this year could be the turning point for a program which hasn’t been to the state playoffs since 1998.
Head coach Kevin Jones is optimistic about his veteran squad despite the departures of All-County selections Lenox Copeland, Tyree Leonard and Cory Turner.
The Tigers will need to replace 28 seniors from last year’s squad.
The Eagles will need to replace 18 seniors from last year’s state playoff team.
The Raiders will lean on a strong defensive line led by highly coveted recruit Dante Walker.
Clayton County has long been home to some of the top players in the state. This season, these six players are expected to carry on that tradition.
As the 2017 high school football season approaches, the sports department at the Clayton News took a closer look at some of the more intriguing matchups coming this fall.
Custis has established himself as one of the top running backs in the metro area over the last two seasons. As a junior in 2016, he rushed for 1,487 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping the Wildcats advance to the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16.
Walker earned First Team All-County and All-Region honors after a monster season. He recorded 80 tackles, eight sacks, 13 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.