Head coach: Joel Ingram (First year)
Classification: GHSA Region 3B-AAA
2005 record: 7-4
Four-year record (since 2002): 41-11
Last playoff appearance: 2005
Returning starters: 3 offense, 3 defense
Key Golden Hawks: Senior OL Shaquan Hicks (6-3, 325); Senior RB Rosco Walls (5-9, 175); Senior LB Cardenal Coleman (6-1, 219); Senior QB Vantroski Jordan (5-11, 165); Senior FB/LB William Daniel (5-8, 175)
Offensive attack: Walls will be expected to carry the load again. Last year, he cracked the 2,100-yard rushing mark. He'll have plenty of big, burly linemen to run behind, such as Hicks and senior Nick Brantley (5-9, 264).
Defensive keys: Coleman, Daniel and Junior DE Antonio Danzy (6-3, 245) are the main cogs in the 4-4 scheme. But for all of the team's speed and strength, it still gave up 21 or more points in four of its final six games last season.
Thin at: Linebacker
Big game: Vs. Thomson, Nov. 10
Different this year: Ingram has the unenviable task of replacing legendary coach Rick Tomberlin. All eyes will be on his team's performance this year.
Could go bad if: The defense fails to materialize, or Walls gets little help from his blockers.
Great year if: Ingram can get his inexperienced squad to improve as the year progresses and Washington County finds itself in the hunt for the region title.
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