Prep football primer: East Hamilton may contend for Region 4 title in first year as Class 5A team

Staff photo by Robin Rudd /  East Hamilton's Kireese Willis looks back at a DeKalb County defender as he heads to the end zone for a touchdown during a TSSAA Class 4A playoff game last Nov. 4. East Hamilton advanced to the state quarterfinals last season, but this year the Hurricanes have moved up to 5A and are in Region 4, where McMinn County won the league title in dominant fashion in 2022.
Staff photo by Robin Rudd / East Hamilton's Kireese Willis looks back at a DeKalb County defender as he heads to the end zone for a touchdown during a TSSAA Class 4A playoff game last Nov. 4. East Hamilton advanced to the state quarterfinals last season, but this year the Hurricanes have moved up to 5A and are in Region 4, where McMinn County won the league title in dominant fashion in 2022.

The Times Free Press continues its prep football primer series with TSSAA Region 4-5A.

Overview: The biggest news in this region is the addition of East Hamilton, which won Region 3-4A and advanced to the state quarterfinals last season before moving up in classification.