CPA Looks to Repeat as State Champs

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Playing new rivals after an offseason redistricting, much will be different in 2015 for the CPA Lions as they try to follow up on last season’s undefeated record and 3A State Championship. CPA also returns only four starters from its stellar 2014 defense that allowed less than two touchdowns per game.

But while the opponents and even more than a few faces are different, expectations should stay the same. Coach Ingle Martin’s 54-4 record in his first four seasons at the CPA helm speaks for constancy over time. CPA returns its star quarterback,  Zack Weatherly, too.

Weatherly, one of six returning offensive starters, can be expected to vault Martin’s offense to the same heights it reached last season, when it averaged more than 40 points per game, writes Steve Ulray at PrepWeekly.com:

Weatherly (6-2, 180) is a tremendous athlete with deceptive speed who enters his third season running Coach Martin’s up-tempo spread.  The senior signal-caller completed 69.4% of his passes for 1,765 yards last season, with 29 touchdowns and just three interceptions.  He also ran the ball 59 times for 521 yards (8.8 per carry) and nine touchdowns.

Despite the loss of current Vanderbilt Commodore Jay Hockaday (887 yards, 19 TD’s), the offensive MVP of last year’s BlueCross Bowl, the CPA run game is in good hands with seniors Wallace Barrett (6-1, 185) and Chip Omer (6-0, 200) in the backfield.  Barrett ran for 901 yards (9.3 per carry) and eight touchdowns in 2014, while Omer tallied 602 yards (8.6 per carry) and eight touchdowns.-PrepWeekly.com.

Ulrey breaks down the fine, humming machine that is CPA football in 2015 and looks under the hood of the 33-game win streak the Lions bring into the season here.

CPA starts its season opens away in Atlanta against the mighty Peachtree Ridge on August 22.

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