I know Camden County beat Lowndes, and I know DeKalb County laid an egg in the colors of Stephenson and SW DeKalb (not to mention ML King and Tucker and Marist).
But those need to wait until we’ve discussed what’s going on at Lassiter High in Marietta.
Is Hutson Mason ridiculous or what?
The Lassiter quarterback threw for 530 yards and eight touchdowns in Lassiter’s 70-49 victory over South Gwinnett, and Mason didn’t even play the fourth quarter. He’s got over 4,000 yards passing on the season and 54 touchdowns, both shattering state records, and he’s not finished.
Lassiter has scored at least 42 points in nine straight games. The 70 against South Gwinnett are a record in a regulation playoff game in the highest classification.
It’s not enough to ask if there’s a team that is able to stop Lassiter. The question is whether any team knows how to stop Lassiter.
Georgia is a traditionally run-oriented, hit-you-in-the-mouth football state. Chip Lindsey is from Alabama, where the no-huddle spread offense has taken hold. Rush Propst helped revolutionize Alabama football with this offense at Hoover.
Lindsey was Propst’s offensive coordinator in 2007, though he was running the spread before that. Propst is now head coach at Colquitt County, which plays Lassiter this week.
Does Propst know how to stop the monster he helped create?
The last time I’ve seen something in Georgia that changed the way we think was Brookwood’s state champion in the mid-1990s that dominated with large, powerful, weight-trained linemen. Parkview maintained that formula through the early 1990s. Recently, it’s been Wing T teams (Lowndes and Camden County) that have dominated the big class. The current No. 1 team, Grayson, is a Wing T team.
I’m convinced of this much: What Lassiter is doing not a gimmick offense. It’s a relatively novel offense in Georgia, but it’s a legitimate offense run by a quarterback who is as accurate a thrower and as well-versed in what he’s doing in this system as any player in the country.
Anybody can win Class AAAAA. There’s no sense guessing. I’d give the least chance to Colquitt County and Newnan, the two teams I’ve seen win in the playoffs, if only because they generate the kind of offense you’d expect to see in a state champion. I also question Lassiter’s defense. I’m thinking it will be one of the Gwinnett teams. North Gwinnett has the best balance of offense & defense and gets Camden at home. …
In AAAA, congratulations to Region 8-AAAAA for putting three teams in the QF. That region plays a 10-game region schedule, so there’s no way to gauge its strength until the playoffs. I still see no legitimate state contender there, but a good region.
Somebody wrote me in preseason and said that he’d email me when SW DeKalb, my No. 1 team in preseason, lost in the second round. But I think that person was a Lowndes fan, so he’ll be too humble to gloat this week.