AAAAA blog: Radar detects East Coweta … Roswell 0-5. Really?

Five things we learned Friday night.

- East Coweta is on the radar in Region 2. EC beat Luella 37-7 in a game between 3-0 teams in the region. EC was expected to win, as Luella, albeit much improved, was 3-7 last season. But it was a dominant effort. EC could be a bigger threat to Stephenson and M.L. King than is being credited. Remember that Newton and Newman play Saturday. The winner of that one joins EC, MLK and Stephenson as the region’s clear playoff favorites.

- Roswell is this year’s Warner Robins. Remember how WR, a state champion as recent as 2004, started 0-7 last year? Roswell, a state champion as recently as 2006, is 0-5 after a 24-21 loss to North Forsyth, which had been 0-4. Roswell, the defending champion in Region, appears headed toward its first losing season since 1994. But be comforted that WR has bounced back this year. It happens.

- Region 7 is deep and unpredictable. Mill Creek, which could hardly score last week in an upset loss to Mountain View, 9-7, pushed state-ranked Norcross, losing only 42-35. Mountain View played Peachtree Ridge tough. R7 is probably the class’s deepest. Remember Collins Hill last year pulling the upset of Peachtree Ridge, showing us that forecasting this region at mid-season is just a guess.

- Brookwood and Parkview live. Don’t write off these old Gwinnett rivals, at least not in Region 8. Their two losses apiece mean little now. Parkview made the playoffs last season out of Region 8 but finished 5-6 and saw perhaps its best player, LB Raphael Kirby, leave for Stephenson. Not many picked the Panthers to get back to the playoffs. A 20-7 victory over South Gwinnett suggests Parkview might be the No. 3 team in that region behind Grayson and Brookwood, which blew out Central Gwinnett.

- Region 1-AAAAA can always find a good game from 2-AAAA. Lowndes handled Ware County 35-17 after winning only 3-0 last year. Glynn Academy, an up-and-coming program in AAAA, knocked off Tift County, which figures to have a 50-50 chance or better of making the playoffs in that five-team region.

44 comments Add your comment

UncleJunior

September 24th, 2011
1:34 am

I have yet to see East Coweta play this year, but they are tough every year. I don’t know how region 2 will play out but I know East Coweta is not to be taken lightly, especially in the playoffs.

bamabob

September 24th, 2011
9:25 am

Newnan HIgh School not newman

Jammerz

September 24th, 2011
10:34 am

Seeing and hearing it already, Valdosta is 5-0 and as I heard last night on the radio they are “Riding the Lightning”. V-cat fans need to sit and look at what they have done before they crown them this early in the season. The combined records of the teams they have beaten is 8-14, with Brooks County and Lincoln (Tallahassee) combine for 7 of those wins. This week Valdosta gets thier first taste of a quality AAAAA opponent in MLK. MLK has enough offense to bring thier own lightning and show the weakness in that defense Valdosta is so proud of this year, and if they happen to survive this game guess who is waiting on the horizon. Yes, that would be your cross town rivals LOWNDES and a welcome back to 1AAAAA football under the lights with national exposure on ESPN. After that you travel to Coffee who might just have something for you even with thier bad coaching. There must be something to all these cats playing a “powder puff” scedule

Michael Wood

September 24th, 2011
11:02 am

It is Newnan not newman!

catfan

September 24th, 2011
12:23 pm

and just who has ml king played that’s so great? their opponents combined record is 7-12 and none of those teams has a winning record.

luella

September 24th, 2011
1:57 pm

37-8 was the final in the E.C.-Luella game! NOT 37-7. And, Newnan, NOT Newman. Two typos!!! tsk, tsk!! It is called proofreading and editing AJC!

Dosta Dawg

September 24th, 2011
2:08 pm

@Jammerz – Are you serious? Valdosta played the same schedule last year and came to Atlanta and beat MLK. MLK was 0-2 at home last year against region 1AAAAA!!!!!! Name 1 team MLK has played this year that is any good?

Dosta Dawg

September 24th, 2011
2:11 pm

This was the year Valdosta was only suppose to win 2 or 3 games. The Cats don’t need to talk , we just play one game at a time and see what happens!!!!!!

G- Money

September 24th, 2011
2:23 pm

Jammerz, boy you really hate on valdosta, but that ok that just make us stronger. Valdosta prepare for one game at a time and play one game at a time. According to a lot of people Valdosta probably wouldn’t even win 5 games this year. Well 5 and 0 is better than 0 and 5, and we’ll take it, dosen’t matter who it was against. Win, loose or draw were still the Valdosta Wildcats and one thing i do know, you better bring your A game when you come to play us.

Dosta Dawg

September 24th, 2011
2:32 pm

@ Jammerz – Don’t try to hide, you a Packer fan! What taste of 5AAAAA football has the Packers played that was any better than Lincoln, Brunswick or Brooks?

G- Money

September 24th, 2011
2:50 pm

Oh thats why the hate for Valdosta, your a pig fan. Ha, ha, your team need all the help it can get. I thought Warner Robins had stopped all the talking.

Mike

September 24th, 2011
3:05 pm

Tift County lost for the third straight week. There is no way they are going to win with the current quarterback. Why does Jay Walls continue to play him? He is going to cost Jay his job if he hasn’t already. The Blue Devils may not win another game this season, which is a shame because the other QB stood out in two earlier wins & is the better passer. Why doesn’t Jay move the current QB to wide receiver or tailback since he is an athlete & a runner just not a QB. I’m sure other Big Blue fans are as frustrated with the current coaching regime as I am. Something’s got to give at THS.

Wildcat man

September 24th, 2011
4:44 pm

@Jammerz: Come on guy packers well i got something for you and anyone else who always want to bring up the past you probably want to keep ur mouth shut and play one game at a time. All time vs the pac 68 Wins 24 Losses 4 Ties

LION KING

September 24th, 2011
7:39 pm

WOW…well apparently there are alot of valdosta fans, which is kewl the more disappointment to dish out this friday.. secondly, MLK has always been an underdawg in which to be a underdawg we always still come out on top some how whether its region champs OR in the top 10 of not jes 2-5AAAAA but 5AAAAA class period..no matter how bad u try to underestimate a team like this or even stephenson, these fellas earn there right to be on the top ten for a reason.. NOW i could say alotta negativity on VALDOSTA but its better sportsmanship to say that they are a prettty good 5A team..for everybody to say we are no competition to them, im pretty sure on the 1st meet with valdosta we beat them which was in the playoffs of 07 or 08 when a win actually mattered..last yr was our second meet in which they got the uppperhand so basically these two teams has created a rivalry of some sort.. ALL TO SAY lets see who comes out the champ this friday, but i guarantee u my LIONS gonna bring a hell of a fight… -the pride has spoken

The Real Deal

September 24th, 2011
8:04 pm

Jammerz is a Lowndes fan who can’t stand that Valdosta is good again so he has to try to diss the Cats instead of celebrating his own team’s success. It’s really sad. I don’t know if the Cats will beat Lowndes (I think it would be an upset) but their defense is for real, don’t kid yourself. And Mike, Tift County has no other QB. The other kid is hurt and will be out at least a couple more weeks. Tift has a lot of problems but the QB is an eaay target. Defense isn’t bad but OLine kills them. The QB threw for over 300 against Worth but they rushed for minus yards.

westwolverine

September 24th, 2011
8:21 pm

Region 6 is no longer dominated by the tradition of Roswell. The Hornets will be lucky to win 3 games this year as the new powerhouse in region 6 is West Forsyth.West now 5-0 and beating Centennial like a drum last night should send a signal to other region opponents to beware. AJ Erdley and Jake Wysorick had break out games with four TD’s each, while the Centennial defense was comsumed with trying to slow Roberts who had two TD’s last night. They will have to play a more balanced approach on defense to stop this West Offense.
At some point in time the AJC will have to come to grips with a region 6 team being ranked in the state and give West the credit they are due.

Valdosta-Lowndes County (28 State Titles combined)

September 24th, 2011
8:27 pm

U might bring a hell of a fight. But ur not gonna win!! MLK is alright. They havent won any hardware yet so youll still sum rookies. We will c come this friday. Go cats!! :-D

NGHS 09

September 24th, 2011
8:49 pm

I grew up down the road from where West Forsyth was built and i gotta say i’m blown away how fast this school and Lambert has established themselves. It’s just another reminder how good GA football is and continues to be.

NGHS 09

September 24th, 2011
8:51 pm

@Valdosta-Lowndes County (28 State Titles combined)

youll = you will….y’all = you all.

Valdosta-Lowndes County (28 State Titles combined)

September 24th, 2011
9:21 pm

Cant wait till the “Winnersville Classic” Nationally televised exposure for the Winningest high school n the nation and powerhouse Lowndes. Get to show u boys how south GA gets down down here n football country!! It will b another classic.

68 Viking

September 24th, 2011
9:37 pm

an exciting event in anybody book. Nuff said

East Coweta belongs

September 25th, 2011
12:11 am

East Coweta has playmakers on both sides of ball.

Fan

September 25th, 2011
8:00 am

Roswell- Sometimes promoting from within the staff is the easiest solution, but not always the best solution.

Go Raiders

September 25th, 2011
8:53 am

Fan…why don’t you think before you speak?! Justin Sanderson was the perfect choice when Leo Barker left abruptly for California. What you need to know is that Roswell’s principal is a nut case and doesn’t support athletics at all. He wouldn’t give Coach Sanderson any coaching/teaching slots so he was unable to build a staff. The clientele is also changing at Roswell. Add to that, Leo Barker set up an incredibly tough 2-year schedule and now Sanderson is left to fight through it. I feel really badly for the players and the coaching staff and ‘fans’ who know what they’re dealing with. Too bad you’re too ignorant to see that.

AVikingFan

September 25th, 2011
10:07 am

Owen, let’s get the scoreboard operator to set the score board up exactly as it was when the game ended two years ago for the Cat fans to read when they enter the stadium and go to their seats Friday week. Football purists will say the Valdosta players will read it and get all fired up. I say bullsh**. Remind them how it was and what they can expect. Another a** whipping! I think it will plant a seed in the back of their minds and start them second guessing all the “BS” Gillespie has fed them all week prior to the game. Then when something goes wrong on the field, as surely it will, all they will think about is that scoreboard and 57-15. When you’re good you aint afraid to piss off the little guys. Spit in their face. Set the board to read 57 to 15. 4th Quarter, zero time on the clock.

WF007

September 25th, 2011
5:15 pm

West Forsyth beating Centenial 70-20, (5-0 season) was worth a mention ….wake up the WOLVERINES are hungry for RESPECT . Alpharetta is next and West will be ready.

Scott Kliesen

September 25th, 2011
5:36 pm

Dacula is 2nd best team in Region 8. Brookwood is either 3rd or 4th best team this year.

Westie

September 25th, 2011
7:04 pm

Got to say West Forsyth has stepped it up this year. Not the same team I saw scrimmage against Parkview just weeks ago. More talent on that team then I thought.

Valdosta Cat

September 25th, 2011
8:17 pm

It totally blows me away with all this hate against Valdosta. Can’t talk much smack against you lousy lowndes fans since you do have our number so to speak. But this is a new year and a totally new Wildcat team. Don’t go into your victory dance yet plow people cause the Cats are coming to invade the concrete pin. Go Cats!!!!!

Packer Backer

September 25th, 2011
9:12 pm

Go Region 1-AAAAA (in all no region games). Never under any circumstances should you want a team from your to lose to another region. So go Cats! Show MLK why this is region 1-AAAAA not 2,3,4, ect. With that said when you go to Martin Stadium shut up the Vikings and their annoying p.a. anouncer. But above all GO PACK GO!!

AVikingFan

September 25th, 2011
9:45 pm

Packer Backer –Our “annoying PA Announcer”s brother coached at Valdosta Middle for a long, long time, now their whole family are Vikings. We think he’s kinda cool. Sorry he has had the opportunity to say “first down Vikings” so many times in the last ten years against your pork rind meat packing hogs. What is it, something like 10 or 11 Viking victories in a row against your Packers? If and I say IF, we beat Valdosta it will be 8 times in a row. That’s what some people would call dominance. Course you’re familiar with that. Except for one good little run ya’ll had in the 90’s Valdosta has DOMINATED ya’ll too!
BTW, I will pull for Valdosta against MLK, but not when they play Colquitt, Coffee, or Tift. Just for the record!

Jammerz

September 25th, 2011
10:17 pm

@Packer Backer
The announcer for Lowndes will not be an issue this year as the game will be in the Hawg Pen

Two Cents

September 26th, 2011
12:21 am

Region 6, while not the powerhouse of 7, 8, or 1, is fairly balanced. It used to be Roswell, and everyone else but, that appears to be changing. I just saw the films on West Forsyth vs. Centennial and I have to say, I saw quite a few mistakes by Centennial. They are a bit better than what they showed but, to West Forsyth’s credit, they hit the ground running, literally, and never looked back. They got up so quickly on Centennial that they could never recover but, there is talent over at Centennial too.

Not sure how North Forsyth is but, they were able to beat Roswell. It’s hard to judge any of these teams when they were playing out of region games. The seasons tend to gel teams and it appears it has worked wonders for both of those Forsyth organizations. However, I would never, ever count Roswell out. They played a brutal out of league schedule last year and then promptly went on to win the region. They are well coached and the kids execute as told. I imagine their coach left when he saw this coming. It seems they were able to pull in some kids over the years through ROTC or whatever but, perhaps that era is ending with the dillution of a new high school? Something they were able to dodge for years. North Fulton was steadily dilluted for years and it may be sometime before the likes of Milton, Alpharetta, Centennial and Northview are able to put a powerhouse together. I know to some that sounds laughable but, programs take years to develop. Have to hand it to West Forsyth’s coaching staff for pulling this together but, a wing-t can be defended against if teams would only put the 7 or 8 in the box as needed to stop the man in motion (70 percent) of the time ; ). Their best players? 10, 3, 4, 25, and 11? Shut them down and you have a chance.

Smart money says someone in the playoffs will prove that. Teams like Grayson, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge and Norcross will have 11 or so defenders who can handle that motion quite well. It looks like the only way anyone is going to stop them is to put the defenders up tight and be very ready for the extremely quick snap. West Forsyth is executing their plays very quickly and very precisely. Come to the field slow and you will pay. Ask Centennial. They remind me of Oklahoma circa 2009….very,very fast pace with no signs of tiring. The coaches have done an excellent job with this program.

Yes, Region 6 is definitely changing and it appears for the better. The playoff picture will probably be as wild a ride as last years. The most interesting matches will be see who ends up 3rd and 4th….should be a good shootout. Good luck to all throughout the remainder of the season.

Valdosta-Lowndes County (28 State Titles combined)

September 26th, 2011
1:51 am

Oldschool Hawg

September 27th, 2011
9:11 am

It always amazes me how everyone lives in the past. Lowndes and Valdosta your past won’t get you anywhere with the one your gonna get handed when you play the Mighty Hawgs this year!!!

LHS98

September 27th, 2011
4:29 pm

Oldschool Hawg – What should us Lowndes fans go by then, if not the past? Maybe your loss to Warner Robins 2 weeks ago? That’s pretty recent.

Forsyth Footballer

September 27th, 2011
5:51 pm

West and Lambert have really stepped it up. Too bad they don’t play each other. West Forsyth runs Tech’s offense as well as Tech, sometimes better. The O line coach is from S FL too and he has done a great job with them. They also went to the pistol some last week opening up the passing game. What will kill them in the playoff is a very mediocre defense. But they will enjoy a great season after a very good one last year. Keep building it up Forsyth!!

JAB

September 27th, 2011
6:23 pm

Dosta Dawg, what do you mean MLK has n’t played anybody they beat 2 Gwinnett county premier teams & they really dismantled Collins Hill who plays Peachtree Ridge, NG & Norcross, they also beat South Gwinnett who are playing a little down this years, you guys are 1-1 against MLK; they beat you in the playoffs a couple of years ago. @ you are right Lion King, people are under estimating Stephenson & MLK because of past playoff experiences. If you go back over every playoff game Stephenson lost it was by a last minute field goal that beat them; that happens in the NFL & college. I think they are just haters because metro Atlanta teams like Stephenson, Tucker, SWD etc. is sending so many players to D1 schools and they are not… GUYS….This is 2011, all of the other years are gone. Stephenson & MLK will prevail in the playoffs in 2011. Don’t be suprised if MLK come away with a win on this coming friday, especially if they don’t get home cooked…GO STEPHENSON JAGS….. .

JAB

September 27th, 2011
6:27 pm

STEPHENSON JAGUARS WILL BE AAAAA 2011 STATE CHAMPIONS, it going to be like Tucker vs Marist 2 years ago; an (ALL) dekalb county state championship! Stephenson Vs MLK! “BELIEVE THAT”…

EC Indian Fan

September 28th, 2011
8:46 am

JAB don’t count out East Coweta……We have more talent than people realize…

Dosta Dawg

September 28th, 2011
2:18 pm

@ JAB – Who is not sending players to D1 schools? Have you watched a UGA, FSU, ALABAMA, AUBURN, MARSHALL or TENNESSE games lately? Has any team you named – STEPHENSON, MLK ever won anything in football with all those D1 players you talking about? (I forgot SWD still played football!!!!) I saw the STEPHENSON vs. Tifton game and STEPHENSON should be ashame of the way Tifton played them with Tifton being way down this year!!!!!!

Dosta Dawg

September 28th, 2011
2:22 pm

STEPHENSON is not even as talented as the SWD team with Quincy Carter. That was arguably the most talented high school team since the 83 Tift County team or the 84 Valdosta team. That team SWD had all the D1 players just like your 2011 STEPHENSON team and they didn’t even make it to the championship just like your 2011 STEPENSON team won’t!!!!!!!!!

Dosta Dawg

September 28th, 2011
2:27 pm

STEPHENSON and MLK will get out coached in the playoffs just like all the other D1 layden metro Atlanta teams have been for decades!!!!!!!!!! Remember the great teams of SWD’S and CLARKE CENTRAL?

AVikingFan

September 29th, 2011
4:55 pm

Dosta Dawg. When putting down the coaching at Stephenson, please remember the head coach was taught by one of yours! Yeah, he worked at Washington Wilkes for Butch Brooks – former Cat coach – and went to five title games with ole Butch and lost every one of’em. Holds a state record!