These are the five most interesting games in the big class this week. One matches top-10 teams, and the others are between teams that are perhaps a good win or two from cracking the top 10.
Lovejoy at Colquitt County – Lovejoy is looking for respect. The only reason it has been slow to come is that Lovejoy’s 14-1 record was achieved in AAAA last season. Lovejoy has star players such as RB Travis Custis (Georgia Tech commit) but no defining victory that a AAAAAA team would notice. Coquitt, a semifinalist or better the past three seasons in the highest class, would be an ideal stepping stone. Lovejoy and Colquitt have never met in a regular-season or postseason game, but they got a look at each other over the summer at the National Select 7-on-7 Championships. Lovejoy won that matchup 28-2. “They mauled us,” Colquitt coach Rush Propst told the Moultrie Observer. “They were by far the most talented team out there.”
Johns Creek at Milton – Milton was one of the more impressive AAAAAA teams last week in its 35-28 win over Alpharetta. Peyton Barber (225 yards rushing vs. Alpharetta) and Treyvon Paul (109) run behind three offensive lineman with FBS offers. Barber and Paul have FBS offers, also. Johns Creek is led by Skye Overton, who rushed for 153 yards and passed for 104 in a 28-0 victory over Woodstock.
Mill Creek at Brookwood – Many view Brookwood as the top challenger to Grayson in Region 8 despite the Broncos’ 35-24 loss to Walton. Mill Creek blew out Dacula 35-0. Dacula was 9-4 last season. Repeating my comments from Tuesday, Mill Creek is a school that has never won more than seven games in a season, but. DL Kelsey Griffin is one of the state’s most heavily recruited players. Jacorey Lewis rushed for 216 yards against Dacula.
Parkview at Norcross – This game matches two of Gwinnett County’s elite running backs. Alvin Kamara of Norcross is rated the top running back recruit in the state by some. He rushed for 186 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries and had four receptions for 11 yards in a 35-20 victory over South Gwinnett. Parkview RB Chris Carson rushed for 215 yards on 26 carries in a 3-0 victory over Peachtree Ridge.
Roswell at Lambert – Roswell had averaged nine wins a season over a six-year span until the 0-10 anomaly in 2011. The Hornets broke an 11-game losing streak with their 42-13 victory over Centennial. Lambert, a 3-year-old school in Forsyth County that was 8-3 last season, beat Etowah 14-3. Both are contenders in the regions, Roswell in R5, Lambert in R6.