Five things we learned Friday (or Thursday) in Class AAAAAA –
- Lovejoy can hang with the elite in the big class. Lovejoy lost, of course – 14-7 to No. 8 Colquitt County. But Lovejoy travels back from South Georgia knowing that penalties and mistakes were the main difference, things that can be corrected. Lovejoy outgained Colquitt over 300 yards to 210. The better team won, but the season is early. Not that Lovejoy fans thought there was anything to prove. The Wildcats had made the Class AAAA final last season, losing to Tucker, but this was the team’s first major test in the highest classification.
- Valdosta takes a step back. The week’s biggest upset was Valdosta’s 28-24 loss to Brooks County, the third-ranked team in Class AA. It is Valdosta’s first loss to a Georgia team in a lower classification since falling to Ware County in 2004. Valdosta hasn’t lost to a Class AA team since at least 1970.
- Archer, a fourth-year-old school in Lawrenceville, is solid. The Tigers beat East Coweta 27-6. Archer made the playoffs for the first time last season and is on track to do it again in Region 8. Archer running backs Ernest Alexander (102) and Sean Fowler (122) each went over 100 yards rushing.
- Lambert, a fourth-year-old school in Suwanee (the Forsyth County side), is solid. The Longhorns made the playoffs (without advancing) the past two seasons in AAAA. Their 19-17 victory over improved Roswell has them 2-0. They beat Etowah 14-7 the week before. Good chance Lambert will be 6-0 when the ‘Horns face …
- John’s Creek, a fourth-year-old school in Alpharetta, is solid. The Gladiators (2-0) beat Milton 14-6 as QB Skye Overton had another big game (221 yards passing, 59 rushing), and JC held Milton to 71 yards rushing after Milton put up over 300 against Alpharetta. Region 6 is shaping up to be one of this classification’s deeper regions.