Who’s the team to beat in Region 7? No. 9 Norcross travels to No. 5 North Gwinnett in the only AAAAAA game between ranked teams. Norcross allowed only 102 yards of total offense in the 20-0 victory over Parkview last week, but there is concern about all-state RB Alvin Kamara, who has a sprained ankle. North Gwinnett has won Region 7 the past three seasons, beating Norcross each time.
Can Lovejoy or Alpharetta make up for a loss? Both started the season ranked after breakout seasons in 2011, Lovejoy reaching its first state final in AAAA, and Alpharetta winning its first region title. Lovejoy lost to Colquitt County, Alpharetta to Milton. This game at Lovejoy features Alpharetta’s passing game of QB Josh Dobbs (649 yards passing in two games) and WR Carlos Burse against Lovejoy’s attack defense led by Nathaniel Norwood.
How will Eddie Printz do against Kell’s stellar secondary? Not counting Walton, Lassiter and Kell could be Cobb County’s best two teams. Kell, No. 3 in AAAAA, has a secondary of FS Quincy Mauger (committed to Georgia), CB Brendan Langley (South Carolina), CB Jay Moxey (two-year starter) and SS Taylor Henkle (starter since ninth grade). Lassiter, No. 4 in AAAAAA, has AJC Super 11 QB Eddie Printz who is 34-of-48 for 526 yards and six touchdowns.
Who’s Grayson’s top challenger in Region 8? Archer plays at Brookwood on Firday in a game between schools picked to finish second (Brookwood) and third (Archer) in Region 8 by Georgia High School Football Daily. Grayson, ranked No. 1, plays at Parkview, a team looking for its first touchdown against perhaps the state’s best defense. At Brookwood, looks for a run-oriented game. Archer’s Sean Fowler (126 yards) and Ernest Alexander (105 yards) each topped 100 yards in a 27-6 victory over East Coweta last week. Brookwood is led by Jamaal Cole, a former 1,000-yard rusher, but when he was banged up last week, Josh Brown stepped up and ran for 243 yards in a 31-21 victory over Mill Creek.
Is Region 1 ripe for another upset to a smaller school? The biggest upset of last week was Brooks County’s 28-24 victory over Valdosta. ‘’If we get lucky enough to win a state title, that would put us with two state titles in one year,’’ Brooks County coach Maurice Freeman said. Brooks is No. 2 in Class AA. This week, No. 4 Carver-Columbus of AAA plays at Colquitt County, and No. 9 Burke County plays at Coffee. Burke won AAA last season.