AAAAAA blog: Five things to watch this week, mainly Marietta-Meachern, Milton-Roswell, Alpharetta-WF, M’Creek-P’Ridge, Archer-P’view

The region schedules begin this week in 5 and 6 and resume in 4, 7 and 8. All five will provide strong clues this week about which teams will be contenders.

Here are five situations to watch –

Region 4 – Sixth-ranked North Cobb (2-0) is perhaps the team to beat after its rousing 49-17 victory over Walton last week and should clobber Kennesaw Mountain on Friday, but Marietta (2-1, 1-0) and McEachern (1-2, 1-0) are solid contenders, as well. They will play at McEachern on Friday. McEachern has won 10 games and lost no more than two for the past three seasons, so a third loss this early would be troubling. Marietta hasn’t been a true region contender since 2005 but should be in the mix this year with LSU-committed QB Anthony Jennings.

Region 5 – Second-ranked Lassiter (3-0) is far and away the team to beat now that Walton’s defense has been called out, but the top game this week is between old rivals Roswell (1-2) and Milton (2-1). Roswell is much better after the 0-10 disaster of 2011. Milton, 4-7 last season, has it has its best team in years. RB Peyton Barber, running behind an offensive line with three top college prospects, scored five touchdowns and rushed for 203 yards on 23 carries in a 52-24 victory over Centennial last week.

Region 6 – Fifth-ranked West Forsyth (3-0) is home against Alpharetta (1-2) in the open week of region play. Alpharetta beat out West Forsyth last season for the title in old 6-AAAAA. Watch the quarterbacks in this one. Alpharetta’s Josh Dobbs has committed to Arizona State and has thrown for more than 800 yards in three games. West Forsyth’s A.J. Erdely, committed to Middle Tennessee, is 39-of-56 passing for 509 yards and six touchdowns with no interceptions. He has rushed for 201 yards and three touchdowns.

Region 7 – Third-ranked Norcross (3-0, 1-0) emerged as the region favorite after a 31-21 victory over North Gwinnett (2-1, 0-1) last week. Friday’s game between Mill Creek (2-1, 1-0) and Peachtree Ridge (1-2, 1-0) should stamp the winner as next in line behind those two. Peachtree Ridge hasn’t been 1-3 since 2004. The Lions beat Duluth last week 28-21 after being shut out the first two weeks by Parkview and Camden County. Mill Creek, led by blue-chip defensive tackle Kelsey Griffin, is viewed as perhaps the best team that didn’t make the playoffs in 2011.

Region 8 – Parkview (2-1, 1-0) beat Grayson (2-1, 0-1) last week in the biggest win for the program since 2005. If it was a fluke, we’ll find out quickly because fourth-year Archer is no joke. The Tigers stunned Parkview 40-16 last year in a game that essentially put Archer in the playoffs and Parkview out. Last week, Archer lost a heartbreaker to Brookwood 20-19, giving up 10 points in the final 2:41. By the way, not even kudos have been passed out to Parkview’s defense last week. DE Hunter Thornton and DT Sam Wills each had two tackles for losses. This is a unit that also shut out Peachtree Ridge.

21 comments Add your comment

grayram

September 20th, 2012
10:11 am

Archer Parkview should be a good game.
The Rams get Dacula at home to try and get back on track.

WTG49

September 20th, 2012
12:32 pm

West Forsyth is away not home this week…

sportsnut

September 20th, 2012
4:28 pm

Another week of the “BIG BOYS” beating on each other. 1 ) McEachern over Marietta
Milton over Roswell
Alpharetta over West Forsyth
Mill Creek over Peachtree Ridge
Archer over Parkview

GwinnettDad

September 20th, 2012
4:35 pm

As I said elsewhere here, Archer is for real and should have defeated Brookwood. I’ll take them to repeat their victory over Parkview last year with a victory Friday.

Black & Gold24

September 20th, 2012
9:36 pm

Really? Just the Metro Atlanta regions? No region one? I know this is the Atlanta Journal Constitution, but you are a statewide media outlet….

Camden74

September 21st, 2012
1:12 am

Come playoff time, the AJC won’t have any choice but to cover Region 1……….. :-)

tigonian02

September 21st, 2012
9:14 am

In the AJC’s defense, Region 1 – 6A is basically inactive this week. The only good game worth watching is Tift vs TCC.

ALL TUCKERRED UP

September 21st, 2012
9:26 am

I can’t believe it!!! I agree with sportsnut.Maybe I’m going nuts!!!!!

Sideline Dude

September 21st, 2012
9:50 am

Still nothing about the South Georgia teams.

Camden74

September 21st, 2012
11:03 am

The only reason I care about coverage is, the more exposure, the more scholarship offers! After last year’s participation in the Herbstreit Classic by Camden, the big question was, “who’s # 5″? :-D

CoffeeC100

September 21st, 2012
12:45 pm

I agree with the above posters regarding region 1. There are no games of interest with the exception of TCC/Tift and it has no bearings on region standings and is of local and region 1 interest only.

Really now. It started last night with Brunswick over the old region Camden/5A Groves, 62-12. Other than the Tift/TCC games the other games involving region 1 teams should have similiar outcomes.

Region 1 head-to-heads begin next week and will probably get a mention in next weeks headliners.

Camden74

September 21st, 2012
1:22 pm

Is Brunswick that good or did they run up the score? :-)

the truth

September 21st, 2012
2:00 pm

“Come playoff time, the AJC won’t have any choice but to cover Region 1……….. ” Right, because interviewing all those region 1 fans in stands watching two teams from the Atlanta area in the state championship was SO interesting.

Golden Isles Fan

September 21st, 2012
3:49 pm

Be patient all region 1` fans……..not only will the AJC cover region 1 in all classes but I would say every paper will say or comment about region 1 just give it time,,,,,they will not have a choice……………period………………

GwinnettDad

September 21st, 2012
3:59 pm

@the truth – without folks writing about the perceived persecution of southern Georgia’s noble, unappreciated super-athletes by the fat cat, lazy, untalented stiffs of the north that don’t play real football, the southerners (with exceptions) that always win, never lose but only defeat themselves, and are so often cheated by crooked refs, there’d be a lot less our southern friends would have to write about. One sees the same drivel every year. Give em a break. They need our sympathy, apparently, and I’m more than happy to extend it to them.

Just Rammin

September 21st, 2012
5:40 pm

Rams big and archer big as well grayram.

Just Rammin

September 21st, 2012
5:46 pm

Agree with you sportsnut with exception of Marietta. I believe Jennings and the Blue Devils get it done against Mceachern.

Packerfan78

September 21st, 2012
9:07 pm

Wow….really Hardaway???

West Forsyth

September 21st, 2012
11:44 pm

No it’s not basketball season, but WF just put up 63 for the 2nd straight week. If they ever figure out how to stop somebody, they mgiht contend. WF 63-Alpharetta 42. Josh Dobbs for Alpharetta is the REAL DEAL. Maybe the best QB in GA.

sportsnut

September 22nd, 2012
11:59 am

West Forsyth is better than I and many others thought. Thought for sure Archer would handle Parkview but it looks like the Big Orange Jungle Crew is alive and well.

Wtg49

September 22nd, 2012
10:55 pm

@Sportsnut….yes, ur right West Forsyth is better than many believe!! Even Todd may be finally on the band wagon…only took 126 points in two games to make that happen…next week Centennial @ home…expect more of the same….and Todd…defense is there too…AHS qb is real deal and deserves all the respect he can get…but if it wasn’t for West defense…game would’ve ended more like a basketball game on both sides! Keep us on radar…A.J Erdely…Jake Weizoreck…Trevor O’Brien…Ty Anderson….Josh Salo… Connor Vandeboss…Will Brown…Mohammad Commera…Hunter Belue…just to name a few…

These kids are here to play…hopefully it wont take 50++ points a game for AAAAAA GHSA to notice!!