Five things to watch this week in Class AAAAAA –
Brookwood-Parkview, the rivalry is back! – A decade ago, this was Georgia’s hottest rivalry. The two played for a state title, and Parkview won, making it 45 straight wins and three consecutive state titles. But Parkview has not won a region title since 2004 and has gone 1-6 against Brookwood since then. Parkview’s upset of previous No. 1-ranked Grayson changed things. A victory over Brookwood would put Parkview in the driver’s seat in 8-AAAAAA at 3-0 in region play, with all of the victories coming against playoff teams from last season.
Region 1 skirmishes begin – There three Region 1 games on the docket, each with special intrigue. Camden County goes to Valdosta. Camden has won 86 straight games that count in region standings, but this is Camden’s first game in R1 – the toughest in the state – after years in embarrassingly weak Region 3-AAAAA. Lowndes plays at Colquitt County in a game between Top 10 teams. Tift County plays at Coffee in a near ‘must-win’ game to decide which team below the ‘big four’ has the best shot at the playoffs.
Who’s in first in Region 7? – Norcross (4-0, 2-0) plays at Mill Creek (3-1, 2-0) in a game that will decide first place in Region 7, although Collins Hill (2-1, 1-0) also is undefeated. College scouts might be interested, too. Perhaps metro Atlanta’s top two uncommitted prospects are Norcross RB Alvin Kamara (427 yards rushing) and Mill Creek DT Kelsey Griffin. Norcross, ranked No. 3 and with a victory over 2011 region champion North Gwinnett, is the favorite.
Johns Creek can take another stop – Perhaps the best team in AAAAAA that nobody talks about is Johns Creek, a fourth-year school in north Fulton that is 4-0, 1-0 in Region 6. JC faces Chattahoochee (3-1, 1-0) and can take another step toward a Top 10 ranking with a victory. QB Skye Overton has had a terrific start. His four game totals are 38-of-65 passing, 574 yards, three touchdowns; 390 yards rushing, 10 touchdowns, 58 carries.
North Cobb can take another stop – Harrison (3-1, 2-0) has a sporty record in Region 4, but if North Cobb (3-0, 1-0) is a real state contender, this should not be a close game. North Cobb has not had a winning season since 2007, but a 49-17 over Walton has thrust the Warriors into the Top 10. QB Tyler Queen has thrown for 664 yards (221 per game), and WR Borishade has a Cobb-best 393 yards receiving and has scored six touchdowns, two on kick returns.