AAAAAA blog: South Cobb emerges as Region 4 favorite with upset of No. 6 North Cobb

South Cobb is AAAAAA’s newest Cinderella.

The Eagles (5-0, 3-0) defeated sixth-ranked North Cobb 27-26 in overtime Friday and moved into a tie for first place in Region 4 with McEachern (3-2, 3-0).

Why call the Eagles a Cinderalla? South Cobb is 5-0 for the first time since 1999. South Cobb has won three region titles dating to the 1950s, the last one in 2005.

As far as the region goes, it’s far from over. McEachern plays at South Cobb on Friday, in fact.

But follow this trail of scores:

Walton 37, McEachern 35
North Cobb 49, Walton 17
South Cobb 27, North Cobb 26

Also note that South Cobb unofficially outgained North Cobb in total yards 431-189. This was no fluke of a missed extra point, which ultimately cost North Cobb the game in overtime. It was South Cobb that committed four turnovers and had to come back from a 14-0 deficit. Carlos Saldana made a 39-yard field goal to send it to the extra period, when South Cobb made its extra point, and North Cobb didn’t.

Congrats to coach Ed Koester, who struggled with a pair of 2-8 finishes before getting South Cobb on the road to contending. The Eagles have progressed to 7-4 to 8-4 to 5-0.

Other things we learned in AAAAAA in a week that wasn’t that educational, to be honest –

- Walton is not going to repeat as a region champion. The Raiders fell to 4-2 overall, 2-1 in Region 5, with a 21-9 loss to second-ranked Lassiter (6-0, 3-0). It was no surprise. Tyren Jones rushed for 189 yards on 32 carries, but the Alabama-committed running back needs more help for Walton to get back to the semifinals this year. The Lassiter-Milton game on Oct. 19 should decide Region 6.

- Peachtree Ridge is in trouble. The Lions haven’t had a losing season since 2004, but it seems inevitable now after a 41-10 loss to Collins Hill. That drops them to 2-4, and they have games with ranked opponents Norcross and North Gwinnett up coming. Collins Hill, meanwhile, is 4-1 and likely to make the playoffs out of Region 7.

- It’s a three-team race in Region 1. Or maybe one if Camden County continues to roll. The No. 1-ranked Wildcats beat Coffee 39-12 on Friday. Camden scorched Valdosta 43-6 the previous week. Only Lowndes and Colquitt County realistically stand in the way of Camden winning the region in its first season in it.

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AVikingFan

October 6th, 2012
12:08 am

Camden surely looks unbeatable at this point in time. They have two hard conests ahead of them, however, the 1st being when they travel to Colquitt, and then when they come to Lowndes the next week, to end the regular season.

Lassiter looks “for real” as does Collins Hill. We already knew Grayson, NG, Brookwood, and Parkview were good. The big question are why was PR ranked so high earlier this year and can Lovejoy continue winning like they’ve been doing?

AVikingFan

October 6th, 2012
12:09 am

“Contests” not “conests”. My bag!

bksmith14

October 6th, 2012
12:25 am

Coffee beat camden in the 2nd half …or at least outplayed them…….but camden spanked coffee in 1st half……..coffee defense made adjustments in 2nd half……..i talked to a friend of mine who lives in coffee who went to the game…..he said he feels lowndes can hang with camden and may have a shot……..we will see…….valdosta is next….and they will be up for us……always are no matter how good or bad they are…….i expect a good game next fri….

our gameplan when we play camden will be to eat up clock and get 3 yds per rush …..and keep jj and brice on the sidelines….same gameplan we had for colquitt and it worked perfectly…….if we execute it we can beat camden……but that will be easier said then done…….we are def much better than coffee ….i can assure you….

bksmith14

October 6th, 2012
12:26 am

Lowndes could have scored 70 on brunswick if we had wanted to……..we played a lot of sophmores from the start of the game…….3 on the oline !!! and all were sophys in the 4th qtr with a running clock….

AVikingFan

October 6th, 2012
12:33 am

I liken the two Cobb teams to McEachern and Hillgrove the last couple of years, good teams but couldn’t make it past the second round of the playoffs.

IMO, both would be 2nd tier teams in regions 1-AAAAAA, 7-AAAAAA, 8-AAAAAA, and 1-AAAAA.
But good luck to both. A whole lot of new kids and moms and dads enjoying the winning experience.

5-Time

October 6th, 2012
1:08 am

That Camden at Lowndes SEC Game will showcase what GA. Football is all about!! A defensive battle!! And a National Televised audience gets to watch.

5-Time

October 6th, 2012
1:12 am

Camden has back-to-back away games to close out the season!! TOUGH!!

bksmith14

October 6th, 2012
1:24 am

if lowndes plays like we have been playing then beating valdosta will be no problem……

Camden74

October 6th, 2012
1:45 am

bk…..Easier said than done. Time will tell! Oh, by the way, Coffee held Camden in check in the 3rd quarter, not the entire 2nd half……IJS.

mistermak

October 6th, 2012
5:26 am

I am not sure if Camden took their foot off the gas in the 3rd quarter and Coffee never quit or what but it was sure evident that Coffee outplayed us in the 3rd quarter. We have to learn that we can’t do that in this region with any team. We aint in Savannah no more! As for the refs…they looked lost the whole game and I mean for both teams. I never seen so many sideline warnings in the first quarter. they warned Camden but never warned Coffee just penalized them on their first one. Those zebras were very touchy tonight.

Region 1AAAAAA

October 6th, 2012
6:36 am

Lowndes has no chance against Camden. The score may be alittle closer thsn the Valdosta-Coffee defeats against Camden, but Camden will cruise. It will take a passing game to beat Camden, just like Colquitt did last year. Nobody will line up and run on Camden. Watching Lowndes pass defense against Brunswick makes me wonder what will happen next week if the Valdosta WR’s catch the ball. I think the Winnerville Classic will be very interesting!!! Valdosta is by far the most balanced run/pass team Lowndes has faced. Throw in the home field/rival thing, and it could be interesting!! I didn’t say Valdosta will win, but it could be make for an interesting region finish for the #2 #3 #4 playoff spots!!

Camden will go undefeated this year in region 1AAAAAA!!! Colquitt County has the best chance of upsetting Camden because of their ability to throw the ball. The problem Colquitt will have is Camden will shut down their running game making them one-demensional. The 1 weakness Camden has is their pass defense!!! They don’t pass rush or cover very well.

Region 1AAAAAA

October 6th, 2012
6:39 am

What was the CAMDEN/COFFEE score after the 1st qrt?

sportsnut

October 6th, 2012
6:41 am

This is where S. Cobb moves into the top ten and North drops a spot or two and Lovejoy drops out.

reggaeman

October 6th, 2012
7:13 am

I agree Camden will beat everyone in this region this year so they better brag n enjoy why the getting is good. My V Cats had success running on Camden defense in the first half and we should of scored 21 on them that first half, but we still would of loss because they dominated that second half.

david kidd

October 6th, 2012
7:24 am

viking fan, actually you have the games reversed. camden plays the vikings nov. 2 and packers on nov.9 according to the cats schedule.

mike

October 6th, 2012
7:52 am

Seriously, Coffee scored 6 points in the 2nd half, Camden scored 7. Coffee was never a serious threat after Camden hung 32 on them unanswered in the first half, 17 in the first quarter. Cats blew 2 coverages (both identical spot) that cost them the 2 TD’s, otherwise, it would have been a shutout. Oh yea, no pass defense and no pass rush, 2 sacks, 5 knockdowns, 7 hurries, and 2 interceptions (1 returned for a TD). Not sure what game you were watching. So far, outscored the mighty Region 1 (Valdosta and Coffee) 82-18, sounds like Camden is back in Region 3. Games are looking familiar. One more thing: Coffee scored 12 points, so did Beach of Region 3 in week 4!

Double Standard

October 6th, 2012
8:05 am

Is it time to rename Region 1 AAAAAA……………to Region Camden County and the 5 dwarfs ????

Columbia Blue Bloods

October 6th, 2012
8:07 am

Yikes Camden Fans are going crazy. LOL. Calm down

topper

October 6th, 2012
8:23 am

Calm down Camden fans the toughest tests are yet to come!!! Lowndes look a lot like the Lowndes of old and Colquitt can play with and beat anybody and they can pass and we all know that pass defense is our weakness.

border dweller

October 6th, 2012
8:29 am

Coffee adjusted and played a hard-fought third quarter, fighting the Cats to a standstill for 10 minutes or so, until Camden got refocused,. I think we haven’t really got into the meat of this Region 1-AAAAAA thing yet, as both Lowndes and Colquitt will give Camden 48 full minutes of fight, I can’t wait.

coffeec100

October 6th, 2012
8:40 am

Congrats to Camden. Obviously a very special team. But there is next year. And the next. Be boastful while you can. It will not last.

WILDHAWG2012

October 6th, 2012
8:45 am

Wow great start for Camden Co in region play but i wouldn’t give them the crown just yet.They are good and will help bring the title back to south Ga.I mean Camden,Lowndes and Colquitt will be up against Atl schools for the title and it will be tough.But Camden has two very tough games against Lowndes and Colquitt both on senior night at the palace and hogpen.If anyone could win both those games then i would not only give them the region and state title. Well unlike BK who needs someone to tell him if Lowndes has a chance or not, i don’t. Against Camden it will be the first time this year that we will not be favored to win the game but i fully expect to win this game.It’s against Camden so i wont predict a score and the game will be great but i do expect to win.Not dissing Camden because they are for real but on senior night in Moultrie and the #1 team in the state in your own back yard if they beat Lowndes will be like a state title game!!! Should be outstanding!!! GOPACK

Dekalb County Guy

October 6th, 2012
8:51 am

@sportsnut

I thought you were a Lovejoy guy. you think they dropping out? I doubt it, based on their pedigree, and state final appearance, that gives them cred, to stay ranked. and will win that very weak region they are in. Every one of their remaining regular season games will be a blowout. Oh, and werent you the one that said Druid Hills would be a playoff team and I said no way? What do you think now? lost 49-7 to a previously winless team? Druid HIlls has heart, but they are totally overmatched in 6A, they dont have the speed or athletes to play this level.

Only a matter of time

October 6th, 2012
8:52 am

Great game between North and South last night. Hey Region 4 folks, don’t sleep on South Cobb. They just hung in there and kept things close. Their QB Masha is dangerous and has a nice arm. He can also hurt you with his feet when his weapons are covered. Their kicker is a weapon too. If I were in 4-AAAAAA I would be taking the Eagles seriously! Tough group of kids.

robert

October 6th, 2012
8:55 am

The refs did warn Coffee before the second time a flag was thrown on the sideline thing. i was at the game. Coffee coaches lived on the field most of the game and they had 12 men in the huddle numerous times and did not get called on it. Also, if y’all have such a good coach why offense did not run no huddle or hurry up offense when so far behind. Maybe he can’t call plays that fast or his players can’t call them on the line of scrimmage. The Trojans were so slow huddling every play and taking

Ricohman

October 6th, 2012
11:25 am

Where is the gman today you know the one who forcast the following: J.J. Green won’t get 50 yds the entire game…NOBODY runs on Coffee’s defense…Coffee by 14!!!. Cmon in here and take your hits like a man. Granted you dominated the 3rd quarter on us and still only scored 6 points. Don’t see Camden making rash predictions…the boys just show up and play. Looking only at next weeks opponent. Will look at Lowdnes and Colquitt the week we play em. Never look ahead. Respect all, fear non. GO CATS!!!

waynester

October 6th, 2012
11:59 am

wildhawg2012
What was Probst talking about last night? Something about another coach–I guess a former Packer coach–stealing signals vs Lowndes? I’m up here in N Ga and totally missed this story…is Rush paranoid or is there actually something up?

truth teller

October 6th, 2012
12:31 pm

Camden has beaten region 1AAAAAA opponents by a combined score of 82-18, that’s a average score of 41-9. Seems to me it’s region 3AAAAA all over again. Be very careful of what u ask for. And I’m not a Camden fan. COFFEE fans please no excuses that game was never in doubt. You had 1 good quarter of football, and still only scored 6 in each half.

GwinnettDad

October 6th, 2012
12:35 pm

Lovejoy very well may be the new top bracket Stephenson. West Forsyth? South Cobb? North Cobb? Oh well, maybe. It’s high school, after all. But when it comes playoff time, my bet will be with the schools that have been there before.

BidDaddyC

October 6th, 2012
1:38 pm

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BidDaddyC

October 6th, 2012
1:41 pm

There is NO great Cobb team this year…. With that said…. The Trojans may be the best. South Cobb will not go undefeated in the region and North Cobb will lose again.

bksmith14

October 6th, 2012
2:12 pm

i will address 2 issues here

1. Valdosta has not faced a defense like they will face next fri………..camden defense is very good and smiliar to lowndes but look at the total amount of yards valdosta had on camden……..ouch!! camden is lucky that valdosta did not score 2 more tds at least……valdosta was their own worst enemny as far as that goes……but in the end 43-6 was the score…….and that is what matters….i still take lowndes defense over camden anyday of the week even on sundays

Lowndes will beat valdosta 31-17…….and the cats will not be able to stop lowndes run game

Camden will have to get by colquitt at colquitt…………which will not be easy……propst will have the refs buttered up and ready to call false start penalties on all camden linemen who “fart” before the snap….i say camden wins that game but close….27-17

camden is not going to stop lowndes running game……….they will make some plays and slow it down but lowndes is on a mission ………..valdosta is next in line….and after losing to brooks and giving up 28 and then losing to camden and giving up 43,…..i dont see good things in store for valdosta fri night……..their offense will spend a lot of time on the sidelines watching lowndes eat up the clock

camden is good…..very good..but coffee is not that good and valdosta is down this year………they have a very very young defense………….

camden,lowndes,colquitt have the best teams in this region

Lowndes has the best chance to beat camden bc if we execute our offense it will keep camdens offense on the sideline

colquitt………they have trouble running……..so if you can stop the pass……you will beat them………lowndes completely stopped theor pass game and had 3 ints to boot!!!

Lowndes had 3 ints last night as well…….that makes 13 on the year through 6 games

bksmith14

October 6th, 2012
2:15 pm

i dont see how anyone can say valdosta has a shot in this game after brooks county hung 28 on them and camden 43………..the ONLY raeson they have a NATS butt hair of a chance is bc of it being the biggest rivalry in the state……..other than that ……no shot……lowndes much much btter on defense that valdosta………not even close.

bksmith14

October 6th, 2012
2:18 pm

Lowndes oass defense against BRUNSWICK? i will take that anyday…….you need not to even challenge me on stats….i wll embarrass you

Brunswick last night on passing….here is their stats…..they were 6 for 17 withh 55 yds passing and 3 ints!!!!!! Yea…..i will take that…….yall try to pass on lowndes……..Mr wilkes better get ready to add a few ints to his collection for the year……Lowndes corners are no joke this year

bksmith14

October 6th, 2012
2:24 pm

And just for kicks and giggles………

When lowndes and colquitt played……..here was the time of possesion for both teams

Lowndes – 28:27

Colquitt – 12:57

and that was against one of the top 3 defesnes in the state…….no doubt

lowndes ran 48 times for 230 yds

colquitt ran 22 times and had only 8 yards rushing net..ouch

and with the elite wideouts they have including ole miss committ bobbie hill……..they only had 148 yds passing…which about 60 yds of that came on one play

valdosta gonna find out friday……we ar emuch better than we were last year and they ..well…they are much worse than last year

camdengiant

October 6th, 2012
2:53 pm

@bksmith14 be careful what you ask for from camden because you just might get it.. ask the coffee county fan. stating that coffee was going to beat camden by 14, but ima proud camden fan and we take one game at a time and is not looking firward to you guys yet,but i can’t wait because we play better football on the road. How about them boyz in the blue C-HIGH!!

Viking Girl

October 6th, 2012
3:47 pm

Wow all this Lowndes/Camden talk is crazy! It’s gonna be a great game. But the focus isn’t on Camden it’s on Valdosta. Lets go Vikings!! Lowndes is an entirely different team this season. I like what I see.

bksmith14

October 6th, 2012
3:49 pm

i am not asking coffee county nothing……….they are not LOWNDES mar camdengiant……….you gonna find that out when yall visit the palace on nov 2nd…….

Viking Girl

October 6th, 2012
3:58 pm

Not taking anything away from Camden but come on people we all know Camden, Lowndes, and Colquitt are the top teams this season in our region. Valdosta, Coffee, Tift, and Brunswick are the lesser competition this year. Not to insult any of those programs but they just aren’t that good this season. Camden vs Lowndes will more than likely decide the region champs this year. Just my prediction. But who am I

Viking Girl

October 6th, 2012
4:04 pm

Any new news on the Lowndes investigation? Seriously after reading the article I’m not quite sure if Lowndes will be found guilty of anything unethical. Any thoughts

wildcat fan

October 6th, 2012
4:51 pm

Bksmit14,, Are you afraid of Camden, in everyone of your post you mention Camden. I believe that you’re afraid and trying really hard to convince yourself otherwise. You seem really obsessed with Camden. I understand why you’re obsessed.

AVikingFan

October 6th, 2012
5:15 pm

david kidd — Perhaps you ae correct about the Camden vs Lowndes game. which will be followed by the Cemden Colquitt game the NEXT Friday. Lowndes’ regular season is over on Nov 2 and I incorrectly assumed that was the end of everyone’s regular season. My bad!

Right now Lowndes is totally focused on our upcoming game with Valdosta, which will be played at Blazer Field this coming Friday.

AVikingFan

October 6th, 2012
5:25 pm

wildcat fan — in my ole South Ga way of thinking, anybody in his right mind better be “afraid” of Camden.But a good, smart team CAN beat someone they respect enough to be afraid of. Just saying….I guess it depends on one’s definition of “afraid.” I think of it in terms of repecting someone’s ability, but not necessarily shaking in their cleats in fear. I assure you Lowndes has never and will never shake in our cleats in fear of anyone, Camden included! We do however have much respect for Camden, as we do for Valdosta. and Colquitt!

i'mjustsayingwhati'msaying

October 6th, 2012
8:34 pm

bksmith14, what your friend failed to let you know is that Coffee did have the ball for most of the 3rd quarter, but they only got 6 points, they did not out score Camden, Camden scored 7 points in the 2nd half, to Coffee’s 6. The score was 32-6 at the half. There wqas no need to run up the score. Camden slowed the pace down in the second half. Have idea why the coach attempted an onside kick, but it seemed to motivate Coffee. Coffee has a talented young team, so does Camden, every seems to be locked on #5 and the QB, yes they are valuable, but they don’t score all of the touchdowns for Camden. I have looked at their stats as a team and the scoring has been spread out among a lot of different folks. Coffee woke a sleeping giant in the 1st quarter, the defense for Coffee threw a running down hard after the whistle had blown and they were jumping around and high fiving. But, the very next play #5 went 55 yards for a touchdown, which began an offensive explosion. I saw a coach with confidence in his defense to keep Coffee where they had them. I saw an offense that could score at will when they needed. Did they give up some yards yes, but with all of the yards they gave up, they only gave up 12 points, 6 in the 2nd qtr and 6 in the 3rd qtr.

D-Nice

October 6th, 2012
8:41 pm

@bksmith14, I hope you understand that Camdens JV played most of the 4th qrt in the Valdosta game. So don’t think for a minute that all of that yardage was gained against our first team D. You said Valdosta could have scored another touchdown or two, maybe so. But if we(Camden) really wanted to, we could have put 60 points on the board, EASY. Sometimes stats dont tell the whole story.

sportsnut

October 6th, 2012
10:30 pm

@ Dekalb County Guy = What you and I think is irrelevent. The status of Lovejoy football does not matter here. The favorites are exactly that, their favorites. On the subject of DHHS, they can make the playoffs. Luella was always the pick to finish 2nd behind Lovejoy. As far as Newton, Rockdale and Alcovy are concerned, DHHS can play with them. Their main obstacle will be coaching. Even if they do not make it this year, they will next year. They have a strong class of 9th graders thatr are getting playing time now and there are about 10 of them that have played together for a few years and should they stay healthy and together, it will pay off in a year or two. If you looked at this past weeks playoff projections, you will find them as a viable candidate for the forth spot. @ GwinnettDad, Do not try to fit a square peg into a round hole. We are not Stephenson. We are that outsider no one is willing to acknowledge exist. We will see all of you in the 2nd. season.

BlueCats

October 6th, 2012
10:34 pm

I have to say that the Coffee County band was great. They should be extremely proud of them. I really enjoyed their show.

westcobb5

October 6th, 2012
11:17 pm

South Cobb bubble bursts next Friday. Great win vs N Cobb though.

Camden74

October 6th, 2012
11:25 pm

bk………Your possession times between Lowndes and Brunswick only add up to 41 min., 24 sec…The game is 48 min. long! :-)

Coffee101

October 7th, 2012
12:25 am

lowndes held the ball more than twice as long on offense as colquitt did……i got that info off a website ….all i know is we held the ball a lot lot longer than they did