So, we’re roughly at midseason at this point. Yep, we can’t believe it down at The List HQ either. Time flies when you’re watching your gridiron heroes out there, eh?
Just think about all the amazing things we’ve seen so far this season and think that there’s still another half of the year left.
See, we like to be optimists at The List, and we expect to see even more awesomeness over the next six weeks or so.
The plot lines are sure shaping up to make for a great end to the year. Here are the top 10 storylines to watch going into the second half of the season.
10. Can anyone keep Calhoun from the finals?
It’s been four years in a row for the Yellow Jackets in the Class AA finals. Now, after finally breaking through and winning a title, they’re back to 5-0 for the fourth straight year and ranked No. 1. Assuming they win Region 7, they’d be likely to see either No. 2 Brooks County or No. 5 Cook in the quarterfinals. So, maybe?
9. Is Robby Pruitt already paying off at Coffee?
It’s tough to tell at this point, but the signs are there. At 4-2, the team (Check this after Friday’s games before publishing) is off to its best start since 2008, when the Trojans went 9-4 and lost in the quarterfinals to Peachtree Ridge. Right now, they’re in the mix with Camden County and Lowndes in Region 1-AAAAAA. Can they keep it up? Maybe win 10 for the first time in 30 years? Time will tell.
8. Will Grayson bounce back?
Well, who saw that loss coming? After dominating the first two weeks, Parkview shocked Grayson 22-7, knocking the state (and national) darlings down a peg or two. The Rams have recovered with three easy wins to climb back into the top 10, but a matchup with Region 8-AAAAAA foe South Gwinnett looms large next week. We’ll see if Parkview was a blip.
7. Will Camden County win Region 1-AAAAAA?
Yeah, they are No. 1 in the state right now, so we should probably figure they’ll be the favorites. But there’s a little matter of a trip to Lowndes on Nov. 2 that likely stands between Camden and an undefeated season/region title. The two haven’t played in the regular season since 2003, but the stakes will be plenty high again this time.
6. Will Nick Chubb break rushing record?
3,172. That’s the number the Cedartown junior is gunning for, and we’re sort of thinking he could do it. Sitting at 1,655 yards through six games, he’s on pace to break the single-season record (by Washington-Wilkes back Daccus Thurman in 2000) in the 12th game. That’s what running for 363+ yards three times in six games will do for you. He’s got our attention.
5. Is Parkview a force again?
I think most of us remember when Parkview was terrorizing the state a decade ago, rolling off 46 straight wins while winning three state titles in a row. After hitting bottom last year, they’ve already gotten off to their best start since 2007 and pulled one of the biggest surprises in the state with their win over Grayson. Maybe Cecil Flowe has a few tricks left.
4. Will any of four quarterbacks break passing record?
Heck, maybe they’ll all four do it. Gainesville’s Deshaun Watson, Lassiter’s Eddie Printz, Cedar Grove’s Johnathon McCrary and Central Gwinnett’s Eman Westmoreland all have a shot at the career passing yardage mark of 9,062 set by Zach Stanford of Metter in 2004. Seems like a golden age of arms is taking place right now. Go watch these guys.
3. Will the Class A points system work?
You want to try explaining this to us? We’ve looked at the GHSA’s document on it, but we’re a little light on the budget at The List HQ, and our abacus fell apart trying to piece this together. To put it in the simplest way possible, power rankings will determine the seedings and most of the playoff teams in Class A this year. Yeah, we’re confused too. Will it work? Beats us.
2. How will Region 6-AAAAA shake out?
It very well might be the most competitive region in the state, with Tucker, M.L. King and Stephenson ranked No. 2, 3 and 4, respectively, in the state, and all three being undefeated. That won’t last long, of course, as all three play each other over the next few weeks. A Round Robin for Region 6 supremacy? Yes, please.
1. Can anyone finally bring a title home to Cobb County?
It’s one of those little nuggets that almost seems made up. No state champion from Cobb County since 1967? Seriously? And Marietta that year is the county’s only GHSA champ ever? That can’t be true. Oh, but it is. With the county’s size, number of schools, widespread athleticism, parental involvement, etc., you’d think this wouldn’t be possible. So could the streak end after 45 years? Right now, Lassiter is No. 2 in AAAAAA, and North Cobb and Kell both look good, so the opportunity is there. It’s gotta end sometime.
Now, we want to hear what you think. What storylines are you following at this point? What do you think about ours? Will Cobb finally get a title? Will we have a new rushing champ? Are you better at Class A math than we are? Let us know in the comments here or on Twitter at @ajcprepsports.