Jeff Haws’ Top 10 List

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.

45 comments Add your comment

Columbia Blue Blood

October 10th, 2012
9:32 am

Even if Camden gets past Lowndes they still have a great Colquitt team to contend with the following week. Welcome to Region 1 I guess. HA!

Camden74

October 10th, 2012
10:11 am

Go Camden County Wildcats! :-D

Reeze

October 10th, 2012
11:10 am

Blue Blood , No part of Colquitt’s game is great this year……I think Camden walks through this region with the same ease as you did in your old region with the Savannah schools…….Lowndes defense looks stout , but any good defense will put a choke hold on the Vikes offense…….The only thing Camden has to do the remainder of the season is prepare for either Parkview , Norcross or Grayson in round 3

Jefferson

October 10th, 2012
11:17 am

Let’s hope Calhoun can make it, whoever you play you have to win them all in the playoffs, so it don’t matter who.

How about so maybe NOT.

Oh man.........

October 10th, 2012
11:27 am

@ Jeff Haws…. good thoughts and interesting headlines. It will be interesting to see which teams are the sleepers that throw a monkey wrench into some of these well thought out analysis of future headlines.

Gamer

October 10th, 2012
12:17 pm

I see no difference at this point between Camden dominence of it’s previous region and their current region (1AAAAAA). The bottom line is——-they are still kicking butt whether its by 15 points or 60 points. They are just tough!

gman57

October 10th, 2012
12:27 pm

Gamer: Lowndes will not make the same mistakes as Coffee! I would worry about that Tift team…. the one that shocked everyone last year by beating Lowndes… point: “On any given Friday night, a great team can be beat by a motivated weaker team”….

Camden Fan

October 10th, 2012
12:51 pm

I honestly think at this point that Lowndes is better than Camden because of their defense. But Camden may be able to tweak some things. I guess they’d better be more concerned with this Tift County team

Camden74

October 10th, 2012
1:04 pm

gman57………Your mouth should be so full of CROW until you shouldn’t be able to do anything else until you swallow it! Not even type! :-)

Camden74

October 10th, 2012
1:09 pm

IMO, right now, Lowndes probably has an edge on Camden defensively. But it’s not something that can’t be overcome. I believe Camden can and will beat them to the outside, and when they start to stack 8-9 men in the box, burn them deep! :-D

yo

October 10th, 2012
1:31 pm

2 back to back trips for Camden to Lowndes and then Colquit are not going to be easy, even if Camden is the best team.

Camden74 speed is Lowndes defense #1 strength. Inside, outside, front side and back side.

Just a Fan

October 10th, 2012
2:07 pm

Calhoun has virtually no defense-probably set records for points allowed by an undefeated team.IF a team has a good pass defense they can win otherwise its Calhoun again.Shouls be exciting.

Camden74

October 10th, 2012
2:09 pm

Yo……..That’s fine, but IMO, Camden can still get outside on them. As a matter of fact, I’m sure Camden can and will get outside…….

You’re correct, traveling those distances in back to back weeks will be difficult. But Camden will prevail! :-D

BcS2010

October 10th, 2012
2:31 pm

Region 6 in 5A is the best region in the state! Friday night #2 ranked tucker plays #4 ranked Stephenson. This is going to b epic!!

AVikingFan

October 10th, 2012
2:53 pm

gman57 — check the facts, Lowndes shut out Tift last year. How could we lose to them? A wise man once said if the other team doesn’t score we can’t be beat. Just asking?

Jefferson

October 10th, 2012
3:22 pm

Just a fan, you don’t know what you are talking about when you talk about Calhoun. Defense will be fine against AA teams, the 1st games they were getting their feet underthemselves against good teams (except Dalton,thats a rival game – but they shut them down in the 2nd half).
Have you seen them play is what I wonder or just are you just looking at stats.

John

October 10th, 2012
5:18 pm

My biggest concern for Calhoun is that their region is weaker than normal and arguably the weakest in the state in any classification. I am unsure how prepared Calhoun will be for a Brooks County, Cook or Fitzgerald.

GwinnettDad

October 10th, 2012
6:33 pm

I favor Camden as the best AAAAAA team since they seem to have the most balance. They’ll run, they’ll throw, and their D will will be good enough so that they’ll outscore the opposition. That’s a world apart from Parkview: a run only team. That means I’d favor Camden, Lowndes, Colquitt and maybe even Valdosta over Parkview this year. Lassiter and Walton too. Norcross showed what a team can do to Parkview IF they take care of the ball, which neither Grayson or Brookwood did. Besides, Brookwood hasn’t stopped anybody this year. No Rennie Currans or Cameron Smiths at linebacker this year, believe me. No Jacksons at safety. Everybody has rushed for hundreds of yards – even winless Dacula.

CamdenCOFan

October 10th, 2012
6:41 pm

I hate to be the one to break it to everyone, but Camden has the best team in the history of CCHS football. Thats not to say CCHS cannot be beat, but who every expects to beat them better bring there A game. Lowndes and Colquit are very well coached and respected in and around Camden County. Both are capable of pulling off the win. Camden still hasn’t forgot Colquit pulling out the Win last year ini a close one. Should be two great games to end the regular season.

Camden74

October 10th, 2012
6:47 pm

Now I’m really concerned! GwinnettDad favors Camden, I gotta find a CHARM from someplace! :-D

Jacketaxe

October 10th, 2012
7:17 pm

I hear about Calhoun’s region each year and as the story at the top of the page starts, they have been in the last 4 finals, nothing has really changed except the faces, who have been playing in games ever since they have been on the team. Building next years team every year.

GwinnettDad

October 10th, 2012
7:29 pm

@Camden74 – I was at the Dome. Camden 42-0 vs. PTR, which #6 Parkview beat 3-0. Grayson can beat anybody despite the Parkview fluke. Maybe Norcross this year, but even Norcross gave up 41 points to Mill Creek (that Brookwood beat). Lassiter & South Cobb haven’t made a finals. Lovejoy looks to be the new Stephenson to me. No AAAAAA up north looks dominant. Camden does.

bksmith14

October 10th, 2012
7:45 pm

Camden74 …….lowndes will be ready for camden going deep…….it wont be no easy task going deep on us…..#2 tiquan lang is very fast….

i know how camden likes to run 7 or 8 times….then go deep with jj green….i think the lowndes coaches know that also….lowndes wont have to stack the box to slow camdens run game down..thos buck sweeps wont work to often either…..lowndes has the fastest defense in this region bar none…..

camden is very dangerous on offense ……we know that……lowndes will use their offense to keep camden off the field……this isnt going to be a game like the one last year where colquitt won 32-31…..

i doubt camden will have the ball half as many times on offense as they did in that game……lowndes is goin to run and eat clock…..watch fri night against valdosta….nobody has stopped it yet….to much speed

Gman57

October 10th, 2012
7:54 pm

Avikingfan: I stand corrected….Tifton unexpectedly beat Lowndes in 2010, not 2011… I believe 10 to 7….. Shocked everyone in Region 1AAAAAA sssssooooo… It can happen…this friday…. Camden v Tifton…

Elementary My Dear Watson

October 10th, 2012
9:02 pm

Nice interception last year JJ Green vs Colquitt. Keep up the good work the rest of this year. I heard that Camden vs Lowndes in on national tv….espn? Can someone confirm?

Dawgma

October 10th, 2012
9:24 pm

JC shocks the world.

Tom Jones

October 10th, 2012
9:28 pm

brookstone goes undefeated the rest of the year. beats marion and greenville. everyone watch and i will say i told you so

Norcross (all day)

October 10th, 2012
9:33 pm

Sooo yal really gone leave Norcross out!!!! But it’s okay we like being under the radar :)

GwinnettDad

October 10th, 2012
9:53 pm

@Norcross (all day) – I didn’t. 41 points against Mill Creek? :-( A win is a win, but 41 points is 41 points.

battleaxekid

October 10th, 2012
10:46 pm

@ Gman57

It was not a big upset in 2010 by tift over lowndes, we had already won the region. didn’t expect to lose but rested players for the playoffs.

Norcross is a one man team,

prakview will never have the run flow had at the first of this century.

and not sure about grayson..

and if camden has the best team EVER in their history, well have to believe it to see it becasue they have had some great teams. we will see in the next few weeks…

robert

October 10th, 2012
10:56 pm

Camden at Lowndes is on one of the ESPN channels. Camden can handle Lowndes better than maybe Colquitt because they don’t pass to well. Heron knows how to defense running teams. You have seldom seen a team mainly that runs beat him. The passing teams are another story. Camden has had trouble with those. Either not enough of a pass rush or secondary can’t stay with their men. I was surprised that Coffee moved the ball on Camden as much as they did. They just did not get in any hurry when they were so far behind in the second half. Pruitt did not impress me with being able to speed up his offense after falling so far behind. I think Camden missed an opportunity to switch their offense in he second half and come out in the spread. They have showed it during early season games.You could tell Coffee had made adjustments at halftime to stop the wing-T plays. If Camden had given them the new look on offenseiI think they would have crusied and scored several more touchdowns.

battleaxekid

October 10th, 2012
11:05 pm

@ robert

I believe it is going to be on ESPNU…. and camden has not played a ranked team yet, and not played a team like lowndes yet, but we will see…

We’ll be ready and up for this one…

D-Nice

October 10th, 2012
11:15 pm

@bksmith14- Your comments on Camden are sooooo funny. I like how you think you know our offense so well. Case and point, you stated that Lowndes knows that Camden will run the ball 7 or 8 times and go deep to JJ. Wrong again buddy, most of the deep balls this year have not gone to JJ, I think JJ only has about 3 or 4 receiving touchdowns this year. We have a several backs and receivers that go deep often. I hope Lowndes scouting report is as jacked up as yours, I’m just saying.

D-Nice

October 10th, 2012
11:28 pm

@gman57, Not you again. We’ve been looking for you all week. Us Camden fans wanted to know how you felt about the the Coffee game you so boldly predicted to be a blowout. Your thoughts???? LOL. Now you are saying Tift is going to beat us huh? Log on Friday around 11pm and lets chat, smiles,LOL.

Tom Jones

October 10th, 2012
11:47 pm

bksmith14

October 11th, 2012
12:26 am

robert

Lowndes better than maybe Colquitt because they don’t pass to well. Heron knows how to defense running teams

really….is that why coffee county ran for over 200 yds against camden…..also passed for over 150…had more toatal yardage than camen county……had the ball 9 more min than camden? coffee county had 12 penalties for 114yds and had two turnovers that camden turned into 2 tds

no disrespect to coffee….but if they can pile up the yards like that on camden then i am licking my chops….bc lowndes is not going to beat themselves……..if we have more yardage and have the ball 9 min more then you can pretty much chalk it up as a victory for lowndes……camdens defense has bent a lot this year….but hasnt broke…mainly bc of other teams mistakes/penalties

valdosta got beat 43-6 and coffee 39-12….and that is all that matters…….but both teams left points on the field in large part due to their own mistakes/penalties……

lowndes at home is going to show camden what the diff is between us and coffee or vhs….wait and see….

BehindEnemyLines

October 11th, 2012
12:55 am

C’mon JH, the power rating thing isn’t THAT hard to figure out.

It seems to be nigh on impossible for the GHSA (and their digital partner) to actually compute accurately, but understanding it really isn’t that difficult.

Norcross (all day)

October 11th, 2012
6:51 am

Norcross has two of the best RB(#6,#5) in state pluse an awesome QB(#7) and on defence we got those two DE (#9, #25) that could be considered NFL material with a lockdown corner #3 yal teams need to watch out!!

C-mon, man

October 11th, 2012
8:39 am

Norcross seems to be very average. They didn’t look good versus Mill Creek.

Titletown USA

October 11th, 2012
8:48 am

I think Camden is a great team who has had success thus far in Region 1, but those who are stating that Camden will “run through” this region “just like” they did Region 3 really need to stop…you know you do not believe that. It is obvious that much of this is related to some personal jealousy/issues with this region being heralded so much and everyone likes to see the giant take it on the chin from time to time…so I understand the tendency to bash R1. I just think it would be a bit wise to wait and allow the regular season to end before awarding Camden the crown and the throne…at least until they come to the “palace” on Nov 2.

Titletown USA

October 11th, 2012
8:51 am

Oh, almost forgot my reason for posting….I am currently reading a book about Valdosta HS 2010 season called “Must Win”, by Drew Jubera. Any high school football fan would appreciate a look into the world of high school sports from a wider social perspective and I think the author is doing a great job painting that picture.

Jefferson

October 11th, 2012
11:20 am

I guess Valdosta has lost before the game is played, then why play.

robert

October 11th, 2012
1:41 pm

Coffee did not rush for over 200 yards. 191 and some of that was against 2nd teamers who we get to play when we are ahead in most of our games. Lowndes has only scored 30 agaisnt Camden one time in semi-finals at Dome several years back. Most games have been close and low scoring but Camden has a Qb with a great arm and we are more balanced than we have ever had before. Let the defense pay in the box and we throw over it as we have done all season. Lowndes does have home field advantage but the Wildcats have superior record when playing on road. It will be good game with team making mistakes proably the one to lose.

GwinnettDad

October 11th, 2012
2:39 pm

I’m still puzzled about Norcross giving up 41 points to Mill Creek. Come playoffs, somebody’s going to exploit the weaknesses Mill Creek did.

Norcross (all day)

October 11th, 2012
9:52 pm

Okay Norcross had mill creek 41 to 14 by half until there outside LB got injured with a twisted ankle. Mill Creek came back because the defense got comfortable with lead they had!!