Five bits of news from this week in Class AAAAAA –
- The Valdosta-Lowndes series continues to be entertaining, 51 games on. Lowndes, ranked No. 4, improved to 7-0 with a 17-14 victory. The Vikings trailed 14-6 in the fourth quarter before getting a winning field goal in the final seconds. Tijuan Lang had a key pick late in the game and returned to the Valdosta 32 in the final two minutes, setting up the FG heroics. Rance Gillespie almost became the first Valdosta coach to beat Lowndes in back-to-back seasons since Nick Hyder in 1994-95. Valdosta leads the series 34-17.
- West Forsyth is a step closer to 10-0 and a first region title. The Wolverines defeated Johns Creek 37-16 in a game between 5-0 teams from Region 6. West Forsyth trailed 16-3. A 52-yard TD run by QB A.J. Erdely tied it 16-16 early in the third, and a 79-yard pass to TE Ty Anderson set up the go-ahead TD. Jake Wieczorek rushed for 168 yards. West Forsyth, ranked No. 5, appears on its way to a first-ever region title. The school opened in 2007.
- The stunner of the night was Centennial’s 26-7 victory over Lambert. That also came in Region 6. Lambert was 5-0. Centennial was 0-5. Chase Rosenberg threw three TD passes to Christian Robinson. Rosenberg was 17-of-24 for 190 yards, and Robinson caught 11 passes for 145 yards.
- McEachern has taken control of Region 4. McEachern started 0-2 after losses to 2011 Class AAAAA finalists Grayson and Walton. After a 35-14 victory over South Cobb, the Indians are alone at the top in the region race. McEachern is 5-3, 5-0. South Cobb is 5-1, 3-1.
- Norcross has taken control of Region 7. The Blue Devils are 7-0 after a 35-23 victory over Collins Hill. Those were the remaining unbeaten teams in the region. Norcross is 7-0, 5-0. Collins Hill is 4-2, 3-1. Norcross has beaten the other one-loss team in the region, North Gwinnett. Norcross is seeking its first region title since 2007, fourth in history.