AAAAAA blog: Valdosta-Lowndes, West Forsyth, Centennial stunner highlight Week 8

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.

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DOSTA DAWGS

October 12th, 2012
11:06 pm

Great game, congrats to the Vikings!!!!!

West Forsyth

October 12th, 2012
11:12 pm

Looking at the brackets (i know it’s a jinx) and West had better buckle up as they will be going against Region 7 (Gwinnett) and then probably Region 8 ( Gwinnett’s best) in the first two rounds. Good news is…if they are #1 seed, they will have both games at home. Go West!! 4 weapons to score every time they touch the ball.

battleaxekid

October 12th, 2012
11:15 pm

gret game to the cats unranked, played like they did against CC last year over and above what was expected. No fluke this year. I give it to Valdosta, they played their game and never lost their composure.

We made a few mistakes but that was not the reason for the close game.. Valdosta came to win… We will probably see them in the playoffs… again another great winnersville classic…

battleaxekid

October 12th, 2012
11:21 pm

Didn’t Lambert move up from 4a to 6a this year, as well as johns Creek?

57Cat

October 12th, 2012
11:27 pm

I am extremely proud of my VHS Wildcats. The Winnersville Classic was indeed a classic. We could say if-this and if-that, but when it was all said and done the Lowndes kicker came through under pressure. Congratulations to the Vikings. I’ll be rooting for you on November 2.

reggaeman

October 12th, 2012
11:31 pm

As an VHS Cat fan I’m proud of our guys, but like two years ago we had the game won but we let Lowndes back into the game and lost. We needed that win to define our season after losing to Brooks n getting blowout by Camden. By the way Camden going to go undefeated in the region this year.

David Hanson

October 12th, 2012
11:33 pm

Lambert only moved up one level… AAAAAA is new.. Lamber would have been in AAAAA in the old pairings. West will put 50 up on Lambert

reggaeman

October 12th, 2012
11:34 pm

I hate losing to Lowndes, all I heard were how bad they were going to beat us and how we let a AA school beat us…

battleaxekid

October 12th, 2012
11:43 pm

@reggaeman

Ya’ll played ya’lls best game this year…Tea and i was one of those that you are writing about, but once again the cats will again be a team to be reckoned with later in the year…

and Brooks co, along with Parrish will hopefully win it all, they are good. keep playing like ya’ll did tonight and the cats will be playoff bound..

battleaxekid

October 12th, 2012
11:45 pm

West F. began its comeback last year in the playofffs and I believe that you have a chance to go deep into the playoffs and who knows how far ya’ll may go…

carl

October 13th, 2012
12:05 am

i have watched camden co. and lowndes! camden is so much quicker and special teams are better,going to a great ballgame,camden by 21

Camden74

October 13th, 2012
12:07 am

What are y’all going to do with all of those three legged rabbits running around Lowndes County? :-)

Fred

October 13th, 2012
1:03 am

@Todd Holcomb said “McEachern started 0-2 after losses to 2011 Class AAAAA finalists Grayson and Walton.” Dang Todd, we lose one game and are relegated to 3 1/2 lines in the round up and are then only given credit for being a finalist last year. We did win the championship you know. Sheesh!

football-legend

October 13th, 2012
1:51 am

camden county has looked fast bc they have not played a real defense yet,that will change when they go to colquitt and lowndes. They may still win both of those games, with beating lowndes the most difficult bc of thw way lowndes just grinds it out. Lowndes is goin to get 3 and 4 yds almost every touch, you cant stop it. i exoect camden to beat colquitt by 10 to 14 and The lowndes game to be decided by 10 or less.

Lowndes defense has held colquitt o 164 total yards and valdosta to 189

valdosta had 189 in just passing on camden

GRANDMOTHER!

October 13th, 2012
2:45 am

CAMDEN WILL PRACTICE WITH BK HI IN TWO WEEKS TO SET UP THIS KILLING WITH LOWNDES ‘GO CATS GO’ ASKS VALDOSTA HI?? ‘BAMM’

AVikingFan

October 13th, 2012
2:48 am

I really think Valdosta is better than Colquitt, after having seen both of them play. I predict Valdosta will defeat the Packers, giving them 2 region losses. Valdosta also has two region losses, but I think they will now run the table. If Camden defeats Colquitt, that will give them 3 region losses. I bet that will stoke Propst’s hot seat in Moultrie.

The Cats played an exceptional game against Lowndes tonight. They had a good game plan, and the extra week of practice surely helped them. But in big games, big time players make big plays, and Tiquan Lang ’s interception of a Valdosta pass in the closing minutes was indeed a big play. It led to Lowndes’ last play 39 yard field goal to win 17 to 14 over a fired up bunch of Wildcats. If I was Colquitt County, I’d start getting worried. ( Valdosta beat Colquitt last year while Colquitt was loaded.)

always watching

October 13th, 2012
5:56 am

Yes its good for the centennial players to pull off a W .

Saw them play early in season and felt then they may not win a game the entire season.

They are noticeable small phsically and no college level recruit talent anywhere

Yet they are playing hard and congratulations to those young men !!

shimshawne

October 13th, 2012
8:33 am

Young McEachern team rolling now! Keep flying under the radar….

CAMDEN1981

October 13th, 2012
8:56 am

I need some help. For years Camden was blasted on here for playing a weak region. It didn’t matter that we played some of the top teams on the way to our championships. I must note we didn’t always win those games. We were beaten by some great Lowndes , Colquitt and other teams.

So now we are in R1. This was the region where everyone wanted us in and I must say this region has some great teams and we shuld not have been playing the teams in old R3. No we have not played Lowndes or Colquitt and they have not played us. What I am saying is when will Camden get cerdit for being able to compete in this region. I don’t care about the critics from outside the region but we get no respect from our region brothers on here or the Vent. All I here is you won but wait until next week or you played a weak team. There was no weak teams before the season started.
Like I always say , Camden will be ready to play win or lose every Friday.

ON A DIFFERENT NOTE. I SAW ON THE VENT WHERE A COFFEE PLAYER WAS HURT BAD LAST NIGHT. MY PRAYERS ARE WITH HIM , HIS FAMILY AND TEAM.

AVikingFan

October 13th, 2012
9:54 am

Camden1981 I asure you ALL Lowndes fans have LOTS of respect for Camden. Have for years!! You never heard us badmouthing your old region 3. We knew it was tougher than some regions around Greater Atlanta, even with the AAA teams in Savannah playing up. Look at the new region 3. It has two teams in it that have a chance of beating someone else. Also look mat region 6. I predict not a single team will move past round one of the playoffs. Region 2 has one team, Lovejoy, that will possibly advance to the second round.

If anyone wants a ticket to the Lowndes Camden game you can buy it this week at the Lowndes ticket office. We have two remaining home games (Coffee and Camden). Tickets for those two games are $8 each. You must buy both in order to get a guaranteed reserved seat ticket for the Nov 2nd Camden game. Thus your cost for the ticket is $16. The ticket office is located on the west end of the Lowndes County B of Ed bldg between Norman Drive and I 75, just north of Hwy 84. All tickets not already sold are on the visitors’ side of the field, as Lowndes completely sells out the home side every year to reserved seat season ticket holders. (We have also sold apprx 1000 reserved seat season tickets on the visitor’s side this year.) Or, you can wait til the week of the game, stand in line, and take a chance on getting a ticket. I also encourage all Coffee fans who want to come to the Lowndes Coffee game, to buy the two game package now. Only problem, if you want to call it a problem, is you will be sitting near Lowndes fans on the south end of the visitors stands instead of in the center section which will be sent to Camden for sale the week of the game.

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86Vike

October 13th, 2012
10:10 am

@CAMDEN1981…You yourself know that Camden has played in the weakest region in the state for quiet a few years! Now with that said, this year, Camden has the best team and talent they have ever had! That will make for a very good year for Camden against a Region that is not up to Region 1 standards.By the way, welcome to Region 1 and best of luck to ya! Gooo Region 1!!!!!

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 13th, 2012
10:11 am

I was at the Coffee High/Brunswick game last night – Coffee gave up a lot of yards but outlasted Brunswick. On a sad note a Coffee High TE (sophomore) was injured seriously just before the half and has been diagnosed with a broken (or fractured) bone in his neck. I did see him moving his arms and legs which is good news. Pray for this young man to recover, not to play football, but to live a normal and happy life.

Flo - Ri - Duh

October 13th, 2012
10:17 am

Class A is really messed now with all the “private” schools being allowed to recruit players. Very unfair to the public schools that can’t recruit players.

86Vike

October 13th, 2012
10:30 am

Great game last night between the Cats and Vikings!!!! A little to close for comfort though! Best of luck to the Cats with the rest of the season! Goooooo Vikings!!!!!

Titletown USA

October 13th, 2012
10:55 am

Camden 1981…once again, you are Camden fan playing the victim role without merit. There has been nothing but respectful acknowledgement of Camden as a force. I think it only makes sense to state they have yet to play the two major powerhouse teams in determining their success in the first Region 1 campaign…what else would you expect to be said?

Even if the go undefeated this year in R1, there still will be some plausible discussion around whether they can do that year in and year out….I mean, isn’t this the point of blog discussion about HS football? Of course, many do not consider sensible dialogue and exchange as their primary reason for participating….and I am not directing this comment at you.

rancher

October 13th, 2012
11:02 am

If you love highschool football, you had to love the Classic last night with Lowndes and Valdosta. The score never reflects the talent on the two teams, when they play ,……..both teams come to play hard and they did. Congratulations to Lowndes for the victory, but also to Valdosta players and coaches. Anyone that thinks about counting you guys out for the remainder of the season will get thier…….handed to them. Good luck against Lord Prospt and Colquitt. Looks like a great buildup to Lowndes and the states most talented team Camden in about three weeks. Go VIKINGS

sportsnut

October 13th, 2012
11:17 am

@ AvikingFan == Possibly?

57Cat

October 13th, 2012
12:09 pm

Here’s something else for us VHS fans to think about: we have lost to three teams that are a combined 20 – 0 (and could have won two of those games), and we beat a good North Augusta team whose only loss is to Valdosta. If we win out we will be no worse than the #3 seed out of R1. So, we pick our heads up, congratulate Lowndes for winning a hard fought game, and press on, knowing we’re a pretty darn good football team!

jimb

October 13th, 2012
1:29 pm

North Gwinnett head coach is a pin head, not a good sportsman, and a very bad example or short sized ( has his Qb throw a pass for a touch down with 30 seconds left in the game winning 40 -28 game over at that point without the TD). Playoffs are close and maybe he will get his just reward by another one and done. North has always under played in the playoffs. He needs to remember Lanier is next door and your freshman and jv are weak at North you could be the next Meadowcreek. OH I forgot he will quite first.

i'mjustsayingwhati'msaying

October 13th, 2012
5:21 pm

What a good game last night, glad that I was able to go. I saw 2 teams leaving it on the field. Really impressed with the fans that I sat among. Very passionate about football period. There were Vikings and Wildcats where I was sitting, and not one criticized the other, both responded well to good and bad plays. The atmospere in a whole was electric. One of those games where you wanted both teams to win. One the scoreboard Lowndes won, but both teams won in my book for the mutual repsect that they showed one another.

Columbia Blue

October 13th, 2012
6:11 pm

@86 Vike—Camden does not have the best team they ever had. We must get better each week. We will stay humble and work our buts off to get better. Lowndes has a great team. We will be ready when we roll into Valdosta for the second time. Best of luck to you guys. Regardless of the outcome, we will show class.

AVikingFan

October 13th, 2012
6:20 pm

Did anyone see McPherson and Gillespie meeting and talking before last night’s game? You could see the admiration and respect each have for the other. Throughout the hard fought, emotional game, there was outstanding sportsmanship by both teams. It was a whale of a game. I heard a former Wildcat talking on a local sports radio show last night after the game. He said it was his first Lowndes Valdosta game in quite a few years as he doesn’t live here anymore. He talked on and on about how the game was worth a lot more than the $8 he paid to see it.

Now Valdosta has to know how we felt last year, when one was stolen from them at the last minute. Good luck Cats the rest of your season! I really hope your team keeps its emotion and desire to win, and wins out the rest of the regular season. I honestly will be pulling for you to win the next three games.

Longhorn nation

October 13th, 2012
6:40 pm

Let me tell you about NG coach he’s a poon a crybaby and probably the worst attitude of any coach I have ever been around and I no this from experience but there QB is a great kid and a great athlete good luck MH

Lambert ... TBD

October 13th, 2012
7:00 pm

@ David Hanson … West should win, but I do not think it will be 50. We now must focus on Johns Creek.

CAMDEN1981

October 13th, 2012
7:20 pm

@Titletown USA…It’s intersting for you to say the two power houses teams of this region, I thought this was a tough region from top to bottom but you said this about us in the past so expected nothing less. I back up what said by reading here and the vent.But as always it’s not what said that matters but what happens on the field. Looking for a great game from all our region brothers.

yo

October 13th, 2012
8:00 pm

Camden 1981 I think the point is this. Camden will win it’s share of region 1 championships (probably this year and some in the future), but the all we have to do is show up years for Camden are over as was the case in Region 3 for you.

You will get your share of the victories and you will get your share to feel the pain of defeat.

Other teams have gone through this region undefeated and so you would not be the first.

Those same teams have had to eat crow in other years and you will see those days too.

Other teams have gone through this region as champs and won state as you will some times.

Those same teams have had to enter as 2nd, 3rd, 4th place finishers in other years ane you will
find Camden will experience this (if you hang around long enough) in some years too.

At the beginning of the year I think most on these blogs have said they thought Camden, Colquit and Grayson were the teams to beat this year.

At this point Camden is the only one of these 3 left undefeated.

Lowndes to this point has been a bit of a surprise (even for most Lowndes fans).

Colquit to this point has been a little bit of a disapointment.

WILDHAWG2012

October 13th, 2012
8:01 pm

@avikingfan=Come on now,I know no one likes coach Rush but as a team we do have talent and with the the younger players playing a lot more because they are faster on offense Rush can call the plays he really wants to call. We are loaded this year with more weapons than last the problem to me is the rotating of the quarterbacks.The timing was off in the first half of the season but with Mobley at QB we will get it going like it should have been the whole season. I do respect your opinion and Valdosta played their hearts out but we are a little better than last year and VHS also had 8 seniors on defense last year too.Those seniors were very inspired on defense and VHS won the game hands down,but they were not the better team and will not be the better team this year either and their will be a different out come for sure. Congrats to the Vikings on an impressive come from behind victory and another Winnersville Classic once again………

WILDHAWG2012

October 13th, 2012
8:10 pm

@yo=I get what you r saying about Colquitt but truth be told we have a better shot at winning the state title than Lowndes. Thats right i said it!! If you know anything about football then u should understand what i mean.But i don’t really expect u too because of my statement i made at the begining.But it’s cool just sit back and observe over the next month or so then you will understand why i say this

yo

October 13th, 2012
9:09 pm

Like I said Wildhawg2012 both Lowndes and Colquit have been surprises this year. I just like our surprise better than yours thus far.

Fact is though that Lowndes is fairly young so I kind of like our chances of the old addage “improve every game”.

AVikingFan

October 13th, 2012
9:20 pm

WILDHAWG2012 — I have nothing but respect for the players at Colquitt County. I just do not think Colquitt has a running game to go with it’s ability to pass, like Valdosta does. And I disrespect your coach enough to want to see Colquitt lose every game it plays while he’s there.

All that hog wash about while he was at Hoover all he did wrong was to try and get some kids into college is a sack of hog manure. I have in my hands a copy of the Investigative report presented to the Hoover Board of Education on August 31, 2007. It is 66 pages thick. It was prepared by a law firm in Birminghham. It details incident after incident where players grades were changed after teachers submitted their end of the year grades. Guidance Counselors and Assistant Principals, under pressure from Propst, changed grades to keep players eligible. 19 teachers confirmed that their grades were frequently changed. 36 other teachers would not admit they were aware of grades being changed, but the investigation revealed many were . It was standard policy for teachers to have to allow players to retake failed tests up to 3 times. Administrators afraid of Propst’s clout with some Board members, made those policies.

On page 53 of the report details Propst sending an assistant coach, Luke Pruett, to Vestavia High Schoo , a key upcoming opponent, to spy on their practices, and to film them. Vestavia officials discovered the spying and reported it to the AHSAA, who suspended Luke Pruett from coaching in Alabama for one year.

Other pages detail how Propst frequently had other people punch his time clock when he really was not at work. (Apparently all employees of Hoover had to “clock in”.)

Other pages report on his personal life and questionable spending of monies gained from camps, and the “two-a-days” TV program. So many County and State rules were broken by Propst that they are too numerous to mention.

And that sir is why I do not like or respect Rush Probst. That and the nerve the guy had to call our coach a “blatant liar” in the newspaper.

68 viking

October 13th, 2012
9:26 pm

This game would have been worth the price of a Ga Dwgs or falcon ticket. Man what a show. I had to sit with the cats first time in 51 games ive watched. They were enguaging and fun no hard feeling from eather side just some fun ribbing. If I had to do it again i would. Both cats & Vikes played one slobber knocker of a football game. Maby it should be like this each weekend, glad for the win It looked like that ole gost hanging round cleveland field forgot which side he was supposed be on LOL The cat nation will surly keep thair heads high and march on in to the play offs, and will be successful Good cats way to go vikings u make us proud

G

the truth

October 13th, 2012
9:27 pm

If things stay the way they are, the playoff brackets look interesting. The toughest bracket would have Camden, Norcross, and Grayson which appears to be playing better after the loss. Congratulations on winning region 7. Win your first playoff game then get the defending state champs, then the the No 1 team in the state. The winner of that bracket would probably be the favorite out of the 4 teams left.
The 3 and 4 seeds from region 1 will have it hard. First round gets a trip to Cobb County in Atlanta and if they make it to the quarters they probably get another trip to Atlanta with a possible trip to middle Ga sandwiched in the middle. The third seed has the harder task actually because their quarterfinal would be at Lassiter. This is all speculation though and it will be interesting to see how things work out.

68 viking

October 13th, 2012
9:34 pm

A viking Fan did I see u at the press box with ur binoculars steeling signals. U had better watch out Porbst may report u to GAHS LOL What a game by the was I was able to get two tickes

86Vike

October 13th, 2012
10:05 pm

@Columbia Blue….Should be a great game…at least I hope!!!

CAMDEN1981

October 13th, 2012
10:09 pm

TO EVEYONE…WOW …How quickly people forget what was said. Camden would not be able to compete each week with R1 teams not wouldn’t dominate like they did in R3 but couldn’t compete
each week with R1 teams.

@YO..give me a break …you act as though all that you said only applies to R1..IT APPLIES TO FOOTBALL . Here is the facts. Camden will show up to play. We may not have won all but we have won our share.

wildcat fan

October 13th, 2012
10:23 pm

Why is it when Camden beat Valdosta, when the score could have been worse, with a running clock. Valdosta isn’t any good but when they come with minutes of beating Lowndes they’re good and a team to be reconked with. Don’t give me that rivalry BS. Before the official start of the season Region 1AAAAAA was strong from top to bottom. Camden has outscorced it’s opponents 129-18 in the 3 region games. I can respect the history of the game, and I do. But enough with the excuses. We will loose our share, but we will win more than we loose.

WILDHAWG2012

October 13th, 2012
11:10 pm

@Avikingfan=I am not on here to talk about what Rush did or didn’t do at another school.I could really care less about that. I am on here to talk about the hard working kids and the town (Colquitt Co ) they represent.Rush just happens to be the coach.When i blog it is all about The Packers only!!! I know about them and thats all i care to talk about.Coaches come and go but i will be a Packer backer for life so it doesn’t matter who is coach as long as he calls good plays and makes us a playoff and title contender year in and year out. @ Yo= I don’t know how young Lowndes is but i still think we are younger but anyway that just mean the future for us both looks bright.

AVikingFan

October 13th, 2012
11:52 pm

It does look bright Wildhawg2012, for both of us. I respect you for continuing to follow and support your team, as you should. Gooooo Region 1-AAAAAA!

Viking68, someone I had a tickiet for backed out at the last minutee Friday and that is why I called you late about having an extra ticket. Glad you got to see the game.Yes, I WAS in front of the visitors press box on the top row, on the 50 yd line with my binoculars. Did not steal signs though. Ain’t smart enough!

wildcatfan — Camden ALWAYS wins more than it loses. But losing to Hillgrove? Comeon?!! Just messing with ya. Good luck till we meet Nov 2!

Camden74

October 14th, 2012
1:13 am

86Vike…….. Camden has the best team it has ever had, are you serious? :-D

Mighty Mighty Wildcats

October 14th, 2012
9:07 am

I feel like on ole Faarrhhht saying “I remember when Valdosta was good”. We will never be relevant again until the city council dissolves its charter OR gets the city schools in hand. Valwood (a local private school)is excelling while we sink into mediocrity. No one in the irght mind would send their kid to VHS until “the element” there is dealt with………..good luck to the rest of Region 1AAAAAA, as our state titles are now “Gone with the Wind”.