Five interesting things that happened Friday in Class AAAAAA
No. 5 West Forsyth falls from the unbeaten – Dreams of a first-ever unbeaten season for West Forsyth crashed in a 29-28 loss to Chattahoochee. Travis Marshall scored on an 8-yard scramble and hit a diving Collin Lisa for a winning conversion with 38 seconds to play. That’s got to give Chattahoochee some confidence, but it might prove meaningless in the Region 6 standings. West Forsyth (7-1, 4-1) still will win the title with victories over South Forsyth (3-5, 0-5) and Lambert (5-3, 3-4) because the Wolverines have wins over the other first-place teams – Alpharetta (5-3, 4-1) and Johns Creek (7-1, 4-1). Chattahoochee, which has lost to those two teams, probably still needs to win its final two games against Lambert (5-3, 2-3) and Centennial (3-5, 3-2) just to get the No. 4 seed.
No. 6 Parkview suffers upset in Region 8 – Central Gwinnett defeated Parkview 30-27 in two overtimes. That brought about a four-way tie for first in Region 8. Parkview, Grayson, Brookwood and South Gwinnett are 5-1. Parkview still holds the edge because of victories over Grayson and Brookwood. Parkview can win its first region title since 2004 by beating Berkmar (1-7) and South Gwinnett (6-2).
South Gwinnett is safe in Region 8 – For a team that’s tied for first place, South Gwinnett is just relieved to be alive Friday after a 42-14 victory over Archer (6-3, 4-3). It essentially put the Comets (6-2, 5-1) in the playoffs. The lopsided score was surprising. South Gwinnett, which has bounced back from a 3-7 finish in 2011, will probably be the No. 2 seed by beating Brookwood and Parkview in the final two games, but no longer are those must-win games to make the post-season.
Valdosta is moving up in Region 1 – The Wildcats’ first half of the season included a loss to Class AA Brooks County and the worst home loss in nearly 40 years to Camden County (43-6), but things are looking up after a 38-36 victory over Colquitt County. Rance Gillespie is 3-0 against Colquitt’s Rush Propst. Meanwhile, Colquitt County (5-3, 2-2) probably needs to win one of its final two games to make the playoffs. The Packers play at home against Coffee (5-3, 2-2) and No. 1 Camden County (8-0, 4-0).
Region champions in 2 and 3 are almost decided – Lovejoy and Hughes won games against the other unbeaten teams in the regions Friday – Lovejoy 51-6 over Newton and Hughes 28-14 over East Coweta. Both will have to wait to clinch, though. For Lovejoy, it would be a fifth region title in 10 seasons. For Hughes, it would be the 4-year-old school’s first.