AAAAAA blog: #1 Camden falls … Grayson wins region after all … South Gwinnett denies Parkiew … Check out the playoff draw

Four newsworthy happenings from Friday –

- No. 1 Camden County goes down – Camden had clinched a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs, but don’t think the Wildcats didn’t want to beat Colquitt County to run the table in their first season in vaunted Region 1. Instead, it was 10th-ranked Colquitt pulling the upset, 13-12. John Boatright’s 3-yard run in the fourth quarter and the ensuing extra point gave Colquitt the final margin in the final minute. Camden missed an extra point and later a two-point conversion and then a desperate 55-yard field goal in the final seconds. Camden County was ranked in the top five of four national polls with a high of No. 2 in the CNN/SI rankings. The seedings for the state playoffs in Region 1 remained the same. Camden is No. 1 and will play at home against Hillgrove, and Colquitt is No. 4 and will play on the road at McEachern.

- South Gwinnett denies Parkview’s Region 8 title – South Gwinnett upset No. 9 Parkview 16-14 on a field goal in the final seconds. Parkview (7-3) could’ve clinched its first region title since 2004. Parkview drove for the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter, but South Gwinnett (8-2) had the final say and wound up with the No. 2 seed in Region 8 and a home playoff game next week. Parkview fell to No. 3 in the region standings and must travel in the first round.

- Grayson wins Region 8 after all – Grayson, the 2011 champion of AAAAA and the preseason No. 1 in AAAAAA, fell out of the Top 10 briefly after a 22-7 loss to Parkview on Sept. 7. Since then, the Rams have taken it out on seven straight opponents, winning by average of 48-7. They gave Brookwood a taste o it 42-13 on Friday. But Grayson still needed Parkview to lose twice to claim the region title. Parkview slipped to Central Gwinnett 30-27 on Oct. 26, then to South Gwinnett. The drama of Robert Nkemdiche’s de-commit from Clemson wasn’t a factor Friday night. The Grayson defensive end and running back rushed for 74 yards and had two sacks.

- Playoff teams nearly set – Except for Region 5, the four state-playoff teams from each region are set. Valdosta eliminated Coffee in Region 1 with an impressive 44-8 victory. … Rockdale County took Region 2’s fourth playoff berth with an 18-14 victory over Druid Hills. … Tri-Cities took the final playoff berth in Region 3 with a victory over Douglas County. … Wheeler apparently made it in Region 5 despite talk of mini-games. … South Cobb has a small chance of slipping in from Region 4, but Hillgrove got the fourth seed despite losing to region champ McEachern 33-30. Hillgrove will travel to angry Camden County in the first round. Make that doubly angry Camden. Hillgrove stunned No. 1-ranked Camden on the road in the second round in 2010.

DRAW (unofficial)

(R3 #4) Tri-Cities at (R2 #1) Lovejoy
(R4 #3) Marietta at (R1 #2) Lowndes
(R5 #4) TBA at (R8 #1) Grayson
(R6 #3) Johns Creek at (R7 #2) North Gwinnett

(R2 #4) Rockdale County at (R3 #1) Hughes
(R1 #3) Valdosta at (R4 #2) North Cobb
(R8 #4) Brookwood at (R5 #1) Lassiter
(R7 #3) Mill Creek at (R6 #2) Alpharetta

(R4 #4) Hillgrove at (R1 #1) Camden County
(R3 #3) East Coweta at (R2 #2) Newton
(R6 #4) Chattahoochee at (R7 #1) Norcross
(R5 #3) Milton at (R8 #2) South Gwinnett

(R1 #4) Colquitt County at (R4 #1) McEachern
(R2 #3) Alcovy at (R3 #2) Newnan
(R7 #4) Collins Hill at (R6 #1) West Forsyth
(R8 #3) Parkview at (R5 #2) Walton

323 comments Add your comment


November 9th, 2012
11:40 pm

First! Let’s go region 1AAAAAA!!!!!!


November 9th, 2012
11:46 pm

I can already hear McEachern’s coach now, ‘DAMN, DAMN, DAMN, DAMN, DAMN, why us?”

Colquitt County Fans

November 9th, 2012
11:51 pm

PACKERS ; Y’all kinda forgot about us!!!!!
We Are Going To The STATE!!!!
Camden Vs Colquitt

Marietta fan

November 10th, 2012
12:08 am

Marietta at Lowndes next week. I’m ready to go down there and see how we do. Also, I hope Colquitt beats the crap out of Mceachern!


November 10th, 2012
12:20 am

@ Marietta fan…why are you so salty towards McEachern? Even if Colquitt beats McEachern next week they still beat Marietta (even if it was only by 1 point, a W is a W) and went undefeated in the region. You need to worry about the whoopin Marietta is traveling all the way down to Lowndes to get!


November 10th, 2012
12:23 am

CCF, Camden and Colquitt cannot play for the state title. They are on the same side of the bracket. They would meet before that if they both win. Quarterfinals, probably.

Marietta fan

November 10th, 2012
12:31 am

No salt here, I’ve just hated the other MHS my whole life

RW Gweed

November 10th, 2012
12:41 am

If everybody will say what they mean, then we’ll all know what not to do.


November 10th, 2012
12:46 am

Lassiter has easy trip through the first three rounds but is out in four.

Toughest bracket has Lovejoy, Lowndes, Grayson, and North, four of the top 6 ranked teams in the state. Winner will manhandle Lassiter for trip to the Dome. I like Lowndes over Lovejoy and North over Grayson, then North beats Lowndes.

On the other side, it’s Norcross and winner of Colquitt / McEachern, which I think will be Colquitt. Could be a North vs. Colquitt or North vs. Norcross rematch in the Dome.


November 10th, 2012
12:48 am

Hey Marietta fan, sounds like you carry a grudge. Don’t feel inadequate. This MHS has a better chance of winning next week than that mhs does!


November 10th, 2012
12:54 am

Lassiter may have an “easier” path to the semis than others, but there are some very good offenses in thair bracket. all it takes is for a team to get red hot and they can upset someone.


November 10th, 2012
1:01 am

Good Luck to Valdosta, Lowndes, Camden and Colquitt….We’ll be back next year!


November 10th, 2012
1:28 am

@marietta fan, even though you have such animosity towards us, I wish nothing but the best for your team against lowndes next week. As a matter of fact I am pulling for all all of region 4 and then the rest of Cobb County in the playoffs. If the boys of blue and gold should fall, then I want the other teams to represent the best football Cobb County has to offer. So with this I say to McEachern, North Cobb, Marietta, and Hillgrove let’s rep the CC and bring home the W.


November 10th, 2012
1:41 am

Heard that they aren’t doing the mini-games in Region 5-AAAAAA. Wheeler is the #4 seed with whatever alternate tie-breaker they used.

Norcross has beaten North Gwinnett, Parkview and South Gwinnett all in the Top 10. In addition we beat Colquitt in the scrimmage before the regular season down there, and we also beat Mill Creek, and Collins HIll on the road… I think we have been tested.

First three rounds we have Chattahoochee, then rematch with tough explosive South Gwinnett team, then likely Camden County, then likely either a rematch with Colquitt or McEachern, followed by a tough championship game against Grayson, Lowndes, Lassiter or North. There is NO easy path to the state Championship.


November 10th, 2012
2:06 am

@Dum-Bass – While I agree that Colquitt might beat McEachern, I’m pretty sure the coach is not saying “why us?” Mac is a pretty good team. The playoffs are going to be very interesting this year!


November 10th, 2012
2:08 am

@HereWeGo – I’d be interested to hear why you think North over Grayson.

cobb football

November 10th, 2012
2:46 am

There are no mini-games in Region 5AAAAAA. The region’s AD’s got together and voted 6-2 to return to the old rule of breaking the tie with the winning percentage against teams in their classification. Wheeler wins based on that.

Wildcat Guy

November 10th, 2012
2:56 am

Camden showed up tonight and just missed on some great opportunities to score. We came out flat but I guarantee you Camden will be ready for playoffs. Best of luck to all teams in the playoffs especially Region 1 6A teams!

Tipp Smooth

November 10th, 2012
3:17 am

Camden can’t continue to run the ball all night with 8 to 9 players in the box.
One of the best QB in the country in high school, but we continue to play
conservative when only up by six, knowing a TD and extra point could beat
you, don’t make much sense. The defense was on the field entirely to long,
Colquitt basically won with 4 or 5 different offensive plays. The QB dive, the
slant to #15, hand off to #27 and not much else…You play to win the game…

Tipp Smooth

November 10th, 2012
3:20 am

There were bad calls both ways, so Camden fans don’t blame the Refs,
I called this before going into the 4 qtr, conservative till the end, and see
where did it get us, a lost. Congrats to Colquitt, we’ll meet again real soon


November 10th, 2012
3:28 am

Congratts to our Cross-Town Rival Valdosta on their convincing win over Coffee. . .


November 10th, 2012
6:52 am

Go North Cobb Warriors!


November 10th, 2012
7:07 am

@Tipp…you are making the right call. Plus Colquitt is just not a good matchup for us. I do believe Camden is a better team but if the matchup is bad, then bad things happen. Good luck to Regiion 1!


November 10th, 2012
7:13 am

Camden/Colquitt best game of century. Both teams played hard. Coaches fought hard. Glad to see both in playoffs.

Todd Holcomb

November 10th, 2012
7:24 am

I am hearing here and other places that there will not be mini-games in Region 5-AAAAAA, that Wheeler is the fourth qualifier.

On Thursday, the GHSA notified me that there would be mini-games in 5-AAAAAA in the event of a 3-way tie. I called two schools to get comment about it. Neither school had had heard of the possibility of mini-games. The GHSA said that if no tiebreaker plan was submitted to their office in preseason that mini-games would take place. Now I’m hearing that the AD’s voted to change that. I assume this means the region complained and talked the GHSA out of its original stance. I was not alerted to that. I’m out of town and can’t sort this out until Sunday.

If it’s Wheeler, congrats to Wheeler.


November 10th, 2012
7:36 am

As a Lowndes County Viking, I expect our team to do well in the playoffs and I HOPE they go all the way. But other teams playing Valdosta, Colquitt and in particulair Camden better not take them lightly. At this time I believe Camden and Grayson may be two of the better teams to play highschool football in many years. Its difficult to win every game in a tough region as both of these teams have demonstrated. That makes them only better in the playoffs. They know not to let up.
goodluck to all the kids and coaches in the playoffs regardless of where you are from. . Thanks for the Friday night show


November 10th, 2012
7:36 am

I don’t cae WHO you are!

It’s just hard to win in the HOGPEN!


November 10th, 2012
7:44 am

This is GREAT!

If we make to the Semis again, we make get to beat Camden again!

In the HOGPEN!


November 10th, 2012
7:46 am

Last Night was Camden’s first loss in a Region game in a decade!

They’re a GREAT Team!



November 10th, 2012
7:47 am

Tipp smooth: I tell you … Lowndes if we had a coach as bad as yours , We would fire him…….who wants to keep a coach with the best winning percentage in the state, when they have a fan like you that could do a better job calling the plays . I hope ya’ll fire him, we could use him as a special teams coach.

Max Sizemore

November 10th, 2012
8:02 am

Based on the brackets above, it sure looks like a Colquitt-Camden rematch in the semis.


November 10th, 2012
8:11 am

Squirrell – If Camden and Colquitt play again it will be in Camden.


November 10th, 2012
8:12 am

rancher – Herron is not going anywhere.


November 10th, 2012
8:36 am

Rancher, that’s the most level-headed comment I’ve heard coming from a SoGa high school football fan in a loooong time. Thanks for that. I’ll confess this from this long time Ram backer….Region 1AAAAAA is tougher this year than ever before. All those teams will be battle tested and ready for the playoffs, and those Packers know how to PLAY when it counts. Region 8 was softer this year than I’ve seen in the last 10 years, but still tougher then most others. I predict, Grayson v someone from Region 1. This will be one hell of a brackett…… especially from games two to the finals.


November 10th, 2012
8:53 am

Great game played by the kids from both Camde and Colquitt.Coach Herron did not do his team any justice with his play selection.This region is not the same region you were playing in before (Savannah)…You cannot play conservative ball with six points!!!!!!Coaches from Camden you have got to do better!!!The kids are ready to play….

Colquitt Supporter

November 10th, 2012
8:54 am

Congrats to all of the play off teams. Guess we are all 0-0 now. Safe play and travels.


November 10th, 2012
8:55 am

Are you talking about North Cobb?? I dont know of another relevant “North team” in AAAAAA other than North Cobb. There is North Forsyth and North Gwinnett who are both average teams at best.

west cobb fan

November 10th, 2012
9:10 am

Here we go, time for the second season. Region 4 vs. arguably the best region top to bottom in the state. Does McEachern’s youth and history of ineptitude come playoff time cost them yet again? Can Marietta get on a bus and go to the Concrete Jungle with a solid QB and a couple of weapons and pull off a “W”? Can Hillgrove go back to CC and catch lightning in a bottle again? Will N Cobb be able to ride their soph QB to a victory? I think only one may survive from region 4.

Packer Backer

November 10th, 2012
9:38 am

this is the time of year we love to see down in moultrie we play tough teams all season just to make sure we are playoff ready an last nights game aginst camden was a great yard stick to mearsure the fight in our team i can say this with a promise dat colquitt county has one of the more hardnosed football team in the state we dont care for camden that was just buisness last night we love to be in dog fights enen in the games we lost the other teams couldnt put us away we are ready an will not fold 94 was our last state title the last couple of years we have been knocking on the door its time to raise the stakes and play we hungry down south we tired of being looked down on by the state

Viking Girl

November 10th, 2012
9:53 am

Watch out for them Lowndes Vikings! But we definitely drew a tough bracket!

LTrojan Fan

November 10th, 2012
9:56 am

It amazes me the comments on here that people make about who will win each game. I guess we should just go ahead and declare the winners based on the comments and go home. NOT!!! The Camden loss last night is a perfect example of why people “opinions” don’t count and why they play the games. Just like the polls…there fun for us fans…but they do not mean anything. Even if Lassiter ends up as the #1 team going into the playoffs, that means nothing. The Trojans still have to play the games. Based on what we saw last night against Etowah, it will be very hard for any team to match up defensively with the Trojans skilled players on offense. Willie Police is one of the best all-around athletes and Ryan Jenkins caught one of the best passes for a TD that I have ever seen in high school. Eddie Printz has a number of options to throw to…and boy can he throw. He is arguably one of the best passers in the nation, let alone the state of GA. He makes throws that you do not see even in college. To top off all of that, Lassiter has one of the best defenses that they have ever had. Ryan Gildea and Josh Danforth are beasts at LB.

Brookwood will be a tough opponent the first round and our defense will need to stop their run game. Ladies and gentlemen…let the fun begin.

Tipp Smooth

November 10th, 2012
9:56 am

Congrat to Colquitt, it wouldn’t have mattered who it would have
been last night in that type game, the selection of plays would
have still bitten us in the butt, Camden have too many weapons
to by playing the way they did last night, JJ Green should have been
used differently, especially in the passing game, I understand why
he wasn’t in the game on the last pass play, that way you couldn’t
key on him, just bad game planning. Propst keep breaking the momentum
of the game with his antics. I tell you, he does whatever it takes to win
you may not like it, but he got the Win….bottom line. Herron he may have
your number..


November 10th, 2012
10:04 am

No bragging here but the Packers stepped up big time. Both teams showed a lot of heart and give it their all. Go Packers and good luck Wildcats!

Best Of The Best

November 10th, 2012
10:07 am

Camden must have been playing their JV to save the studs for the playoffs. Colquitt ain’t that good.

Sideline Dude

November 10th, 2012
10:10 am

Propst is an idiot. He berates the officials on most every play. His antics are a joke.


November 10th, 2012
10:11 am

To all the coaches and players, you’ve all done, great now have a safe and joyful time in the playoffs.


November 10th, 2012
10:16 am

looks like rance has them young wildcats peaking at the right time.


November 10th, 2012
10:22 am

Wheeler (3-4 in region play) was given the number 4 seed based on its overall record versus AAAAAA teams, which is 4-4. It’s definitely worth noting that Wheeler’s extra AAAAAA win came at Langston Hughes (9-1), their only loss of the season. So Wheeler won the tie-breaker with a huge, quality win.

Tipp Smooth

November 10th, 2012
10:31 am

Propst does whatever it takes to win, if it’s a flag or something that
will get him thrown out of a game, then it’s within the rules, you may
not like it, but it’s effective, we are here talking about a coach, not
the game itself, but Colquitts coach. C’om on Man….


November 10th, 2012
10:41 am

Was there a special reason Colquit won or was it they were just better than Camden on this night ? I mean, was the game officiated well ? Was a star missing ?Did Camden rest it’s starters ? I just want to know if it was straight up, you know, no excuses !