AAAAAA blog: Best five matchups of the first round

Five best first-round games in Class AAAAAA …

Mill Creek (7-3) at Alpharetta (7-3)

- It matches the state’s leading passer in Alpharetta’s Joshua Dobbs and perhaps the state’s best interior defensive lineman in Mill Creek’s Kelsey Griffin. Plus, these teams played last season in an odd game. Mill Creek won 42-7, but didn’t make the playoffs, finishing 5-5. Alpharetta went on to win 5-AAAAA, the school’s first region title.

Milton (7-3) at South Gwinnett (8-2)

- Milton has never won a state playoff game, but this is probably the best team in school history, which dates to the 1950s. DE Carl Lawson (Auburn commit) has more than 20 sacks, and Peyton Barber (Ole Miss) has rushed for more than 1,500 yards. South Gwinnett has bounced back from a 3-7 season and taken the No. 2 seed in Region 8 after beating Parkview and Brookwood in the same season for only the third time in history. Watch for QB Jordan Ramey, who most of his junior season injured but has bounced back to become one of the top passers in this classification.

Colquitt County (7-3) at McEachern (8-2)

- Can Region 1 sweep Region 4?  Colquitt County, ranked No. 9, is a pretty good No. 4 seed. Region 4’s champion, McEachern, is unranked, but also is the hottest team in AAAAAA outside of Grayson and undefeated Norcross and Lassiter. The Indians have won eight straight games after losing to 2011 finalists Grayson and Walton. They haven’t been handles since QB Ty Griffin has been at full health.

Parkview (7-3) at Walton (7-3)

Parkview’s bid for a first region title since 2004 was lost when South Gwinnett kicked a game-winning field in the final seconds of last week’s game. Final score, 16-14. Parkview went from a potential No. 1 seed to the No. 3, which means a road game in the first round. But Parkview would find no small consolation in getting its first playoff victory since 2005. The opponent is walking-wounded Walton, which will be missing Super 11 RB Tyren Jones to a knee injury.

Hillgrove (6-4) at Camden County (9-1)

No one is expecting Hillgrove to win this one. The Maxwell Ratings project Camden as a 29-point winner. But there is intrigue here. Hillgrove defeated Camden County 28-26 in the 2010 second round at Camden in one of the biggest upsets in state history. Camden was the two-time defending of Class AAAAA and ranked No. 1 at the time. Further, Camden’s bid for a 10-0 regular season and unbeaten run through Region 1 this year was upended last week by Colquitt County in a 13-12 loss last week. It could’ve cost Camden a national title. Camden was ranked as high as No. 2 in one poll. Given the history, this is probably not a good time for Hillgrove to visit Kingsland.

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big john

November 15th, 2012
11:00 am

lassiter is going to get smoked the first time they play a real team,ran thru a bunch of sorry teams in that weak region,no way sholud be ranked as high

Hubert Green

November 15th, 2012
12:20 pm

Milton will be extra motivated in honor of their offensive line coach Mike Scott.

Heard it all before

November 15th, 2012
12:25 pm

@Big John – heard it all before big john;

HS Football Fan

November 15th, 2012
12:52 pm

@big john – Who’s gonna smoke them? I think every team in the playoffs now has a chance to go all the way; but, Lassiter is a very well coached, balanced, athletic team and I find it hard to believe anyone will smoke them…

Heisenberg

November 15th, 2012
1:36 pm

May not have mattered against Grayson, but I think McEachern would have beaten Walton if Griffin had been healthy and played. I think they could be a final 4 team. My only issue with McEachern is while watching the game against Walton on TV is they had a defensive back get tossed for head-hunting after he did it a second time in the first half. He should have been tossed after the first one. I did not care for his celebratory display after getting tossed, nor the fans cheering him, nor the McEachern coaching staff for not correcting him. Maybe it was a 1 time thing and they have worked on proper tackling techniques since then so I try to keep an open mind. But if you draw McEachern, advise the zebras about this guy before the game starts.

grayram

November 15th, 2012
1:47 pm

I have seen both Colquitt and Mceachern play and i think this will be a really good game. I’m leaning toward Mceachern because i believe Colquitt may have a little letdown after beating Camden and i believe almost everyone is underestimating Mceachern.

It’s not listed here as a best matchup but i will not be surprised if North Cobb beats Valdosta. The Cats haven’t been a very good playoff team in recent years.

As for the games listed here i will go
Mill Creek over Alpharetta
South GW over Milton
Parkview over Walton since TJ is not playing
Mceachern over Colquitt
Camden big over Hillgrove in a revenge game

No disrespect meant to Alpharetta or Milton, i haven’t seen either team except in highlights
im just going off the history, normally the football programs aren’t quite as strong as some other regions.

Heisenberg

November 15th, 2012
2:12 pm

No disrespect meant to Alpharetta or Milton, i haven’t seen either team except in highlights

I only saw Dobbs from Alpharetta on TV for the first time last Friday. He looks like the type of QB that can keep his team in any game. I have not seen Mill Creek but a couple folks on this blog indicated their size in the trenches would be too much for Alpharetta. Part of me would like to see Alpharetta win to set up a Lassiter/Printz vs Alpharetta/Dobbs second round shootout. But as a Lassiter fan maybe I should be careful what I wish for.

As for Milton, they have a lot of good players but have not risen to the occasion against the heavyweights in their region (Lassiter/Walton). I would have thought an offense with 3 D1 O-linemen and 2 D1 running backs would have been tougher to keep in check but both Lassiter and Walton did just that. I watched the South GW/Parkview game (yes both at same time on 2 different TVs in the man cave) and the South GW defense is probably a bit more stout than Lassiter & Walton. And despite Milton having 1 good pass rusher, you can throw on that secondary. Milton is good but not ready for prime time.

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November 15th, 2012
2:31 pm

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November 15th, 2012
2:52 pm

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NGHS 09

November 15th, 2012
3:18 pm

Hillgrove had a superstar running back! Hello??? Maybe that’s why they won…?

Falconguy45

November 15th, 2012
3:30 pm

Grayram…. As a fellow ram, I have to disagree with you on the Colquitt/MAC match up. Colquitt comes to play during the play offs. History has proven that. Last years team lost 5 games and gave up 70 points to that Mississippi team during the regular season and almost knocked off our Rams. I predict Colquitt blowing out MAC, but eventually losing out in the later rounds. I am going with Norcross in that bracket. Norcross VS Grayson final. No disrespect to the others, but I think Norcross is for real.

Fred

November 15th, 2012
3:33 pm

I think the first 4 games listed are probably toss ups and I will be surprised if there is more than a 7-10 point spread (if that) in any of them. I guess it will depend on which team comes to play for each game. The Hillgrove-Camden game could be interesting. Hillgrove has been there and beat Camden before. Camden is fired up after losing to Colquitt and I think it might get ugly for HG. Camden by about as many as they care to put up. Sorry HG fans, I just don’t think it will happen for you this year.

Fred

November 15th, 2012
3:41 pm

@Falconguy45 – Colquitt didn’t lose 5 last year, it was the year before. Last year they were 11-3 with the final loss being to us. You may be experiencing a local time warp. ;-) I’ve seen the Packers go both ways and look very, very good and not so good. (Sounds like another team we know, huh!) I really think McEachern has a very good team this year as well. Like I said earlier, I don’t know which team wins but I’ll be surprised if it is more than a 7-10 point differential.

only a matter of time

November 15th, 2012
3:46 pm

NGHS…add to that SEC RB, 2 ACC LBers and several FCS players, who if not for their height would be playing in the SEC or ACC. Also a good little QB that was Cobb County POY. That team was loaded.

IndianPride

November 15th, 2012
4:34 pm

Thanks for the vote of confidence in our young Indians Heisenberg, Grayram, and Fred……aside from you guys and a few others, and our fans, we don’t see much love from anyone else on these blogs. LOL, but we will take what we can get. And yes@Heisenberg that was an isolated incident, he is our best defender and has not received another call like that one all season. Our young Indians have done very well this season, more than I expected from such a youthful team so I say Kudos to them and I will be there tailgating and with full support come what may. However, as this season has proven on many occasions, its an Any Given Friday scenario.

Falconguy45

November 15th, 2012
4:42 pm

IndianPride……. If you guys can pull it off, I will be the first to give you kudos

sportsnut

November 15th, 2012
4:49 pm

Alpharetta over Mill Creek

Milton over South Gwinnett

McEachern over Colquit

Walton over Parkview

Camden over Hillgrove

Wildcat Will

November 15th, 2012
4:58 pm

Sorry, boys, but Grayson will be sent packing in the first round. The Wildcats will hit them like Parkview on steroids! Robert Nkalphabet is too wrapped up in where mama wants to send him to be effective. And if Conn wants to try any funny business like having ex-coaches on his sideline to steal our plays, he needs to remember that we aren’t some dumb plowboys from south GA. Yeah, we saw that story. Wheeler will be ready!

IndianPride

November 15th, 2012
5:04 pm

Appreciate your vote Sportsnut! and Falconguy45 I will take you up on your offer, if we pull out the W.

IndianPride

November 15th, 2012
5:06 pm

OKAY @wildcat will, Robert Nkalphabet, now that’s too funny LMAO

only a matter of time

November 15th, 2012
5:29 pm

IndianPride…I think you guys can pull off the Colquitt upset. A totally different defense from the one I saw vs. Tyren and the Waltonettes. You GATA last week on our boys so I would expect nothing less this week. But do tell the Tribe to come out relaxed and play football.

AVikingFan

November 15th, 2012
5:36 pm

I just hope Lowndes beats Maretta so we can play another week! We’ve been wanting to go back to Lovejoy since 2002! I honestly think 1-AAAAAA might be toting brooms tomorrow!

One of our radio guys went to Marietta High School – I think back when they were AAA and the billboard with the big chicken was just put up on the west side of I-75. (”TBT Time”). But even he will be pulling for our Vikings tomorrow night.

I’ve been off the boards this week, in Florida fishing. Hope ya’ll have behaved and left sportsnut and Camden 74 alone to duke it out themselves.! Second thought, not really, give’em both hell! LOL

I shore do hope I’ll be texting Score Atlanta with a lot of Lowndes’ scores tomorrow night!

williambrado1

November 15th, 2012
5:46 pm

wildcat will your big mouth opened and exposed your intellect!

grayram

November 15th, 2012
5:56 pm

Wildcat Will
If Robert gets a little distracted they could just let his mom come in and run thru Wheelers defense

bskmith14

November 15th, 2012
5:59 pm

Mceachern indians always have a good team….every year they go 8-2 or 10-0 or 9-1…….then lose in playoffs……….when you have won titles, you get a lil more respect. I will be the first to admit they have a good team and will not b a pushover for anyone. i just dont believe they can beat colquitt county if colquitt is at their best

Youdontknowme

November 15th, 2012
6:22 pm

Dobbs can win a game by himself! Not really, but he can definitely keep his team in any game. I would love to see a rematch of Alpharetta vs. Lassiter. Last year it went into overtime. It’s a tough game for coaches since they know each other well. Run the same offense and similar defense. But Printz has proven that if he is hot he can take them far. I doubt their defense is as strong as last year, but Danforth is a grown man/Tasmanian devil type.

Unless Grayson runs up on someone who can get up on them and force them to throw it, it’ll be tough to beat them. Definitely looking forward to seeing what Cecil Flowe can do this year. Don’t count Rush out, as well. It’s gonna be a good post season. I predict a dark horse will make it to the Dome, from there anything can happen. Parody would be good for 6a….

IndianPride

November 15th, 2012
6:30 pm

@bskmith14, I appreciate your comments and you are right we normally get ousted by 2nd round, and believe me we all know this fact. All I can say is our boys have practiced hard this week to and we hope to turn things around this season. But if not, then I say we had a fantastic run with a team that was suppose to do no better than 3-5. I am a proud Indian and will be supporting by boys of blue and gold no matter the outcome. Good Luck to your team, but I have to pull for Marietta, sorry its a region thing! :>)

Camden1902

November 15th, 2012
6:41 pm

Camden in practice this week was FIRED UP!!!! Smelling Chicken Hawk………..LOL. Seriously, it should be a good game. Hillgrove is tougher than people are giving them credit for. They had a couple of bad games, but they can play…and we ALL know they have done it before!

Tommydawg22

November 15th, 2012
7:26 pm

All I know is that in 24hrs and 30mins its on…all the trash talk from us dead beats out the window and the real players time for action…hope all the players are safe and wish everyone else safe travels

Wildcat Will

November 15th, 2012
7:32 pm

@IndianPride — watch out! Apparently Lowndes borrowed Grayson’s signal-stealer for a little mischief of their own this year. Better have the plays run in from the sidelines against that crew.
@Grayram — I don’t doubt that Mama Nkalpabet is tougher than the boys! Just ask Dabo Swinney! Anyway, hopefully she won’t be strapping on the pads tomorrow or we’re in serious trouble.

only a matter of time

November 15th, 2012
8:34 pm

Camden1902…different Hawks team headed your way than the 2010 squad. I’ll give this group credit though, they learned how to play hard.

North Georgia Fan

November 15th, 2012
8:51 pm

Sorry; Not a trader but I am pulling for the FAMOUS TEAM
THE COLQUITT COUNTY PACKER of Moultrie Ga!
From Moultrie so I can’t go against them; I graduated and still
have family up there!!!

camdenfan2013

November 15th, 2012
8:57 pm

Looking forward to some playoff football tomorrow night. Hillgrove pulled off a shocker once, so I will not be under estimating them. I just have a feeling that REGION 1 will have a sweep Friday night. good luck PACKERs, VIKINGs, CATs.

Marietta fan

November 15th, 2012
8:58 pm

Plans fell through so now I can’t make it to Lowndes tomorrow. Do any Lowndes fans have a link where I can watch or listen to the game?

IndianPride

November 15th, 2012
9:01 pm

@only a matter of time, hey Good Luck to you guys and tell your boys to do their best, leave it on the field, and bring home the W.

GHSA Press Release

November 15th, 2012
9:38 pm

The GHSA has cancelled all games tomorrow until Camden gets over their loss last week. There is some video of several coaches and players openly weeping this week…screeching “Why, why, why?” Every one told us we couldn’t lose”". Coach Herron has not left the fetal position in his office and continues to wish unheavenly things on Coach Propst. All the while Camden fans are blaming everything and everyone and feel great about it.

The GHSA has suspended the playoffs until further notice.

bksmith14

November 15th, 2012
9:39 pm

Youdontknowme

“Unless Grayson runs up on someone who can get up on them and force them to throw it, it’ll be tough to beat them”

If lowndes makes it to grayson (grayson has to beat a good north gwinnett or johns creek as well) then i feel lowndes would make grayson have to throw the ball. Lowndes has shown all year they can stop the ….valdosta had less than 100 with 2 dynamic backs…..and a big o line…….colquitt had 8 yards rushing and camden 78yds………very hard to run on lowndes defense as well as graysons

PlowBoy P

November 15th, 2012
9:40 pm

Marietta fan, I do not think there is a link where you could watch, but I will ask around! Sorry you can’t make it to the game! This should be a good game!

Squirrell

November 15th, 2012
9:40 pm

Hope both teams play therir best!

Both teams are “pretty-dog-gone-good”!

But, with that said, if both teams “show-up”, Pack still wins!

Should be a SLOBBERKNOCKER!

bksmith14

November 15th, 2012
9:41 pm

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3iLVppVene4

marietta fan….click on this link tommorow night and watch it live

yo

November 15th, 2012
9:41 pm

bksmith14

November 15th, 2012
9:42 pm

http://ghsa.playonsports.com/events/45320

marietta fan…above is another link to watch game

bksmith14

November 15th, 2012
9:43 pm

leave it to me to find almost anything…..not bragging…..but if its on the computer i will find it..

Marietta fan

November 15th, 2012
9:49 pm

Thanks guys! Does the game start at 7:30, thats what time our games start but I think I heard y’all start games at 8

yo

November 15th, 2012
9:51 pm

Lowndes always starts at 8

BamaBornDukie

November 15th, 2012
10:12 pm

Alpharetta over Mill Creek

Milton over South Gwinnett

McEachern over Colquitt County (McEachern has a lot of team speed….probably 1 of the fastest teams in the state)

Parkview over Walton

Camden over Hillgrove (in a big way)

North Cobb over Valdosta (blow out style)

GwinnettDad

November 15th, 2012
10:20 pm

A good time for Lassiter to show what it has against Gwinnett competition. Brookwood has given up 42 points twice in a row. Can Lassiter top that? Not that Brookwood will win, but it should be an interesting way for Lassiter to make a statement.

If there’s any game I’d love to see tomorrow night, it would be McEachern hosting Colquitt. McEachern has lost these in the past against far more mediocre teams than Colquitt. Right after that Valdosta at North Cobb. Let us find out what these top seeded Cobb County teams are all about, and in the process, 1-AAAAAA will either be great, as some have so proudly and repetitively claimed, . . . or not.

sportsnut

November 15th, 2012
10:22 pm

@ BBD == I agree with your picks except the Parkview vs Walton. Parkview is slow on D and for this reason I picked Walton. Even without Tyren, Walton still has team speed and I don’t think Parkview can keep up.

BamaBornDukie

November 15th, 2012
10:34 pm

Sportsnut……I attended 12 Walton games in 2011 and about 6-7 this year. They had good team speed in 2011. This year, they are pretty slow as a team. Tyren (who isn’t playing) and DJ Smith have good speed.

I hope you are right and Walton wins but I don’t think they can put up enough points without Tyren.

Fred

November 15th, 2012
10:39 pm

@Wildcat Will – Don’t believe everything you read on a blog. On second thought, do believe it! You won’t be prepared for the game but hey, your choice.

Are y’all bringing a lot of fans? The directions Google maps gives are pretty decent but depending on when you leave Cobb, don’t count on the time given being correct. Parking is okay but the more of you that carpool, the better you will be.

Safe travels and we will see you tomorrow night!