Second-round playoff preview: Class AAAAAA

Marietta at Lovejoy

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Twelve Oaks Stadium, Hampton

Records, rankings: Marietta is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 4-AAAAAA and unranked; Lovejoy is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 2-AAAAAA and ranked No. 7.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Marietta QB Anthony Jennings, who has committed to LSU, threw three TD passes and scored on an 88-yard run that gave Marietta a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter of the Blue Devils’ 30-27 upset of sixth-ranked Lowndes last week. Lowndes had been 17-1 in home playoff games under coach Randy McPherson. 2. Lovejoy RB Travis Custis, who has committed to Georgia Tech, scored four touchdowns in a 51-13 victory over Tri-Cities in the first round. 3. Marietta has not made the third round of the playoffs since 1994, Dexter Wood’s last season as Marietta’s coach. Lovejoy had never made the third round until 2011, when the Wildcats reached the Class AAAA final. Lovejoy could become the first Clayton County school to make the quarterfinals in the highest class since Mount Zion in 2000.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Lovejoy by 9

Winner plays: North Gwinnett/Grayson winner

North Gwinnett at Grayson

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Grayson Community Stadium, Grayson

Records, rankings: North Gwinnett is 10-1, the No. 2 seed from Region 7-AAAAAA and ranked No. 4; Grayson is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 8-AAAAAA and ranked No. 3.

Last meeting: Grayson won 23-19 in the second round of the 2010 Class AAAAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. North Gwinnett threw six TD passes – four by Michael Haynes (17-of-19 passing, 248 yards) and two by Hayden Sphire (4-6, 35) – in a 49-19 victory over Johns Creek last week. 2. Grayson RB Wayne Gallman scored three touchdowns in the first quarter, after which Grayson led 28-6, in last week’s 49-9 victory over Wheeler. Grayson has won eight consecutive games, with three wins over playoff teams, by an average score of 48-7 since a Sept. 14 loss to Parkview. 3. Grayson is bidding to become only the fourth school to reach six straight quarterfinals in the highest classification. Parkview (1996-2005) was the most recent. During that time (2007-12), Grayson leads Gwinnett County in victories with a 70-10 record. North Gwinnett leads Gwinnett in victories going back to 2006, coach Bob Sphire’s first season, at 77-12.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Grayson by 8

Winner plays: Marietta/Lovejoy winner

North Cobb at Hughes

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Langston Hughes Stadium, Fairburn

Records, rankings: North Cobb is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 4-AAAAAA and unranked; Hughes is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 3-AAAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. North Cobb won its first playoff game since 1979 (and first state playoff game since 1959) in the 42-14 rout of Valdosta last week. QB Tyler Queen rushed for 157 yards, and North Cobb intercepted five passes. 2. Hughes led only 9-3 at halftime against Rockdale County (3-8) last week but won 37-3 as QB Kinan Humphrey came off the bench and threw two TD passes. Hughes, in its fourth season, has won its first playoff game and first region title this season. 3. North Cobb has not scored fewer than 26 points in a game and is one of five playoff teams averaging more than 40 points (40.7) . Hughes has not allowed more than two touchdowns in a game and is one of four that is allowing fewer than 12 points (8.6).

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: North Cobb by 11

Winner plays: Brookwood/Mill Creek winner

Brookwood at Mill Creek

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Mill Creek Community Stadium, Hochston

Records, rankings: Brookwood is 7-4, the No. 4 seed from Region 8-AAAAAA and unranked; Mill Creek is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from 7-AAAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: Brookwood won 31-21 on Sept. 7 in the regular season.

Three things to know: 1. Mill Creek PK Bryson King made a 25-yard field goal with seven seconds left in the 41-39 victory over Alpharetta last week. RB Jacorey Lewis rushed for 335 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries. 2. Brookwood beat No. 1-ranked Lassiter 24-21 in overtime last week after trailing 21-0. Zach Moon threw a 5-yard TD pass to Ky Priester with eight seconds left in regulation. Colin Cotter intercepted a pass on Lassiter’s overtime possession. Brandon Morrow kicked a 32-yard field goal to win it. 3. Brookwood has won 43 playoff games and two state titles in its history. The other three teams in Brookwood’s quarter of the draw (including North Cobb and Hughes) have won seven playoff games among them and no state titles.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Mill Creek by 2

Winner plays: North Cobb/Hughes winner

East Coweta at Camden County

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Chris Gilman Stadium, Kingsland

Records, rankings: East Coweta is 5-6, the No. 3 seed from Region 3-AAAAAA and unranked; Camden County is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 1-AAAAAA and ranked No. 5.

Last meeting: Camden County won 21-3 in the second round of the 2007 Class AAAAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. These schools have been the most reliable playoff qualifiers in the highest classification for more than a decade. East Coweta most recently missed the playoffs in 1996. Camden’s last miss came in 1988, although Camden didn’t join the highest class until 1992. 2. Sophomore RB Antonio Wimbush scored three touchdowns and rushed for 73 yards in Camden’s 52-17 victory over Hillgrove last week. Georgia-committed seniors J.J. Green (90 yards rushing) and Brice Ramsey (109 yards passing, 54 rushing) also contributed. 3. East Coweta broke a five-game losing streak in the playoffs with its 25-20 victory over Newton. East Coweta led 25-12 until the final seconds and recovered an on-side kick to preserve it. Junior QB Bryce Gemmell passed for 146 yards and rushed for 68.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Camden County by 34

Winner plays: South Gwinnett/Norcross winner

South Gwinnett at Norcross

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Norcross Stadium, Norcross

Records, rankings: South Gwinnett is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AAAAAA and ranked No. 10; Norcross is 11-0, the No. 1 seed from 7-AAAAAA and ranked No. 2.

Last meeting: Norcross won 35-20 on Aug. 31 in the regular season.

Three things to know: 1. Norcross RB Alvin Kamara, rated the No. 1 running back prospect in Georgia by some, rushed for 179 yards and scored three touchdowns in the 34-7 victory over Chattahoochee last week. With the upset to No. 1 Lassiter, Norcross enters the second round as the highest-ranked and only unbeaten team in the AAAAAA draw. 2. South Gwinnett led 27-10 at halftime in its 27-20 victory over Milton last week. South Gwinnet had only 29 yards rushing and 18:39 in possession time, but QB Jordan Ramey was 13-of-18 passing for 243 yards with an 80-yard TD pass to Coray Keel. 3. These Gwinnett schools first played each other in 1957, when Norcross was known as West Gwinnett High and South Gwinnett had just opened as the merger of Snellville and Grayson high schools. Norcross leads the series 11-6. They’ve never played in the playoffs.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Norcross by 15

Winner plays: East Coweta/Camden County winner

Colquitt County at Newnan

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, Drake Stadium, Newnan

Records, rankings: Colquitt County is 8-3, the No. 4 seed from Region 1-AAAAAA and ranked No. 9; Newnan is 9-2, the No. 2 seed from 3-AAAAAA and unranked.

Last meeting: Newnan won 21-14 in the first round of the 2003 Class AAAAA playoffs.

Three things to know: 1. QB Cole Segraves, who status as the starter was questioned after a loss to Valdosta, threw for a school-record-tying 354 yards on 22-of-27 passing in a 30-28 victory over McEachern last week. That’s after rushing for 164 yards in the upset of then-No. 1 Camden County the week before. 2. Newnan QB Bailey Bryant was 9-of-10 passing for 117 yards in the 38-0 victory over Alcovy but did not return after a suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Only Newnan, Grayson, North Gwinnett and Camden County have made the round of 16 five consecutive times in the highest classification. 3. Colquitt County is 9-2 on the road (not counting neutral sites) in the playoffs in five seasons under Rush Propst. In that time, Colquitt has won at Stephenson, M.L. King, Lassiter, Camden County, Grayson and North Gwinnett. Flowery Branch is second in road wins in that time at 8-2.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: Colquitt County by 17

Winner plays: Parkview/West Forsyth winner

Parkview at West Forsyth

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Wolverine Den, Cumming

Records, rankings: Parkview is 8-3, the No. 3 seed from Region 8-AAAAAA and unranked; West Forsyth is 10-1, the No. 1 seed from 6-AAAAAA and ranked No. 8.

Last meeting: This is the teams’ first meeting.

Three things to know: 1. Parkview was missing 1,000-yard rusher Chris Carson in its double-overtime 20-17 victory over Walton last week but got good efforts from Shaq Vereen (17 carries, 98 yards, one touchdown) and Justis Rosser (17-91-2). It was Parkview’s first playoff victory since 2005. 2. The 107 points scored in West Forsyth’s 66-41 victory over Collins Hill are the second-most points scored by two teams in a non-overtime playoff game in the highest classification. Lassiter’s 70-49 win over South Gwinnett in 2009 ranks first. West Forsyth RB Jake Wiezcorek rushed for 291 yards and caught a 52-yard pass. 3. West Forsyth ranks second in scoring offense (41.9) and Parkview ranks last (13.6) among remaining AAAAAA playoff teams. Parkview allows only 13.6 points. West Forsyth allows 20.5.

Maxwell Ratings’ projection: West Forsyth by 2

Winner plays: Colquitt County/Newnan winner

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78 comments Add your comment

Jammer

November 19th, 2012
11:21 pm

High 5

November 20th, 2012
2:46 am

The possible Lovejoy/Grayson matchup is looking like a thriller! Stay tuned!

Stooge

November 20th, 2012
6:47 am

According to the Moultrie Disturber this morning we might be missing a key senior defensive player from an injury. Newnan could also be missing their sophomore quarterback.

packer backer

November 20th, 2012
9:04 am

its guna be a good game friday the packers are guna have to play hardnosed being short of a player who contributes as much as he does

Camden Wildcats

November 20th, 2012
9:16 am

@packer backer Yeah that guy is a monster! To be honest I believe you all will manhandle Newnan. But I’ve been wrong before. My wife says I’ve been wrong more than once but I don’t know what she’s talking about :-)

OMacG

November 20th, 2012
9:43 am

@packer backer- is it #52 who might be out? Hope he can play…that kid is a one-man wrecking crew at LB. I saw him making play after play as a sophomore when y’all played South Panola and knew he’d be special.

I saw Newnan and Marietta play back in September…Jennings (May-retta QB) kept his team in it but also hurt them with mistakes. Newnan’s soph QB looked shaky at first but gained confidence as the game progressed and made two great throws to help them win it. I am sure both QBs have improved since then…when Jennings minimizes the mistakes he’s a special player, as we saw against Lowndes last week. When he doesn’t, you wonder what the hype is about.

Tray Matthews for Newnan never came off the field that game…he’s a special player and you don’t have to watch him long to see why he’s a SEC commit to UGA. I just don’t believe he has enough around him to beat Colquitt County…but anything can happen.

Jammer

November 20th, 2012
10:05 am

It is the Packers starting Safety that is injured, not #52 the LB, although he did get banged up last week

Camden74

November 20th, 2012
10:10 am

Release the CATS! Go Camden County Wildcats! :-D

PackerBacker

November 20th, 2012
10:13 am

I’m a different PackerBacker then the one above, but No it’s not our #52 …. Lord if something happened to him we’d be in a world of a mess!! That boy can play on front, back, top, bottom, left or right of the ball and still make the play!! But the one with a knee injury and out still had an important part and i’m praying he isn’t hurt too bad!! Go Pack Go!!!

OMacG

November 20th, 2012
10:34 am

Lotta boys on both teams got banged up last week. That was a war and you could see the effect during the 4th quarter…bodies strewn all over the field after almost every snap.

Stooge

November 20th, 2012
11:00 am

#52 LB is just starting what’ll be a good run at college ball. Ovtavious Jackson limped off the field but I think he returned. He’s a major player on the O-line and will be going to the Gators I believe. They have all the right parts in place and if Cole stays on course we’re in this one for the long haul.

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
11:26 am

Marietta will come ready to play but Lovejoy is on a mission and right now I think they will be ready for any and all comers.Travis is not all there is. Think that if you wish.

Jammer

November 20th, 2012
11:54 am

sportsnut
Lovejoy is a good team, I give them all the credit for that. The thing that I question about them is how they will handle their composure if and when they are tested in a close game at this time of year. I am referring to the mental mistakes made early in the season when they played Colquitt. That was then and this is now, but have they had to play with there backs against the wall since then. This is not meant as a dis respect towards the region or strength of schedule, but more to the mentality of the teens playing the game.

Jammer

November 20th, 2012
12:07 pm

Standing in the middle of the street, hiding in plain sight.

So thats was you standing in the middle of 41

OMacG

November 20th, 2012
12:13 pm

Which teams are not a mission right now? I know we all have some bias toward our own but it’s more than a bit arrogant to express we’re the only ones ready to take on the world.

how 'bout

November 20th, 2012
12:20 pm

@sportsnut & High 5

…not saying Lovejoy won’t prevail against Marietta …but just ask Lowndes, Valdosta and Lassitter about looking ahead

@sportsnut
…yes …Lovejoy is not Lowndes …but all three of these teams were good if not excellent teams …one dimensional or versatile …still on the outside looking in…

GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE TEAMS STILL PLAYING …PLAY HARD STAY SAFE…

Abu Dhabi

November 20th, 2012
12:21 pm

North Cobb is the Truth. Let’s RIDE.

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
12:31 pm

@ Jammer == Could have been. Walking distance to the school and stores for me. Yes they can stand the pressure. The thing about mental mistakes is that if they occur, it is important that you look at them in a slightly different light than most. Do they cause you damage on the field, yes. Do they prevent you from winning, no. If you are able to overcome them and pull the game out, they, the mistakes, are not as heavy as the would be if they cost you a game. Lovejoy has been able to overcome these issue’s and play on. In terms of playing with their backs to the wall, in one sense, their backs are always to the wall as they want to win every game. In the other sense, they have not had to because their execution has been good. Not great but good. It is hard to argue with 44.6 ppg and only allowing 6.6 ppg. Their confidence level is high and they are playing at a high level in all phases of the game. This team is comprised of 13 freshmen, 27 sophomores, 18 juniors and 33 seniors. Those seniors are 33-3. They will be looking to add to that total this week. In 10′, they went undefeated with these same kids playing as10th graders and got the big head and lost in the first round , at home, to a 4 seed. They did not forget. In 11′, they went undefeated again but remembered 10′. They found themselves in the Dome. They lost. They did not forget. Now they are back with another try to take it all and they feel they know now what it takes to do so.

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
12:37 pm

@ how bout == We or I am not looking ahead. We are talking Lovejoy vs Marietta. If those teams were that good, they would still be here. Not meaning to brag or boast but I am aware of the axiom of “Any Given Friday”. I know we can lose. You have not heard otherwise from me. I will continue to display my confidence in the Cats till the end.

Camden03

November 20th, 2012
12:39 pm

@sportsnut This is interesting to me. I think that Lovejoy will beat Marietta. What do you think they need to do to beat Grayson? I’d say if they can do that they’d have a pretty clear path to the title. Of course I’m saying this as a Camden fan hoping the cats will be clicking on all cylinders for the next 4 weeks. :-)

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
1:16 pm

@ Camden03 == First thing we need to do to beat Grayson is to beat Marietta. If and when we meet Grayson, the objective will be the same. It will be to score more points and give up fewer. Grayson has a good D. That is the truth. They, just like everyone else can be had. I happen to think they are weak in the secondary. A team with a good passing game coupled with a good running game may be a problem for them. If you can give them enough reason to try and stop either your running or your passing, you have the upper hand. That is to say, crowd the box to stop the run and get burned by the pass, or vice versa. It’s that simple.

Camden03

November 20th, 2012
1:23 pm

@sportsnut I think that’s a pretty good assessment…assuming that none of the teams they’ve faced (11 teams) have had a combo of a good passing and running game. The question is will they meet a team that has a better running and passing attack than the ones they’ve already faced. Parkview put them to bed but I’m convinced that was a fluke and out of ten games Grayson would win 7 of them.

Camden03

November 20th, 2012
1:27 pm

@sportsnut I actually think that Mceachern had a very good passing and running attack and still didn’t beat them. Of course that was at the beginning of the season. I think the difference is defense. There hasn’t been a defense that can stop the Grayson O….except Parkview of course. And I don’t understand how they did it. No offense to Parkview

Fred

November 20th, 2012
2:19 pm

@sportsnut – We mostly don’t have to stack the box to stop the run. I’ve said before that I really think our upfront guys compliment the secondary and vice verse. The upfront guys pressure the QB so he stays on the run. The secondary covers plenty well enough that the upfront guys are given time to pursue. Yea, we can be beat in the secondary but not often enough. We can and do make the big play in the secondary pretty often.

@Camden03 – The following are NOT excuses but more observations that perhaps shed some light on that loss. We had a bad snap while in the shotgun that gave Parkview the ball on our 7. We held but a penalty extended the series for them and they scored. We muffed a punt inside our 20 and Parkview recovered. Again, we held but a penalty extended the series for them to score. There’s 14 points right there. The defensive strip was a thing of beauty for them and a head shaker for us. Their 2 longest drives included 30 yard penalties where two 15 yard calls were assessed on the same play. We really beat ourselves that night. I don’t want to take anything away from Parkview because they played better than we did. I’ve been saying for at least two years they are better than their record would indicate. Cecil Flowe is a great coach who put it all on the line after a field goal. I think we were offside or some on the successful Parkview kick and he elected to take the points off the board and go for the touchdown which they got. I don’t know too many coaches that would do that.

Fred

November 20th, 2012
2:27 pm

@Camden03 – You touched on something most people don’t think about. For years we have been known as the team that scored just enough points to win a game. 7-10-14-17 point games were very common. Starting last year and really continuing into this year, we have been able to score a lot of points against some very good teams. You just don’t hear about an outstanding runner because we spread the wealth so much. Same thing with our QB. We are running the ball a little more than last year but he has the ability to throw even though some don’t think so. I saw him run with the ball against Brookwood and he put his head and shoulder down and plowed over a defensive player for the Broncos right in front of the Bronco bench. We saw and heard it in the stands on the other side of the field! David pooped right up and back to the huddle he went. I think your Bluecats are first in scoring with LJ second and surprise, the Rams are 3rd! I think we are right behind you in scoring differential.

Long and short, we are known for our defense but the offense has really stepped up to the plate the past two years.

Camden74

November 20th, 2012
2:30 pm

I love the playoffs, win or go home! That’s a hell of a, “Life Lesson”……… :-)

Flyer

November 20th, 2012
2:38 pm

@Fred– As a point of clarification, Grayson roughed the field goal kicker as well as the holder. The ball before the penalty was on the 26. Parkviews’ kicker made the 43 yard FG with plenty to spare. After the penalty the ball was placed at the 13. Still a gutsy move by Cecil Flowe.

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
2:40 pm

@ Camden03 == If we do have an opportunity to face them, they will see it. Lovejoy leads the state in scoring in 6A. They will put up points in many ways. That 44.6 ppg is no fluke. If you concentrate on stopping Travis, Jonathan will sneak by you. Take both away and Alejandro will pick you apart. He has great targets in JuMichael Ramos, a 6′4 210 lbs. wideout commited to Ga. Tech. Arshard Jackson, a 6′6 245 lbs. Tightend commited to Auburn, just to name a couple of his guy’s. Lovejoy is going to be a hard out for anyone. Grayson included. Alejandro has thrown for 1673 yards and 22 TD’s and only 4 int’s. He is a 6′3 220 lbs commit to Tenn-Chattanooga. Lovejoy will bring it all every night. Offense and defense. We lead the state in scoring defense at 6.6 ppg. This is the third year in a row they have done this. It was not paid attention to in 10′ because of the loss in the first round to a four seed. That was the news, not that they were leading the state on D. On this D, you have an all star group. DE-LB Zane Fields, uncommited, Veion Robinson LB-DE, uncommited, Nathaniel Norwood ATH, uncommited, DL Malcom Johnson, uncommited, Eugene Fuller, uncommited LB, DL Montell robinson-Beasley uncommited, and DeMarcus Gates, a junior LB that has eight offers as of now. All these kids are D-1 quality. You will hear their names from here on out, provided we keep winning.

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
2:50 pm

@ Fred == The scoring leaders are Lovejoy=491 scored, 73 surrendered.
Camden and Grayson have both scored 457 pts.
Camden has given up 82
Grayson has given up 93.
This is according to MaxPreps and game results from GPB.

Coffee Trojan

November 20th, 2012
2:50 pm

Go Camden,win out and bring home the trophy and make Region 1 proud,Hope Coffee will be back next year and be in the mix of good things

Golden Isles Fan

November 20th, 2012
3:16 pm

LET’S GO CAMDEN…..

LET’S GO CAMDEN…..

LET’S GO CAMDEN……

Kevrock

November 20th, 2012
3:39 pm

@ High 5 why you are so sure Grayson will get by North Gwinnett? That to me is a lot more compelling of a game than Lovejoy and Grayson.

Pecan

November 20th, 2012
3:48 pm

Grayson is a great team, no doubt. But North Gwinnett is not a pushover. They coulda, woulda, shoulda beat Norcross in the first region game. By the same reasoning some of you use, we could be undefeated. A small amount of respect would be appreciated.

Fred

November 20th, 2012
4:18 pm

@Flyer – Thanks for the clarification on the field goal. It has been a long season and somethings run together for me…to say nothing about a night I would rather forget! :-D As I said, NONE of that commentary was intended in any way to take away from Parkview. Y’all hung in there, made some great plays and capitalized on our many mistakes. Obviously I wish we had won that game but I’m glad y’all have done well this year.

Fred

November 20th, 2012
4:26 pm

@sportnut – I haven’t seen a scoring summary since the last week of the season so I’m sure my numbers could be off. The point is and was, we have been scoring a lot while not allowing much against a mostly decent schedule.

@Kevrock and @Pecan – I can assure you Grayson is not looking past NG! I’m figuring y’all are looking for a little payback in addition to moving on in the playoffs. Question – do y’all think you will have many fans at the game? Our concessions people don’t have any feel on what to prepare for. Important game/payback vs day after Thanksgiving. Any “word on the street” kind of info?

rpollardrealtor

November 20th, 2012
4:33 pm

Oh Yeah its High School Playoff time. I can’t wait I’ll be in town to see my high school take on South Gwinnett in Blue Devils stadium! Go Norcross

Marietta fan

November 20th, 2012
5:25 pm

I’m glad everyone on here is doubting Marietta. We all saw what happened last week when every doubted us!

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
5:41 pm

@ Marietta Fan == Lovejoy is not doubting you. Much respect.

Forealtho..

November 20th, 2012
5:57 pm

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Flyer

November 20th, 2012
7:10 pm

@Fred– No Parkview fan here. I just happen to have viewed the Parkview/Grayson game. We will be at Grayson Community Stadium on Friday. So you can count on at least three fans showing up on the visitor side.

57Cat

November 20th, 2012
9:39 pm

Guys, not that it really matters, but Valdosta was NOT looking past North Cobb, at least the coaches and players weren’t. Some of our fans may have already been making plans to go to Hughes, but that’s what diehard fans often do. Take it to the bank: North Cobb beat Valdosta because they played one heckuva game. They were better than we were; that’s it, pure and simple.

Just Sayin...

November 20th, 2012
11:10 pm

South Gwinnett has some seriously underated and under publicized talent on their team. They have some all county winners and runner ups on offense and defense. You dont get this far and have the season they have had without some talent. And you cant put the success on the coaching because these are the same coaches from last year with 3 wins. This is not an OVER achieving team. They had this talent last year (actualy more, some left. A combination of youth and injury is what bit them. What they dont have are scouts, major college scouts, coming to the building to see these kids. The team they just beat (Milton)O-line has more offers from major schools than the Comet’s whole team. And believe me when I tell you they have more than the LB that everyone hears so much about (deservedly so because he really is a great kid). I wonder why that is? Why arnt the scouts coming to this school to see these kids and if they are coming why arnt they making offers? Why are these kids struggling to find interest from major D-1 schools while winning games in one of the hardest most competitive counties in the state? Just sayin.

grayram

November 20th, 2012
11:22 pm

North Gwinnett game is going to be a great one. I know Fred is right, they want payback for Grayson coming to their place a couple of years ago. Which game is going to be on TV? I would like to record it(i almost said tape it) if its Lovejoy, i have never seen that team play.

NGHS 09

November 20th, 2012
11:32 pm

Grayson should thank Parkview for beating them earlier because look what it caused. There’s been a lot of scary numbers put up by the Rams eversince and I would bet that they won’t stop. IF NG can play 4 qrts, get an early lead and make the Rams pass to win, I think NG has a chance….well a slim chance LOL. NG can certainly pull off the upset, but unless they play a perfect game I don’t see the Rams losing this one. I’m as diehard as it get when you talk North Gwinnett football and it sucks to admit my team will probaby lose, but stranger things have happened! Mo Dixon and Sphire LOVE receiving turnovers :)

Since NG might be gone after Friday, I though what the hell and predicted winners.
Predicted Gwinnett teams left:

Grayson (tear…too much depth and power for NG to overcome)

Norcross (barring no freakin turnovers!)

Brookwood (they find a defense and pound MC with it…experience wins playoff games)

Sorry Parkview, but unless Carson is back to full speed I don’t see Flowe and his Panthers beating the TD machine. West Forsyth wins (ughh I hate it when I’m right LOL)

Best of the Rest:

Lovejoy (Defense defense and more defense)

Camden (Vegas won’t bet against these guys)

North Cobb (WOW)

Colquitt (Pesky Hogs are coming)

I think that’s all.

GwinnettDad

November 21st, 2012
10:05 am

@Fred – your description of a Grayson RB running over a Brookwood defender pains me greatly. Over the years, I’ve always said you can run AROUND a Brookwood team, but not OVER them. Not true this year. At the same time, one still has to play the game, and anything can happen, just as you described how Parkview, a team that cannot pass, beat Grayson that night.

Last year, the Broncos beat a good Peachtree Ridge team in the first round in OT, and then SHOULD have beaten MLK in the 2nd, leading by a TD, with 8 seconds to go, ball on MLK’s 40. But MLK got a TD by letting a receiver be uncovered in the endzone with no time left on the clock. MLK won in OT. Dumbest play I’ve ever seen in any level of football. So, when all is said and done, we gotta remember these are just high school kids.

sportsnut

November 21st, 2012
10:13 am

@ NGHS 09 == You are right on Lovejoy. 2 Seconds. That is the amount of time a Qb has to make the play. 2 Seconds. Run it. Throw it. 2 Seconds. That’s all you get.

Gwinnett's Finest

November 21st, 2012
10:27 am

Just Sayin, it requires being able to pass TESTS not just the BALL to go to college. College coaches frequent Gwinnett schools all season and off-season long. If kids are getting overlooked, it’s only because of their grades.

GwinnettDad

November 21st, 2012
11:22 am

@NGHS – I agree on your picks, except I’m thinking (sob!) Mill Creek over Brookwood, because it is payback time. I plan to be there.

West Forsyth should win, but WF won’t get anything close to 66 points. Low scoring game, I think.

No contest for Camden, I don’t know ANYTHING about Hughes, but they don’t seem to have played anybody, so North Cobb wins. SG might play well against Norcross, but they’re a 2 TD underdog. Can’t imagine Colquitt losing. Grayson/NG. Best game of the night.

Not supposed to look ahead. But at the moment, the semis on my sheet are Grayson vs. North Cobb, and would you believe, a rematch of Colquitt and Camden.

Danny Marquese

November 21st, 2012
11:26 am

Im so excited about these games, my eyeballs are popping out of my head.

grayram

November 21st, 2012
11:30 am

GwinnettDad

The Brookwood D may not be quite up to Brookwood standards this year, but i don’t think that will be a trend. I remember sitting in the stands watching Rennie Curran tackle every Ram that got near the ball 5 yards behind the line. I think he even tackled a few of the guys in the band at halftime when they tried to march across the 20 yard line.