AAAAAA blog: Five things to watch in the second round

Five things to watch this week in Class AAAAAA

- The Cinderella quarter: Brookwood (7-4) has won 43 playoff games and two state titles in its history. The other three teams in Brookwood’s quarter of the draw – North Cobb (9-2), Hughes (10-1), Mill Creek (8-3) – have won seven playoff games combined and no state titles. One of these four teams will make the semifinals. But before anyone stamps Brookwood as the team to beat, note that the Broncos finished fourth in Region 8. They’d have to win two games on the road to make the final four. Only four No. 4 seeds in the highest classification have ever made the semifinals, most recently Lassiter in 2011. Only one (Peachtree Ridge) has won a state title. Tonight, it’s North Cobb at Hughes and Brookwood at Mill Creek.

- North Gwinnett at Grayson: This is the only AAAAAA game in the round of 16 that matches ranked teams. Grayson (10-1) is No. 3. North Gwinnett (10-1) is No. 4. These Gwinnett County powerhouses have played only once. Grayson beat North 23-19 in the 2010 second round. These are Gwinnett’s most successful programs in terms of victories in recent years.  Grayson has won 70 games since 2007, the most in Gwinnett. North Gwinnett has won 77 since 2006, the most in Gwinnett.

- The Packer Road Show: Colquitt County (8-3) is 9-2 on the road (not counting neutral sites) in the playoffs in five seasons under Rush Propst. That includes a victory over No. 1 seed McEachern last week. In that time, Colquitt has won at Stephenson, M.L. King, Lassiter, Camden County, Grayson and North Gwinnett. Though ranked No. 9, Colquitt is a No. 4 seed and can’t play a home game in the playoffs. The only Georgia team that has won a state title while winning five playoff games away from home is Peachtree Ridge in 2006. Next stop for Colquitt County is Newnan (9-2).

- Draw busters: Parkview and Marietta were big stories in the first round. Parkview won its first playoff game since 2005, which was the end of one of Georgia’s great dynasties (10 straight quarterfinal appearances). It took an overtime win against Walton. Now Parkview travels to West Forsyth in a bid to return to the quarters. Marietta needed the heroics of LSU-bound quarterback Anthony Jennings – three TD passes and a back-breaking 88-yard run – to stun Lowndes on the road. It will take another great effort to win Friday at seventh-ranked Lovejoy.

- Norcross: No. 1-ranked teams have lost each of the past two weeks in the highest class. First Camden in the regular season, then Lassiter when the penalty is death. Now Norcross remains as AAAAAA’s only unbeaten team. But Norcross is a school that has never advanced past the quarterfinals. Friday’s game with South Gwinnett will be tough. Norcross beat South 35-20 in the opener. South’s only other loss is to Grayson.

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how 'bout

November 20th, 2012
9:20 am

how 'bout

November 20th, 2012
9:32 am

…Grayson/North Gwinnett game of the week in Georgia this week regardless of classification or region

…and before all the Gwinnett fanatics start up with the Gwinnett county vs South Georgia or 1-AAAAAA vs 7-AAAAAA or 8-AAAAAA

…IT IS SIMPLY BECAUSE …the Grayson/North Gwinnett game provides a match up between 2 teams that at least on paper should be a great game …while the rest of the mega match ups seem to be scheduled for the quarters or later …assuming the favorites continue to win out…

G-alum

November 20th, 2012
9:34 am

Hey CC Pack… what’s coming together now that was not happening earlier in the season????

Stooge

November 20th, 2012
9:47 am

@G-alum We have the habit of not getting hungry enough till we smell what’s on the plate and we smell the Dome now. Best way I can sum it up.

BullDawgRick

November 20th, 2012
9:48 am

Two of the better teams in the state collide this early.. Why??

Beacuse Gwinnett produces the best teams in the state & have to KO each other to move on to Win another!!!

Gwinnett County Football is SEC football for the state of Georgia!!

Jammer

November 20th, 2012
9:53 am

@how ’bout
“…Grayson/North Gwinnett game of the week in Georgia this week regardless of classification or region”
I gotta agree with you there, at least on paper. Although at this time of year every game is game of the week for the team your pulling for with the second being the possible match up the next week.

Camden74

November 20th, 2012
9:57 am

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

Fred

November 20th, 2012
10:24 am

@how ’bout – yea, I’m getting pretty tired of all the North v South, R1 v R7, R8. It could be an all Gwinnett or even R8 semi or final and that would be interesting but I don’t think anyone should read anything into it other than it is just that – interesting. This year seem to point to more parity between the top teams in all the regions, at least in 6A. I don’t keep up with the other classifications as I don’t have time. There are a few teams that are a little better than the rest but as last weekend showed at this stage of the year, truly any given team on any given night applies. We are really fortunate to see this level of ball in Georgia. Congratulations to all teams and may you all do well…..with my team doing slightly better than all the rest! ;-)

Sportscraz97

November 20th, 2012
10:25 am

@BullDawgRick: Gwinnett County Football is SEC football for the state of Georgia?? No offense, but I can not agree with that one. You line your Gwinnett boys up a schedule that would include Coffee, then Colquitt, then Lowndes, then Valdosta, then Camden and you will get a taste of what SEC feels like!

Falconguy45

November 20th, 2012
10:51 am

Sports Craz….. I know you have an argument on the better of the two region, but I have seen most teams from both regions and the stronger teams are evenly talented. I think the biggest difference in both regions is the travel time from school to school that Region 1 has to prepare for week after week. As a fair assessment and a member of Gwinnett, I will give Region 1 a slight edge due to travel.

GwinnettDad

November 20th, 2012
10:58 am

Brookwood hosted Mill Creek in the 2nd game of the year at won 31-21. It is highly likely that when Mill Creek hosts Brookwood Friday, that MC will more than try to return the favor. Good luck to the Broncos. To give up two TDs and a FG to an opponent is the best they’ve done on D all year. But they did beat the #1 ranked team in the State in the first round, a distinguished accomplishment for any GA team, and a rare one at that.

7 of the 16 teams still playing in AAAAAA are from Gwinnett. I think that speaks for itself, At most 4 will be in the quarters, at least 3.

BullDawgRick

November 20th, 2012
11:07 am

Sports Craz – - – No offense taken, my man… It’s that time of year again where it’s put up or… Gwinnett has won 6 of the last 12 at the highest level (& many at the lower levels)

Agree on the travel thinggie Travel guy.. But ya just gotta play what ya have on the sked..

Buckle that chin strap, hold on & let’s watch this thing unfold!!

only a matter of time

November 20th, 2012
11:37 am

the Pack show is for real. are we looking at a potential Packer vs. Camden Cty rematch? or is it too early to call with Newnan and then potentially the winner of W. Forsyth/Parkview in the way??

Jammer

November 20th, 2012
11:42 am

One Game at a time, you don’t want to look ahead or you could be watching from home. Just ask Lowndes, Valdosta, and Lassiter…

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
11:46 am

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

cougar pride

November 20th, 2012
11:54 am

luckily your catching newnan this year. next year they have a lot returning starters.

Parkview Pride

November 20th, 2012
11:56 am

Hope NGHS doesn’t have any ex-coaches for hire.
http://www.gwinnettdailypost.com/photos/2012/oct/04/55240/

norcrossdawg

November 20th, 2012
12:16 pm

Guys,,Norcross is the team to beat in AAAAAA..Best 2 running back in the same back field since 1977 at Avondale HS(Tim Martin-UGA & Cliff Austin-Clemson). And Avondale went undefeated914-0) their Jr season,1977 and won the STATE CHAMP over Woodward Academy ! THE BEST FOOTBALL EVEN BACK THEN WAS UP NORTH !

Camden74

November 20th, 2012
12:19 pm

It’s really interesting when your post don’t show up, isn’t it? Go CCHS WILDCATS! :-D

Camden74

November 20th, 2012
12:21 pm

Will Norcross be in the BIG game next week? :-)

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
12:47 pm

@ Norcrossdawg == Good dig-up. I know both of those guys. They are from my hood. They did have a great team. I don’t know what happened to Tim but Cliff was an all-Acc back at Clemson and then a short NFL career, some with the Falcons. They were a great tandem.

Falconguy45

November 20th, 2012
1:17 pm

Norcrossdawg…. A very good undefeated Norcross team, which is a given, but how do you believe that Norcross is the team to beat???? Especially when you have a Grayson team that is destroying their opponennts, two of which are still in the hunt, since the Parkview loss. Go back and do your homework and look at the scores. Also keep in mind they have 44 returning seniors and the #1 defensive player in the nation returning. I still believe it will be a Grayson/Camden match up. Norcross still has to prove to everyone on here that they can get over the hump in the playoffs.

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
1:49 pm

@ Norcrossdawg == Those two guy’s, Cliff and Tim are from the same neighborhood as Dwayne Harris of the Cowboys and Patrick Pass, formerly of Tucker, as is Harris, and the New England Patriots. This is the same neighborhood, Scottdale, that is now the primary residence of all or close to all of Druid Hills high school students. It is close enough to Stepenson, Tucker, MLK and SWD for those youth organizations to recruit from in Park or as some call it, pound ball. Druid Hills will be up and coming due to the fact that this is the first year since 1969 that all the kids in Scottdale will attend the same school. They were spread out into 4 high schools and 5 different elementary schools due to bussing. Avondale, Druid Hills Clarkston and Shamrock were the schools they were sent to. Avondale is now closed and Shamrock is a middle feeder for DHHS. Give them a little time and they will become players in this game.

Tipp Smooth

November 20th, 2012
2:00 pm

Will all that pass info get you WUBBA this week or
a State Title, The verdict will be out real soon for
Norcross, they are on a head on collision with Camden.

Camden03

November 20th, 2012
2:41 pm

@Fred Well said. That is all

Really????????????????No surprise here

November 20th, 2012
2:58 pm

All of the talk about Gwinnett having the most teams in the playoffs and have to knock one another off. Really? We have more schools in Gwinnettt County than anyone else, as does Cobb County. Do the math if region 7 and 8 have 10 schools each, thats 20. 4 teas from each region get into the playoffs, that’s 8 teams from Gwinnett, why wouldn’t we still have more teams and odds better than say, region 1. While we are jumping at Gwinnett having 6 out of the last 12 higher region titles, Camden has 3 from 1 region when they were in region 3 and Lowndes has 3 from region 1. Now region 1 has 6 titles since 2000. We have only 1 team with multiple titles since 2000, and that is Parkview, the rest have 1 each. Not much to beat our chests about. But, this is a new year and AAAAAA is new, so noone has a title yet. Let the most champions go. That stuff is history, we are going to crown a new champion this year. The odds of us having a team advance to any round will always be greater, due to the number of teams, some are good, some are not. So I am not suprised to see so many Gwinnett schools in the 1st or 2nd rounds. We won’t know how we really stackup until the 3rd round anyway.

WILDHAWG2012

November 20th, 2012
3:01 pm

I know Grayson is the truth but it is a any thing can happen type of friday and North Gwinnett is a top notch program and they are coming to play and win so i wouldn’t count them out either. This is a scary game for real and it is too close to call no matter who is at home.As long as Grayson don’t fumble and put themselves in bad situations and control the clock. But all i know is it will be a war!!!

Falconguy45

November 20th, 2012
3:17 pm

Wildhawg….. You are correct. I can tell you that we are not, the fans that is, taking NG lightly. They are a very good team and it will be a fight. I think most games going forward will be a fight and maybe a little luck helps on the way.

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
3:26 pm

One mention, really Todd ? It’s O.K., at least it was in a complementary fashion. Thanks

The Cross

November 20th, 2012
3:36 pm

Camden74-I guess we will see if Norcross is in the BIG Game next week. Will Camden? It would be really embarrassing if you let a 5-6 team knock you off. So stick around for another round and getting beat by a 12-0 team won’t be quite as humiliating.

The Cross

Camden74

November 20th, 2012
3:57 pm

The Cross…….There you go, skipping your meds again. IMO, it would be embarrassing for Camden to lose to any team, with the exception of maybe one. But, as you know, anything can and does happen in football. There’s one thing for sure, you’re close to having your wish of Camden and Norcross meeting in the playoffs. If both teams get by Friday night, your dreams will have come true. To be the best, you gotta beat the best! Roll on CATS, roll on! :-D

Falconguy45

November 20th, 2012
4:10 pm

The Cross…. I know you are on Cloud 9 right now because Norcross is very good and undefeated, but you may want to pick on someone else on here other than a Camden fan. I gave Norcross a lot of kudos on past blogs and will continue as you guys continue to win, but I can assure you most of the South Georgia schools are not too worried about Norcross due to past history playoff performances. I know we are in a different year and a new team can run the board, but that hasn’t happend yet. Camden has been there and done it several times in past years. Recent history always helps teams catapult to the title with tradition. Right now, until proven, Norcross is the #2 team in Gwinnett and the # 3 team in the state. Now prove us all wrong as we get deeper.

GwinnettDad

November 20th, 2012
4:13 pm

@Really – Gwinnett played other counties in the Atlanta area in the first round and almost swept, and even in the game Gwinnett lost, it scored 41 points. The only Gwinnett team that lost was Collins Hill to West Forsyth. It was just as possible for there to be zero Gwinnett teams. Instead, there are seven. Why diminish an accomplishment? What justification is there? Why not simply acknowledge that again this year, there’s some pretty good football in Gwinnett? Do you somehow choke on that? Why?

Now I’m still believing that Camden will play Grayson in the finals. But I also picked Lassiter, Lowndes and Valdosta to make it to at least the quarterfinals.

DevilBlue

November 20th, 2012
4:26 pm

We are glad you’re standing in middle of the street, hiding in plain sight. It will make you easier to run over.

Falconguy45

November 20th, 2012
4:34 pm

Devil blue….. Please translate in English

The Cross

November 20th, 2012
4:52 pm

Falcon45-You are correct about a new year and new team. This team is focused and ready to get the playoff monkey off our backs. Time will tell, but the fact remains that Norcross is the only undefeated team in AAAAAA and we have defeated SIX playoff teams thus far.

Only one team in the State can make that claim in 2012…NORCROSS.

The Cross

Fred

November 20th, 2012
5:13 pm

@Really????… – You have be careful you understand what is being said and what is meant to parse the statements about teams in playoffs. Gwinnett has 17 6A high school and I think off the top of my head 1 city high school and 5 private high schools. There are also several private schools outside Gwinnett that draw on Gwinnett talent. With the addition of Habersham Central, Gwinnett schools make up regions 7 & 8 with 9 teams in each region. Gwinnett talent is spread between these teams and the private schools.

Even though we sometimes talk about Gwinnett as a whole, you also have to consider that there is no love lost between regions when we are playing each other. Further, the playoffs are designed to pit R7 & R8 against each other in the 1st or 2nd round every year. While we might have more opportunities as Gwinnett County to place teams in the quarter, semi or finals, each region has the same statistical chance as any other region to get there. In 6A, Region 8 is the only region this year to still have all 4 teams playing after the first round. Since the inception of 5A leading to this year 6A, region 8 has won 5 state titles, region 3 has won 3, region 1 has won 3, and regions 6 & 7 have split one. (That led to the overtime rules so there wouldn’t be another tie.)

I say all this to point out that Gwinnett as a county plays good, hard knocking football across the county. The individual regions within Gwinnett can also be proud that this year they are doing quite well. By no means does this mean that the other regions aren’t as good or N GA is better than S GA or metro vs rural or any other combination you can come up with. Good football is played everywhere in GA at all classifications. We are fortunate indeed to have the wealth of talent and coaching staffs in Gwinnett to represent ourselves well in statewide competition.

C Hutch

November 20th, 2012
5:18 pm

GO Camden Wildcats!

sportsnut

November 20th, 2012
5:25 pm

@ FalconGuy45 == I thinkl that was meant for me. A comical fan from Marietta. It was in reference to me posting about a lack of acknowledgement on certain blogs as the conversation did not include Lovejoy.
@ DevilBlue == I hope you don’t run us over. We just want to play some football. Anyway, I am looking for a good game friday.Marietta has our respect.

GwinnettDad

November 20th, 2012
5:51 pm

@DevilBlue – road kill. It’s just not for only breakfast any more. Just make sure you’re not run over before you try to run somebody else over. What goes around, comes around.

GwinnettDad

November 20th, 2012
5:58 pm

I wouldn’t know West Forsyth if it bit me. However, watch out, Parkview, you just might be bitten. A running back Jake Wieczorek carried the ball for 277 yards on 12 carries, TD runs of 24, 68 and 74 yards, plus a kick off return of 98 yards. Pretty impressive against Collins Hill. And WF scored 66 points too. Maybe they deserve more attention?

Camden03

November 20th, 2012
6:02 pm

@GwinnettDad no doubt to hang 66 points on any team is impressive. Does West Forsyth really have that high powered an offense?

GwinnettDad

November 20th, 2012
6:16 pm

@Camden03 – all anybody like I can do is look at their scores, and see they’d put up 60 points a couple of times before, including 63 against Alpharetta. Lovejoy beat Alpharetta 43-24. West Forsyth beat Alpharetta 63-42. Yet WF barely squeaked by 5-5 Lambert 17-16 in their 10th game. I surmise Parkview will be the best D that WF has yet faced. WF lost 33-7 to Grayson in the quarters last year. Maybe this WF is better?

GwinnettDad

November 20th, 2012
6:18 pm

(Hope nobody is grading me on grammar)

Camden74

November 20th, 2012
6:31 pm

I saw West Forsyth play twice early in the season.They are really, really good on offense. But their defense has a ways to go. If their defense was even a bit above average, I would definitely have them in the Final 4. Their QB is good as well as a couple of RBs and WR………They could be the Dark horse, they can definitely score points! CCHS CAT POWER! :-D

Camden03

November 20th, 2012
6:56 pm

Hmmmm I see. Okay thanks for the insight @GwinnettDad. As @Camden74 said they could very well be the dark horse

Columbia Blue

November 20th, 2012
7:50 pm

Ok Camden is the underdog. Norcross is the best team in AAAAAA. I recon Camden should be scared. NOT

GwinnettDad

November 20th, 2012
8:02 pm

West Forsyth has only existed for 5 years, is 44-13. That’s a great record for a new school.

camdenfan2013

November 20th, 2012
8:03 pm

I know that we are living in the “right now”, but dang. Where were all these Norcross fans last year and the year before that when playoff time had roled around? Anyway, looking forward to some good games this week. Camden is notorious for under performing after Thanksgiving, but I believe Coach H will have them ready. Safe travels Pirate fans. Go Packers, but most of all Go CATS Go.

Falconguy45

November 20th, 2012
8:05 pm

Where is BK? I miss the poor guy