AAAAAA blog: Only three region champions remain after Grayson, West Forsyth exits

The quarters:

#2 North Gwinnett at #1 Lovejoy

#3 Mill Creek at #2 North Cobb

#1 Norcross vs. #1 Camden County (Saturday coin toss to decide home field)

#4 Colquitt County at #3 Parkview

Five noteworthy happenings from the second round:

- North Gwinnett upsets Grayson: North Gwinnett scored on its first five possessions – four times on field goals by Michael D’Angola – and knocked off 2011 state champion and preseason favorite Grayson 28-10. Grayson committed four turnovers and was charged with a safety after a bad snap to its punter. Grayson’s season, which ends at 10-2, can only be termed a major disappointment. The Rams returned virtually every starter on defense from a 15-0 team, and most of those were major college prospects.

- Parkview wins in overtime, again: Parkview is the first team ever to win overtime games in the first two rounds of the state playoffs, according to Georgia High School Football Historians Association records. Parkview defeated West Forsyth 26-23 to keep the roller-coaster season going. Parkview is the team that stunned Grayson in the first month of the season, then blew its chance to win a region title with losses to Central Gwinnett and South Gwinnett. Now, Parkview is the only Region 8 team left after winning its first two playoff games since 2005.

- North Cobb makes first quarterfinal since 1979: All eight teams that made the quarters have been there before, but North Cobb broke the longest drought – 33 years – in the 42-14 victory over Langston Hughes. It’s vindication for the Warriors and coach Shane Queen, who had a 10-0 season and No. 1 ranking ruined five years ago with a first-round loss. Parkview made the quarters for the first time since 2005. Norcross hadn’t been in the quarters since 2006. Lovejoy (2011) and Mill Creek (2010) are making their second-ever trip to the quarters. North Gwinnett has made the final eight in five of the past seven seasons. Camden County and Colquitt County made it in 2011 and will be making their 12th appearances in the elite eight.

- Only three No. 1 seeds remain: Lovejoy, Norcross and Camden County made the quarterfinals as No. 1 seeds and region champions. This is the fourth time since 2000 that fewer than half of the eight No. 1 seeds have failed to make the quarters in the highest classification. It also happened in 2010 (Brookwood, Lowndes), 2006 (Norcross, Stephenson, Tift County) and 2000 (Parkview, Harrison, East Coweta).

- Colquitt County thrives as No. 4 seed: Colquitt County improved to 10-2 in road playoff games under fifth-year head coach Rush Propst in a 26-23 victory over Newnan. No Georgia team has won that many times on the road in so short a span. Colquitt hopes to become the second No. 4 seed in history, and first since Peachtree Ridge in 2006, to win a state title.

197 comments Add your comment

sportsnut

November 24th, 2012
12:35 am

Lovejoy is simply playing football.

RobFromNorcross

November 24th, 2012
12:43 am

Only one undefeated team remains in AAAAAA… 12-0 Norcross!

Fred

November 24th, 2012
1:26 am

I don’t know that I would call the season a “major disappointment.” It could have been better no doubt. We won region and made it to the second round. There are a whole lot of teams out there that would love to have that kind of season. I would have loved for us to win state again to be sure but I just can’t be down on the team for the year they had.

BulldogsStillBite

November 24th, 2012
1:43 am

Looks like Region 7 took the reigns from R8 this year…

DawgFan

November 24th, 2012
1:57 am

When will you acknowledge that NG is pretty darn good? You said we couldn’t beat Colquitt. We did. You said we couldn’t beat Grayson. We did.

Why is the story that Grayson is a huge disappointment? It is time to pay a little credit to the little underdawgs who keep knocking off your “favorites”. I suppose we’ll be happy for you to just keep ignoring us right up until the Dome. It is good to be the underdawg!

DawgFan

November 24th, 2012
2:00 am

3 of the final 8 from region 7, 4 of the final 8 from Gwinnett.

DawgFan

November 24th, 2012
2:04 am

Dear RobFromNorcross, all the Gwinnettians really want to pull for you guys, quit making it hard to do so.

reggaeman

November 24th, 2012
2:23 am

NGHS 09

November 24th, 2012
3:10 am

@BulldogsStillBite…Not giving us credit or much recognition is our good luck charm!! Let everyone keep doubting LOL.

SnakeW84

November 24th, 2012
4:02 am

Colquitt County during playoff time….Unstoppable!! This truly proves their no home field advantage when playing a Rush Propst team by chalking up another road win. The White Jersey Warriors

Camden Alum

November 24th, 2012
5:00 am

As I said last week, Region 8 is as legit as Kansas State being number 1. Camden will take care of Norcross rather were at home or away.

Packer Face Blue

November 24th, 2012
5:02 am

Camden County is going to get that ass next Sat.
Go Packers; Go Camden

John

November 24th, 2012
6:08 am

Rome High won overtime games in the first two rounds of the 1997 Class AAA state playoffs, beating Lakeside 15-14 in the first round and Stephens County 15-14 in the second round before losing at Marist in the quarterfinals.

John

November 24th, 2012
6:11 am

Correction to my post: Rome did win overtime games in the first two rounds of 1997 but the Stephens County score was 13-7 in the second round.

GraysonCat

November 24th, 2012
6:32 am

100% dissapointment, this was a team that was supposed to win a National Championship. sportsnut if Lovejoy wins, you got a free drink at the Grand Stand waiting for you. Go Cats!

Columbia Blue Blood

November 24th, 2012
7:27 am

Hmmm no doubt camden is good but Norcross will make quick work of them if they played like they did last night. I think coach is going to have to open up the offense a bit to have a shot

Blue DEVIL

November 24th, 2012
7:31 am

@Columbia Blue I guarantee Norcross will beat Camden. This particular group of boys are on a mission

Sugar Hill Dawg

November 24th, 2012
7:43 am

Shocked by the events of last night? No, not really. Maybe seeing Parkview among the survivors is a bit of a surprise (no clue about West Forsyth – hard to judge the Conn = North Fulton – Forstyth regions). I wasn’t expecting such a dominate performance by the Boys in Black last night, but Grayson struck me as a team of individuals, rather than a team of teammates. I think the non – stop # 1 Recruit stuff finally got to ‘em. Anyone know where Lovejoy plays home games? (Tara?)

Sugar Hill Dawg

November 24th, 2012
7:44 am

Opps! Cobb – guess I should have turned on some lights.

Sugar Hill Dawg

November 24th, 2012
7:45 am

region4fan

November 24th, 2012
7:53 am

North Cobb is having a special season. Their run defense has been a brick wall in the playoffs. Good luck to the last of the Cobb County teams.

cougar pride

November 24th, 2012
8:04 am

colquitt knew that they were over confident coming in. never underestimate newnan. newnan will leave you crying. we have a lot of soph and juniors on that team. look out next year

The Cross

November 24th, 2012
8:13 am

Congratulations to the Elite 8! Region 7 with 4 of the 8 us quite an accomplishment.

North Gwinnett congratulations…I guess this flying under the radar mantra is working for you. You guys outplayed and outcoached the defending champs. Total destruction of Grayson last night.

Norcross played a great game last night as well. Our D played lights out and the offensive line absolutely took over in the second half…I was very close to calling DFACS to report child abuse as our O-line manhandled South Gwinnett.

The Cross

The Cross

November 24th, 2012
8:14 am

Above post should say 3 of 8. With 4 of 8 residing in Gwinnett.

The Cross

Devillover

November 24th, 2012
8:15 am

Why does Norcross have to win the coin toss for home field since Camden lost one game and Norcross was undefeated?

Dekalb Co Guy

November 24th, 2012
8:16 am

@ cougar pride

sort of a lame post there. Colquitt didnt seem overconfident. And how did they leave colquitt crying, it was a heartbreaking loss for Newnan, not colquitt, lol.
They played good sound football. They scored pretty easily the first couple of times and was about to score again. Newnan got the turnover and seemed to breathe life into them, the momentum changed and turned into a great game.And yeah Newnan has a lot of soph and juniors, but that was mostly seniors on the field though.

The Cross

November 24th, 2012
8:19 am

Huge coin toss today to determine home field for the Norcross-Camden game.

I wish there was a more objective way to determine home field with same seeds. Maybe start with records and then go to points scored differentials. Coin tosses seem silly.

The Cross

Joseph

November 24th, 2012
8:30 am

Parkview will be a challenge, especially with their penchant for overtime wins in the playoffs this year. However, they will face an opponent in Colquitt County that thrives on the pressure of the postseason. The Pack doesn’t care where they play. With the way the fans of the Golden Herd travel, every stadium becomes our home away from home on Friday night! Just like when you are invited to dinner at someone else’s house, they cook and you eat! Let the big hawg eat! For the record, our Packers are the only team to have beaten Camden in the last two years. We have beaten them two times in a row and are officially on a winning streak against them! Camden, you may say you want some more, but in reality, you are pulling for Parkview, ’cause you know we will leave town with a three game winning streak intact and a ticket in hand to the dome! Go Pack Go!!!!

TRIPLE HHH

November 24th, 2012
8:32 am

A little bit of facts:Camden have not won a coin toss under Heron,but also Camden has not loss a game under Heron when there is a coin toss involved…..

topper

November 24th, 2012
8:49 am

The Cross- Looks like you will have a Camden at home next week as we never win coin tosses!

Blue DEVIL- guarantee? Glad you told me so I can save money on tickets next week!

Anakin Skywalker

November 24th, 2012
8:53 am

Knew West Forsyth wouldn’t get past second round based upon how they played in the last half of the regular seaseon…..

sportsnut

November 24th, 2012
8:54 am

@ Sugar Hill Dawg == Lovejoy plays at 12 Oaks. It is on Lovejoy’s campus.

Max Sizemore

November 24th, 2012
9:13 am

Devillover, region seeding (in this case, 2 No. 1s) is the only thing that counts. Records do not. Used to be that if two teams with equal seeding met in the playoffs, the GHSA handbook predetermined the home team (upper bracket one year, lower bracket the next). Now it’s a coin flip.

Blue DEVIL

November 24th, 2012
9:31 am

@topper that’s only because camden is a bit overrated

Wildcat Fan

November 24th, 2012
9:33 am

@ The Cross, Its so amazing how you guys are on here bragging about anything, you guys are having one good year do this year in and year out. Please dont be a one year wonder and Im pretty certain you will

Wildcat Fan

November 24th, 2012
9:36 am

@Blue Devil,,,oh we will see how overraated we are. You better have more than a running back, playing out of the wildcat allnight

Todd Holcomb

November 24th, 2012
9:40 am

”I don’t know that I would call the season a “major disappointment.” It could have been better no doubt. We won region and made it to the second round. There are a whole lot of teams out there that would love to have that kind of season. I would have loved for us to win state again to be sure but I just can’t be down on the team for the year they had.”

I don’t mean that anyone should be down on Grayson. The players worked hard like everybody else, and there was a lot of pressure/media attention on this team. No blame intended. I’m just comparing expectations with results. After the second or third game, Grayson had reason to believe a national title was realistic. The result was a 10-2 finish and a 28-10 loss w/ 5 game-changing turnovers/mistakes.

Wildcat Fan

November 24th, 2012
9:40 am

What has The great Nocross Blue Devils ever won……..

Blue DEVIL

November 24th, 2012
9:42 am

@Wildcat Fan it doesn’t matter. Your super conservative offense won’t be able to score on us and you know it

Blue DEVIL

November 24th, 2012
9:42 am

@Wildcat Fan it doesn’t matter. Your super conservative offense won’t be able to score on us and you know it

topper

November 24th, 2012
9:49 am

Blue DEVIL – We shall see! Good luck next week both teams will need it.

Cross fit

November 24th, 2012
9:59 am

Norcross is a team that is on a mission, an the defense played a stellar game last night. Home or away Nocross will be ready to play. Camden you are simply in the way of a team who’s time has come. The offense is in good hands and will be running on all cylinders.

Squirrell

November 24th, 2012
10:00 am

Newnan got the “MO” and almost beat us.

Glad to get outta there with a win.

Gotta give ya credit Cougars, you boys played your heart out.

You left it all on he field!

Hold your heads up!

You should be proud of your team!

Ain’t High School Football FUN?

Coulda gone either way!

That’s why we play the game!

PackerBacker

November 24th, 2012
10:00 am

Go Pack!!!! Rock On!!!

sportsnut

November 24th, 2012
10:05 am

I see Region 1 was not involved in easy games last night. Colquit and Camden had to play well to win. All the talk about Region 3 not being anybody almost cost them both. Camden won by 20 but are now aware that they can’t show up and claim victory without playing the game. Colquit barely escaped by 3 but a win is a win. Time for them to start respecting others and their ability to perform on the football field.
@ 74 == I am still here. Are we close enough yet ?

No quit in colquitt

November 24th, 2012
10:08 am

@sportsnut you seem like one of those people who will keep demanding respect even when it’s given to you….never satisfied. I’ll give the lovejoy team respect but not you. They actually play the game and their coach seems like a humble guy unlike yourself

On a side note Camden74 is the exact same way…..

D-Nice

November 24th, 2012
10:15 am

BREAKING NEWS!!!!! This just in. Camden Won the coin Toss!!!!! Lets Go Cats.

Wildcat Fan

November 24th, 2012
10:25 am

@Blue Devil,,I hope sure hope your coaches feel the same way. Because they’re in for a rude awakening.

Lovejoydad

November 24th, 2012
10:26 am

I predict that Lowndes will beat Lovejoy in the second round. Oops! Oh well Grayson will definitely get them in the third round. Oops again! Where are they now? I know how Dawgfan feels. These terrible teams like Lovejoy and North Gwinnett. Can’t win anything. Oops again!!!. The only problem with this third round game as I see it is that neither team could possibly be a favorite. This will be the first game in GHSA history that BOTH TEAMS WILL LOSE!!!!!! Great job last night NGHS, but you guys did to Grayson what Marietta did to Lowndes. You saved them from getting drug up and down the field by dem Cats. Gonna be a great game this Friday at 12 Oaks Stadium.I’ll be on the 50 yard line as always sitting about 6 or 7 rows in front of Sportsnut.The team that plays better of course will win, but all you sore losers need to stop acting like certain teams belong and certain ones don’t. As I always say, The game is played on the field, but I am willing to crown some of you sore losers State Blog champions.

D-Nice

November 24th, 2012
10:27 am

@sportsnut, I don’t know what game you were watching last night but the Camden game was never in doubt. Yes I’ve seen the Cats play better but whenever coach is playing all of JV and freshman players for most of the 4th period should let you know that the game was never in question.

Looking forward to another Fun filled night of highschool football next week here in Camden County. Safe travels to our friends from Norcross, we welcome you with open arms and as always with that great southern hospitality.