Sports writers love history. It gives perspective to what we’re watching.
Here are five things about history and the Class AAAAAA football tournament. Curious to know what you think.
Does any of this matter?
- The coaches at North Cobb (Shane Queen) and Norcross (Keith Maloof) have never coached in a state championship game. Lovejoy’s Al Hughes coached in one last year, didn’t win it. The coach at Colquitt County (Rush Propst) has won five state titles, all in Alabama. Perhaps the question would be more interesting if Grayson’s Mickey Conn hadn’t won last year. Before that, the last coach to win Georgia’s highest classification with no previous championship-game experience was Tim McFarlin of Roswell in 2006. Before that, it was Mike O’Brien of Valdosta in 1998 (and he had plenty of championship experience as an assistant). So are we talking once a decade here?
- It’s been 25 years since a Clayton County school won the highest class. Is Lovejoy listening? It’s been 45 years since a Cobb County school won the highest class. What of that, North Cobb?
- Except for the tie in 2006, every state final in the highest class since 1995 has been won by Gwinnett County or South Georgia. Does that mean Norcross vs. Colquitt County is for the title?
- No team has won five games away from home in the playoffs in any classification. Colquitt would need to do that to win the title this year. Colquitt’s record on the road under Rush Propst is 12-2. Does home field matter any more?
- Colquitt County has thrown for more than 3,000 yards and gets 63 percent of its total offense passing. North Cobb WR Xavier Borishade has over 1,000 yards receiving. (I think Andre Hastings was over 1,000 yards receiving for 1987 Morrow, but that team had a couple of 1,000-yard rushers, too.) No true passing team like Colquitt (or perhaps even North Cobb) has won Georgia’s highest classification since Valdosta in 1971, and even the ‘71 Cats probably didn’t get 63 percent of its yardage passing. Can a passing team win Class AAAAAA?
Based on history, it doesn’t look like anybody can win it this year.