As Norcross picks up the pieces from its 55-0 loss to Booker T. Washington, the new No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAAAA, Colquitt County, puts Georgia back in the national spotlight on Friday with a game at Hoover of Alabama.
Colquitt and Hoover are the No. 1-ranked teams in the highest classifications of their states, and both are nationally ranked.
Does anyone think that Colquitt County needs to beat Hoover, or keep it close, to salvage Georgia’s reputation?
No one is questioning Georgia’s overall strength as a football state, but if two elite programs get slammed in consecutive weeks, some will doubt the strength of Georgia’s best handful of teams nationwide.
As for Norcross, was the 55-0 score a fluke, or is Norcross just not that good? There’s little question that BTW is one of the nation’s best teams. But can Norcross recover and defend its state title?
Norcross is saying the right things.
‘’We can’t get back time, and we can’t get this game back,’’ defensive end Lorenzo Carter told the AJC’s Adam Krohn after Saturday’s game. “We’ve got to do something about it moving forward.”
Norcross coach Keith Maloof didn’t make excuses and expected that his team would rebound.
‘’I think the group handled it well,’’ Maloof said. Playing on ESPN ‘’didn’t have anything to do with it – we just didn’t play well. We’ve been on TV three, four years now, so I don’t think that was a big deal, I just think we didn’t play good.’’
AAAAAA will be interesting in the next few weeks with these games –
Friday – No. 1 Colquitt County vs. Hoover
Sept. 6 – No. 2 Lovejoy at No. 1 Colquitt County
Sept. 13 – No. 3 North Gwinnett vs. No. 6 Norcross
Lots of other pretty good games in there as well, such as North Gwinnett-Grayson (Friday), Lassiter-McEachern (Friday), Parkview-Peachtree Ridge (Friday), Parkview-Norcross (Sept. 6), Parkview-Grayson (Sept. 31) and North Cobb-Walton (Sept. 13).
Here’s a sneak preview of the Maxwell Ratings’ projected margins of victory, to be published in full on Thursday.
This is AAAAAA –
Alpharetta at Milton -5
Collins Hill at Central Gwinnett -8
Duluth vs. Berkmar -11
Etowah at Lambert -8
Langston Hughes at Creekside -3
Lovejoy vs. Mundy’s Mill -39
Lowndes vs. Luella -38
Marietta vs. Pope -16
McEachern vs. Lassiter -6
Mill Creek at Dacula -11
Newnan at LaGrange -11
North Cobb vs. Starr’s Mill -29
North Gwinnett at Grayson -9
Peachtree Ridge vs. Parkview -3
Roswell at Centennial -2
Shiloh vs. Meadowcreek -35
South Cobb at Westlake -15
Sprayberry vs. Kennesaw Mountain -1
Tift County vs. Westover -7
Valdosta vs. Thomas County Central -7
Walton vs. Hillgrove -1