Big tests this week for Colquitt, North Gwinnett, McEachern, Lassiter

Here’s what to look for this weekend in Class AAAAAA –

- The new No. 1-ranked team, Colquitt County, gets its shot on a national stage Friday when the Packers play Hoover, the defending Class 6A champion in Alabama. Both teams are nationally ranked, and both are No. 1 in their own states. Hoover has won two state titles (2009, 2012) since Colquitt coach Rush Propst resigned there in 2007. Propst won five titles at Hoover. Colquitt’s defense was good against Grayson, but the team needs a big game from QB Daniel Mobley to beat Hoover.

- No. 8 Lassiter opens at No. 4 McEachern on Friday as part of a double-header that pits Hillgrove and Walton in the first game. Lassiter has become a Top 10 program for the first time in its history under quarterbacks Hutson Mason and Eddie Printz. But they’re gone, and Lassiter’s current ranking is open to question. Also graduated are star receivers Willie Police, Ryan Jenkins and Juwan Dickey. The Trojans hope Will Anderson, a transfer from Wesleyan, or junior Russell Aarons will be the answer at QB. McEachern looked very good in its 31-10 victory over Brookwood with RB Taj Griffin (154 yards, 10 carries) and QB Ty Clemons (109 on nine).

- North Gwinnett is ranked No. 1 in a couple of polls and might take that spot unanimously if Colquitt County fails to win and the Bulldogs are impressive at Grayson. This is a rematch of North Gwinnett’s surprising 28-10 victory in the second round of the playoffs last year. Both teams have new quarterbacks. Grayson junior Hunter Schuessler was 9-for-15 passing for 50 yards with two interceptions in a 21-6 loss to Colquitt County. North Gwinnett senior Hayden Sphire was 15-for-27 for 206 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in a 34-14 victory over Camden County.

- The best game that nobody is talking about is Peachtree Ridge vs. Parkview. The Ridge beat Walton last week in the Corky Kell and is ranked in the Top 10 of two polls this week despite a 4-6 finish last season. Parkview, on the other hand, is not ranked in any of six polls despite a 9-4 finish last season. Neither is ranked in the AJC, but the winner here has an outstanding case.

- Valdosta looks vulnerable in its opener at home against Thomas County Central, the No. 8 team in AAAAA. Central returned 10 starters on offense, including AJC Super 11 QB Adam Choice. Valdosta’s quarterback, Cole Massingill, was lost for the season to a knee injury. Valdosta feels good about its defense, which returns seven starters, but the offense is a question mark despite all-state candidates in RB Nelson Herring, RB Malcolm Joseph and WR Alex Cason. The offensive line lost four starters.

32 comments Add your comment

region4fan

August 29th, 2013
8:58 am

Hillgrove plays Walton in that doubleheader.

AntiCorruptionUnit

August 29th, 2013
10:09 am

The only test for Corrupt County is to get out of Birmingham without being served subpoenas. Let alone a good showing.

only a matter of time

August 29th, 2013
10:32 am

region4fan…that should be a pretty good under card. your thoughts.

HS Football Fan

August 29th, 2013
11:10 am

Some very intriguing games this weekend, and it’s always tough to evaluate the games when only a handful of teams have played. McEachern is extremely fast, and the Lassiter-McEachern game is likely to be a high scoring affair. Ironically enough, Lassiter will need to try to control the ball through its controlled passing game and running behind it’s experienced O-line.

I can’t imagine North Gwinnett not beating Grayson by at least two touchdowns. They were the most impressive team overall last weekend, and Grayson looks like it’s going to struggle to score against any better than average team.

Stooge

August 29th, 2013
11:28 am

“The only test for Corrupt County is to get out of Birmingham without being served subpoenas. Let alone a good showing”

Sweet..nice of Todd to let kids from the elementary school contribute to the blog. Go Packers!

FarTrain

August 29th, 2013
11:35 am

Surprised the kids from Colquitt County have the time to spare to travel to Hoover AL, due to all their “wood-chopping” chores! Wonder if the guy at GPB was fired for that almost “racist” comment last week? He essentially said they are all a bunch of “rednecks”. If his ethnicity is what I think it is, he should be fired. I know if it were reversed he would be. I understand GPB apologized but they apparently “whispered” it as I have not seen it or heard it. Anybody else?

westcobb5

August 29th, 2013
11:59 am

One of my favorite weekends of the year. A double-header at Cantrell stadium (McEachern H.S.) on Friday night. Great college ball and H.S. double-header in Dekalb on Saturday. Gotta love it.

LHSAlum33

August 29th, 2013
12:41 pm

FarTrain: Have you ever been to Moultrie? There isn’t much to do down there, and considering the mixed amount of kids on that team, I don’t think he was calling them “rednecks.” Although I’m from metro Atlanta, graduated and played football for Lovejoy, I coach at one of the smallest Single A schools in the state, and all they do is farm and play football. Stop being so sensitive about a comment. It’s one thing to say a kid has “get away from the cops” speed or all the negative posts about Lovejoy in the past two years, and another thing to say, “all these kids do is play football and chop wood.” I don’t think it’s that deep. There from a very rural part of GA, it’s a lot of agriculture that goes on in that area, it’s not that farfetched.

Sportsnut

August 29th, 2013
2:45 pm

@ LHSA33 == Glad to have you back. Have you seen them? The 2013 Cats? “Death by A Thousand Cuts”. You owe it to yourself, if you can, to see this version. It never stops coming. Offensively and defensively.

Colquitt Fan

August 29th, 2013
2:45 pm

I’m not offended at all by the comment. Am I supposed to care what a former football who probably doesn’t have the most intelligence says about my town? Naw, I don’t care

slim065

August 29th, 2013
4:57 pm

Anyone know if the CSS games will be on-line? Don’t have Comcast at the house, but can’t get over the McEachern tomorrow night and would like to watch both games, especially the late one.

I think it may take Lassiter’s passing attack 2 or 3 games to really start clicking, but the experience of the o-line combine with a nice stable of RBs will hopefully allow them to let any kinks work themselves out.

prof. jess.

August 29th, 2013
6:41 pm

There will be racist comments made by some of because of their ignorance and jealousy. I am from Ga. and I donot have a lot of love for coach Prost, but I am pulling for the young men to beat Hoover and I think they will if they play the way they are capable of playing. I will pull for them just as I would for the bulldogs over Ala. If you pray then do so for the stupid people and keep your children away from them.

westcobb5

August 29th, 2013
6:56 pm

Slim065, my understanding is that CSS games are streamed over CSS-sports.com

Camden74

August 29th, 2013
7:42 pm

FarTrain……I’m from Southeast Georgia. Growing up, I chopped a lot of wood and am FAR from being a “Redneck”……… :-)

WildHawg2012

August 29th, 2013
8:16 pm

@74=With all this Colquitt/Hoover stuff going on I want to wish the Cats a good game and rep GA well. Good luck to u guys and all my region1AAAAAA fam.

5-Time

August 29th, 2013
8:47 pm

Valdosta’s defense should be able to keep them in that game.

slim065

August 29th, 2013
10:11 pm

@westcobb5, thanks for the info. I had checked it a couple days ago but didn’t see anything that said stream live, etc. Just past video clips. Will have to check around 6 tomorrow

LHSAlum33

August 30th, 2013
7:23 am

@SportsNut No, I haven’t gotten a chance to see them. My school district went back on the first so we started working in July, but I think I’m going to take the 3 hour trip to go see them play the “Wood Choppin Boys” from Moultrie lol.

GwinnettDad

August 30th, 2013
7:56 am

Colquitt seemed weak at QB to me. However, if they do beat Hoover, their status at #1 will be earned. I thought NG looked much better last weekend and expect them to win at Grayson tonight.

McEachern #4? Brookwood no longer seems to sport a defense, which always was a Coach Crew’s strength. But not any more. Wouldn’t be surprised to see McEachern on the the short end. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Broncos lose their first four games.

Unless Parkview wins at home against the Ridge, this could be the weakest Region 8AAAAAA (or formerly 8AAAAA) collection of teams in some time.

Sportsnut

August 30th, 2013
10:41 am

@LHSA33 == I will be making the trip myself. They are at it again.

Camden74

August 30th, 2013
11:18 am

WildHawg2012…….Thanks! I will definitely be pulling for the Hogs against Hoover. One of these days, The CATS will be, RELEASED! :-D

FarTrain

August 30th, 2013
1:18 pm

Don’t really understand why ESPN is showing a replay of the Colquitt Co. “Wood-Choopers” and the Hoover “Hyenas” at 11PM tonight. Since they can’t show it live why not do it sometime on Sat. or Sun? Do they think everyone stays up until 2AM every night? Well, heck, they even roll up all the streets in Moultrie at midnite! (that’s what GPB thinks anyway).

FarTrain

August 30th, 2013
1:20 pm

Should be “WOOD-CHOPPERS” of course. Don’t even know what a “wood-chooper” is. My fingers are faster than my brain! Yeh, I know, what brain?

Titletown USA

August 30th, 2013
1:47 pm

Interesting game at Death Valley (Valdosta) tonight….ho-hummer at the Concrete Palace(Lowndes)….I am going where it is interesting. Safe travels to all.

GwinnettDad

August 30th, 2013
3:08 pm

@Titletown USA – what’s up with Lowndes? Their first four games: the four were 2-8, 5-6 (made playoffs, lost all five games outside of their region), 1-9 and 3-7. I know Lowndes has had good teams, very good teams, in the past. Why four games against traditional losers?

Colquitt Supporter

August 30th, 2013
3:25 pm

Isn’t the Colquitt-Hoover game being shown live on ESPN3?

GwinnettDad

August 30th, 2013
3:43 pm

Looking ahead, talking about big tests: North Gwinnett at Norcross, Friday, 9/13. We’ll find out about the top of 7-AAAAAA very quickly this year.

slim065

August 30th, 2013
5:53 pm

Anyone know of an online stream for the Hillgrove-Walton game? Only stuff I can find on CSS’ website is for 2 games in Florida later tonight.

region4fan

August 30th, 2013
10:27 pm

I am surprised at the high score of the Hillgrove-Walton game. I thought Walton’s defense was supposed to be one of its best ever. Region 4 continues to look solid this week as well.

slim065

August 30th, 2013
10:58 pm

Walton has a couple young guys on the D (believe they have a soph starting in the secondary), but I believe they just don’t have the experience to match the talent…yet. I think they will get much better as the year goes on as long as they get coached up. Can see them going 0-3 in non-region but then also winning the region with the tough schedule and players just naturally improving as the season goes on.

Definitely didn’t expect 900+ yaards (maybe closer to 1k) of combined offense in that game though. Also suprised that Walton didn’t have quite the ground attack we are accustomed to seeing in the past.

Sportsnut

August 30th, 2013
11:21 pm

I told you it would happen to Colquitt again.

DOSTA DAWG

August 31st, 2013
4:47 am

Big win for the Valdosta Wildcats tonite. Defense played good enough to give them a chance. I made 2 observations after watching tonites game. 1. Thomas County Central may not be as good as advertised. 2. Valdosta is not as bad as advertised.

The Valdosta defense didn’t stop Adam Choice, but I thought they wore him down. He was not running the ball with the same vigor in the second half as he did in the first half.

The Valdosta offense is a work in progress, but they sure have some speed.