No. 4 Colquitt County beat No. 2 Lovejoy in the Class AAAAAA game of the week, but the winner probably meant less than the game itself, the best of the young season.
Colquitt defended a fourth-and-goal pass from its 5-yard line in the final minute to win 17-13 in Moultrie. It meant that the highest-ranked team on the schedule has lost three weeks in a row in AAAAAA – Norcross, Colquitt County and now Lovejoy. No. 1 North Gwinnett was off this weekend but plays preseason No. 1 next.
More things we learned Friday –
Lowndes knows trouble: Newton, a 5-6 team last season that lost its opener to AAAA Eastside, defeated seventh-ranked Lowndes 15-14 on a touchdown pass on the final play of regulation. An extra point then won it. Lowndes has lost three of its last four games dating to last season, all at home. Congrats to new Newton coach Terrance Banks for that special memory.
Norcross hasn’t gone to pieces: The defending state champion Blue Devils came back from their 55-0 loss to Miami’s Booker T. Washington and beat Parkview 21-7. Norcross can redeem itself in full next week in its game against No. 1 North Gwinnett.
Mill Creek is no joke: The Hawks were unranked in preseason despite a surprise quarterfinal run last season (9-4 record), but they’ve made believers of Brookwood. Mill Creek beat Brookwood 44-10 on Friday. It was 34-3 at halftime. That’s after beating the Broncos 56-21 in the playoffs last year. The only other school to beat Brookwood that badly since 1990 is Lowndes (49-7 in 2006 state title game).
Valdosta has a good memory: The Wildcats’ 28-24 loss to neighboring Brooks County was embarrassing last season. Valdosta put away the Class AA powerhouse on Friday with a 50-20 victory. That’s one ghost exorcised. Now Valdosta needs to get beyond the first round, where its season has ended the past two years.