A decade ago, Brookwood versus Parkview (aka the Battle of Five Forks Trickum) was metro Atlanta’s best football rivalry. Parkview was a reigning state champion. Brookwood was the runner-up. Brookwood ended Parkview’s state-record 46-game winning streak.
On Friday, the old enemies meet again, only this time as winless teams hoping to get back in the Region 8-AAAAAA race. Both have played tough schedules and can’t be counted out. But it sure looks odd: Parkview is 0-4 for the first time since 1986. Brookwood is 0-3 for the first time 1986.
Wouldn’t be shocked if either made the playoffs. Anyone writing them off?
Other things to watch in AAAAAA this week:
- Colquitt County travels to Lowndes for what’s probably the game of the week. In last year’s meeting, Lowndes won 17-14, and Colquitt County coach Rush Propst accused Lowndes of using a former Colquitt coach to steal Colquitt’s sideline signals. The GHSA found no wrongdoing. Apparently, it’s not against the rules to steal signals. Whether that was going on remains open to debate. If Lowndes has any sense of humor about it, all fans dressed in crimson will get a free pair of binoculars at Martin Stadium on Friday. Colquitt hasn’t won a game there since 1994.
- Valdosta plays at Camden County. Camden won last year 43-6, which was Valdosta’s worst loss home since 1974. Is Valdosta that much better, and Camden that much weaker, that Valdosta can win this? On the road?
- Region 8 will have one leader after the Dacula-Archer game. Both are 2-0 in region play. Archer (4-0) is ranked for the first time in its history. Dacula last won a region title in 2005. Archer has never won one.
- Alpharetta is probably the team to beat in Region 6 now that the Raiders avenged its 2012 loss to West Forsyth. Now, Alpharetta faces South Forsyth, which is 4-0 for the first time in 10 years.
- Defending state champion Norcross is out of the Top 10 and out of mind after losing to nationally ranked B.T. Washington of Miami and North Gwinnett. That will change if the Blue Devils can beat Mill Creek, a quarterfinal team from last season. Mill Creek is coming off a one-point loss to fifth-ranked Peachtree Ridge.