Many consider 1-AAAAAA the state’s toughest region. It was the most entertaining Friday night.
Third-ranked Colquitt County (4-1, 1-0) overwhelmed Lowndes 37-7. Lowndes (3-2, 0-1) has missed the playoffs only once since 1994, but things are looking desperate after the Vikings’ worst home loss in 15 years.
In other region openers, Camden County beat Valdosta 14-10 in a game between state-ranked while unranked Tift County won its first region game since 2010 with a 32-29 thriller over 10th-ranked Coffee.
In other AAAAAA happenings:
- Alpharetta (3-2, 2-0) is alone at the top in Region 6. The Raiders beat previously unbeaten South Forsyth 38-16. Centennial and North Forsyth also lost, leaving Alpharetta as the only unbeaten team in region play.
- Archer (5-0, 3-0) is alone at the top in Region 8. The Tigers beat Dacula 31-14 in a game between the only teams that hadn’t lost a game in region play.
- Brookwood (1-3, 1-1) won’t go winless. The Broncos beat Parkview 10-0 in a game between winless arch-rivals in Region 8. Brookwood’s three losses are teams that have visited the Top 10 this season.
- Norcross (3-2, 2-1) isn’t going away. The defending state champions’ two losses are to teams with top-10 national rankings, including Georgia No. 1 North Gwinnett. Norcross beat 2012 quarterfinalist Mill Creek 27-13 on Friday. Norcross is 8-0 all-time against the Hawks.