North Cobb plays at Hillgrove on Friday in game that should determine the main challenger to second-ranked McEachern in Region 4-AAAAAA
There’s also a neat side story. Both head coaches have sons who are star quarterbacks.
North Cobb’s Tyler Queen, son of Shane Queen, was the preseason all-state pick at quarterback in AAAAAA. He’s 49-of-92 passing for 11 touchdowns. He’s also a threat to run.
Hillgrove’s Elijah Ironside, son of Philip Ironside, is 77-of-139 passing for 1,021 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Other things to watch this week in AAAAAA:
- The top game in the class is No. 9 Collins Hill (5-0) at No. 8 Norcross (4-2). It was a pivotal game in 2012, when both entered unbeaten in the region. Norcross got 295 yards rushing from Alvin Kamara and went on to win the state title.
- No. 1-ranked North Gwinnett should be tested by Mill Creek, which might be called the best fifth-place team in the state. The Hawks are 4-2 with losses to Peachtree Ridge and Norcross. They made the quarterfinals a year ago.
- Region 1 had three tight games last week. Expect more Friday. No. 6 Camden County plays at Tift County, and No. 10 Valdosta goes to Lowndes. This is the first time since 2002 that Valdosta has been favored in the series since 2002. Lowndes has won eight of the past nine.