Meadowcreek ends 53-game losing streak … North Gwinnett needs 50 … Lowndes needs 3

The longest losing streak in Georgia high school football is over.

Meadowcreek, a Gwinnett County school with a 1-94 record over the past 10 seasons, defeated Habersham Central 21-14 on Friday on homecoming. Meadowcreek led 21-0 in the first half and held on.

The victory ended a 53-game losing streak, the second-longest in state history. Glascock County’s 82-game losing streak, which ended in 1999, remains the longest. (That streak technically is 62 games, as Glascock got one loss overturned by forfeit.)

Meadowcreek’s previous victory had been a 24-14 decision against Duluth in 2008. Congratulations to George Pugh, the veteran coach who took the job on an interim basis last summer.

In other news from Class AAAAAA:

- North Gwinnett can get off the deck. The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs trailed Mill Creek 47-26 with 6:24 left Friday but won 50-47 after scoring three touchdowns and three conversions in one of the most remarkable games of the season. Nate Brown had four touchdown receptions for North Gwinnett (6-0).

-North Cobb, ranked No. 7 in preseason, might be the team many thought it could be. Tyler Queen passed for 303 yards and three touchdowns in a 27-17 victory over No. 6 and previously unbeaten Hillgrove. North Cobb lost early to unranked Walton and fell out of the Top 10.

-Lowndes still runs Valdosta. The underdog in this series for the first time since 2002, Lowndes beat 10th-ranked Valdosta for the ninth time in the past 10 meetings, the first by shutout since 2005.

- Norcross is looking like its old self. The defending state champions beat ninth-ranked and previously unbeaten Collins Hill 28-0. It was the first time Collins Hill had been shut out in five years.

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Brock Lesner

October 12th, 2013
7:17 am

AVikingFan

October 12th, 2013
7:20 am

Valdosta fans, most of them my friends, had written us off. Talked down to us like red headed step children. No one gave us a chance. They thought the tide had turned. They had their swagger back. But LOWNDES still rules Lowndes County. We held their much publicized rushing attach to somewhere around 32 yards! Not bad for “has beens.”

Rufus S. DeMann

October 12th, 2013
7:34 am

Went to Brodie’s Boday last night to catch the Camden/Tift extravaganza and I got a prediction for you fellers. I’m predicting that Tift will cripple at least one more kicker before the season ends. Somebody needs to coach their special teams guys on how and where to block extra points and field goals. They already got the Colquitt kicker. They came real close to getting the Camden kid last night. Not saying it’s intentional…just a real lack of coaching.

Rufus>>.

Titletown USA

October 12th, 2013
7:45 am

Absolutely the worst played Winnersville Classic I have ever witnessed by both teams, the offenses were inept, the QB play abysmal, and the coaching subpar. As much as I hate to say this, but neither of these teams are going very far this year, I would be surprised if either got past the 1st round of playoffs, let alone even make it there.

I was always told that your QB should be one of your best athletes, I guess that is no longer the case in Winnersville. Congratulations to the Vikings, if that what you want to call it.

The 12th Man

October 12th, 2013
7:46 am

What do you get when you cross a Golden Eagle with a Viking? A wildcat hating, 9 out of 10 loving, die hard, “never say quit” very hoarse still believing Lowndes Viking!

AVikingFan

October 12th, 2013
8:00 am

Still trying to somehow bring “race” into your anti Valdosta feelings, Titletown? The boys came down pretty hard on you a couple of weeks ago about your comments. Let it go man. Both coaches know farrrrr more about winning high school football games than you. Last night was everything but the worst Winnersville Classic ever, as you posted. It was a fine, hard hitting, fan pleasing, stand up constantly exciting CHESS MATCH. Enjoyed by thousands of fans at the Concrete Palace, and tens of thousands on the Internet. Your bias and hatred blind you man. Lance Gillespie is a very, very good coach, and is succeeding mightily in bringing Valdosta’s glory back. Move on, this is the 21st century.

Congrats to all the winners last night! Some great games and big wins all over the state. Mannnnn, what a comeback by North Gwinnett. And it seems like Norcross has “righted” it’s ship. And Grayson still is a force to be reckoned with. Fred, you should be proud! You too, Camden74!

SouthGARules

October 12th, 2013
8:08 am

Congrats to Meadowcreek on their win last night! The toughest job in Gwinnett County & one of the toughest jobs in the state!

grayram

October 12th, 2013
8:09 am

AVikingFan

Congratulations on the big win for the Vikings. I haven’t caught up yet on what went on at North Gwinnett but it must have been exciting.

Sportsnut

October 12th, 2013
8:20 am

@ AVikingFan ,== I gave you a chance. I had a feeling Valdosta would win this game. Congrats.

CoffeeC100

October 12th, 2013
8:42 am

Congratulations to Brunswick on a clean, hard fought game.

CoffeeC100

October 12th, 2013
8:44 am

Jalen Wilkerson, the Coffee player evacuated by helicopter from the field is OK. The CAT scans shower no bone damage. Extra precautions taken because of him breaking neck in two places last year.

Thanks for the Prayers and good thoughts.

Rerun

October 12th, 2013
9:09 am

After all the bad press Todd Holcomb had been giving Lowndes and that is all he could say about Lowndes upset win over the Kittycats?? What a coward!!!

57Cat

October 12th, 2013
9:10 am

I want everyone to note that I did not lose and disappear off the blog (as one of our favorite bloggers did after a 37-7 flogging). I have no reason to because, if you read all my posts on the AJC blogs and the Vent, I never let my alligator mouth overload by butterfly whatchamacallit. There are reasons why the Cats lost, not excuses. The most important reason is the Vikings had a heckuva defensive game plan to totally bottle up our running game. Connected with that is the fact that our sophomore QB is not ready for prime time and the Vikes gambled that he could not beat them with his arm. The final reason is our kicker isn’t as good as Lowndes’ kicker. I do not think the refs made the difference although there were some tough calls. When all is said and done, I think both of our offenses stink and I still think the Cats defense is better than Lowndes.

Sportsnut

October 12th, 2013
10:03 am

I would like to wish a speedy recovery to the injured players all over the state from Friday night. Football is a game but life is fragile.

Rerun

October 12th, 2013
10:04 am

So 57Cat…you think the Valdosta D is better then Lowndes D. Lets go over this….our offense got close enough on YOUR “better” defense to get a game winning 3 point field goal and OUR defense was just a “little bit better” when we were able to keep your kicker out of his range twice and just a “little bit better” to block a short 22 yard field goal. Not even taking into consideration that we stopped that hyped up running game. Now shut up and go sit in the corner and “think” on that for awhile.

Suwanee 0wns

October 12th, 2013
10:43 am

57Cat. That is an excellent explanation of what happened. Both teams played a defensive strategy that was very tough against the offense run by their opponent. Not surprising these teams would know each other well enough to execute game strategies that would give their opponents massive problems.

3 points was hardly a blowout. And I do not think a game like this really tells us which is the better team; especially with regard to which team might win versus common opponents. This sort of thing happens all the time among opponents who know each other well. I am reminded of games between teams like Washington and Washington State. Under coach Don James, Washington could beat almost everyone in the PAC 10 but WASU was the one team that had their number and could ruin their bid for the Rose Bowl.

This single win by “one and done” Lowndes may be their only bright spot in 2013..

Suwanee 0wns

October 12th, 2013
11:02 am

Based on the games this Friday, I think Colquitt may well be the best team in Georgia. They are the only team that seems to have an answer for every offense that might be run by an opponent. And they can score on anyone regardless of the opponent’s defense. In the playoffs, they are less likely than any other team in Georgia to run into a team that has a winning answer to their offensive and defensive game strategies.

Nobody has ever discussed it on here, but by the end of the season Probst’s players take full advantage of High School rules. He would rather give up a 10 yard pass interference penalty than to allow a 50 yard TD pass. His DB’s are very aggressive and it works in High School in a way that does not work in college or pros since in High School the ball is spotted from the line of scrimmage rather than the point of the foul. The defensive penalties are no fluke despite Probst’s incessant protests. Colquitt can stop a running or passing team and it works to place the Packers on the doorstep of State Championships. This may be their year.

I still think Camden will win Region 1 AAAAAA. But North has shown that in 2013 Camden is vulnerable against the right sort of team. Fortunately for Colquitt, they are unlikely to face Camden in the playoffs.

Camden1902

October 12th, 2013
11:05 am

Who won the Coffee vs Brunswick game.. AJC and Maxpreps have it opposite?

57Cat

October 12th, 2013
11:23 am

Well, Rerun, while we were unable to convert, we did get close enough to attempt 3 FG’s. You guys got close enough to attempt ONE. Did you read the stats? Can you translate those to defensive effectiveness? ………I didn’t think you could. I gave you guys credit fo shutting down Herrin and Joseph and that won the game for you. But you can’t be happy with an offense that managed less than 100 total yards, the majority of which came on one drive.

PackerBacker

October 12th, 2013
11:36 am

@Rufus …. Tift hit both of our kickers and then hit our punter twice (not while punting) … All three gaining them personal foul penalties. They did the same with Coffee and you say with Camden …. Idk if it’s just bad coaching .. I see a pattern. Ours looked deliberate especially considering all 3 .. Just saying! Glad no one was injuried in Camden though!

Rufus S. DeMann

October 12th, 2013
1:12 pm

@PackerBacker – I don’t think the hits on the extra points/field goals…are/were intentional. But somebody on the Tift coaching staff needs to teach their guys better fundamentals before they get another kicker this season. I thought that when it happened in Moultrie…it was just one of those things…but…after sitting and watching the Tift/Camden contest last night…I realized that the Tift kid had no idea where he should be laying out. if the Blue Devils don’t change something…another kicker will bite the dust. Wait and see….

Rufus>>

Rerun

October 12th, 2013
1:41 pm

LOL @ 57Cat. You guys were not even close on those first 2 field goals. Those were nothing more then cross your fingers and hope shots. As far as all that yardage you guys had….most of that came on 2-3 of those big pass plays. But hey, if that makes you feel better then go right ahead and compare the game on paper. I compare the game on the scoreboard and Lowndes was 3 points BETTER. I am not happy about the offensive output but I am happy to win!! If the shoe was on the other foot and Valdosta had won by the same margin and it was a Lowndes fan attempting to win the game “on paper” this board would be flooded with anti-Lowndes posters calling us whiners. Game is played on the field and not paper. Better luck next year in the classic. Bring ya some “paper” just in case!!!

57Cat

October 12th, 2013
1:55 pm

Hey, Rerun, you are correct in that had we won 3-0, I would be ecstatic. Read all my posts. I have not whined about the loss. My remarks about the stats were simply in response to Vikings fans statements comparing the two defenses. Yes, on the scoreboard you won, not denying that, and that’s all that counts in the standings. But our defensive stats were superior to yours and that’s undeniable.

rerun

October 12th, 2013
3:07 pm

Oh, ok. Well then let me say…GONGRATULATIONS to the Valdosta Wildcats for having the better defense. You played one heck of a game holding Lowndes to less then 100 yards of offense. There is no way we could match your stats on paper. You are AWSOME. You are the defense that EVERY team in Georgia should STRIVE to be like. You are the BEST. You are now 4-2 just like those Vikings from Lowndes and now 0-2 in the region UNLIKE those Viking who are now 2-1 in region play. Continue to play well and if it comes down to a tie maybe those “paper wins” will come in handy during a tie breaker. Happy now 57Cat?????????

57Cat

October 12th, 2013
3:17 pm

Yes, I’m happy, Rerun, because you have only spoken the truth. Your Vikes deserve sincere congratulations for a fine win. But, since both teams have the defense, both of us need to find some offense. Now, let’s move on to next week.

Jimb

October 12th, 2013
4:12 pm

North was very lucky to come back, mill creek may be the best team in the state right under region north, peachtree and Norcross , a total point loss 17 total. Collins hill or Mill Creek will be out and that game is the last of the season. mill creek has the easier road. Collins Hill still will face North an Mill Creek

the truth

October 12th, 2013
5:03 pm

Congratulations to Meadowcreek. I don’t think any of us can imagine the jubilation those young men must be feeling. Well done!!

region4fan

October 12th, 2013
5:14 pm

Congratulations on a fine effort by North Cobb which included a fourth down fake punt from their own red zone.It was a gutsy call perfectly executed. North Cobb’s Oline is a little small but they got down field on their screens and blocked well enough on a number of long pass plays.

NGHS 09

October 12th, 2013
7:10 pm

@ Jimb… Luck swings both ways when two great teams meet. The same can be said about momentum. However the two don’t happen without cause and effect. I knew MC was gonna be good this year, but I couldn’t believe the NG come back either. If MC didn’t fumble the game away in the second half then NG loses big, BUT if NG didn’t throw the two second quarter INTs, MC would have had no more than a 6 point lead going into half time. Turnovers completely change the outcome of the game, regardless of what quarter they happen, when good teams matchup. If MC ever figures out how to hold on to the freaking football…they have a legitimate shot of winning a state title VERY soon. They’ve reached the point in their program where they reload with talent every year and the feeder teams are doing a great job embedding the offense and defense.

A part of me kinda knew that once the second half started…it was MC’s game to lose. That’s a lot of pressure for a team that’s trying to break an 0-7 drought against NG. The other part of me thought the game was over after MC scored late in the 4th. I really hope MC makes it to the playoffs and can FINALLY fix the “fumble virus” that they have never been able to cure. I think they will win out and lock down the 4th seed. They’ll be the most dangerous 4th seed in the state at any level. That’s when the fun will begin.

Camden74

October 12th, 2013
8:27 pm

AVikingFan……..I am always proud of the kids from Camden. Maybe I get a bit frustrated with them and their coaches at times, but never down on them. They play hard and they play to win! That’s all a supporter can ask for. They’re learning and improving, and if they ever get it totally together, they will be a force to be reckoned with come playoff time…..RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

Camden74

October 12th, 2013
8:32 pm

Tift will surprise a few teams if they get their mistakes under control. They threw everything you could think of at Camden last night and a lot of it worked! They’re playing like a team with nothing to lose, and that makes them very dangerous! :-)

Carl

October 12th, 2013
8:46 pm

Dont care one way or the other, but it looks like Lowndes DOES NOT want to meet Valdosta again this year. Was told Valdosta was flaged for more yards than Lowndes had on O all night, that s pretty bad and no first downs in second half

blackandgold

October 12th, 2013
10:06 pm

Attended my first winnersville classic last nite.the atmosphere was electric but was disappointed in the game itself.IMO, colquitt and maybe Camden are the only two teams with a chance to make some noise come playoff time.the number one and two seeds will be determined in kingsland on Nov8 with Lowndes valdosta and tift fighting for3 4 and 5 seeds.theoffenses must improve across the region to give anyone an opportunity to beat a region 7 playoff team.valdosta play was surprising especially after the bye week.

Fred

October 12th, 2013
10:48 pm

@AVikingFan – Given that our first string QB when down with a concussion, I am more than pleased with the way our Freshman QB has stepped up. In my opinion, Hunter is going to have to win his position back since Chase is playing so well!

@Suwanee 0wns – I’ve been saying all season that the change to defensive pass interference has the potential to be a game changer. It has gone from a seriously potential problem to the same as a foul on a fast break in basketball – high percentage defensive play. Take the ten yards instead of the big play similar to the possibility of missed free throws instead of the almost sure thing layup or dunk. I also agree that the man “doth protest too much” to paraphrase the baird. I’ve seen him protest and claim an incorrect penalty when he should know full well what the real penalty is. It works to his favor by building an “us vs. them” mentality and keeping people believing in him. I’m not saying it is wrong but rather the shrewd actions of a coach that knows how to play the game – at several levels.

Fred

October 12th, 2013
10:50 pm

Man I’m tired after working a lot the past two days! Make that *QB WENT down,” not “QB when down.”

DeeAtl

October 12th, 2013
11:31 pm

Congrats to Coach Pugh and the Meadowcreek Mustangs. It’s amazing what can happen when an experienced, talented coach takes the helm. Keep working hard Mustangs and you’ll get another “W.”

Flyer

October 13th, 2013
8:37 am

@Fred–In high school football the penalty for offensive and defensive pass interference has always been and still is 15 yards. The only change is that Defensive PI is not an automatic first down and Offensive PI is not loss of down.

Jess

October 13th, 2013
12:37 pm

As they call it a winnersville classic, it was a classic. Valdosta had watch Lowndes and was sure they would continue to pound the pigskin through those good size lineman, but McPhearson decided to open it up. The defense played good discipline football and stop making silly mistakes and getting penalties. The bottom line is that Lowndes got into Valdosta head. When Lowndes lost to Newton and Colquitt County it was we are going to embarass them like they embarass us by putting up 53 points(the most in years). Lowndes prepared defensivley for this game, offense wise McPhearson needs to look for passing opportunities. Some of the die hard faithfull actually cried like small kids (grown-ups) some of Lowndes faithful were shocked , they also thought Lowndes was going to take an—whipping. The night that Colquitt beat lowndes they(Colquitt) would have given Ga. a good game) Better luck next.

7-AAAAAA Dad

October 13th, 2013
2:37 pm

Ouch for Collins Hill

7-AAAAAA Dad

October 13th, 2013
2:58 pm

Great comeback by NG

bksmith14

October 13th, 2013
3:52 pm

lowndes is 5-2..not 4-2. The newton loss was a fluke…we should be 6-1. We were not prepared and disciplined when we played colquitt. Not trying to take anything away from colquitt, they outplayed us all night …..and they were the better team. All of our running backs are sophmores and so is our qb , so it is what it is, We are going to have to rely on our defense a lot to carry us and they stepped up to the challenge fri night.

R31768 Pack

October 13th, 2013
4:36 pm

Welcome back BK. Actually, I felt sorry for Lowndes considering that their own fans have been trashing them. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in posting the truth as I see it. Even with the Packs defense strong this year, I just don’t think we have the offense to win it all. We have got major red zone problems that have to be fixed to continue on.

Justiceforkj!!!

October 13th, 2013
5:55 pm

I am Kendrick Johnson!!!

yo

October 13th, 2013
9:28 pm

bk on your last post. Unfortunately if we are truthful with ourselves we must admit the Lowndes offense seems eerily familiar to 2010, 2011, 2012 and now again in 2013. 2009 is the last year we had an offense worth talking about. Seems to me we are starting to see a trend here. I am very high on our sophomore qback, but frankly he would be a better fit in Valdosta or Colquit’s system than ours. By all appearance he is a very good qback playing for the wrong offensive coordinator/offense.

Cool_Coach1

October 14th, 2013
4:24 am

There was no “Collins Hill let down”….More like a Collins Hill Beat Down(28 -0) ……They barely had 100 yards of total offense….they got manhandled a week after their QB broke the school record for passing yards in a game (Which is pretty impressive considering Taylor Heinicke owned the previous record …he’s the guy that broke the D-1 record with 730 yards in a game) The bottom line is this you cannot have a discussion about the AAAAAA State Championship game that does not include Norcross! In my Joe Pesci voice (from GoodFellas) Peachtree Ridge you’ve been warned!

FarTrain

October 14th, 2013
12:12 pm

Seems as though the Dosta Cats need to get them one of those “soccer guys” from South of the border. Colquitt has two of them. BUT, of course, the Packers DO have a lot to choose from. Perhaps one could TRANSFER from CCHS to Valdosta, that is if the pay is right. (Wow, my sarcasm is getting good!)

FridayNightLightsFan

October 14th, 2013
1:20 pm

@Camden74, After you saw Tift this weekend. Do you see them possible taking the 3rd or 4th playoff spot in Reg1? I think Camden and Colquitt are locked 1st and 2nd. Valdosta looks to be the most vulnerable after the loss to Lowndes. Although I not sure about Lowndes either.

CoffeeC100

October 14th, 2013
2:20 pm

I just don’t understand Coffee this year. And that’s all I have to say. So, so very hard to figure. One week they hang with a very strong team down to the line and the next week they look like an 8th grade team. Whatever slim chance they have of getting a seed. I honestly don’t think they would represent the region well.

It is a very hard thing indeed to be a Coffee fan. And the kicker is that they are such a fine bunch of young men. They just can’t get it together. So much talent. I think Coach Robby is at a loss for a solution.

I just hope he stays another year. Coffee is loaded with Freshmen and Sophomores and have quite a few 8th graders that could make a difference on this years team already. Look for the Freshman QB to start this week.

CoffeeC100

October 14th, 2013
2:26 pm

It is possible that Region 1-6A could have four teams at 3-3 in the region for the 3rd and 4th seed. How strange.

Sportsnut

October 14th, 2013
2:27 pm

Region 1 could be done by the 3rd. round.