List/Trivia/Quote: Gwinnett’s Parkview, Brookwood have had most difficult schedules


These are the 10 teams in each classification that have faced the toughest schedules to date, according to the computer Maxwell Ratings:





Colquitt County

East Coweta

North Gwinnett

Mill Creek

Mountain View

Central Gwinnett






Thomas County Central

Woodland (Cartersville)

Cedar Shoals

Houston County

Mundy’s Mill

Arabia Mountain


Class AAAA


Fayette County





Sandy Creek



Richmond Academy

Class AAA

Blessed Trinity


Henry County

Washington County

St. Pius

Oconee County

Woodward Academy

Johnson (Savannah)



Class AA



Brooks County




Greater Atlanta Christian




Class A

Clinch County

Lincoln County

Our Lady of Mercy


Wilcox County

Holy Innocents’

King’s Ridge Christian

Twiggs County


Savannah Christian


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October 17th, 2013
7:58 am

Who would have thought that East Coweta’s schedule would be tougher at this point than North Gwinnett’s? Aren’t they region 3?


October 17th, 2013
8:11 am

Why is there only one region 1 team listed? Shouldn’t there be more than one if they are the toughest region? Does this mean they are not as tough as everyone thinks? One would think that the toughest region would have the toughest schedule, right? They do play each other.


October 17th, 2013
8:31 am

Sportsnut……………………You still don’t get it. This list is for the teams having the Toughest Schedule…


October 17th, 2013
8:39 am

I thought Colquitt Co. had the Toughest Schedule with non Region Games being included??


October 17th, 2013
8:56 am

@5-Time– A couple of things. First of all the Maxwell Ratings does not include out of state games. With Colquitt playing Hoover but not counting in this list, it could put them at the top if it was counted. Secondly, it is the games played this season. Pre-season Colquitt was ranked the toughest but that was going off of last seasons strength of the teams they are playing. What once thought to be strong teams may not rank as high once they start playing.


October 17th, 2013
9:04 am

@ 5 Time == You don’t get it. How long will it take? Yet another way showing that your region is not what you think it is.

Let me explain how I arrived at my conclusion. If you have the toughest region, you have tough teams.
If you have tough teams, you play tough games. By reasons that are very apparent, playing each other, you have a tough schedule. If by some comparison only one team from your region is on this list, the region toughness must not be as strong as you think. It is the out of region games that have Colquitt on this list, not the region. That brings you back to the beginning, Region one is not that tough.


October 17th, 2013
9:08 am

And one of you will have to play host to East Coweta, the best 3-3 team in the state.


October 17th, 2013
9:10 am

Flyer………………Got it, thanks….

Sportsnut………………………It doesn’t matter what you say or think because it has already been documented numerous of times that Region 1-AAAAAA is the Toughest Region!! That’s a FACT!! If you did a little research, you would know that by now Sportsnut…


October 17th, 2013
9:11 am

ECI beat Johnson County 3-0 nd Johnson County beat Feldwood ( now Banneker) in the state championship game.


October 17th, 2013
9:20 am

Though history helps evaluate a team and region, you have to consider a region’s strength on a yearly basis. What happened last year or a decade ago does not bear directly on strength of schedule this year. Based on the data above, it appears the Gwinnett schools should be favored to do well in AAAAAA.


October 17th, 2013
9:41 am

I had high hopes for the Wildcats. Now after two tough losses we’re gonna have to win out with the exception of Colquitt just to be 4th seed. Any other cat fans bummed about this?


October 17th, 2013
9:44 am

Grayson had hands down the toughest schedule with playing number 1 and 2 teams in the state the first 2 weeks of the season with N. Gwinnett and Colquitt then then had to play Parkview another tough opponent. Especially being basically a brand new team – however they did really well the past 3 weeks they are that dark horse in the playoffs that no one should want to play in the first few rounds.


October 17th, 2013
10:05 am

And I respond to the question of who has the toughest schedule with one of the dumbest and cruelest questions ever posed…….”at this point in time, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE”. I’ll let you readers see if you can answer the question correctly.


October 17th, 2013
10:22 am

dgory, not a damn thing to the Hellary..47 dead and counting


October 17th, 2013
11:16 am

Goods points Gmom. We have looked better as of late and with 3 more wins Grayson will actually win the region outright. Can’t look passed South tomorrow but If they take care of business November 1 should be a good one.


October 17th, 2013
2:32 pm

@ 5-Time == Well….. This document say’s otherwise. Flyer said the same thing but in different words. By the way, did you do any research or do you just go by others statements? I did not make the list above. It was compiled by the same people who said region 1 was the toughest.


October 17th, 2013
3:03 pm

Sportsnut – did you see the words “toughest schedule to date” in the article? The Region 1 teams still have 3 more region games left. Camden still has Colquitt and Lowndes, Colquitt still has Camden and Coffee and Valdosta. Valdosta still has Colquitt and Tift and Coffee. These games aren’t included YET.

And the Norcross game against #1 team in country (BTW- Fla) is not counted in their schedule strength either just like the Colquitt loss to Hoover. Add in the North Gwinnett game, and Mill Creek and Collins Hill to the BTW game, and Norcross schedule would likely be Top 10 hardest.


October 17th, 2013
3:05 pm

For Sportsnut………………………….

If you want more stories, just get back at me, and I will feed you more because I’m always researching. And by the way, Flyer was posting on the subject ” Toughest Schedule” it had nothing to do with what you and I was discussing. “Toughest Region” There’s a BIG difference…


October 17th, 2013
3:14 pm

@ 5 TIME.. it said toughest teams played 2 this date……. packers still have 2 play coffee,valdosta,camden. we play a good brunswick team fri. night…so at the end of the season most definitely pack will played the toughest schedule…… @sportsnut r1 at one point n time was the toughest,,,but in this day regions are more athletic, players going both ways,track team, soccer players, and basketball players now contribute 2 hs football. teams will recruit any kind of player just to strengthen their team…….. on the other hand the packers schedule tough teams through the regular season,to get the players ready 4 stiff competition. when you beat top teams in the regular season,it builds ur ego to where you feel you can beat anybody in the playoffs.


October 17th, 2013
3:16 pm


October 17th, 2013
3:17 pm


By this article, Region 7-AAAAAA is the toughest region to make the playoffs in.

In Region 2 you need to be able to fog a mirror and you are in.


October 17th, 2013
3:17 pm


October 17th, 2013
3:27 pm

Listen up people, I don’t care who has the Toughest Schedule. I could care less about that!! What I care about is Region 1-AAAAAA!!


October 17th, 2013
3:49 pm

AS I said, I did not compile this list. To this date in time for this football season, these are the teams that have played the most difficult schedule.

If you can’t understand my reasoning and explanation, remedial courses are in order. I was not talking toughest region, I was making note of the toughest region only having 1 team in the category of toughest schedule. That is not rocket science.

@ MADDBALL == At one point, you say. That is my point. The article simply says most difficult schedule. I would assume that means tough, for the purpose of this conversation. No additional info is needed to understand what the article is projecting as it’s main subject or the intent for the readers to receive in it’s message.

I guess it will take an earthquake to shake off the bottom portion of Georgia for some to stop the region 1 hoopla. They were once all that but that is the past. One day maybe, just maybe, region 1 will be itself again. Right now, it is not.

@ 5-Time == no I did not see the words toughest schedule. It was most difficult. Maybe the reason you did not understand my post is the same reason you misquote the article. Stand back and take off your region 1 cape and give things an objective look sometimes. If you didn’t know, this is what’s called jaded. You are so consumed with all things region 1 that other facts, yes facts, become irrelevant. I know you like your team and your region but there truth’s are that you may not agree with.

This article represents one.


October 17th, 2013
3:54 pm

**Correction** Last line of post==”but there are truth’s out there that you may not agree with”.


October 17th, 2013
3:56 pm

Sportsnut, is English your first language?


October 17th, 2013
4:00 pm

Sportsnut, I think that you have a crush on region 1. You have an obsession with that region. Playoff position comes out, you bring up region 1, toughest schedule, you bring up region 1. It seems that no matter what topic on this board comes up, region 1 is mentioned by you. In fact you spend more time on region 1 than you do on region 2. Is it because Lovejoy is the only competitive team in Region 2? Is it because there is no championship pedigree in Region 2. You know that Lovejoy is in the same.situation as Camden was before they were moved into Region 1. With the exception that Lovejoy has no state titles for one of the weakest regions in the state. The facts bear it out. Do I think region is tough? If you are talking about any team beating a team on any given night yes. Do region 1 play tough teams out of region? Sure they do. Lovejoy has lost to a region 1 team at least once in the past 2 years. While Newton has at least 1 win. Does that make Newton the toughest in region 2? No. The question I guess is can any team in Region 2 beat Lovejoy on any given night? The answer has been no sonce 2010. Can any team in region 1 beat the top team? The answer is yes. Are the games more competitive and physical in region 1? Yes. The surprise in region 1 I guess would be Coffee with no wins, but had the expectation of moving forward. Brunswick and Tift are much improved. Region 7 is top heavy with a tough top 5, but the bottom 4 are weak. Region 2 top does not even compare with 1 and 7. But, the playoffs are a different story. However if I were to pick the 6AM champ will come out of 1 or 7, the facts bear this out. Norcross(7) Grayson(8) Camden(1) x3Lowndes(1) x3. PTR(7) Roswell(5) Brookwood(8) Parkview(8)x3. So with the exception of the PTR/Roswell tie championship, the champion has always come out of regions 1,7 or 8. Why? More competitive during the year, and a pedigree to win championships.


October 17th, 2013
4:01 pm

@ RobFromNorcross == There are 9 teams from region 7 with winning records. I hope we don’t have to play them! Any of them. What are the chances we could beat one of those powerhouses in region 7?

I’ll bet you our last place team would beat yours. Hold on, …wait a minute.. You have 3 last place teams? That will be tough road to hoe.


October 17th, 2013
4:02 pm

Sportsnut- Exact words below the headline: “These are the 10 teams in each classification that have faced the toughest schedules to date”

Which of these words are your having trouble understanding? Maybe one of us can help you figure out the meaning.


October 17th, 2013
4:16 pm

So, Sportsnut, you are now basing the power of Region 2 on your expectation that your Region 2’s last place team would beat the last place team of Region 7? Wow… that is quite a dream world you are living in.

Your #2 team Newton from Region 2 is #42 in the Classification Rankings from Maxwell with a rating of 58.67.

This would not put your #2 team in the playoff Top 4 in any other region at the present time.

The rankings of the current #4 teams (last playoff team in region) for every other region (vs your #2’s rating of 58.67):

Region 1: 74.83 Lowndes
Region 3: 63.34 Marietta
Region 4: 72.47 Newnan
Region 5: 68.81 Lassiter
Region 6: 61.25 North Forsyth
Region 7: 81.95 Collins Hill
Region 8: 69.65 Brookwood


October 17th, 2013
4:26 pm

@ Really == I do have a “haters Crush” on region 1. I am constantly on them because of their superiority complex. It is not because Lovejoy is the only competitive team in region 2. It is because I know region 1 fans are so full of themselves that they think no one can play with them.

Yes we lost to Colquitt each of the past 2 seasons but that has nothing to do with this subject. You ask if any team in region 2 can beat Lovejoy on any given night and the answer is yes. We are no different than anyone else. We can be beat. You ask can any team in region 1 beat the top team and your answer is yes. Funny, I have not seen anyone beat Colquitt this season from region 1. They are being given the region by the other schools and the season is not over. The attitude exhibited by you, the fans would suggest that the answer to your question is no instead of yes. Newton did win a game vs region 1 and that is more proof that they are not what you think. What was it, # 6 or 7 in the state for Lowndes when that happened?

If you want to see it how I see it, Lovejoy lost to Colquitt, without several starters and had them on the 3 yard line with 1:06 to play. Newton beat Lowndes at Lowndes when they were state ranked. Our neighbors, Mundy’s Mill came down and gave Coffee all they wanted and almost pulled it off.

November is coming and all this talk will be silenced by the sound of the final horn. You don’t have to worry about region 2. You had better get your guy’s ready for region 3. They are your adversaries, not us.


October 17th, 2013
4:29 pm

Those numbers or the computer that spit them out will not be playing.


October 17th, 2013
4:33 pm

I am by no means bashing region 2. Simply stating my belief in our less than stellar region brothers.

Got any more numbers?


October 17th, 2013
4:41 pm

Sportsnut maybe you just need glasses? Who said you were bashing region 2?


October 17th, 2013
4:51 pm

You got me on that one Rob.


October 17th, 2013
5:00 pm

At least I have enough faith in region 2 to make such a statement.


October 17th, 2013
5:45 pm

Sportsnut………………………..I don’t care about the Toughest Schedule. Forget about that. I’m just proven my point on Region 1-AAAAAA being the Toughest Region in the state because you seem to not want to except that it is in fact the Toughest. But I proved that to you!! You know now. My work is done!! LOL…….

Region 1-AAAAAA!!


October 17th, 2013
5:48 pm

RFN………………………It does seems to look that way in that Region…


October 17th, 2013
5:53 pm

MaddBall…………………………I don’t care what anybody says, Colquitt Co. has definately played one hell of a schedule…


October 17th, 2013
6:10 pm

Put all your reps in the second round and I will submit to your statement. That should not be so hard for the toughest region in State !


October 17th, 2013
7:55 pm

@SPORTSNUT if i dont know anything else i know you’re 0-2 against the packers with your best players!!!!!!

Joco 88

October 17th, 2013
8:01 pm

How about a little single a football i think down south them johnson county trojans are pretty tough wrightsville is a tough place too play! They call it the blue monster


October 17th, 2013
8:10 pm

@ MADDBALL == We were not at full strength at Colquitt. One of our key players, Demarquis Gates is still out. We also did not have our DE Randy Anyanwu. We started a sophomore for just his 2nd start ever at Qb. He has grown since then. Gates will be back just in time for the playoffs and the D will be transformed into what it can be.

You know what it was like then, right? Well, Randy is back and Demarquis is on the way. So don’t say you beat us with our best. You beat us.