McEachern won Region 4-AAAAA last year only to lose in the first round of the playoffs while also-ran North Cobb made it to the semifinals.
Now 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the new season, the Indians will be eager to re-establish the region pecking order Friday when the teams meet again. North Cobb is 5-1 and unranked but coming off an impressive victory over Hillgrove.
The quarterbacks will be a focal point. McEachern’s Ty Clemons has rushed for 851 yards, which ranks third in Class AAAAAA. He’s passed for 759. North Cobb’s Tyler Queen, who has committed to Auburn, has thrown for 1,120 yards.
In 2012, McEachern beat North Cobb 49-27. McEachern had 490 yards in total offense and led 35-6 in the second quarter.
Other things to watch in AAAAAA this week:
- Four weeks ago, Coffee was 4-0 and ranked in the Top 10. Three straight region losses later and the Trojans need to beat Lowndes or probably won’t make the playoffs. Coffee last beat Lowndes in 2001.That’s 11 straight losses.
- Also in Region 1, the Valdosta-Tift County game could be an elimination bout, especially for Valdosta (4-2, 0-2). You don’t want four region losses, and Valdosta plays at third-ranked Colquitt County next week.
- Newnan (4-2) plays at Hughes (5-1) in a game between the teams with the best records in Region 3. That could decide the region title, although East Coweta (3-3, 1-0) also contends.
- Defending Region 5 champion Lassiter was virtually written off after losing to Woodstock 44-43 last month, but the following week’s win over Walton was good for Trojan souls. Lassiter will recapture the region by winning out, but Milton (5-1, 2-1) will be a tough out on Friday.