North Cobb makes good on preseason promise … Region 8 gets whackier … Lassiter, Alpharetta, Hughes in prime position … Lowndes is suddenly hot

North Cobb had high hopes for the season after a run to the semifinals in 2012, but a game-two loss to Walton sent the Warriors packing from the Class AAAAAA Top 10.

North Cobb redeemed itself in full Friday with a 28-26 victory over second-ranked McEachern. The Warriors are now favored to win their first region title since 2007. North Cobb defeated another unbeaten Region 4 opponent, Hillgrove, the week before.

In other AAAAAA developments:

Archer’s magic number for a first-ever region title is now one. That’s because second-place Grayson lost to South Gwinnett 28-21. Grayson had beaten South 40-0 and 41-0 the past two seasons but fell to 4-4 with the loss, meaning Archer (8-0, 6-0) is the only Region 8 team with a winning record overall. Shiloh moved to 4-4 by ending a 21-game losing streak (dating to 1992) against Parkview. The final was 23-21.

Embarrassed last month by a 37-7 loss to Colquitt County, Lowndes (6-2, 3-1) won its third straight Region 1 game Friday with a 35-10 victory over Coffee, a team that was ranked briefly after a 4-0 start but is now 0-4 in region play. Valdosta (5-2, 1-2) beat Tift County 31-21 in a must-win game.

Despite a 2-3 start, Lassiter is suddenly the team to beat again in Region 5 after defeating Milton 31-3 in a game between teams with one region loss. Meanwhile, first-place Etowah was upset by county rival Cherokee 28-21. Lassiter and Etowah control their destinies and play each other Nov. 8, probably for the region title.

In Region 6, the top four teams beat the bottom four Friday, so it looks almost certain that the playoff qualifiers will be Alpharetta, South Forsyth, West Forsyth and Lambert. Alpharetta (5-2, 4-0) is in the driver’s seat.

In a game between teams that hadn’t lost in Region 3 play, Hughes dominated Newnan 30-3 on Friday and has won six straight since the opening loss to Creekside. The Panthers (6-1, 2-0) will all but clinch their second straight Region 3 title next week if they win at East Coweta (4-3, 2-0).

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NGHS 09

October 19th, 2013
12:08 am

@Todd… What Qb’s lead the state in TD passes? And receivers in TD catches? Hayden Sphire has 25 TD passes and Nate Brown has caught 15 of those.

Drock13

October 19th, 2013
6:20 am

Newnan AAAAAA most disappointing team. Have 4 wins vs opponents with 8-18-1 record. All close wins except for a below average Lagrange team. Newnan vs Marietta, Sandy Creek, Langston Hughes have loss by average of 45-17. Wow Smh

AVikingFan

October 19th, 2013
7:54 am

During his per-game interview last night on our radio station, Coffee’s HC said in last 30 years, Coffee is – I think he said – 9 and 51 in their final two regular season games. I think Lee County must have a similar problem.

T H, can you do some checking and see how if this is true? I hope both programs fix this trend. Specially Coffee. They have good fans, and deserve better. They start out each year like gang busters, get ranked, and fizzle.

AVikingFan

October 19th, 2013
7:54 am

vik54

October 19th, 2013
8:47 am

Coffee has beat Lowndes only once in17 years. I told u 4 days ago Vikings would run wild over Coffee.
They should be in 5AAAAA with Ware Co etc where they belong.

squirrell

October 19th, 2013
8:50 am

squirrell

October 19th, 2013
9:16 am

One of the greatest high school games ever! NC vs Mac lastnight!

My question is?

Will North Cobb get the same treatment from the Polls as Colquitt when they beat No.2 Lovejoy?

When Colquitt beat No.2 Lovejoy, No.3 McEachern moved up to No.2.

Now that North Cobb beat No.2 McEachern, will No.3 Colquitt move up to No.2?

If not, why not?

Two GREAT teams, but watching NC & Mac’s D give up so many yards, it’s obvious Colquitt’s D is better than both and Colquitt’s O can match-up with either O!

We’ll see during the playoffs!

R31768 Pack

October 19th, 2013
1:40 pm

Polls do nothing but put a target on your back. Let’s hope the pack offense gets to playing a little better. Two wide open dropped passes in the end zone last night. We have got to fix that.

Camden74

October 19th, 2013
7:33 pm

The sleeper for the 6A State Title……..CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCATS!!!! :-D

Sportsnut

October 19th, 2013
9:12 pm

@ 74 == Is it looking that good?

Camden74

October 19th, 2013
11:41 pm

Sportsnut……They’ve managed to make it this far with inexperienced players, no passing game, no kicking game, less than stellar tackling and pass coverage. They’re only going to get better in the next 3 weeks! So, I figure they have just as good of a chance to win the State Title as anyone else. Sooner or later, they will be RELEASED! Don’t be on the field when they are! :-D

Sportsnut

October 20th, 2013
8:20 am

With all the negatives you mentioned, you are correct in your assessment. This race is just starting. It is anyone’s to win. We have some of the same issue’s and our kids are still striving to get better. Get ready for the 2nd season. It is just around the corner.

old school

October 20th, 2013
6:49 pm

Newnan about like Georgia, too many injuries at key spots.

Really????????

October 20th, 2013
6:50 pm

I looked up Camden county’s rosters over the past 3 years and there are a lot of players from their JV teams on this years roster. So, I am not buying that inexperienced thing. The QB is new, but he has been in that offense for sometime. Brice Ramsey has been the only true QB in that offense, the others were athletes who were just running that offense. They also have a good portion of that defense. I would not take that team lightly though. QB play will be paramount in the playoffs, if that # 3 does not turn the ball over and Camden does what they do, run and run some more I would not be surprised to see them in the 3rd round. The only thing that will get them is their size, they are not very big, even with the loss to NG stats show they had over 200 yards on the ground. If I were to stray out there I like NG, they have experience throughout that team, with the addition of that running back from Chattahoochie, and those receivers, if they stay focused, they will be a challenge for anyone this year.

Camden74

October 20th, 2013
7:42 pm

Really???????……..Sometimes what you see is not actually what’s happening. Camden’s roster normally includes freshman. So, if you’re saying that names are familiar, that’s one thing. But if you’re saying just because they were on the roster, they have varsity game experience, that’s something totally different! Knowing the SYSTEM and actually RUNNING the SYSTEM, are like comparing apples and oranges………RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

CoffeeC100

October 21st, 2013
3:21 am

@ The Lowndes posters. – Thanks for the kind words. It is so difficult to be a Coffee fan. Maybe going to 5-a will make a difference. I spent the second half getting to know some of the Lowndes fans after being invited over by some band parents. Good folks. No boasting and they gave compliments and sympathized with me. I appreciated it.
Congratulations to Lowndes on a well played , clean football win Friday Night. The Lowndes band never fails to knock my socks off.

CoffeeC100

October 21st, 2013
3:26 am

I always record the PBS broadcast and have seen a couple of other N. Georgia teams play. I believe Camden and Colquitt will hold their own but It seems Regions 1’s 3rd and 4th seed are going to be outclassed this year. Just one of those years. Region 1 is just weird this year.

Lowndes97

October 21st, 2013
9:12 am

Thanks for the kind words CoffeeC100. Most of us always enjoy reading your posts. Most Coffee fans on these blogs are knowledgeable, quit committed to the Trojans, and respectable to others. That’s the way it should be. Coffee seems to always have good athletes. I hope y’all give Pruett a fair chance. Along with Tift having Coach Reid, our region has a flock of really good coaches.

Lowndes97

October 21st, 2013
9:12 am

Quite, not quit.

Fred

October 21st, 2013
10:07 am

@Camden74 – I’m a little confused by your statement. You have said for the past several years that the B team and JV players have gotten a lot of playing experience during the blowouts of the lessor region 3 teams when y’all were in R3. I don’t remember last year but I think (but may be wrong) that you said the same thing when y’all overwhelmed some of your non-region opponents. Now you are saying they don’t have varsity game experience. I don’t get it. Can you clarify for me how they got a lot of game time yet now don’t have varsity experience? I’m missing something.

Camden74

October 21st, 2013
11:10 am

Yes Fred, you are confused. You are assuming that all JV/B team players are underclassmen and play every snap during blowouts. If I’m not mistaken, Camden dresses somewhere between 120-150 players during home games. You can only play certain players for a certain amount of snaps. It’s true that playing cleanup, the young players get varsity game experience, but it’s nowhere near the experience needed for starting and playing a full varsity game. Camden lost most of it’s starting defense and several key components in their offense. Camden’s current QB knows the system inside out, but he never started a varsity game until this season. Actually, unless I’m mistaken, he’s never played more than a quarter or two, at the most, in a game before this season. The deepest part of Camden’s team is at the running back position. Here are other facts, Camden has not played a complete game yet this season. Their QB is small, compared to Ramsey, he’s not fleet of foot. But he knows the offense and runs it well. Camden has not passed the ball well this season, that’s probably because of lack of experience in passing. They have a different offensive line, a mostly new defensive line and linebackers. They have not tackled well in most of the games this season and they’ve blown pass coverages quite a few times. The kicking game is virtually nonexistent! Now, in 2014, inexperience shouldn’t be an issue. Because most of the kids playing now are freshmen, sophomores and juniors. But, not to worry Fred, you can rest assured, Camden will be just fine, this year and in the future as well…….Say it with me! RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

Camden74

October 21st, 2013
11:18 am

Fred……One more thing, Camden does have a new Head Coach and a number of new coaches. The process of getting everyone on the same page is a major effort within itself……..RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

Jimb

October 22nd, 2013
5:16 am

That’s some smart football posts up there. Should write a column. Todd do you need some help. Well this is fun, football in Georgia is the best, the true fans are on this blog. Thanks guys I can’t wait to read these some are over the top but most are true conviction from the fan base. Thanks

7-AAAAAA Dad

October 22nd, 2013
9:10 am

OMacG – reckon Mac will ever win the big one? I guess the guys down at the Elks Club have ’bout scratched out all their hair (what they have left) trying to make sense of it all. No one ever wants to fire a great coach. No one anywhere CAN fire an above average coach, who has more wins than losses by far, but one who can’t seem to muster whatever it is to put his team on the top of the pile. I’m sure you guys have held prayer meetings all week hashing it back n forth!

Grayson, the some degree, is in the same boat. They should have at least two other trophies, maybe three, with the talent they’ve had since 2008. And goodness only knows what NG has put their supporters through. They should change their nickname from the Bulldogs to the Fall Teasers!

7-AAAAAA Dad

October 22nd, 2013
9:10 am

“To” some degree

Fred

October 22nd, 2013
9:34 am

@Camden74 – I assume nothing. I merely was trying to understand why for years you crowed about all the experience the non-starters were getting and how much it was preparing for the future where Camden would continue to dominate, not just win. Now you are saying they don’t have the experience they need as starters. :-D

I actually get it as I have been saying all year that we have a similar issue. While we were able to put players in, I don’t believe we wholesale changed out the O or D to let them get experience as a unit and it shows. Our timing is off and I don’t think our players have the confidence in each other they should. Both of those come from playing time as a unit. We have a lot of good athletes and while this year is going so well, I think next year we can be awesome. But that’s next year and we have to get there. :-D

Camden74

October 22nd, 2013
12:22 pm

Fred…..Now, I’m confused. “For years you crowed about all the experience the non starters were getting and how much it was preparing for the future where Camden would continue to dominate, not just win”, huh? When have I ever said that? I might have said Camden’s future looks bright because of the kids that are coming up through the system, but quite frankly, I don’t even remember saying that. I remember saying Camden would win it all, back in 2010 and 2011, when they were upset by Hillgrove and lost the controversial playoff game to Colquitt. I even thought they had a great chance to win it all in 2012, but were derailed by eventual State Champion Norcross. But I don’t ever recall saying that Camden would dominate, especially since moving to Region 1 6A. I might talk trash sometimes, but I’m not stupid! I will always have faith in the ability of the Camden Wildcats to win games and championships, no doubt. But, I will challenge anyone to show me where I’ve said Camden would dominate. HS Football in the State of Georgia is too competitive for me to make that type of statement……..If I truly believe Camden has a team that should/could/would win the State Title in Class 6A, I would not hesitate to say it…..This years team, because of no fault of the young men who make up the team, are still a work in progress. But, IMO, have just as good of a chance to win the 6A Title this year as any other team! RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

NE CAT

October 22nd, 2013
3:56 pm

Fred and Camden 74….no doubt the 2013-14 version of The Camden Wildcats seems a little watered down, but there has been improvement each week and they really do have a chance if all lines up to make a run at the title. Being a Wildcat fan for life, I never give up hope.
The Cats will dominate once again, cause the futre looks bright, but who said you had to dominate to win championships ? We might just plug along and keep winning by a few points, until we get to game 15 .

BulldogsStillBite

October 22nd, 2013
7:37 pm

I have been enjoying the banter and prognostications of all the HSFB pundits, here’s my two cents. I am a North Gwinnett fan, will always be a NG fan. As I see it, Norcross has improved A LOT since we beat them in September; then again, they ought to with all the talent they have. If Mill Creek gets in, they will eliminate somebody right off the bat. Colquitt has been consistent, Camden seems to be playing pretty consistent also. Lovejoy is not the Lovejoy of last year but they are still good. As for the Bulldogs, they are showing the character of a championship team. Even if they get behind, they don’t get rattled and give up – they play hard until the last snap. We have as good a shot as anyone to get to the Dome this year. Still have Collins Hill and Peachtree Ridge, but it is feeling like we start the second season without a loss. Really hope to get Lovejoy (the 100% healthy version) in Suwanee this time. Hope no one loses any players between now and the second week of November. This year is the first in a while that there is no head and shoulders favorite over the rest of the field. NG gets dinged a lot on this board but the can score points in a hurry when they need to; they have NOT had an offense that could do that since I have been following them. I’m a realist though and not a homer – if they do not play four quarters of NG football EVERY GAME in November, they’ll be watching the rest of the field or basketball in December. That being said, I LOVE our chances this year…..

radams31768 Pack

October 23rd, 2013
10:45 am

BSB, I agree that NG seems to be on top right now. Colquitt is good but I just don’t see the offense as a powerhouse this year. Our defense will keep us in games but in the playoffs you have got to score some points against those North Georgia up tempo offenses. Time will tell and I am optimistic. Go Pack.

stooge

October 23rd, 2013
1:16 pm

Agreed..last year we got by on last ditch clutch plays. It lends itself to high drama and suspense but might not be enough against NG or others. We’ll deal with Valdosta first.

Really????????

October 23rd, 2013
4:07 pm

All of the conjecture about positions and who will get to the dome and which team seems to be more talented and teams who have injured players and expect to make a run when the playoffs start to teams being inexperienced and not having two or three players that they had last year. I doubt if everyone on here has seen every team play in person at real game speed. Not on tv, not on a computer, but in the stands. No one really knows how each team will play in a playoff environment. There are teams who have been involved in some great environments, then there are some who have not been in the spot light. There seems to be an abundance of teams with a lot of talent. There are 3 more weeks of playoff type games remaining, no one can sleep walk. Sleepwalking can be the difference between a home game and a road game. AAAAAA is broke up into top tier and middle of the pack, there seems to be a a gang of middle of the pack seems. I think that the next 3 weeks will be critical for some regions, while some may not be as critical. Either way, 3 weeks of positioning and jockeying every player giving 110%.

AVikingFan

October 23rd, 2013
6:40 pm

I know this is a football forum, but I wanted to get the word out. Lowndes High’s girls softball team hosted Hilgrove in a best of three starting today. (This is the round known as the Sweet 16 and the winner advances to the final 8 in Columbus). Lowndes won the 1st game, 3 to 2, defeating Hillgrove’s ace pitcher. The second game is underway.

GwinnettDad

October 24th, 2013
6:00 am

@AVikingFan – Why? Next, start reporting if Lowndes’ under water basketball team remained undefeated. Geesh.

AVikingFan

October 24th, 2013
7:11 am

Why, I thought some Hillgrove’s fans might be interested. Sorry I infringed on your sense of righteousness GwinnettDad. But there are some true high school fans on this blog that follow ALL their school’s activities. Guess you’re too grumpy or arrogant to appreciate it. Go back and wallow with Sportsnut some more if it makes your day. Besides, if you don’t want to read what I’ve got to say, don’t read it.

westcobb5

October 24th, 2013
11:15 am

Why not? Hasn’t been a football comment on here in 20 hours.

I see Hillgrove won the second game. So the rubber game’s tonight. Go HAWKS!

westcobb5

October 24th, 2013
11:23 am

New blogger name – AViketteFan ? :)

AVikingFan

October 24th, 2013
9:26 pm

Nice dig westcobb5. – I attend lots of events at Lowndes in addition to football games. Baseball, wrestling, basketball, track, softball, trophy counting, ahhhh, you don’t have that at your school do you?

By the way, the Hawks won tonight’s game also and advanced to the Final 8 at Columbus. I wish them good luck!