AAAAAA draw: Norcross wins coin toss for No. 1 seed; No. 3 North Gwinnett faces long road ahead

It took some luck, but Norcross is the No. 1 seed out of Region 7-AAAAAA for the state playoffs.

The Blue Devils won a rare three-team coin toss Friday night after all the regular-season games were done.

Norcross, North Gwinnett and Collins Hill each finished 7-1 in region play, each going 1-1 against the other two. After their games Friday, all victories, the teams’ three head coaches met at a Cracker Barrel restaurant off I-85 in Suwanee. Each team flipped a coin, and Norcross was the only one to flip tails. Odd-man-out wins.

The No. 2 seed was decided by head-to-head play. Collins Hill defeated North Gwinnett, so Collins Hill will be seeded second, North Gwinnett third.

That means North Gwinnett, a candidate to be ranked No. 1 in the state in Class AAAAAA next week after current No. 1 Colquitt County lost on Friday, is unlikely to get a home game in the state playoffs. The Bulldogs will travel to Milton in the first round next week. The winner is seeded to play at unbeaten Archer of Region 8 in the second round.

The top two seeds will play at home, Norcross against Etowah, and Collins Hill against Walton.

All three Region 7 teams are considered region champions.

In other AAAAAA news …

- No. 7 Camden County defeated No. 1 Colquitt County 22-15 to clinch Region 1. Camden has won 13 straight region titles, two in 1-AAAAAA. Colquitt remains without a region title since 1999 despite leading the highest classification in playoff victories over the past four seasons.

- Brookwood defeated Grayson 30-27 in overtime in a game that meant the loser was out of the state playoffs in Region 8. Grayson was the 2011 state champion. Brookwood was the 2010 state champion.

- Hillgrove defeated McEachern 31-17 in a game between Powder Springs arch-rivals that decided second place and a home playoff game in Region 4. McEachern quarterback Ty Clemons, once a candidate for state player of the year, was injured, and his status for the playoffs is uncertain.

- Lassiter defeated Etowah 37-20 in a game that decided the Region 5 champion. Etowah would’ve dropped to fifth and out of the playoffs but was saved by Wheeler, which broke a seven-game losing streak and upset Cherokee 30-20.

Here is the Class AAAAAA draw (unofficial):

(R2 #4) Luella at (R4 #1) North Cobb

(R3 #3) Newnan at (R1 #2) Colquitt County

(R7 #4) Peachtree Ridge at (R5 #1) Lassiter

(R6 #3) West Forsyth at (R8 #2) Dacula

(R4 #4) Marietta at (R2 #1) Lovejoy

(R1 #3) Lowndes at (R3 #2) East Coweta

(R5 #4) Etowah at (R7 #1) Norcross

(R8 #3) Brookwood at (R6 #2) Lambert

(R1 #4) Valdosta at (R3 #1) Hughes

(R4 #3) McEachern at (R2 #2) Newton

(R8 #4) South Gwinnett at (R6 #1) Alpharetta

(R5 #3) Walton at (R7 #2) Collins Hill

(R3 #4) Westlake at (R1 #1) Camden County

(R2 #3) Alcovy at (R4 #2) Hillgrove

(R6 #4) North Forsyth at (R8 #1) Archer

(R7 #3) North Gwinnett at (R5 #2) Milton

73 comments Add your comment

WolfDawg

November 9th, 2013
12:03 am

Region 7 pulls out the BROOM on ALL Region 5 teams….

WolfDawg

November 9th, 2013
12:04 am

Region 8 will win 3 of 4 & possible also sweep

Todd Holcomb

November 9th, 2013
12:09 am

Sorry, folks. I posted an earlier version of the draw before making all the corrections.

I think this one is good!!

RobFromNorcross

November 9th, 2013
12:18 am

Region 8 Dacula and South Gwinnett face tough tests in the first round and will both likely be underdogs. Dacula got unlucky with West Forsyth falling all the way to the #3 seed. South Gwinnett will have all they can handle with Alpharetta.

Sportsnut

November 9th, 2013
12:23 am

Let the fun begin. Now comes what I have been talking about.

Rubin Hood

November 9th, 2013
12:26 am

Tough break for North Gwinnett. One of the better teams in the state will not even get one home playoff game. Goes to show how competitive Region 7 was all year long.

HSFB Follower

November 9th, 2013
12:28 am

Its playoff time! Oh boy this is where we all get ready for and love the show!

slim065

November 9th, 2013
12:30 am

Supposedly the injury to Clemons at McEachern was not pretty. Early speculation I have seen, and nothing is confirmed, was a break or fracture of something. Hopefully it turns out the actual injury is not as bad as it looked, but…

HSFB Follower

November 9th, 2013
12:33 am

North Gwinnett is going to be fine, they are built for the road with that schedule. Tough draw but hey that’s Reg 7-6A for ya!

THEHILLISREAL

November 9th, 2013
12:41 am

The Camden Co v/s Westlake should be interesting, the beloved coach return home.

RobFromNorcross

November 9th, 2013
12:47 am

Thank God we’re finally caught up to what Sportsnut has been talking about for eleven weeks- the start of the 2013 Lovejoy football season! Could be a rematch with Norcross in the third round if we both make it that far. Home field would be decided by another coin flip… I’d prefer Marietta or Lowndes at home…

HSFB Follower

November 9th, 2013
12:47 am

Tough tough “break” or McEachern losing Ty Clemons. Can’t discount the TEAM but you’ve got to figure it’s gonna be tough for them having to depend on a Freshman at this point in the season. Opens it up some more but in the final regular season rankings Lovejoy better be number one.

McEachern Indian

November 9th, 2013
12:53 am

From what I was told by a McEachern Administrator, Ty Clemons is out with a broken tibia.. Not good. Tough loss for the Indians.

Sportsnut

November 9th, 2013
12:55 am

Good matchups coming next week. Don’t be surprised if something happens that many will think should not. Congratulations to all the playoff teams. This is going to be good.

Camden74

November 9th, 2013
1:38 am

North Gwinnett is STILL the team to beat! They didn’t handle the pressure of being # 1 very well, but now, they’re playing from the underdog position. They are probably the most dangerous non # 1 seed team in the playoffs! :-)

BulldogsStillBite

November 9th, 2013
6:17 am

Looks like we may be headed for a rematch with Camden when it really matters. If so, I don’t expect a game like the first one. I am sure North will make some statements early; if they play like last night, a lot of teams will have problems. They dominated PR from the start; the the game could have easily been a shutout. Congrats to all that are in; this is going to be fun to watch. PR tried to take a page from MC and CH with that read option but at least for last night, the Bulldogs put an early end to that story. These two teams looked totally different; Ridge surely didn’t look like the team that lost t Norcross 24-20 and North looked nothing like the team that lost to CH. They didn’t make a lot of penalties and imposed their will on both sides of the ball until they dialed it back. The Ridge got shellshocked and looked like we did against CH; I am sure their qb is quite sore today….he took a beating. Colquitt is back to place they are probably more comfortable; I am sure they would have rather had the two guaranteed home games, but I don’t think that will matter for they since they always are prepare for the playoffs…Milton, we are coming….I am sure you wanted someone else, but one lousy game and a flip of the coin decided our fate. We should be ready for the pressures of the second season regardless of who lines up behind center. It will be good to get Sphire back on the field; now consistent play will get us back to the dome where we started this year…one play at a time…who do you guys think has the easiest and most difficult path to the dome?

Reeze

November 9th, 2013
6:26 am

Valdosta/Hughes and Lowndes /EC should be two good ones . The best first rounders

BulldogsStillBite

November 9th, 2013
6:29 am

Not to speculate too early, but if North plays any game like MC or CH during the real season, they WILL be watching the rest of the way. This is first year we will have no home games…unless something crazy happens…anything is possible

Rubin Hood

November 9th, 2013
8:12 am

Fairly easy bracket for Collins Hill to make it to the semi’s. Probably the most prolific offense in the field.

WildHawg2012

November 9th, 2013
8:16 am

74= Good win and best of luck to the Cats and the rest of Region 1 in the next season. Congrats!! I have no excuses, we had our chances and came up short. I said earlier this year that the region title runs thru Camden and it still does for another year. Forget the turnovers, those fumbles were our fault and in a game of this magnitude great teams cash in like a great team should. You know the football saying, the team with the fewest mistakes win. We still had a shot at the end and that’s all u can ask for so congrats once again and lets represent for our region in the playoffs. Go Pack and Region 1

Dekalb Co Guy

November 9th, 2013
8:44 am

wont be suprised if Region 2 and Region 3 get swept in the 1st round.

Hughes though talented, you have to be worried if they will be intimidated by the mystique of playing Valdosta. I dont give East Coweta, Newnan or Westlake much chance at all of advancing.

@sportsnut

I know you hate to hear it, but I smell an upset brewing against your Lovejoy team. Marietta is a dangerous team, could be a sweep there too.

OMacG

November 9th, 2013
8:49 am

Word after the game is that X-rays were negative on Clemons’ leg- not a break but would be surprised if he could make it back, regardless of how long the Indians are able to stay in it. Young Hockman is talented and capable…but still only a freshman. The entire dynamic of the offense changes without Ty running things. I’m much more disappointed for him than I am about the effect on the team…that kid is true Blue and Gold and has been a joy to watch for the past six years.

Sportsnut

November 9th, 2013
9:15 am

@DeKalb Co. Guy == They could lose. Anyone can. The game is Friday. No way to know until then. Be assured though, Lovejoy will once again come ready to play.

squirrell

November 9th, 2013
9:23 am

Congrats BlueCats!

I was wrong about the Wing-T SPEED SWEEP!

Pack still can’t stop that play!

Always said that Camden has one of the best programs in the nation.

Go Region 1AAAAAA!

Hope to see BlueCats in the Dome!

Hopefully, against the Pack!

BigguyinGA

November 9th, 2013
9:32 am

North Gwinnett can play a home game if North Forsyth knocks off Archer (not likely with the way Archer has played this season)

High 5

November 9th, 2013
9:35 am

No way Lovejoy loses to Marietta! No disrespect to the Blue Devils but Lovejoy is too deep, too fast, and too strong for them. Every year they are primed and ready for that playoff run! They can beat any team in 6A with no problem if they play sound, mistake free football! It will not be a shock to anyone if they make it to the Dome AGAIN for the THIRD year in a row!

DashCruz

November 9th, 2013
9:36 am

I think the best non playoff team in the state is Mill Creek. They would have made it in any other region.
And while the Regions 1 and 7 teams get most of the attention, I am keeping my eye on Langston Hughes. Solid wins all season.

DashCruz

November 9th, 2013
9:41 am

Here’s my top ten ranking for the season:
1) Camden
2) North Gwinnett
3) Colquitt
4) Langston Hughes
5) Lovejoy
6) Norcross
7) Lassiter
8) Collins Hill
9) Archer
10) Alpharetta/Hillgrove

But, the way region 7 beat each other, their positions are nearly interchangable. What is your rankings.
disclosure: I am a Peachtree Ridge fan and have seen more region 7 games than any others.

RobFromNorcross

November 9th, 2013
9:47 am

Norcross is playing well at we head into the playoffs. This Norcross team with 16 returning starters from last year’s team is 23-2 over the past two seasons.

The two games that Norcross lost were to the #1 team in the nation to start this season and to North Gwinnett who has been #1 in GA for a good stretch of the season. We hate to lose but those are worthy opponents. Both losses were early in the season when we were still getting up to speed on both sides of the ball.

During this 23-2 stretch, Norcross has have beaten 14 teams who were ranked in the Top 10 in GA including Camden, Colquitt (plus 2 scrimmage wins against Colquitt home-and-away last two years), Lovejoy (in the Dome), North Gwinnett, Collins Hill (both years), Peachtree Ridge (both years), Mill Creek (both years), Parkview (both years), South Gwinnett (last year twice)…

We have gone 15-1 in tough Region 7 these past two years, and this year our combined score in Region 7 games was 279-81 which averages a 35-12 victory for Norcross over Region opponents.

This is not to brag, but to congratulate the Norcross team on this impressive accomplishment to date. Now we hope to play 5 more and keep the State Championship in Norcross for another year… one game at a time,

First up, Etowah next Friday night. We’ll be ready to play.

Wildcat Guy

November 9th, 2013
9:56 am

Todd, I love it when you pick against Camden. Keep it up, it does help us!

Just saying

November 9th, 2013
9:58 am

Dash Cruz, solid wins against who? Certainly not region teams. Not to take away from their record, besides Creekside, a 5A school who they lost to, what solid teams have they faced? The other closest game was East Coweta I believe. Based on record they are a good team. I think that starting Friday we will all see just how solid of a team. I think that we will see that in most teams though.

JeanE

November 9th, 2013
10:27 am

It doesn’t matter where North plays, we will kick it!!!! Go Dawgs!!!!

IndianPride

November 9th, 2013
10:29 am

To all the McEachern Varsity Football Players, I commend you on your self discipline last night, I was more proud that you played smart football even though you didn’t walk away with the W. I commend the coaching staff for doing what was necessary to have our boys play with class and that I’m sure was tough with a heated rivalry game. NOW is the time for the leaders to step up! O line must block harder and longer, O guys must lay it on the line every drive. The D must play more aggressive albeit controlled. You Seniors and Juniors must step up and carry the freshman quarter back, he’s inexperienced and the playoffs put a lot of pressure on a seasoned QB, imagine what it’s doing to him. At the end of the day you win and lose as a team don’t lose sight of that. You have the opportunity to do something special in this 2nd season, don’t give up. Prayers going out to Ty, wishing him a full and speedy recovery.

JeanE

November 9th, 2013
10:32 am

We have been winning games with out underclassman backup QB, Hayden will be back!!

Rubin Hood

November 9th, 2013
11:11 am

North backup in 2 1/2 games was 39 of 52 for 588 yards, 4 TD’s and 1 int w/ a QB rating well over 100..Pretty solid stat line for an understudy North has a brutal bracket, but it is what it is. Milton is a quality first round opponent, they are in it to win it too!

WolfDawg

November 9th, 2013
11:29 am

AAAAAA Final 4 -

Collins Hills vs North Gwinnett
Norcross vs Colquitt Co or P-Tree Ridge…

Football Dad

November 9th, 2013
11:42 am

@RobfromNorcross I like your stats, But i have a stat for you one you will never know by reading the Ajc. or Maxpreps Are any of these Georgia high school rankings. Because to them We can’t play football below 285 south. Lovejoy is 38-2-2 in four years. That’s 4 loses in 4 years. 38 -0 in Twelve Oaks Stadium Our Home. Marietta, North Gwinette are any other team that wants to come down we welcome you. We will leave the lights on for You.

Camden1902

November 9th, 2013
11:48 am

The bottom right bracket with Camden, North Gwinnett, Hillgrove, Archer…..wow, just brutal. By FAR the toughest quarter of the bracket. Colquitt lost on purpose to Camden! Man, Rush is a sly dog!!!!!!!! (I am joking of course, but would be sound strategy!)

Rubin Hood

November 9th, 2013
11:57 am

Let the teams play their first round games before we all jump to any conclusions on predictions. There will be an upset or two in round one, so let’s let the games begin.

Southern Ga Pride

November 9th, 2013
12:40 pm

@Camden1902 Colquitt County did get a small victory by losing to Camden, looking at the brackets. I hope Camden can survive because I would love to see a rematch. The Packers made a lot of mistakes and only lost by a TD to the Wildcats. Interested to see the final score when we bring our “A” game. Good luck to all of region 1-AAAAAA.

Camden74

November 9th, 2013
1:21 pm

DashCruz……How can you have Camden ahead of North Gwinnett? :-D

Camden74

November 9th, 2013
1:23 pm

WildHawg2012……Thanks, hopefully both teams can stay in it long enough to meet again! Go Region 1, 6A……….RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

Camden74

November 9th, 2013
1:33 pm

Know the old saying, “SPEED KILLS”?………RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

Suwanee 0wns

November 9th, 2013
2:12 pm

Rob, there are 2 important differences between this year’s Norcross team and last year’s team.

1) No Alvin Kamara

2) While AJ Bush got a slow start he looks to be a better QB than the Norc QB from last year. All of the returning players are just a little bit better than last year. A think the increased maturity and accumen from the other positions more than make up for the loss of Kamara.

Sportsnut

November 9th, 2013
2:13 pm

*************** Were Back ***************

We may not be who we were but we are who we are

Lovejoy Wildcats

RobFromNorcross

November 9th, 2013
2:42 pm

Suwanee- one third difference is that Myle Autry who is an explosive offensive weapon when healthy has not yet played at full strength this year after his knee injury in the playoffs last year. Having him at 50% has taken away a powerful weapon from out offense and kick return teams. He showed some signs last night of his old self and if he comes alive in the playoffs we will be a much better team.

eagle

November 9th, 2013
3:44 pm

Region 7 AAAAAA might have 3 teams in the final four. I can seed Norcross, North and CH advancing if they play like they are capable. 3 very explosive and dangerous teams.

NGHS 09

November 9th, 2013
4:20 pm

@ Rubin Hood…

“Fairly easy bracket for Collins Hill to make it to the semi’s. Probably the most prolific offense in the field.”

Norcross dismantled that “prolific offense”, but couldn’t stop NG’s offense. It just depends on which team shows up in the playoffs. If Collin’s Hill runs into a team that has a secondary that can play man coverage all night…they will lose. Play zone or soft man coverage and they can shred a defense. A lot of people look at the NG vs CH score and think Collins Hill killed NG. That’s just not true by any means…unless games are 1 qrt long now instead of 4. Sphire was 8-10 passing for 177 yds and 2 TD’s before he left that game early in the 2nd qrt. NG led 25-24 midway through the 3rd qrt. Collins Hill scored 2 TD’s after the 8 minute mark in the 4th qrt. That’s not something that can be predicted or considered a distinguishable consistent trait of their team. CH is a very good team, but they will get beat by better coaching mark my words. Much like NG might get beat by good coaching and better athletes.

eagle

November 9th, 2013
4:52 pm

NGHS 09: You are crazy. CH beats North that night even with Sphire. In fact, the backup came in and got them the lead back before CH went on a tear. The QB didn’t give up 53 points. Would have made no difference. CH was the better team that night and I’m not sure they aren’t the better team anyway. Norcross should be given lots of credit for what they did the CH. They are the team to beat, no doubt. CH has been a completely different team and have dominated opponents since the Norcross loss. They were playing with their 3rd string center after the 2nd string got hurt on the opening drive vs Norcross. They drove the ball down the field with ease until he went out. Not sure they would have beat Norcross but it wouldn’t have been a shutout either.

They have outscored their opponents 215-76 and that includes games vs North Gwinn and Mill Creek. Give credit where credit is due. CH is very well coached and has weapons all over the field. Not sure there is a better coached team in this state. They hope people keep looking over them. Been happening all year and they have gotten better and better every week. North and CH could play in the Final Four and that would be an epic matchup at CH.

NGHS 09

November 9th, 2013
5:05 pm

@ RubinHood… In the 6 games Urzua has played in (2 starts): 48-74/660 yds/6TD/1int/115 QBR. He’s going to be a stud next year.