Predictions: Region 7-AAAAAA poised for first-round sweep

The only region in the state’s highest classification to go 0-4 in the first round of the playoffs last season was 5-AAAAAA, which sent Lassiter, Milton, Walton and Wheeler to the postseason only to see them lose to Gwinnett County teams from Region 8. This year the region’s playoff contingent will include Etowah instead of Wheeler, and the Gwinnett competition will come from Region 7, but 5-AAAAAA is in danger of being swept again. Look for Peachtree Ridge (over Lassiter), Norcross (over Etowah), North Gwinnett (over Milton) and Collins Hill (over Walton) to give 5-AAAAAA its second consecutive winless postseason.

THE WEEKEND PREDICTIONS

Last week: 156-38 (.804); Overall: 1,638-380 (.812)

CLASS AAAAAA

Winner##Loser

Alpharetta##South Gwinnett

Archer##North Forsyth

Camden County##Westlake

Collins Hill##Walton

Colquitt County##Newnan

Hillgrove##Alcovy

Hughes##Valdosta

Lambert##Brookwood

Lovejoy##Marietta

Lowndes##East Coweta

McEachern##Newton

Norcross##Etowah

North Cobb##Luella

North Gwinnett##Milton

Peachtree Ridge##Lassiter

West Forsyth##Dacula

CLASS AAAAA

Clarke Central##Mays

Creekside##Lakeside-Evans

East Paulding##Creekview

Flowery Branch##Stephenson

Gainesville##M.L. King

Harris County##Glynn Academy

Houston County##Mundy’s Mill

Kell##Allatoona

Lee County##Effingham County

North Paulding##Riverwood

Northside-Warner Robins##McIntosh

South Paulding##Sequoyah

Thomas County Central##Richmond Hill

Tucker##Heritage-Conyers

Ware County##Bainbridge

Warner Robins##Whitewater

CLASS AAAA

Burke County##Crisp County

Carrollton##Northwest Whitfield

Chestatee##Grady

Dalton##Alexander

Griffin##Rutland

Lanier##Carver-Atlanta

Marist##Stephens County

Mary Persons##Eagle’s Landing

Monroe Area##Banneker

Sandy Creek##Cedartown

Statesboro##Cairo

Stockbridge##Westside-Macon

Troup##Gilmer

Veterans##Locust Grove

Wayne County##Monroe

Westover##Liberty County

CLASS AAA

Appling County##Dodge County

Blessed Trinity##Jackson County

Buford##Sonoraville

Callaway##Henry County

Cartersville##West Hall

Carver-Columbus##B.E.S.T. Academy

Central-Carrollton##Pike County

Elbert County##Cedar Grove

Hart County##St. Pius

Jefferson County##Southeast Bulloch

North Hall##Ringgold

Peach County##Chapel Hill

Pierce County##Thomson

Washington County##Johnson-Savannah

White County##Adairsville

Woodward Academy##North Oconee

CLASS AA

Benedictine##Macon County

Bowdon##Model

Brooks County##Screven County

Bryan County##Bleckley County

Calhoun##Manchester

Dublin##Fitzgerald

Greater Atlanta Christian##Rabun County

Heard County##Pepperell

Jefferson##Westminster

Kendrick##Dade County

Lamar County##Metter

Laney##Cook

Lovett##Union County

Thomasville##Westside-Augusta

Vidalia##Taylor County

Washington-Wilkes##Wesleyan

59 comments Add your comment

Hall Co.

November 14th, 2013
5:37 pm

WEEE Ready WEEE Ready WEEE Ready for yaaa’ll. Welcome to THE BRANCH Stephenson
Gone be a good one.

afan

November 14th, 2013
5:40 pm

Go 1AAAAAA …All 4 teams
Go North Cobb
Go Ware Co Gators
Go Fitzgerald
Go Pierce Co
Go Appling
Go Wayne Co.
Go Clinch Co
God Bless America we need it. Have fun enjoy the games.

Hall Co.

November 14th, 2013
5:42 pm

Is Class 5A Region 6 really the SEC of High School Football? Don’t think so….

kl

November 14th, 2013
5:49 pm

Hall Co. SEC=lol

Sportsnut

November 14th, 2013
5:53 pm

Welcome back, Blue Devils.

Cool_Coach1

November 14th, 2013
5:59 pm

Obsession is not just a cologne….who knew…LOL!

RobFromNorcross

November 14th, 2013
6:23 pm

Like pouring gasoline on a fire…

kl

November 14th, 2013
6:51 pm

be careful RobFromNorcross…gas will blow up on you.

Team Tigerblood

November 14th, 2013
6:57 pm

So Archer is going to be the only team to win from Region 8? I would bet the egg and milk money that wont happen…..

Trojan2017

November 14th, 2013
7:26 pm

I think Lassiter can upset Peachtree Ridge tomorrow night. They are playing at home, have won 5 straight, and have all players back for this game. It will certainly be an interesting one, and it will have a lot of quality match-ups. Whoever protects the ball, limits penalties, and plays solid special teams will win. Then again, isn’t that the truth 90% of the time anyway. Good luck to all teams tomorrow! The only games I have different on my bracket in AAAAAA are: #1) Lassiter over PTR #2) Dacula over W. Forsyth and #3) Brookwood over Lambert.

NCHS fan

November 14th, 2013
7:26 pm

I don’t know why but I feel like that Colquitt vs. Newnan game is gonna be really close.

REVSDH

November 14th, 2013
7:37 pm

North Cobb Luella 35-6
Colquitt County Newnan 34-6
Lassiter Peachtree Ridge 31-28
Dacula West Forsyth 24-28

Lovejoy Marietta 38-28
East Coweta Lowndes 17-28
Norcross Etowah 31-13
Lambert Brookwood 13-7

Hughes Valdosta 24-13
Newton Mceachern 14-21
Alpharetta South Gwinnett 41-20
Collins Hill Walton 34-27

Camden County Westake 22-0
Hillgrove Alcovy 34-7
Archer North forsyth 31-14
Milton North Gwinnett 24-34

BigDave

November 14th, 2013
7:54 pm

Where’s the predictions for Class A?

GwinnettDad

November 14th, 2013
9:30 pm

I see the AJC agrees with me that Region 2 will go 1-3. Peachtree Ridge over Lassiter is a very real possibility that would give the sweep to Region 7. I like Brookwood’s chances against Lambert, and even think South Gwinnett will be very competitive with Alpharetta. Camden County will romp. East Cowetta, the higher seed, has the offense to upset Lowndes that didn’t play well when they previously went north.

Drock13

November 14th, 2013
9:34 pm

East Coweta vs Lowndes game will be a close one. Colquitt will beat Newnan easily. Camden will goose egg Westlake. Hughes will dominate Valdosta

Camden74

November 14th, 2013
9:43 pm

Wow! The ultimate disrespect! :-)

Slim Jim

November 14th, 2013
9:50 pm

@ NCHS fan, it was close last year. Colquitt had to come back in the final minute to beat Newnan 26-23 in round 2. The game is in Moultrie tho and Colquitt is coming off a loss to Camden. Gotta give tge edge to the Packers, but ya never know.

GwinnettDad

November 14th, 2013
10:28 pm

@74 – what? Does a prediction of 22-0 tomorrow night seem to be too low for you?

Lil Brother

November 14th, 2013
10:30 pm

Don’t count Valdosta out..they never quite and last weeks lose to Coffee has them fired up. PRIDE to prove they deserve to be there. Colquitt at home will be tough to beat. North Cobb I hope will win big. Camden is Camden what can u say. Lowndes will have their hands full wih East Cowetta..Go Vikings.

Camden74

November 15th, 2013
12:25 am

GwinnettDad……..All the talk of a Region 7 sweep! It’s like the other teams don’t even exist…… :-)

itsonlywrite

November 15th, 2013
1:34 am

well, somebody has the same vision I have. lol

#ELEPHANTNATION

SpartanKick

November 15th, 2013
3:52 am

Region 5-AAAAA is goin 3-1 first round… if Allatoona had all their players well and ready then kell would have a run for their money seeing as kell dont really face off on anyone. And to the point someone made awhile back bout region 5 being weak? What was that?
N. Paulding 9-1
S. Paulding 9-1
E. Paulding 7-3
Allatoona 7-3
Every one of these teams has either a great offense or defense or both, so keep an eye out for 5-A baby because they comin hard and fast

Together, WE SHIELD
AHOO AHOO AHOO

BIG CHIEF WHOOPUM

November 15th, 2013
6:44 am

GAAAAAAAAME DAAAAAAAAAY!!!!
Ok region 4/AAAAAA it’s time to “REPRESENT”. Last year we went 2-2 against much tougher competition(region 1). This year let’s “SWEEP”. Yes Lovejoy, that includes U!

#1 North Cobb Warriors vs Luella: “FEAR THE SPEAR”. Nuff said!

#2 Hillgrove Hawks vs Alcovy: As much as this pains me, ” GO HAWKS!!!” Definitely nuff said.

#3 MCEACHERN INDIANS vs Newton: We enter the battlefield this week without our best warrior (QB Ty Clemons). And from what I hear a few defensive Indians will be MIA due to let’s say “conduct detrimental to the Team”. But even without them I think we’ve got more than enough to defeat Newton. Just remember coaches- “pound the rock” with #33(Mr. Chubbs). And mix in some Taj Griffin. THUNDER AND LIGHTING!!! Keep the pressure off the freshman QB(Mr. Hockman).

#4 Marietta Blue Devils vs Lovejoy: Do what U do best! Score points in bunches and ask for a little help from the “D”. Show NO LOVE to the folks at 12 Oaks.

GOOD LUCK REGION 4!!!! GO INDIANS!!! GO BIG BLUE!!!

GwinnettDad

November 15th, 2013
8:45 am

@74 – well if Brookwood could beat #1 seed #1 ranked Lassiter last year in the first round, Peachtree Ridge, with probably a better team this year, has a good chance. I picked them too. I have 1-AAAAAA going 3-1. Elsewhere, in the simulation of 1 million playoff outcomes, 1-AAAAAA & 7-AAAAAA make up 89% of the projected winners. I cannot disagree.

WolfDawg

November 15th, 2013
9:09 am

Brookwood will be dangerous on the road vs a young, up & coming Lambert…

The Comets just might surprise too. They can score with the best of them..

As for 7 over 5 (AAAAAA) Cobb Co football is just not “all that” & will get Xposed – AGAIN!!!

On a serious note – Safe travels to ALL fans, players, coaches & classmates..

Sportsnut

November 15th, 2013
9:34 am

Proving grounds. That is what many stadiums will become tonight. So many superior teams exist that others are rendered invisible. Should be many 1-0 scores because of the teams that will not show up. I don’t think there will be many though. No one gets a pass.

some sense

November 15th, 2013
10:04 am

SPX probably won’t lose to Hart Co.

Team Tigerblood

November 15th, 2013
10:27 am

Here are few things I have heard this morning concerning the 6A Playoffs.
1) Lassiter’s stadium is VANDALIZED with PR Lions content Thursday night.
2) Word in Gwinnett is QB Sphire has torn meniscus and will not play despite of reports he is a game-time decision

Cool_Coach1

November 15th, 2013
11:07 am

I got to see some of the pics from a Lassiter parent….NOT COOL! Someone’s daddy might be have to produce some bail money on this one…Fan is truly short for fanatic this case

#disgraceful

My2Cents

November 15th, 2013
12:37 pm

I know Peachtree Ridge vandalized Collins HIll’s field & press box before their game.

Camden74

November 15th, 2013
12:51 pm

GwinnettDad….Just don’t care for the way it’s being HYPED! Everyone knows Region 7 is powerful, there’s no need to further embarrass the kids from Region 5 by continually predicting they will get swept! :-)

GwinnettDad

November 15th, 2013
12:56 pm

As weak as 8-AAAAAA has been this year, the Maxwell Ratings reflect that weakness. Out of a million playoff outcomes, Dacula wins 383 times, Brookwood just 85 times, and South Gwinnett just 6 times.

However, regarding which one of the regions is the weakest, how many times does the 2-4 seeds from Region 2 win the State? That’s Newton, Alcovy, and Luella.

Zero. Zero. And Zero.

Again, we see an impartial rating simply reflect reality, and not the opinion and prejudices of somebody that should know better.

Cool_Coach1

November 15th, 2013
1:03 pm

@Camden74 I’m one of the few Gwinnett people on this board that believe Lassister has a good chance…the vandalism of their home field probably won’t sit very well with that team. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a couple questionable calls come from sympathetic zebras…after pulling a stunt like that PTR’s margin of error has shrunken considerably

GwinnettDad

November 15th, 2013
1:08 pm

@Cool_Coach1 – haven’t seen the damage, but I tend to agree. Why in the world motivate the home team like that? The dolts that did it are motivating Lassiter in a way they may never have been otherwise.

Cool_Coach1

November 15th, 2013
1:25 pm

@ GwinnettDad Clearly these knuckleheads have never seen Fast Times @ Ridgemont High…LOL! Hey PTR if Lassiter has a kid named Charles Jefferson and is wearing #33 it probably won’t be a good night to be on offense LOL!

Team Tigerblood

November 15th, 2013
1:29 pm

Word now is PR may not have done that. Some people suggest it could have been a Region Rival School trying to frame PR, but your guess is as good as mine…..

Camden74

November 15th, 2013
1:40 pm

Cool_Coach1….I’m sympathetic to Region 5 and hope they can win at least one game. Plus, I’m not impressed with PTR. Normally, I stick to cheering for Region 1. But this time around, I feel differently about the situation….. :-)

some sense

November 15th, 2013
1:55 pm

You’re gonna tell be a band of miscreants drove all the way from PTR neighborhoods to East Cobb just to do some painting? Not what h/s kids do, particularly since there is nothing between the two schools.

js smooth

November 15th, 2013
2:01 pm

Peachtree Ridge kids vandalized many cars in the North Gwinnett Strudent parking lot last Friday night. Would not put any of these shenanigans past the quality kids at the Ridge.

Suwanee 0wns

November 15th, 2013
2:21 pm

I hope there is a security tape at Lassiter to catch and prosecute the perpetrators. I could believe it is either some PRidge kids or kids from a rival High School. It smells like that is too far to drive from PRidge, since I don’t think they care that much about football. Don’t be surprised if the visiting stands are not full. The PRidge principal and coach should make a very public apology before the game, and not just blame it on George Bush or the insurance companies. Mostly, this just proves that teenage males will sometimes do some very stupid things.

The discussion about any sort of sweep is completely inappropriate. It is highly unlikely to happen, and purely creates ill will. All the kids who play tonight have worked very hard to get to this point, and they deserve the respect of everyone regardless of game outcomes.

I even like Lovejoy. They have a heck of a team that is exciting to watch. They can beat almost anybody – except maybe Norcross.

Good luck to all the teams. I really hope that nobody gets hurt.

WolfDawg

November 15th, 2013
2:53 pm

Nice Comment Suwanee –

I have to say, I LOL’ed at the Bush & insurance comment….

Best to ALL teams (so there’s no -Coulda – Woulda – Shoulda’s)

Safe travels too..

Sportsnut

November 15th, 2013
3:40 pm

@GwinnettDad == 74 was talking about region 5. You had to bring up region 2. Why? You still are on that trip. Maybe the kids from PTR have been listening to you and Rob. More followers.

Sportsnut

November 15th, 2013
3:44 pm

@Suwanee Owns == Funny hearing that coming from you. As much as you and you cohorts have been dogging these kids this week. Live and learn. Self examination. the kids read too.

GwinnettDad

November 15th, 2013
4:00 pm

@Sportsnut – You write on this blog, and you think people don’t remember what YOU so proudly insist is the truth? And how dismissive and superior you are when you do it? :-) :-) :-) Over and over again you stated that Region 8 was the weakest region in the State because of their W-L, when region 2 plays down and Region 8 doesn’t. Admit you were not only mistaken, you were just flat WRONG. WRONG, WRONG WRONG. Man up and admit it.

Jerome

November 15th, 2013
4:11 pm

Colquitt County should beat Newnan easily. As a former Packer and 1994 state champion, It would be awesome for this team to make a run and win a second state title in the 100th year of Packer football. Go Pack Go!!!!!

Sportsnut

November 15th, 2013
4:39 pm

@GwinnettDad == I only spoke the truth. When it all started, it began with region 2 and 3 being labeled as the weakest. The numbers proved that wrong. The won-lost record is the best and really the only indicator. You were wrong. And you still are !

You are among the many here calling for a sweep and you call me superior and dismissive. All the talk coming from you are indicative of those two words.

Cool_Coach1

November 15th, 2013
4:48 pm

Region __ you are the weakest link…goodbye! (Fill in the Blank AAAAAA)

GwinnettDad

November 15th, 2013
4:49 pm

@Sportsnut, ok, go ahead and stick your head in the sand. Ignore the Maxwell Ratings. Ignore the history of Alcovy, Newton, and Luella. Go right ahead. Stay opinionated, don’t be logical, stay emotional, and wrong! Nobody can help you until you ask for help. How sad.:-( :-( :-(

GwinnettDad

November 15th, 2013
4:51 pm

And no, @Sportsnut, you’re very confused. I have Lovejoy winning tonight. Your ego is blinding you. You paint with way to broad a brush.

Suwanee 0wns

November 15th, 2013
5:08 pm

I sure don’t have a prolem with the kids on your team. I have watched film, they are good football players and exciting to watch. Just as a QB or WR would probably rather play for a “spread” team, playing for Lovejoy must be a D-Lineman’s dream. I come from an era when some teams ran a 5 – 2 so it is very interesting to watch what happens when you rush 5 against a modern formation.

If I have a problem at all with the team, it is with the some of the team’s fans, not the kids or the team itself. I hope the kids do well, as I know they will. I wish that some of the team’s obnoxious fans would dial it back a bit, but as you rightfully point out, I have no expectation of being able to influence that. However, you might consider how it reflects on the team itself.

Good luck to Brookwood. I expect you to win that game, and I think your superior kicking game might just prove to be the margin of victory in a playoff game or two.

Christmas morning is here! And it is almost time to open the presents. I hope everyone gets what they wanted, even though that is unrealistic.