Which regions will sweep? Many are counting on Region 7

Lassiter was 10-0 and ranked No. 1 last season when beaten in the first round by Brookwood. A year later, Lassiter is a region champion again, but this time it would be a surprise to many if Lassiter didn’t lose in the first round.

Which regions will go 4-0 in the first round?

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Peachtree Ridge is the opponent. Both teams are 7-3, but Lassiter’s Region 5 doesn’t get nearly the respect of Peachtree Ridge’s Region 7, which has three of its teams (No. 1 North Gwinnett, No. 5 Norcross and No. 7 Collins Hill) in the Top 10.

If the computer Maxwell Ratings are correct, Region 7 will sweep the four games against Region 5 on Friday – Peachtree Ridge over Lassiter by six, North Gwinnett over Milton by 18, Collins Hill over Walton by 19 and Norcross over Etowah by 24.

Here is a look at the other region-to-region matchups in the first round:

Region 1 is heavily favored in three games against Region 3 (Camden County over Westlake, Colquitt County over Newnan, Lowndes over East Coweta), but the Hughes-Valdosta game is one of the more intriguing of the week. Region 3 champ Hughes has won nine straight games, but without a signature victory. Valdosta has lost four of its last six, including 38-17 last week against non-qualifier Coffee.

Region 4 is heavily favored in three games against Region 2 (North Cobb over Luella, Hillgrove over Alcovy, McEachern over Newton). Region 4’s No. 4 seed, Marietta, plays Region 2 champion Lovejoy. A year ago, Marietta stunned sixth-ranked Lowndes in the first round. This year, Lovejoy is ranked No. 6.

The most evenly matched regions are probably 6 and 8. Neither is given much credit this season. No. 4 Archer (10-0) is unbeaten, untied and untested, according to many. The Tigers play North Forsyth, which hasn’t won a playoff game since moving to the highest class in 2006. Region 6 champion Alpharetta (8-2) is a good bet against South Gwinnett. The Lambert-Brookwood and Dacula-West Forsyth games are probably the most difficult to predict of the first round.

107 comments Add your comment

Metro Coach

November 14th, 2013
9:14 am

Look for 1,4, and 7 to dominate (10 wins at least) if not sweep… #first

grayram

November 14th, 2013
9:24 am

Hughes would have a better shot if Valdosta were a 1 seed.

Dekalb Co Guy

November 14th, 2013
9:31 am

I wouldnt be suprised to see Region 1, 4 and 7 all sweep. I think at least 2 of those regions will sweep.

Cool_Coach1

November 14th, 2013
9:33 am

The Lassiter Peachtree Ridge game may be closer than the experts predict…
Not so fast my friend…
#Lee Corso

dagrapevine

November 14th, 2013
9:34 am

hughes will see the best 2 rb’s they’ve faced all year and proably the best defense they’ve seen also.valdota had 5 turnovers last week against coffee who where winning almost all of their region games well into the 4th quarter this year.my concern for valdosta is they lost their starting qb and will have their 4th qb to start this year.along with several other key injuries.
i still beleive valdosta wins this game and they could get on a roll so nobody needs to sleep on them.this is a young team with many players in the starting line up playing over the next 3 years.

High 5

November 14th, 2013
9:58 am

Boy, that region 5 is soft as wet toilet paper! LOL!

WolfDawg

November 14th, 2013
10:06 am

7 AAAAAA brooms

Watch out for the Comets… They play great as a ‘dawg’..

AVikingFan

November 14th, 2013
10:49 am

Good luck to ALL Region 1-AAAAAA teams. But to answer the question, I think Region 7 has the best chance to sweep.

High 5

November 14th, 2013
10:56 am

Although I live in the Atlanta area, I love to watch Region 1 teams when they play in the metro area during the playoffs. You South Georgia teams seem to have the most rabid and enthusiastic fans in the state! Might go check out Hughes vs Valdosta Friday. Good luck to all teams and travel safely to all the fans hitting the road!!!

Camden74

November 14th, 2013
11:09 am

I believe Region 7 probably has the best chance for a sweep. But you never know, strange things happen during the playoffs! Someone said last night that Westlake would not score on Camden. We might want to keep in mind that Westlake’s HC came from Camden and he knows all of the strengths and weaknesses of the Camden offense and defense. If might turn out to be tougher than some expect. In the Valdosta-Hughes match up, it depends on which Valdosta team shows up. If the Valdosta that competed against Camden, Colquitt and Lowndes show up, their chances of winning are very good. But if the Valdosta that looked past Coffee shows, they will be one and done. As always, RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

Slim Jim

November 14th, 2013
11:12 am

No regions will sweep. Didn’t didn’t see that option on the poll. Lassiter, Walton, Milton, Etowah. One of those teams will nut up. Lovejoy will beat Marietta. Hughes will beat Valdosta. I happen to think Region 1 is overrated as we will soon find out.

Nuff said

November 14th, 2013
11:17 am

wrong classification.
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AAAA. region 5 to sweep
Sandy Creek
Carrollton
Alexander
Troup

stooge

November 14th, 2013
11:19 am

Hard to overrate a region with the likes of Camden or Colquitt. I left out Valdosta and Lowndes
because they’ve been a bit erratic lately. Colquitt has the right balance and health right now and Camden is as Camden does.

Titletown USA

November 14th, 2013
11:30 am

I think this might be one of the most intriguing playoffs in quite some time because there are least 8 teams that I consider to have a legitimate shot at the crown. I agree that Region 7 has the best chance at the sweep and I think Valdosta’s chances depend on how well the D coordinator for Hughes prepares for the run game. If they can make the Cats one dimensional, then it could be long night for them.

I do agree with the poster who stated that the future was bright for Valdosta…if they incorporate that transfer QB from Lowndes properly and fill the one or two senior holes, they could be formidable in R1 next year. Although, I stand by my belief that they will never come close to their former glory or seriously challenge for a state title as long as they remain in 6A. The GHSA is ridicious in grouping schools with 2500-3000 plus pop along with schools in the 1800-1900 range….just craziness.

My2Cents

November 14th, 2013
11:31 am

I like Archer, Dacula & South Gwinnett in there games. I think PR may be the weak link in Region 7. Their QB is banged up. Don’t know anything about Hughes? I think it would be very difficult to bet against Valdosta in anything related to football. My sleeper is Hillgrove.

Sportsnut

November 14th, 2013
11:45 am

Everything that is being said about these sweeps must come true. If not, some of you should just wait until the next season. Come to think of it, that would be your only recourse.

Camden74

November 14th, 2013
11:48 am

I’m not impressed with Peachtree Ridge, just don’t see it………. :-)

RobFromNorcross

November 14th, 2013
11:50 am

I see that you have voted for the sweeps by Region 2 and Region 3 sportsnut, they are both holding at 1 vote…

RobFromNorcross

November 14th, 2013
11:57 am

I saw that they have a Marietta-Lovejoy preview up here… http://www.csssports.com/video_content_type/ith-looks-top-prospects-marietta-and-lovejoy-high-schools

and the game is going to be webcast at the same site

R31768 Pack

November 14th, 2013
12:34 pm

I AM NOT R1 BASHING AND I AM A DIEHARD PACKER FAN BUT CALLING IT LIKE I SEE IT!!!!!!

R1 has a decent chance to sweep round 1 but I wouldn’t bet the farm. R7 probably has the best chance to sweep the first round as they have some talent coming out of that region this year. In my opinion R1 is down this year and I don’t think any R1 teams will make it to the semis this year. I hope I am wrong and we will see. Colquitt just doesn’t have the explosive offense this year as years past where they scored all of those last second touchdowns. Colquitt has a good defense but they’ve had to defend the run all year and haven’t gotten a chance to defend the high powered spread offenses that a lot Metro Atlanta brings and that makes us subject to give up a few touchdowns before the defense has time to adjust and stop it. Our defense should keep us in games but we will need to score more than we have been scoring.

I hope I am wrong. GATA Pack!!!!

Sportsnut

November 14th, 2013
12:39 pm

They don’t have the category for my vote.

Eli from Auburn

November 14th, 2013
12:40 pm

Valdosta could have a difficult time moving the ball against Hughes. According to LH statistics, they have 25 interceptions and 40 sacks. That’s impressive. Does Titletown know who Valdosta’s QB will be? And you are correct. Schools with 1800 – 2000 students cannot fairly compete against with schools that are much larger. Valdosta officials made a decision a few years ago to stay in 5A rather than properly move down to 4A. This questionable decision probably cost Valdosta two football, at least one basketball, and a baseball championship.

Really?????????????????????????

November 14th, 2013
1:25 pm

Don’t think that there will be a sweep. Based on strength of schedule in their region, 7 are the odds on favorite to sweep. But any team any night can be beaten. When this happens, no excuses from anyone please……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

stooge

November 14th, 2013
1:43 pm

@Eli from Auburn- It would put them back on top in my opinion but they’d never do it…too prideful.

Sportsnut

November 14th, 2013
1:56 pm

I hope we win. I know there will be 16 losers and I hope we are not one.

Eagle Dad

November 14th, 2013
2:09 pm

A Region 1 sweep has the most votes at this point. I bet if this poll was put out last season at this time, it would also be Region 1 getting the most votes and then we would see how far off that was, as only Camden won convincingly in 2012 first round. Two region 1 teams lost, one at home and the other one beat-down on the road. A third had a battle that they were glad to escape. Wonder if this season will be different?

Camden74

November 14th, 2013
2:14 pm

Eagle Dad…….Don’t you mean Region 7 has the most votes? :-)

57Cat

November 14th, 2013
2:19 pm

I’m pulling for a R1 sweep, of course. Valdosta has an uphill battle with another of our starting QB’s going down.

AboutRamTime

November 14th, 2013
2:22 pm

Sportsnut, what are your thoughts on Lovejoy/Marietta? Last commentary was subdued for you.

BWILL1911

November 14th, 2013
2:49 pm

I’m just wondering……who has Langston Hughes played that would qualify them as a legit contender? They lost to Creekside by two and then won nine straight but when I look at the schedule, I don’t see who challenged them. While Valdosta is carrying a 6-4 record, I believe that have faced some of the best challenges between region play. It all depends on whomever the new quarterback is……I pray it is at least Craig Berry but I have heard speculation that the original starting quarterback is ready to go but who knows. I just hope Gillespie is aggressive and unpredictable in his play calling because playing conservative will get you that first round home journey.

Sportsnut

November 14th, 2013
3:14 pm

First let me say, all this about Hughes, is the same thing was said and questioned about Lovejoy last season. Beware.

@AboutRamTime == I hope we win. Marietta has a good team and we need to play Lovejoy football. Their qb, Martin is a nice player and he has some friends. Benson the Rb, can carry the load and he demands attention. Mathis and Bennett are capable receivers for Martin. They can score as they were in the top 10 in scoring this year. We just need to play Lovejoy football and I think we will be alright.

RobFromNorcross

November 14th, 2013
3:18 pm

@BWILL1911 =

Hughes did play a cupcake schedule but they won very convincingly in each game after the initial loss to Creekside, and showed a great defense against this weaker competition. They will be tested against tougher competition in the playoffs and then we will know more about Hughes defense under pressure.

I think that the Valdosta loss to Coffee last week by 21 points when they were favored to win by 15 has a lot of people (and the computers) wondering about them. Both Coffee and Valdosta were schizophrenic at times this year and the results of this game bear this out. Should be a good matchup that tells a lot about both teams.

BWILL1911

November 14th, 2013
3:28 pm

I agree @RobFromNorcross……Valdosta didn’t have that killer instinct to close out the Camden game (sorry @Camden74) and they should have beat Colquitt had Alex not tried to field that punt. But it falls back on coaching. That team is way to talented to be 6-4. Last year’s team was, IN MY OPINION, worse than this year’s team. The defense kept them in a lot of games but Gillespie did a lot of questionable and predictable play calling. They should very well be 8-2 at best 9-1. If they start Tai Hatcher at quarterback next year (and they should), Valdosta will be very interesting to watch.

Suwanee 0wns

November 14th, 2013
3:50 pm

Region 7 will not sweep. It is too difficult to do and it is hubris to even discuss it. Some team in Region 7 will be following girls basketball come Monday.

RobFromNorcross

November 14th, 2013
4:26 pm

@BWILL1911 = but what happened last week against Coffee? To lose by 3 TDs when you are a 2 TD favorite?

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November 14th, 2013
4:39 pm

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Sportsnut

November 14th, 2013
4:50 pm

I hope the kids are ready to back up all the talk that has been going on here. Good luck to all and safe travels to all.

Slim Jim

November 14th, 2013
4:51 pm

It’s official, Sportsnut is rattled. Lovejoy is no longer the underdog and perhaps he can’t handle the fame brought on by recent success.

The closer we get to Friday the more I get the feeling Marietta somehow beats Lovejoy. The writing on the wall is this: Marietta is better than a year ago. And, could it be? Lovejoy isn’t? I’ve given Lovejoy props all year long, I have them in my final 4 even. But the feeling just gets stronger and stronger that Marietta knocks them off Friday.

Is anyone else getting this feeling? It appears Sportsnut is…

Sportsnut

November 14th, 2013
5:40 pm

@Slim Jim == I never worry. I can’t control anything. I know our kids will come to play. I also know we can lose. That is not what you hear from others. They are already into next week and beyond. I said this last season, Quiet Confidence. That is my way. I will not proclaim victory until it is assured and will not happen until the clock says 0:00 and we are ahead.

That is the difference between me and the rest.

stooge

November 14th, 2013
5:44 pm

Sportsnut-Outstanding Parliament performance

RobFromNorcross

November 14th, 2013
5:49 pm

@Sportsnut = Flat out, you are seeing things. Things that only you see. I see no signs of anyone saying they can’t lose. Not Region 7, Not Region 1. No one but figments of your imagination. You are creating some “straw man” so that you can foghorn-leghorn your way through the next week yelling “Well I do declare” at the top of your lungs.

I am calling BS in advance on your entire “poor pitiful and humble me” act.

Maybe when “sportsnut left the building” last week, did you forget to bring your brain back with you on your return? You appear to be getting more and more delusional each day…

Camden74

November 14th, 2013
5:59 pm

Sportsnut…….Be careful George Clinton doesn’t have you in court! Anywho, tomorrow will tell the story. There will be many who slide off into the sunset, never to be heard from again until next season. Such is the time of year, such is the playoffs……..RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

slim065

November 14th, 2013
6:56 pm

Well, as much as I want Region 5 to sweep Reg 7 and just shock everybody tomorrow night, I think at best Reg 5 goes 2-2.

I am most interested int he Lassiter game. Hoping they can have a fairly balanced attack like they have the past couple of weeks on offense and have good, methodical drives. Do not think this game will be a blowout regardless of who wins unless one of the teams just has a boatload of TOs or penalties. Lassiter has improved every week, so hopefully they continue that trend. PTR is a battle tested team though and anything can happen in the play offs.

I think Walton has the best chance of being the other team to win tomorrow IF they have a consistent effort on both lines. Lots of talent there, but in some of the games (both wins and losses) something just seemed off about them. I also think Milton keeps it relatively close at least for the 1st half. They have a stable of RBs there and a huge o-line and can impose their will when they want to. Limiting NG possessions is the biggest key for them. Etowah…I jsut don’t see them keeping it close.

7AAAAAA

November 14th, 2013
7:02 pm

Slim065: Really? Walton over CH? Have you even seen CH play? Good lord that’s an explosive and dangerous team on both side of the ball! CH hasn’t gotten any respect this entire season. Even after they beat North Gwinn people said it was an accident. They just keep beating everyone in front of them and score a ton of points. Def isn’t bad either. If they score more than 30 points, it’s over. Don’t think Walton has the offense to keep up with them. We will see in about 24 hours.

Rufus S. DeMann

November 14th, 2013
7:27 pm

Lime Sink does not believe Region 1 will sweep. As a matter of fact, Region 1 could very easily go 2-2. Personally, I’m thinking 3-1…but hey, that’s why they play the games.

Rufus>>

Sportsnut

November 14th, 2013
8:12 pm

@RobfromNorcross == I like it that way. Like I said, you are a follower. I go my own way. I wish you and your son and the team luck on Friday.

@Stooge == I try, thanks.

@Rob == Not creating anything. I have been open and honest throughout the whole season. I have an open mind. You on the other hand have shown what you are made of. Elite, disparaging, condescending. And this is high school football.

@74 == I hope he is not reading this. He, or they, are one of my favorites. You are so right about losing some until next year. I will be her, win or lose.

@RobfromNorcross == If you are saying you will be in the final 4 or winning the championship, that is exactly what you are saying, we can’t lose. That is what I perceived from your remarks. You see how that works?

AboutRamTime

November 14th, 2013
8:47 pm

@Sportsnut I think Marietta may have a time trying to stop you. They can score but they also give up 25 a game. You never know how the ball will fall though and that for me makes it one of the more interesting first round matchups. I played with Mathis’ dad 30+ years ago. He was a heck of a player in himself.

CATS

November 14th, 2013
9:08 pm

Valdosta has to many students to drop down to 5A, and the transfer is a RB

Marietta fan

November 14th, 2013
9:14 pm

I’m not convinced region 7 will sweep region 5. Lassiter and Walton can pull some upsets. If we can beat Lovejoy, region 4 will sweep region 2. North Cobb, Hillgrove, and Mceachern are too strong to lose in the first round to their opponents, but you still have to play the games. Mceachern should win even without Clemons, but round 2 could be tough.

Trojan2017

November 14th, 2013
9:27 pm

I don’t think any Regions will sweep, but I can see how Region 7 is the most likely to do so. PTR is a REALLY good #4 seed with losses to only NG, Norcross, and Collins Hill. That being said, let us not forget that Lassiter’s losses are to McEachern, Kell (#2 in AAAAA), and a 1 point loss to Woodtsock (we had 4 turnovers, 140 penalty yards, and a blocked punt). Make no excuses, that game was BAD! I’m just saying I think this game will be close no matter who wins. Whoever wins this game should be favored in the 2nd round vs the winner of Dcaula vs W. Forsyth.