Powder Springs rivals McEachern, Hillgrove try to break traditon

The town of Powder Springs is the only thing standing in the way of

tradition in Class AAAAAA.

Since 1996, the highest classification has been won by teams from Gwinnett

County or South Georgia’s Region 1 with one exception (2006 Roswell).

The only teams left that don’t meet that criterion this season are McEachern

and Hillgrove, crosstown rivals 3.2 miles apart in Powder Springs of western

Cobb County.

Hillgrove opened in 2007, taking much of McEachern’s student body with it.

McEachern then suffered its first losing season (4-6) in 23 seasons. The

forecast didn’t seem good, but the two schools are doing better than the one

did just before the split. In the past five seasons, McEachern is 48-10.

Hillgrove is 45-13.

But neither has won a quarterfinal game in that time, and both are underdogs

this week against Gwinnett County opponents. McEachern, playing without

injured star quarterback Ty Clemons so far in the playoffs, travels to Collins Hill. Hillgrove,

fresh off a 34-21 victory over No. 2-ranked Camden County, is a home against

No. 1 North Gwinnett.

The winners will play in the semifinals.

Other things to watch this week in the highest class:

- With a victory over Dacula, Colquitt County can reach the semifinals for

the fifth consecutive season. That would set a record in the highest

classification. Colquitt jointly holds the record with Decatur (1950-53),

Richmond Academy (1959-62), Northside of Atlanta (1954-57) and Valdosta


- The Lowndes-Norcross game matches teams that were written off by some in

early season. Norcross lost 55-0 to B.T. Washington of Miami, now the No. 1

team nationally in most polls, on Aug. 24. Lowndes lost 15-14 at home to

Newton, a team that finished 5-6.

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November 28th, 2013
9:08 am



November 28th, 2013
9:37 am

In 2006 PTR/ Roswell kissed their sister with a split of the championship, and Lowndes won it in 1999, 2004-2005, &2007

“”"”There is a 52.5% chance Norcross and Lovejoy will play a rematch of last year’s championship game in the quarterfinals.”"” forgot to tell Lowndes…

#s are just that, #s….. and again this week the same. So if you go by #s, there is no need for us to even play!!!!! NOT……

****Oh and get this one too******* “”- Although Region 7 is the strong favorite, three other teams have over a 1% chance to win it all, including Region 1’s Colquitt County and Camden County. Adding in Lowndes, a team from Region 1 has a 9.4% chance to win the championship. Camden County will likely be North Gwinnett’s biggest obstacle to getting to the Semifinals.”"”


November 28th, 2013
11:26 am

Camden has been eliminated.


November 28th, 2013
11:56 am

Rufus on this Thanksgiving Day said he is “most thankful for Region 1 inventing high school football!”
I think we can all applaud that!


November 28th, 2013
12:44 pm

@ battleaxekid

I would like to know what you think about the following 2 things that I feel Lowndes must accomplish against Norcross to be successful….
(1) can the Viking defense finally contain, stop, & tackle a mobile qb?
(2) how will the Viking oline handle the 5star recruit L.Carter


November 28th, 2013
1:54 pm

Fact of the day (albeit misleading): Powder Springs pop 14,253. Moultrie pop 14,506. (census.gov) Rufus, if you want to get away from the big city for a weekend, come on up and visit. :)


November 28th, 2013
3:30 pm

96plowboy#27 what will be interesting about Carter of Norcross is will he be as effective against the Wing T. He won’t be chasing the qback as much (at least I hope) like he is generally used to. No matter how good he is he will be having to play assignment football Friday night.


November 28th, 2013
3:38 pm

What about Kennesaw Mountain HS?


November 28th, 2013
3:57 pm

@96plowboy#27 1. Good question, He is a way better passer than is Lovey’s qb was. We will not be able to contain him the entire game, neither passing or running. So he will or they will score. The only way we will be able to slow him down is;1. If you remember our game with Colquitt Co. last year? Well if not, CC had a better team than us last year and beat them. Coach Mac. rode the clock down EVERY play on offense, and kept their high powered offense, to minimum time to score. Their qb was also a double threat, as well as had 2 great running backs..
2. So what little bit of an edge we will have will be with our defense. because with their defense, and all the senior leadership, and having been to the big dance last year, our offense will not score many pts. But if we do get a lead watch for our coach to run every second, every offensive down.
3. the concern and the only concern with our team is not NC, but with LC. If we play our game, and I know it is said over and over, impose our will on them we win, We have a 50-50 chance. They are spotting us 15 pts, and spotted us 5 pts last week against Lovejoy. I know NC is better than the Lovejoy team we played last week.
It will be cold tomorrow night, and I know that its harder to throw and catch in cold weather, so factoring in all the above, we have as good as chance as NC….


November 28th, 2013
5:24 pm

i dont think bush for norcross is much better than neeley for lovejoy. Neeley tried to scramble a few times and our linebackers ate him up. Granted playing against a lefty is a little bit diff in its own right. This game is simple to me, if we can run it we win. If not we lose


November 28th, 2013
5:27 pm

maybe i am wrong but i dont feel like bush is goin to light us up with his arm..i would be more worried about his scrambling . I like the gameplan we have for norcross both on d and on offense.


November 28th, 2013
5:32 pm

Hopefully the ball will finally bounce our way and give us a short field once or twice. I don’t see us driving 75 or 80 yards on the Cross. And while we’re hoping (I believe it is officially Christmas Season, now that we have put away the Thanksgiving Feast) let’s hope we can contain and eliminate big plays by their offense. It should be a close game, and I agree the weather may give us a slight edge because of the offense we run. Battleaxekid was right on!


November 28th, 2013
5:36 pm

carter for norcross was tossed around by booker t, but he has wrecked havoc since. I am sure he will get more than one blocker at times going his way, he is long also. Not the defensive end knemdiche was imo but not far off.


November 28th, 2013
7:18 pm

@bksmith14 How goes it friend?? You may be right about bush.. I just saw the 1 game against CH streamed. BTW have you got another NC game that may be streamed please? But I still feel like LJ’s qb either had a bad night against us, or we made him have a bad night, or may be both.
Yea i agree that if we can run, eat the clock up, and convert, and I’m not saying EVERY possession, but at the least in 2-3 quarters, ( made 100% fieldgoals & extra points) that will mean that #1 that we are moving the ball, #2. That their offense, qb, etc. is not on the field and they cannot light us up, in the air as much, because IMO we will contain the run, including qb, and running backs.( ball control) #3. We are hungry!!!!

BTW bk if you can send me NC streamed game address…


November 28th, 2013
8:10 pm


there ya go battleaxe….norcross vs north gwinnett from this year


November 28th, 2013
8:13 pm

like i said last week….i told sportsnut lowndes defense wasnt mariettas. How neeley performed had a lot to do with our d. Williams got loose one time on a very questionable play that cd have been flagged but other than that zilch. Neeley had 335 yds passing against marietta and less than 200 on us. We have our work cut out for us but so does norcross


November 28th, 2013
8:28 pm


November 28th, 2013
8:41 pm

@RobFromNorcross thanks for that, but I have seen that one. CH never had a chance in that one. Ya’ll looked good and especially your qb/oline. the dline did too, that’s what we will be up against tomorrow night. I’ll give ya’ll credit, last year 15-0 right? And understand the first game ya’ll lost to #1 in nation Miami, and the loss to a pretty good team NG early.
your offense is better than ours, IMO. but we match up REAL close on defense. We have got at least 1 like Carter, and maybe 2-3. Don’t you think though it will be closer than ajc’s spread of 15??
or am I being blinded by loyalty, cause I love my plowboys?
but I was looking forward to maybe watching another streamed game tonight or tomorrow, if you have another game You all have played.


November 28th, 2013
8:48 pm

Think Norcross will kill Lowndes, will get ugly


November 28th, 2013
8:59 pm

The game will be decided fri night on the field no matter how many stats i point out but i will do it anyways bc its stuff for us to look at and talk about…

Norcross averaged 187 yds rushing per game for and 120 passing for the season according to the teams official website, which tells me what i already know…they like to run the ball more than they do throw it and on film thats what has stood out.


November 28th, 2013
9:02 pm

cp…you need to patent what you are puffing on. The stuff is potent


November 28th, 2013
9:14 pm

@battleaxe = I think that it could be a close defensive game and closer than what the computer “predicts”. Both of our teams have played some games better than others,esp in regards to turnovers… You know from experience that you can play a close game and then a series of bad plays resulting in turnovers and short fields can cripple an otherwise great defense.

In these defensive games, part of the battle is field position, and that is where penalties can kill any momentum and lead to losing the field position battle. Because penalties not only stop drives and force punts before you get first downs, but they also move you back.

Norcross has a defense that is playing at the top of their game for a while now. Lowndes will have to penetrate that defense to win the game. The advantage of our offense is that we are more balanced pass/run and our QB is making good decisions the latter part of the season.

If we don’t make a lot of unforced errors, I think Norcross wins a close one.


November 28th, 2013
9:31 pm

We are ecstatic that you guys seem to be underestimating our QB (true duel threat)….and I also don’t think you guys realize how big (and nasty) our offensive line is…. forget what your girlfriend has told you…size matters!


November 28th, 2013
9:42 pm

Carter has 35 TFLs this year (tackles for loss) this year….I think he knows how to find the ball.


November 28th, 2013
9:54 pm

Proven playmakers on both sides of the ball…..The Blue Devils have outscored their opponents 60-9 in the postseason. They rushed for 301 yards last week against Brookwood. the teams that have had success against Norcross had the ability to pass the ball effectively something Lowndes does not do well. Unlike Lowndes’ last opponent from the southern croissant (crescent) there is no one offensive player that you can stop to beat us..


November 28th, 2013
10:11 pm

@Cool_Coach1 1 player with 24 TFLs, another with 18, another with 11, & 90 TFLs for the year, okay now what?????

“”"”"”"”He is a way better passer than is Lovey’s qb was. We will not be able to contain him the entire game, neither passing or running. “”"”"” Must have missed my post(s) above. Okay now what???


November 28th, 2013
10:32 pm

In playoffs have outscored opponents 51-15 in 3 qtrs, we had 302 yards rushing on LJ 10-1, Okay now what?


November 28th, 2013
11:06 pm

The Norcross linebacking corps will be the difference.


November 28th, 2013
11:57 pm

your combined opponents record cool coach in the playoffs is 11-9

brookwood was 5-5 etowah was 6-4. You were 0-0 at half with etowah and 7-3 on brookwood at half.

Your team left the starters in until game was over.

Lowndes two opponents were 15-6 coming into playoffs… East coweta 5-5 and lovejoy 10-1

East coweta scored 3 points on the defense you will face fri night. Lovejoy scored 18.

we have gave up 21 points in 2 games and one team was a state contender, neither team you played would make playoffs in our region so whats your point?

lowndes has scored 61 points in two games with a running offense.

buckle your chin straps tmmrw night. Your stats are what they are…your team averages 185 yds rushing per game….that will be considerably less fri night . You will have to beat us by throwing it and it may very well happen or your defense making big plays.

neither team goes over 20 …this should be a 14-10 to 17-14 type of game. We have a great kicker and punter….


November 29th, 2013
12:02 am

correction….lovejoy scored 12 points on lowndes defense…and one was an 80 yd td to the best wideout in the state and one of the best in the nation….and he was over a yd offsides when ball was snapped, bu o well, the kid is vey good and i will give em that one. Lovejoy had playmakers all over the field cool coach…they have another wide reciever who is committed to UNC and their rb kirkland had more yards rushing in reg season than boyd did ….lovejoy was loaded

speaking of linebackers….i know you guys have got some good ones..check ours out fri night as well. They will be a nightmare to boyd and the qb all night.


November 29th, 2013
12:07 am

lovejoys o line was massive…HUGE..but our speed caused them trouble..

Where i think norcross is better is on defense ….i don think the offense is any better than lovejoys and you certainly do NOT have a preston williams. Kirkland for lovejoy was a heck of a back, he just cdnt get by our linebackers

Im more concerned with norcross defense than i am the offense


November 29th, 2013
12:12 am

Brookwood points allowed

mcceachern –31
mill creek—-44
south gwinnett—30

my point here is they dont have a good defense and you guys scored 32 on them in large part bc of the 5 turnovers they had with you guys recovering 3 of them. I know your defense may have caused some of those but that will only carry you so far. Your offense is going to have to line up in a game at some point and win the game for you. Same goes for us.


November 29th, 2013
12:22 am

All that is left is to play the game…..the pads will do all of the talking tonight!


November 29th, 2013
12:39 am

we are prepared for norcross. as far as size and physicality …we see plenty of it here in region one and our offense has to try and run it on our defense at practice everyday. we will be ready


November 29th, 2013
7:30 am

@bksmith14 I’m sure Windsor Forest And Hardaway got you prepared for us! LOL ….we’ll try to offer SOME resistance… :)


November 29th, 2013
8:54 am

@bksmith == You are trying to make a story out of Norcross ONLY scoring 32 against Brookwood on a cold rainy night as evidence that our Offense is questionable?

You aren’t very good at making this case, here’s a better example of a questionable offense. Lowndes beat Valdosta 3-0 with a grand total of 94 yards offense on 44 plays…

Valdosta points allowed

thomas county central (AAAAA) – 24
brooks county (AA) — 20
colquitt county — 17
tift county — 21
coffee county — 38
langston hughes — 30

my point here is they (Valdosta) don’t have a great defense and your Lowndes guys only scored 3 — YES THREE– on them Your offense is going to have to line up in a game at some point and win the game for you.


November 29th, 2013
9:23 am

Rob, that’s a cool idea. Thanks. We could make a good Viking outa you. But we mostly just make stuff up. We don’t try to embarrass someone with stats. ( or facts, lol). I don’t think I’ve ever wanted a win anymore than I do tonight. Well, yeah I have, but we really do want this one.

A big special thanks to a Region 8 team (better keep the id secret for now) for being so hospitable to us today. They are helping us all they can. Kinda like one of Sportsnut’s “region brothers” did last week.

Come on Vikings! Plow’em under! Hit’em in the mouth, hard. We need this one!


November 29th, 2013
9:38 am

@RobFromNorcross You are right about our offense, it is not the best we have ever had. it is NOT a strong point. And that has been our achilles heel of late, or the last 4-5 yrs. But we do have a good defense, almost every year. NC has better balanced team than we do but in the past we have been favored (ranked, overrated) whatever and can’t seem to get out of the 1st round, But I like you are going to keep the faith and hope we win.


November 29th, 2013
10:11 am

Love the back and forth before a game, not much after. Norcross is a Mystery team with talent all over the field. Will they show? probably because they now see the finish line. Norcross has the ability to make this game nasty. But we always have to play the game, ask OLe Miss. Ask Peachtree Ridge.


November 29th, 2013
11:05 am

Rob, Im not normally a betting man, but I bet you $1000 Lowndes goes for a TD on our 1st offensive play, and again on our 1st offensive play the second half. That’s $1000. How ’bout it?


November 29th, 2013
11:11 am

@jimb ==

At least we are as much of a mystery as a team with a 25-2 record over the past two seasons can be.

Our only two losses in the past two years are against:

* The consensus #1 team in the country and
* The #1 team (at the time) in GA-AAAAAA (still basically in a tie for #1)

This year Norcross has beaten the following AAAAAA teams ranked in top 32 ( per Maxwell – Nov 29 ):

#1 team Collins Hill
#8 Mill Creek
#10 Peachtree Ridge
#24 Brookwood
#26 Etowah
#32 Parkview

We usually show, even if we don’t put away every game in the first quarter…


November 29th, 2013
11:13 am

I don’t bet on football, but I would bet that Lowndes is going for a TD on every offensive play!


November 29th, 2013
11:15 am

Weather Update: Norcross GA

It is up to 45 degrees now at 11 am,
Forecast for 7pm tonight is now CLEAR and 47 degrees, dropping to 41 by 10pm
So perfect weather for Football!


November 29th, 2013
12:08 pm

Funny, this article is about Powder Springs. There are 28 posts from R1 mostly Lowndes and i think 13 From Norcross. 1 post about Cobb ?


November 29th, 2013
12:34 pm

@Grayram: did you read the bottom of this here article? Lowndes vs Norcross


November 29th, 2013
12:38 pm

@bksmith14 – Lined up a yard offsides? Really? That would have put him even with the defensive line. Really hard to believe.


November 29th, 2013
12:39 pm

@AVikingFan – It wouldn’t be an R8 school that y’all have visited a couple of times before would it?


November 29th, 2013
12:42 pm

I am of the opinion that you ignore the Powder Springs teams at your own peril. If NG or CH looks past their opponent to next week, they will be watching from the stands.


November 29th, 2013
1:57 pm

Safe travels everyone and GO PACK GO! Good Luck Vikings!!!


November 29th, 2013
1:58 pm

Fred, we played’em for the Title in 2005. I think we practiced there at 10am today.