Gwinnett County will win its 10th state championship in the highest classification in 18 seasons next Saturday at the Georgia Dome. What’s unusual this time is that the result is known in advance.
Gwinnett rivals Norcross and North Gwinnett won their semifinal games on Friday and will play for the Class AAAAA championship. Norcross is the defending champion. North Gwinnett has never won a state title in football.
North Gwinnett beat Norcross 36-17 on Sept. 13 in a Region 7 game. Their rematch will mark the eighth time that county rivals have played for a state title, first since Tucker beat Marist 15-3 in the 2008 Class AAAA final.
It has happened twice for Gwinnett teams, both in 2002, when Parkview beat Brookwood 28-7 in AAAAA and Buford beat Greater Atlanta Christian 34-10 in AA.
What else we learned in the semifinals:
- North Gwinnett can run the football. The Bulldogs were the most pass-oriented team in the AAAAAA semifinals, getting 64 percent of their yardage through