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What to watch Friday: North Cobb, Alpharetta close in on region titles

North Cobb and Alpharetta can clinch region tiles with victories on Friday.

In Region 4, North Cobb (7-1, 6-0) and junior quarterback Tyler Queen (1,530 yards passing) are at home against Marietta (6-2, 4-2). North Cobb has won five straight in the series. It would be the school’s fifth region title, first since 2007.

In Region 6, Alpharetta (6-2, 5-0) and junior quarterback Austin King (1,568 yards passing) are at Centennial (1-7). Alpharetta is after its second region title, first since 2011.

Lovejoy (8-1) in Region 2 and Hughes (7-1) in Region 3 also can clinch Friday, but only if their second-place teams lose.

Other things to watch this week in AAAAAA:

- Lowndes (7-2, 4-1) plays at Camden County (7-1, 4-0) in the top Region 1 game. Lowndes coach Randy McPherson is 2-5 all-time against Camden County. No other Georgia school has beaten him more than three times. Camden County can win its 13th consecutive region title (second straight in 1-AAAAAA) by beating Lowndes this week …

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Looking for a new No. 1: Collins Hill upends North Gwinnett

North Gwinnett escaped with its No. 1 ranking a couple of weeks ago when it won a game against Mill Creek 50-47 after trailing by 21 in the fourth quarter. On Friday, the Bulldogs were out of comebacks.

Collins Hill, ranked ninth but now a contender to win powerful Region 7, stunned North Gwinnett 53-28. Collins Hill quarterback Tyler Herman threw for 239 yards and three touchdowns. North Gwinnett quarterback Hayden Sphire injured his ankle late in the first half and did not return.
Oddly, Collins Hill was shut out 28-0 last week by Norcross, a team that North Gwinnett was impressive in beating 36-17 in September.

Meanwhile, Norcross, the defending state champion,  won its sixth straight game Friday, beating 10th-ranked Peachtree Ridge 24-20.  Norcross drove 90 yards on 15 plays for the winning touchdowns.

North Gwinnett became the third No. 1 team in the in Class AAAAAA to lose this season. The others have been Norcross and Colquitt County.

In other news from AAAAAA:

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AAAAAA: North Gwinnett, Colquitt, Norcross brace for key home games Friday

Friday might bring the best night of games until the playoffs in Class AAAAAA.

No. 1 North Gwinnett, No. 2 Colquitt County and defending champion Norcross all play home games on Friday against current or recent Top 10 teams in Class AAAAAA.

Collins Hill plays at Norcross in a game that matches Region 7s leading passers. North Gwinnett’s Hayden Sphire is 110-of-180 for 1,649 yards, 25 touchdowns and eight interceptions. Collins Hill’s Tyler Herman is 100-of-159 for 1,550 yards, 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. Collins Hill, ranked No. 9 and 6-1, needs a good showing after losing to Norcross 28-0 last week.

- Valdosta, unranked and 5-2, has beaten Colquitt County three consecutive times. Colquitt County coach Rush Propst is 1-4 against Valdosta, which won the 2012 game 38-36 after taking a 38-14 lead into the final minutes.

- Peachtree Ridge, ranked No. 6 and 6-2, presents to Norcross the challenge of a balanced offense. Chance Thrasher has thrown for 1,483 yards, and …

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North Cobb makes good on preseason promise … Region 8 gets whackier … Lassiter, Alpharetta, Hughes in prime position … Lowndes is suddenly hot

North Cobb had high hopes for the season after a run to the semifinals in 2012, but a game-two loss to Walton sent the Warriors packing from the Class AAAAAA Top 10.

North Cobb redeemed itself in full Friday with a 28-26 victory over second-ranked McEachern. The Warriors are now favored to win their first region title since 2007. North Cobb defeated another unbeaten Region 4 opponent, Hillgrove, the week before.

In other AAAAAA developments:

Archer’s magic number for a first-ever region title is now one. That’s because second-place Grayson lost to South Gwinnett 28-21. Grayson had beaten South 40-0 and 41-0 the past two seasons but fell to 4-4 with the loss, meaning Archer (8-0, 6-0) is the only Region 8 team with a winning record overall. Shiloh moved to 4-4 by ending a 21-game losing streak (dating to 1992) against Parkview. The final was 23-21.

Embarrassed last month by a 37-7 loss to Colquitt County, Lowndes (6-2, 3-1) won its third straight Region 1 game Friday with a …

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McEachern looks to reaffirm itself in Region 4 … Region 1 teams in must-win situations

McEachern won Region 4-AAAAA last year only to lose in the first round of the playoffs while also-ran North Cobb made it to the semifinals.

Now 7-0 and ranked No. 2 in the new season, the Indians will be eager to re-establish the region pecking order Friday when the teams meet again. North Cobb is 5-1 and unranked but coming off an impressive victory over Hillgrove.

The quarterbacks will be a focal point. McEachern’s Ty Clemons has rushed for 851 yards, which ranks third in Class AAAAAA. He’s passed for 759. North Cobb’s Tyler Queen, who has committed to Auburn, has thrown for 1,120 yards.

In 2012, McEachern beat North Cobb 49-27. McEachern had 490 yards in total offense and led 35-6 in the second quarter.

Other things to watch in AAAAAA this week:

- Four weeks ago, Coffee was 4-0 and ranked in the Top 10. Three straight region losses later and the Trojans need to beat Lowndes or probably won’t make the playoffs. Coffee last beat Lowndes in 2001.That’s 11 straight losses.

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Who can win it? North Gwinnett, Colquitt, Norcross look title-worthy

We’re about two months in, and I can see several potential state champions. Hope you’ll answer today’s poll: Which teams do you believe can win the state title this season? You can vote for as many teams as you like.

Here are those that, giving some benefit of the doubt, I think can win –

What teams can win the state title this year?

  • Alpharetta
  • Archer
  • Camden County
  • Collins Hill
  • Colquitt County
  • Etowah
  • Grayson
  • Hughes
  • Lovejoy
  • Lowndes
  • McEachern
  • Mill Creek
  • Norcross
  • North Cobb
  • North Gwinnett
  • Peachtree Ridge
  • Valdosta
  • Hillgrove

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North Gwinnett – Dominant wins over Camden County and Norcross make North the team to beat. The 50-47 shootout with Mill Creek also shows that North can be had. Mill Creek was there despite three turnovers and failing to cover an onside kick. One question mark for North Gwinnett is its running game. C.J. Leggett is very good, but North has been held to 10 yards …

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Meadowcreek ends 53-game losing streak … North Gwinnett needs 50 … Lowndes needs 3

The longest losing streak in Georgia high school football is over.

Meadowcreek, a Gwinnett County school with a 1-94 record over the past 10 seasons, defeated Habersham Central 21-14 on Friday on homecoming. Meadowcreek led 21-0 in the first half and held on.

The victory ended a 53-game losing streak, the second-longest in state history. Glascock County’s 82-game losing streak, which ended in 1999, remains the longest. (That streak technically is 62 games, as Glascock got one loss overturned by forfeit.)

Meadowcreek’s previous victory had been a 24-14 decision against Duluth in 2008. Congratulations to George Pugh, the veteran coach who took the job on an interim basis last summer.

In other news from Class AAAAAA:

- North Gwinnett can get off the deck. The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs trailed Mill Creek 47-26 with 6:24 left Friday but won 50-47 after scoring three touchdowns and three conversions in one of the most remarkable games of the season. Nate Brown had four touchdown …

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That’s my boy: Coaches’ sons in spotlight in North Cobb-Hillgrove game

North Cobb plays at Hillgrove on Friday in game that should determine the main challenger to second-ranked McEachern in Region 4-AAAAAA

There’s also a neat side story. Both head coaches have sons who are star quarterbacks.

North Cobb’s Tyler Queen, son of Shane Queen, was the preseason all-state pick at quarterback in AAAAAA. He’s 49-of-92 passing for 11 touchdowns. He’s also a threat to run.

Hillgrove’s Elijah Ironside, son of Philip Ironside, is 77-of-139 passing for 1,021 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Other things to watch this week in AAAAAA:

- The top game in the class is No. 9 Collins Hill (5-0) at No. 8 Norcross (4-2). It was a pivotal game in 2012, when both entered unbeaten in the region. Norcross got 295 yards rushing from Alvin Kamara and went on to win the state title.

- No. 1-ranked North Gwinnett should be tested by Mill Creek, which might be called the best fifth-place team in the state. The Hawks are 4-2 with losses to Peachtree Ridge and Norcross. They …

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No respect: Would Etowah, Alpharetta, Hughes make playoffs from Region 1 or 7?

Etowah and Region 5-AAAAAA got a vote of no confidence (or slap in the face, as one reader called it) when the Eagles were not ranked in the Top 10 this week after beating Milton, which had been ranked No. 9.

What Class AAAAAA teams that are predicted to win their regions would not even make the playoffs if they were in Region 1 or Region 7? (You can vote for more than one.)

  • Lovejoy
  • Hughes
  • McEachern
  • Etowah
  • Alpharetta
  • Archer

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It’s not just the AJC. The Georgia Sports Writers Association poll, released today, also passed on ranking Etowah (6-0). The GSWA doesn’t even rank Archer (6-0), the leader of Region 8.

Those decisions suggest that Georgia’s sportswriters (including myself) think some regions are much stronger than others.

So we’ve got a poll for you today.
What region’s champion would not make the playoffs in other regions?

Here’s the competition:

In Region 1, the projected top four are Colquitt County, Camden …

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AAAAAA blog: Collins Hill, Etowah prove worthy … McEachern, Colquitt, Camden survive scares

Etowah and Collins Hill, the only unbeaten but unranked teams in Class AAAAAA, made stirring cases for themselves Friday, each beating undefeated Top 10 teams.

Collins Hill defeated No. 5 Peachtree Ridge 35-28, and Etowah defeated No. 9 Milton 24-15.

Collins Hill (5-0, 3-0) and No. 1-ranked North Gwinnett (5-0, 3-0) are now the only unbeaten teams in Region 7. But Collins first must face defending state champion Norcross (4-2, 3-1) next week.

Etowah (6-0, 3-0) emerged as the only unbeaten in Region 5 play as Lassiter (3-3, 2-1) upset Walton (3-3, 2-1) 28-21. Lassiter or Walton has won its region every season since 2007 except for 2010 – when Etowah won it.

Other noteworthy insights from Friday:

- It’s not easy being good. No. 2 McEachern trailed Campbell 28-14 before winning 49-35. No. 3 Colquitt County was down 14-10 in the fourth quarter before beating Tift County 17-14. No. 6 Camden County beat Coffee 28-21 on a touchdown with 17 seconds left.

- Dacula is in good shape in …

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Unbeaten, unranked: Etowah, Collins Hill get their shot

Collins Hill and Etowah are the only undefeated teams that aren’t ranked in Class AAAAAA. They’ll get their chance Friday when each plays a Top 10 team.

Collins (4-0) is at home against No. 5 Peachtree Ridge and is the underdog despite beating the Lions 41-10 last season. Collins Hill, Peachtree Ridge and No. 1-ranked North Gwinnett are the only teams without loss in Region 7.

Etowah (5-0) is at No. 9 Milton in a game between two of the three teams that haven’t lost in Region 5. Walton is the other. Etowah edged Roswell 38-36 last week. Milton beat Roswell 33-3 the week before.

Other things to watch this week in AAAAAA:

Grayson and Brookwood, the only teams that have won Region 8 since 2004, have losing records, but they’ll be moving up again if they can win this week. Grayson (2-3, 2-1) is at Central Gwinnett (2-2, 2-0), and Brookwood (1-3, 1-1) is at Dacula (2-3, 2-1). Archer (5-0, 3-0) leads and plays at Shiloh (3-2, 1-2).

Region 1 should have its usual drama as No. 6 …

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Tift puts new wrinkle in Region 1 … Archer, Alpharetta take control … Norcross, Brookwood: ‘I’m not dead yet’

Many consider 1-AAAAAA the state’s toughest region. It was the most entertaining Friday night.

Third-ranked Colquitt County (4-1, 1-0) overwhelmed Lowndes 37-7. Lowndes (3-2, 0-1) has missed the playoffs only once since 1994, but things are looking desperate after the Vikings’ worst home loss in 15 years.

In other region openers, Camden County beat Valdosta 14-10 in a game between state-ranked while unranked Tift County won its first region game since 2010 with a 32-29 thriller over 10th-ranked Coffee.

In other AAAAAA happenings:

- Alpharetta (3-2, 2-0) is alone at the top in Region 6. The Raiders beat previously unbeaten South Forsyth 38-16. Centennial and North Forsyth also lost, leaving Alpharetta as the only unbeaten team in region play.

- Archer (5-0, 3-0) is alone at the top in Region 8. The Tigers beat Dacula 31-14 in a game between the only teams that hadn’t lost a game in region play.

- Brookwood (1-3, 1-1) won’t go winless. The Broncos beat Parkview 10-0 in a game …

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Trending: Winless on Five Forks Trickum … Binocular Night at Martin Stadium … Playing for the lead in R8

A decade ago, Brookwood versus Parkview (aka the Battle of Five Forks Trickum) was metro Atlanta’s best football rivalry. Parkview was a reigning state champion. Brookwood was the runner-up. Brookwood ended Parkview’s state-record 46-game winning streak.

On Friday, the old enemies meet again, only this time as winless teams hoping to get back in the Region 8-AAAAAA race. Both have played tough schedules and can’t be counted out. But it sure looks odd: Parkview is 0-4 for the first time since 1986. Brookwood is 0-3 for the first time 1986.

Wouldn’t be shocked if either made the playoffs. Anyone writing them off?

Other things to watch in AAAAAA this week:

- Colquitt County travels to Lowndes for what’s probably the game of the week. In last year’s meeting, Lowndes won 17-14, and Colquitt County coach Rush Propst accused Lowndes of using a former Colquitt coach to steal Colquitt’s sideline signals. The GHSA found no wrongdoing. Apparently, it’s not against the rules to steal …

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Learned from Friday: From P’Ridge to upside-down Region 8

Topics of discussion this a.m. — Peachtree Ridge, Lovejoy, Coffee, McEachern, Alpharetta, and the wild west that is Region. 8.

First, Peachtree Ridge.

It’s been four years since the Ridge won a playoff game, five since it played in the state championship game against Camden County, seven since it won the state title.

The Lions stamped themselves as contenders again Friday with their 31-30 victory over fifth-ranked Mill Creek. They’ve matched their 2012 win total with a 4-0 start, burying the memory of last season’s losing record, the program’s first since 2004.

Peachtree Ridge running back Jordan Ellis, who has committed to Virginia, rushed for 143 yards and three touchdowns, and Mill Creek missed a potential tying extra point in the final two minutes.

- Now, to Lovejoy. The Wildcats, ranked No. 4, beat East Coweta 39-35 on a late touchdown pass after trailing 35-20. The week before, Lovejoy beat Alpharetta 24-23. Is this reason for concern? It might be that East Coweta is …

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Five intriguing games this week in AAAAAA

Here are the five games this week in AAAAAA that are most intriguing, IMHO -

- Peachtree Ridge at Mill Creek: Both are 3-0 and ranked in the Top 10 but could use a signature victory to make their case as a serious state or Region 7-AAAAAA contender. Expect a physical, run-oriented battle. Peachtree Ridge (much improved from the 4-6 outfit of  2012) has several Division 1 recruits, including running back Jordan Ellis, a Virginia signee who has rushed for 314 yards in three games. Mill Creek ( 9-4 in 2012) graduated a 2,000-yard rusher, Jacory Lewis, but is well stocked at running back with DeVozea Felton (202 yards rushing), Carter Governale (164) and Johnathan Hawkins (123). Each has at least one touchdown in all three games.

- Alpharetta at West Forsyth: West Forsyth’s 63-42 victory over Alpharetta in 2012 was the catalyst toward the Wolverines’ first ever region title. It also is where the Region 6 title defense will begin in 2013. In the 2012 game, West Forsyth QB A.J. …

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