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.
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