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THE BLITZ: Are the playoffs starting a week early?

The state playoffs don't officially start until next week, but some of this week's games will have a playoff feel.

By my count, there's five Gwinnett County games that will have that playoff atmosphere.

There's several scenarios in Region 8-AAAAAA, which is too much to figure out.

Basically, we have the region's four playoff teams playing in two games to decide the four playoff spots. Parkview is at South Gwinnett and Brookwood is at Grayson.

The Parkview vs. South game is interesting because the winner could end up as region champ. It would be the first time a team other than Brookwood or Grayson hasn't won the region title since 2004. But then again, a Grayson win and some help could keep the trend going with the Rams repeating as region champs.

In Region 7-AAAAAA, you have Mill Creek at Collins Hill. This game will decide the No. 3 seed for the playoffs. Mill Creek has beaten Collins Hill just once, a 2007 overtime victory.

Buford hosts North Hall for the unofficial Region 7-AAA championship. If Buford didn't forfeit two games for using an academically ineligible player, this game would be deciding the region title. Instead North Hall has already locked up the title. This game will just prove who the region champ should be this season.

Finally, there's GAC at Lovett for the Region 6-AA championship. The Spartans haven't won a region crown since 2001. They'll face a Lovett program has has been one of the tops in Class AA in recent years.

That's five big games on deck this week. It kind makes you wish you had a helicopter, so you could travel the area checking each one of them out.

IMPRESSIONS FROM FRIDAY

Parvkiew's Carson hurt again

Parkview running back Chris Carson, who is one of the county's leading rushers, was hurt again on Friday against Berkmar.

Carson didn't play two weeks ago in the loss to Central Gwinnett.

The Panthers need a healthy Carson for a strong playoff push. The standout running back presents problems for defenses. I hope Carson's season is not done because I think he's a legit player of the year candidate and can help Parkview return to state prominence.

Knights shinning

Central Gwinnett showed its win over Parkview two weeks ago was not fluke. The Black Knights backed it up with a victory over Dacula on Friday.

Central has a chance to finish its season with a winning record this week with a win over Shiloh. Central hasn't had a winning season since 2006.

Eagles need Sheehan back

Collins Hill quarterback Brett Sheehan didn't play in Friday's game against Duluth. The Eagles will need the standout passer this week against Mill Creek.

Sheehan is one of the state's top passers and gives Collins Hill a big play threat every down. He'll be needed even more with running back Tyler Henderson breaking his collar bone on Friday.

Grayson rolling

Anyone that jumped off the Grayson bandwagon after the Rams lost to Parkview still has time to reserve a seat.

The defending state champions have been on a roll since that region opening loss. They didn't allow a point the whole month of October and the offense has averaged 50 points over the last four games.

Grayson appears to be in playoff form and what's scary is they may be better than last season.

No fan of byes final week

Archer and Wesleyan played their final game of the regular season last week. Both teams have a bye this week, which means Archer's season is done a week early and Wesleyan has an extra week to prepare for its playoff game.

I'm not really a fan of team's having a bye the final week of the regular season. It doesn't seem right to have a bye when there's still a week left in the year. Everyone should finish their regular season on that final week.

Comments

NGHS09 2 years ago

I love that it is happening (no sarcasm), but NG and Michael Haynes are being wayyyyyyy overlooked. Gotta love it though. Has all the makings of a surprise year.

  • Grayson for president will be my vote on Tuesday! No joking either lol

  • Parkview will find a way to beat South. Hit their offense in the mouth hard enough and that cookie will crumble.

  • Brookwood will be erased from the Earth (so to speak) on Friday. My thoughts and prayers go out to them.

  • Don't like predicting things, but Norcross won't see a deep playoff run. NO experience there whatsoever. Not with the coaches, players, or fans. Some of the fans are calling for the heads of Grayson and Camden. They will learn soon enough to not wake up those sleeping Giants.

  • Surprisingly, I am still very high on Mill Creek's chances. If only their defense can figure out how to not soil their diapers in big games, then I think they have a shot...very good offense.

  • Collins Hill is so badly overrated...in every circle. Good Qb and some nifty recievers, but no defense in big games and they lack the necessary playoff experience.

  • Not trying to toot my own horn (or NG's i should say), but NG is flying far south of the radar. Surprisingly that is very exciting for a lot of fans. How far can they really go when they play a complete 4 qrt game? One thing is for sure (thank God lol), Michael Haynes will reek havoc on any defense the playoffs have to offer. The defense has been great as of late, but needs to be PERFECT in the playoffs.

It's the year of the underdog. You heard it here first. I like Grayson and __ for the title. (fill in the blank with an underdog)

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