Four blowouts, a last-second field goal, two overtime wins and a defensive stand. Talk about an exciting first round of the playoffs for Gwinnett County football teams.
Gwinnett sent 11 teams into the state playoffs and had nine advance.
The county went 7-1 in Class AAAAAA games, while Buford and GAC added wins in lower classifications.
The most surprising game was Brookwood's overtime win over No. 1 ranked Lassiter. (By the way, I said in last week's Blitz that Brookwood would matchup well with them and picked the Broncos to beat Lassiter in the paper. Just thought I would throw that out there.)
Parkview had an overtime win over last year's state runner-up Walton, Mill Creek kicked a last-second field goal and South Gwinnett used a last-second defensive stand.
Now as I look at the Class AAAAAA bracket, it sets up a nice road for some Gwinnett teams to make a deep playoff runs. Unfortunately, a few very good teams are going to be knocked out this Friday. There's three games that have Gwinnett vs. Gwinnett matchups.
Two of the games are rematches with South Gwinnett at Norcross and Brookwood at Mill Creek playing each other again. North Gwinnett is at defending state champion Grayson.
Whichever teams survive these matchups, I think, have a good shot to reach the semifinals. It should make for another exciting week in the playoffs.
GWINNETT'S PLAYOFF TEAMS
• North Gwinnett at Grayson
• Brookwood at Mill Creek
• South Gwinnett at Norcross
• Parkview at West Forsyth
• Buford at North Oconee
• GAC at Heard County
IMPRESSIONS FROM FRIDAY
Rosser filling in nicely for Parkview
When Parkview lost starting running back Chris Carson for the playoffs, I thought the Panthers would be done.
Running back Justis Rosser and the slew of Parkview running backs have picked up the slack for Carson, who rushed for 1,100 yards this year.
Rosser rushed for 91 yards and two TDs to help the Panthers beat Walton, last year's state runner-up, in the first round on Friday.
Throw in Shaq Vereen and a very stingy defense and I think Parkview has just as good a chance for a deep playoff run as anyone.
Buford denies passing record
Buford's defense denied Cedar Grove quarterback Johnathon McCrary of setting a state passing record in the Wolves' 41-27 win on Friday.
McCrary, a Vanderbilt commitment, needed 305 yards to become the state's all-time career passer. McCrary had just 203 yards passing on 24 of 37 passing.
Norcross is its own worse enemy
I think Norcross has the best players in the state from top to bottom. Even better than Grayson and Camden.
The only problem is the Blue Devils continue to hurt themselves. They beat Chattahooche convincingly with 19 penalties for 154 yards and two lost fumbles.
Against any other team, Norcross loses that game. I think Norcross has the talent to reach the Georgia Dome, but not if they continue to play like that in the postseason.
Hawks find a kicking game
Before Mill Creek's final game of the regular season, the Hawks last made a field in the 2010 playoffs. Mill Creek went nearly two full seasons without kicking a field goal. In the last two game's they've made three field goals.
Hawks kicker Bryson King made a 31-yard field goal against Collins Hill and then kicked a 25-yard game winning field goal against Alpharetta in the playoffs.
The game winner came after King made an early-game field goal and later had two blocked, including one returned for a touchdown.
I don't know where the confidence in the field goal unit has come in the last two weeks, but King making some clutch kicks only helps.
Winnersville goes down
In case you haven't heard, so-called Region 1 powers Valdosta and Lowndes lost in the first round on Friday.
Lowndes, which has won four state titles since 1999, was upset on its own field by Marietta. Valdosta, the nation's winningest program, was knocked off by North Cobb.