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It case you haven't heard, Grayson and North Gwinnett lost on Friday.
Yes, you read that right.
This is the same Grayson team that is or was ranked No. 1 in the nation. The same Grayson team that's the defending state champions. The same Grayson team that has 10 starters back on defense. The same Grayson team that features the No. 1 college prospect in the country in Robert Nkmediche. The same Grayson team that was supposed to walk its way to the Georgia Dome and another state title.
Parkview must have not gotten the memo.
On the same night North Gwinnett lost to Norcross. This is a North program that has won the last three Region 7 championships. It had a 22-game region winning streak. It had beaten the Blue Devils four years in a row.
On the same night two of Gwinnett's top teams lost a rare regular season game. It shouldn't be a sign of concern for either program or the state of Gwinnett football. Grayson and North will bounce back and will still be playing in November when the playoffs start.
If anything, I think the losses by Grayson and North shows us how deep the competition is in the county. You can't have an off week or you'll get beat.
Impressions from Friday
Proud of Panthers
You can't talk about the history of Gwinnett County football without mentioning Parkview and Brookwood. The two programs helped build the county into the football juggernaut it is today in the late 90s and early 00's.
Both have been the measuring stick for other programs. But let's be honest, this hasn't been the same Parkview program of the early 2000's in recent years.
Season after season I've seen teams get their signature win over Parkview. It was nice for the Panthers to finally get a big win of their own over Grayson. Parkview has pushed itself from playoff hopeful to region title contender. That hasn't been the case since the mid-2000's.
How did Grayson lose?
A lot of people want to know how Grayson lost. It's pretty simple when you turn the ball over four times and have more than 100 yards in penalties. But how does that happen?
Grayson was coming off a bye. How do you have four turnovers and that many penalties when you've had two weeks to prepare? It's not like this is the first game of the season. This was the third game in four weeks for the Rams.
What also doesn't make sense is Parkview scored three points in two games and then put up 22 on Grayson's defense. This is the same defense that allowed 13 points a game last year. It's not like Parkview came out running a new offense or something. I just don't get it.
Is Norcross for real?
Norcross always seems to have the best athletes year in and year out, but struggles in the postseason. The Blue Devils have another talented team this year, but can they make a playoff push? They finally beat North Gwinnett, who opened the season with a win over south Georgia power Colquitt County. Norcross also had a 20-0 win over Parkview, which just beat defending state champion Grayson.
Considering their quality of wins, I think you have to have Norcross as a state title contender right now.
New General in charge
I talked for first-year Shiloh coach Troy Hobbs last week and he asked me when I was going to cover a Shiloh game. I joked with him and told him as soon as Shiloh posts a winning record. He said OK and that he would add it to his to-do list. Shiloh hasn't had a winning season since 2003, but the way Hobbs is moving the program I might be covering a game sooner than expected.
Shiloh is 3-0 for the first time since 1991. Have the Generals played some really good teams? No, but that's not the point. This is a program that's on its third head coach in as many years and is coming off a drama-filled spring that included the former head coach resigning for recruiting violations.
Shiloh is winning with a strong defense. They've allowed just 20 points all season. They gave up 19 or more in every game last year. This is a program that finally has some confidence, but we'll see how they measure over the next month with three of their next four games against playoff teams from a year ago.
North needs some help on offense
North Gwinnett has as good of a defense as any in the state. But the Bulldogs have to find some more playmakers on offense. Quarterback Michael Haynes is all they have right now, at least that's what I saw on Friday. When Donnie Miles is in at running back, he gives the Bulldogs another explosive player. But Miles is used primarily on defense and the offense isn't the same with him not in there. The Bulldogs have to find another Miles-caliber player to take the load off Haynes if they want to have success this year.
What's on tap
We'll find out if Parkview's win over Grayson was a fluke this week. The Panthers get another playoff team from last season in Archer.
I feel bad for Dacula. The Falcons are 0-3 and now get to face an angry Grayson team coming off a loss. I don't think it will be pretty.
After an 0-2 start, Peachtree Ridge can show it has turned things around against Mill Creek. The Hawks have region title aspirations. This is the best game in the region this week.
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