Gwinnett Football Weekly is a preview and recap of weekly action involving the 19 football playing public high schools that call Gwinnett County home.
Week 5 Gwinnett County Matchups:
Peachtree Ridge (4-0, 2-0) and Mill Creek (3-1, 1-1) played a back- and-forth game that saw each team score in the final minutes, but a missed extra point with just over a minute remaining following a 74-yard catch and run gave the Lions a one-point victory over the Hawks.
Archer (4-0, 2-0) traveled to Parkview (0-4, 0-2) and handed the Panthers their fourth consecutive loss, second at home, 27-7. Parkview was never really in the game and the Tigers were very workman like in the victory.
Berkmar (3-1, 1-1) and Central Gwinnett (1-2, 1-0) played a low scoring game at The Castle that saw Central convert two third quarter field goal attempts to come away with a 15-12 victory.
Grayson (1-3, 1-1) was on the road against Dacula (2-2, 2-0) in another defensive battle. All the scoring was done in the first half as the Eagles upset the Rams by a touchdown, 14-9.
Norcross (2-2, 1-1) jumped to a 24-3 first half lead over Duluth (0-4, 0-2) and then added a couple TDs in the final quarter to win 38-3. The big win should help put a second half collapse against North Gwinnett last week behind the Blue Devils. Norcross and Mill Creek play this week in a game that is an early must win for both clubs since whichever losses will absorb their second region loss early in the schedule.
North Gwinnett (4-0, 2-0) did as expected when they hosted Meadowcreek (0-3, 0-1) and put a 63-0 beating on the Mustangs that included Bulldog quarterback Hayden Sphire tossing six touchdown passes while going 12 for 15 for 201 yards.
Shiloh (3-1, 1-1) scored two fourth quarter TDs, the last one with less than a minute in the game, to stun South Gwinnett (1-3, 0-2) in a come from behind 21-14 victory.
Gwinnett County vs. Non-county Matchups:
Lanier (4-0, 1-0) and Mountain View (1-3, 1-0) both won league games that were against non-county teams. The Longhorns won easily against Madison County, 34-8, and remained undefeated while the Bears shutout Habersham Central, 27-0, to earn their first iwn of the 2013 season.
Gwinnett improves to 7-5 against non-county squads on the season.
Buford (3-0, 0-0), Brookwood (0-3, 0-1) and Collins Hill (3-0, 1-0) were on bye weeks.
Examiner is 29-10 in game projections after Week 5.
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