The second half of the GHSA 2013 football season begins this week with four undefeated Gwinnett County teams, and is likely to end with three of them remaining undefeated. Week 7 action will see 14 of the 19 Gwinnett County public high school teams in action in county matchups, two in non-county contests and three with bye-weeks.
Archer (5-0, 3-0), Collins Hill (4-0, 2-0), Peachtree Ridge (5-0, 3-0), and North Gwinnett (4-0, 2-0) are the four teams entering the weeks competition undefeated. Look for Collins Hill to come up short against Peachtree Ridge to fall from the ranks of the undefeated in the Examiner Game of the Week.
Archer@ Shiloh (3-2, 1-2)
Archer is for real, and will be playing a Shiloh team that has been consistently inconsistent to this point in the season. After winning their first two games by a combined score of 104-7 (Meadowcreek, 48-7, and Redan, 56-0), the Generals then lost to Berkmar (29-14), beat South Gwinnett (21-14) and got hammered by Grayson (44-3). If Shiloh hopes to stay in this game they will have to play an error free game and force a couple of turnovers.
Archer will win this one to improve to 6-0, 4-0 in region play.
North Gwinnett @ Duluth (1-4, 1-2)
The Bulldogs have a high powered, fast strike offense that can score from anywhere on the field, and a defense that held Norcross scoreless in the second half of their game. That combination will be too much for the Wildcats.
Look for North Gwinnett to win big, improving to 5-0, 3-0 in region.
South Gwinnett (1-4, 0-3) @ Berkmar (3-1, 1-1)
Berkmar, while not spectacular, has played well in every game, including their 15-12 loss to Central Gwinnett two weeks ago, and should grind out a hard fought win for the home fans against a South Gwinnett squad that lost at home to Central by 27 points last week.
Berkmar will win to improve to 2-1 in the region, 4-1 overall, while dropping South to 0-4 in region, 1-5 overall.
Brookwood (1-3, 1-1) @ Dacula (2-3, 2-1)
The Falcons started the season with back-to-back losses to Mill Creek and Collins Hill, both teams are on the verge of joining the county’s top tier teams, before beating South Gwinnett and upsetting Grayson. Dacula was outmatched against Archer last week, but they will rebound this week against a Brookwood team that earned their first win last week by shutting out traditional rival Parkview.
Dacula will take control early and beat Brookwood by two or more scores on their way to a 3-1 region mark. The Broncos will fall to 1-2 in region, 1-4 overall.
Grayson (2-3, 2-1) @ Central Gwinnett (2-2, 2-0)
The Rams opened the season by losing to Colquitt County, 21-6, and North Gwinnett, 35-0, both top rated teams in the state, but have since rebounded to win two-of-three. Grayson beat Parkview, 34-10, lost to Dacula, 14-7 and then regained the form they displayed against Parkview to batter Shiloh last week, 44-3.
Central Gwinnett also began their season 0-2, losing to Collins Hill, 22-0, and Clarke Central, 37-12, but have now won two straight games (Berkmar, 15-12, and South Gwinnett, 41-14), and look like they will battle Grayson late into the game.
The Rams schedule over the next three weeks (Central, Berkmar and South Gwinnett) would allow Grayson to put together a winning streak going into the Archer game on November 1 if they can beat the Black Knights.
Look for Grayson to take over late in the third quarter on their way to a comfortable win.
Meadowcreek (0-4, 0-2) @ Mill Creek (3-2, 1-2)
Mill Creek started 3-0 before back-to-back losses to Peachtree Ridge (31-30) and Norcross (27-13) and will be looking to get back in the win column against a Meadowcreek team that has been bad in every aspect of the game this season.
The Mustangs have been outscored 180-21 so far this season. North Gwinnett put up 63 in a shutout, but the other 117 points came in games with Shiloh, Berkmar and Duluth.
While not yet among the top teams in the county, Mill Creek is not far away and will have a big night against Meadowcreek.
The Hawks are hungry for a win after the last two games, and will get a big one over the Mustangs.
Buford (4-0, 1-0) and Norcross (3-2, 2-1) are both on the road in non-county, region matchups. The Wolves will be at West Hall (4-1, 2-0) in a AAA Region 7 game, while the Blue Devils head to Habersham Central (0-5, 0-3) for a AAAAAA Region 7 contest.
Both the Wolves and the Devils will head home winners, but while Norcross will light up the scoreboard against a Habersham Central D that is allowing 43 points a game this season, Buford will face a much tougher task. West Hall is averaging 39 PPG, while allowing just 11 and will play Buford tough for four quarters.
Lanier (4-1, 1-1), Mountain View (1-4, 1-2) and Parkview (0-5, 0-3) do not play this week.
Updated Examiner rankings after Week 6 action:
Class AAAAAA-Region 7
- North Gwinnett
- Peachtree Ridge
- Collins Hill
- Mill Creek
- Mountain View
- Habersham Central
Buford is in Class AAA, Region 7
Class AAAAAA-Region 8
- Central Gwinnett
- South Gwinnett
Lanier is in Class AAAA, Region 8
Related: Week 6 Recap
Examiner picked eight of last week’s 10 winners, and is now 37-12 for the season.
Watch for the Week 7 Recap on Monday
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