Gwinnett County continues to show why they are the SEC of Georgia high school football. As the GHSA regular season football schedule moves to Week 9, the county is home to three of the top five teams in the state, including the undefeated and No. 1 ranked North Gwinnett Bulldogs. The Buford Wolves, also undefeated, are No. 3 and the Blue Devils from Norcross are No. 5. If you expand the list to the Top 20, you find two more Gwinnett teams listed. Archer, at No. 11, and Collins Hill, No. 15, make it five county teams in the Georgia Top 20.
The playoff shuffle will move into high gear next week when North Gwinnett takes on Collins Hill, and Norcross plays Peachtree Ridge, but this week’s slate of games doesn’t include any of the top teams facing each other in Class AAAAAA, Regions 7 or 8.
In fact, the Region 7 schedule matches North Gwinnett, Norcross and Collins Hill (Nos. 1, 2 and 4 in the region) against Habersham Central, Mountain View and Meadowcreek- teams with a combined season mark of 2-17, 2-11 in region.
Week 9 Preview
North over Habersham Central
Norcross over Mountain View
Collins Hill over Meadowcreek
Mill Creek over Duluth
Peachtree Ridge does not play
Archer over Berkmar
Central over Brookwood
Grayson over South
Parkview over Shiloh
Dacula does not play
Buford, the top team in the region, will best Dawson County in one of two non-county region contests this week.
Lanier, third in region, will fall to Chestatee, the top team in region, at home.
After Week 8, Examiner is 50-17 in game projections for the season.
Which of The Big Four in Region 7 (North Gwinnett, Norcross, Collins Hill and Peachtree Ridge) has the most success against the other three will win the region. So far, there have been three games between the Big Four. North Gwinnett is 1-0, Collins Hill and Norcross are each 1-1 and Peachtree Ridge is 0-1.
October 25th will see North Gwinnett play Collins Hill and Norcross take on Peachtree Ridge in the next battles between the Big Four.
Join the Gwinnett County HS Football Facebook Group for news and discussion.
Watch for interview with North Gwinnett QB Hayden Sphire on Thursday.