The second half of the GHSA 2013 football regular season begins this week, and includes a Gwinnett County clash between Peachtree Ridge (5-0, 3-0) and Collins Hill (4-0, 2-0) that will have a major impact on Class AAAAAA, Region 7. The Lions and Eagles are two of the four undefeated teams in the county, with Archer (5-0, 3-0) and North Gwinnett (4-0, 2-0) being the other two.
The Lions-Eagles contest will be just the second meeting between region top-tier teams this season, the first being North Gwinnett-Norcross, with the winner remaining in the thick of the Region title fight.
Collins Hill comes into the game with four straight wins, three by wide margins. The Eagles beat Central Gwinnett, 22-0, Habersham Central, 55-3 and Mountain View, 42-13, and then won by eight-points over Dacula, 21-13. While the Eagles 4-0 mark has led to many calling them the most underrated team in the region, the reality is that they have built their record by beating teams with a combined 5-14 mark. Peachtree Ridge presents a challenge the likes of which the Eagles have not seen this season.
On the other hand, Peachtree Ridge comes in having passed two big tests already. The Lions defeated Cobb County powerhouse Walton, 23-17, at the Georgia Dome as part of the Corky Kell Classic to open their season, and then following wins over Parkview, 28-14, and Duluth, 55-17, Peachtree Ridge traveled to Mill Creek in what was a game of 4-0 teams and came away with a 31-30 victory.
This matchup is similar to the Lion-Hawks game in that both teams are trying to establish themselves as a legitimate threat to North Gwinnett and Norcross. Also, Collins Hill will be facing their biggest challenge so far, just as Mill Creek had.
Players to Watch:
Harris is a 6’6”, 280-pound offensive tackle that is ranked No. 92 in the state. He has committed to Duke of the ACC.
Orlando Brown, Jordan Ellis and Myron Burton
Brown is a 6’8” SEC bound offensive tackle. The 300+ pounder will be attending the University of Tennessee next year. Brown is currently No. 64 on Georgia’s Top 100 board.
Ellis, No. 66 on the Georgia Top 100, is a strong running back that will be joining Harris in the ACC when he attends the University of Virginia next year.
Burton, a playmaker that can play both receiver and running back, is No. 76 on the 247Sports Georgia Top 100 list. The 6’2 Burton is still uncommitted, but has narrowed his list of schools to five.
The Lions are the better team talent wise, and have faced the pressure of big games not once, but twice this season. Look for Peachtree Ridge to take control of the game midway through the third quarter and improve to 4-0 in region play, while dropping Collins Hill to 2-1 in the region.
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