Posted: 12:50 am Saturday, August 30th, 2014

AAAAAA blog: Colquitt County restores state pride … Big wins also for North Cobb, Grayson, Lowndes, P’Ridge 

By Todd Holcomb

Georgia high school football got its pride hurt a year ago when its defending Class AAAAAA champion, Norcross, was beaten 55-0 on national TV by Booker T. Washington, a Miami team that would claim several mythical national titles.

Give credit to Norcross for picking up the pieces and winning AAAAAA again last year, but give Colquitt County – the current No. 1 team in AAAAAA – a hand also for the statement it made nationally on Friday night in Moultrie, where the Packers dominated two-time Alabama Class 6A champion Hoover 35-14.

Sihiem King, the preseason all-state running back, rushed for 169 yards and scored three touchdowns, according to reports in the Moultrie Observer. Colquitt allowed only 147 yards in total offense to Hoover.

Hoover entered the season on a 30-game winning streak and was a consensus preseason Top 10 team nationally. A 24-17 loss last week to another nationally ranked team, Miami Central, didn’t hurt Hoover’s reputation much. A year ago, Hoover beat Colquitt 24-10.

The victory must be especially satisfying to Colquitt County coach Rush Propst. He was Hoover’s coach from 1999 to 2007 and won five state titles there. He resigned on his own, but it was clear he’d worn out his welcome with many in the school system there. Propst became nationally known because of MTV’s reality TV show “Two-a-Days,’’ a behind-the-scenes look at Hoover.

Five more results worth noting in AAAAAA on Friday –

*Lowndes contributed to a night of Georgia pride also, beating Plant, a state-ranked team in Florida, 20-14. Except for one long pass play early, Plant could hardly move the ball on the Vikings. Plant is best known in Georgia as the alma mater of former UGA quarterback Aaron Murray. The school has won four state titles since 2006. The Lowndes-Plant game was part of a double-header at Lowndes’ Martin Stadium. Ware County beat Manatee 23-7 in the opener. That broke Manatee’s 29-game winning streak in regular-season games.

*North Gwinnett was the consensus No. 1 team in AAAAAA out of six Georgia polls last week (No. 2 in the AJC rankings), but the recognition was short-lived. North Cobb beat the Bulldogs 36-29 on the road Friday. Consider that North Cobb had lost its opener to Northside-Warner Robins in a game that wasn’t as close as the 38-20 final. North Gwinnett had beaten previous No. 1 McEachern 52-49. Didn’t matter. Tyler Queen, a preseason all-state QB, had three TD passes and scored two touchdowns for North Cobb, which had 470 yards in total offense.

*Peachtree Ridge was the forgotten team in Region 7. Rated below North Gwinnett, Norcross and Mill Creek in preseason, the Lions beat 10th-ranked Archer 14-10 on Friday. Big nights were had by QB Chance Thrasher (21-of-38, 247 yards); RB Na’Ceem Antenor (129 yards rushing) and WR DeAngelo Gibbs (144 yards receiving). Archer’s 0-2 start (including a loss to Sandy Creek) represents a three-game losing streak to a team that started 11-0 last season and returned so many starters that it got several national rankings and one preseason No. 1 ranking in Georgia.

*Grayson is back. The 39-0 victory over Gainesville doesn’t mean Grayson is ready for another state title. (The Rams won in 2011.) But the 4-6 season of 2013 is distantly in the mirror.

*It took until nearly the state finals until everyone took Creekside seriously as a state contender. Creekside went 15-0 and own its first championship in 2013. Now, the same might be said of seventh-ranked Hughes, another south Fulton County school. Hughes defeated Creekside 21-20 on Friday. Hughes led 21-0 and held on. Creekside hasn’t been held to below 27 points in 15 games – or the last time these teams played. Creekside beat Hughes 16-14 in the opener a year ago.

20 comments
Mass411
Mass411

How in the  Heck  did NG lose to N Cobb.......NSWR pushed N Cobb's under sized lines up and down the field all night last week......over 500 yards total offense......Not that NSWR is that great this year either......I thought after last weeks game that N Cobb would be lucky to win 2 games this year let alone beat NG ....( The artist formerly known as Reeze)

Rufus S. DeMann
Rufus S. DeMann

I've told you boys and told you boys.  We ain't nothing but a bunch or poor, tiny, little undersized Hawgs.  Lowndes is the REAL DEAL.  You guys saw what they did to 2 time defending State Champion...Norcross...then they decimated Powerhouse Roswell...and now they pummeled...literally PUMMELED...one of the best teams in Florida.


Lowndes SHOULD be No.1...Uncontested.



Rufus>>

maddball
maddball

@AVikingFan ,,,You know what I like most about the PACKERS? The halftime adjustments. Its like we dont start playing Packer fb till after halftime. Mill creek we were down 13-10 halftime. and with Hoover we were tied 7-7. Final results both teams got smoked. If we can start every game like we do the 2nd half then u can look 4 a lot of teams 2 get blown out bc we're good on both sides of the ball. The season is still young and there is room 4 improvement. Region 1 this year is good from top 2 bottom. All 6 teams are undefeated and have played some quality opponents. I don't look for no region 1 team to lose to no one but region foes. Region 1 is a heavyweight bout from start 2 finish and as much as I love my PACKERS, logically speaking its hard 2 say who will be the 4 teams to make the playoffs, bc the 2 that does not make the playoffs it will not be bc of a losing record. With the addition of Lee co. ,there are no SCRUBS period in region 1

AVikingFan
AVikingFan

Todd Holcomb  --  "North Gwinnett was the concensus No. 1 team in AAAAAA ....last week".  Most everybody I know picked Colquitt number one last week, knowing a Bob Spire coached NG team would find a way to lose when it shouldn't.  Happens every year, but come to think of it, seems like the same thing happens to Colquitt.  H-mmmmm?!

AVikingFan
AVikingFan

Lowndes held Plant High's (from Tampa) rushing attack to 14 yards on 23 rushes.  We held their passing to 126 yards, 76 of which came on one half back pass, and 8 total first downs.  And they looked like a college team walking on the field before the game!  Much bigger than any high school team I've seen.

77squirrell
77squirrell

Why in the world is Buford and Hoover ranked nationally in Top #15 and Colquitt or other AAAAAA Teams not even considered?


What a "crock"!

Stooge1
Stooge1

Slowbie sounds like s--t stirrer who haunted the blog last year with a different handle. Go Packers!

77squirrell
77squirrell

Packers dominated Hoover! I was their to hear and see every "thunderous" hit. Even though Hoover was obviously larger with more Div-I prospects, Pack was faster, stronger, in better shape and played with more passion and as "team".  It easily could have been 57-0. Pack had 5-6 turnovers, 11 penalties and missed an easy field goal. Hoover had only one first down in first half and scored on an easy pick-6 and their only other score was a 40-50 yd drive in second half.


National Rankings have no idea what kind of football we play in Region ! AAAAAA in South Ga. 


Wake-Up!

maddball
maddball

Congrats to Colquitt, lowndes, Ware co, and Buford on the for winning the battle of the borders. GA. fb is on the rise and can compete on the national stage as well. Good luck to Tucker and Stephenson and hopefully GA.can make a SWEEP!!!

HobieJones
HobieJones

I heard that after the game the Colquitt County coaching staff and the Hoover coaching staff all got together and had a wife swapping party.  And they plan to spend the nest six months denying it happened. 

Wildhawg2012
Wildhawg2012

@AVikingFan thats cool but u guys wont beat us this yr until u get a QB. U guys had no QB last yr and see the results. Unless we have some major injuries are something by the time we play u guy your Viking might not score at the Hawg pen. And even if u guys score the game will not be close but u already know this

AVikingFan
AVikingFan

@77squirrell -- Because Buford and Hoover have won multiple titles in the last 15-20 years.  Only two teams in Region 1-AAAAAA have won even one title in that span, Valdosta, and Lowndes.  Just saying....

TaterTot1
TaterTot1

@HobieJones I am a Lowndes Fan with fam in Colquitt County so although we are rivals i do take offense at your small mindedness. Keep your poor mouthed comments to yourself or else stay off here and get a life.

AVikingFan
AVikingFan

@TaterTot1 @HobieJones -- Hobie, Propst  had multiple families while coaching at Hoover, and may have been guilty of pressuring teachers and school officials to change player's grades, but the man obviously can coach football!

But let's leave all that kind of stuff and gutter garbage in the past please.  Thanks!