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Caryl Parker

Caryl Lynn Parker, age 60, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411 ...

Dora Ferretiz

Dora G. Ferretiz, age 49, of Lawrenceville, GA passed away on November 16, 2007. She is survived by her husband, Jose G. Ferretiz of Lawrenceville, GA; Daughters and Son, Sonia ...

William Johnson

William Ray Johnson, age 72, of Dacula, GA, passed away on Friday, November 16, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Service, LLC, Lawrenceville Chapel, 120 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30045, 770-963-2411 ...

Anthony Swift

Anthony Swift, age 48, of Sugar Hill, GA, passed away on November 16, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and ...

Martin Gonzales

Martin Fernando Gonzalez, age 21, of Lawrenceville, GA, passed away November 14, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 300 Simonton Road, Lawrenceville, GA, 30045, 770-962-3100. Please sign online guest ...

Mary Hughes

Mary Elizabeth DeVore Hughes, age 95, of Loganville, GA, died November 16, 2007. Tom M. Wages Funeral Home, LLC, Snellville Chapel, 770-979-3200, www.wagesfuneralhome.com.

Betty Gilbert

Betty Jane Gilbert, age 59, of Covington, GA, passed away November 15, 2007. Arrangements by Tim Stewart Funeral Home, 670 Tom Brewer Road, Loganville, GA, 770-466-1544. Please sign online guest ...

Tatesie Malcom

Tatesie Ree Malcom, 97 of Lawrenceville, passed away Wednesday, November 14, 2007. Gregory B. Levett & Sons Funeral Home, Gwinnett Chapel, 914 Scenic Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA (770)338-5558.

Donald Bruce

Donald Bruce, age 57, of Buford, GA, passed away on November 16, 2007. Service and arrangements will be announced later by Junior E. Flanigan of Flanigan Funeral Home and Crematory ...

To the editor: Bible says not to mock God, so why does Shipp do it?

What Bill Shipp may not realize (but probably does) is that when he mocks Gov. Sonny Perdue for setting aside a day for Georgians to pray for rain ("Perdue needs some advice from above," Perspective, Nov. 14), he is not actually mocking the governor. He is mocking God - the God who made him.

Foreclosures level off after Oct. spike

LAWRENCEVILLE - Home foreclosures in Gwinnett County are leveling off in November after peaking in October.

Official: Neglect aided drought Says plan always needed, not just in times of crisis

DULUTH - Don Wilhite calls droughts the Rodney Dangerfield of natural disasters - they don't get no respect.

Wildcats riding high headed into playoff clash with Haralson Co.

Apalachee was trailing Oconee County and working on a fourth-quarter drive last Friday when athletic director Brian Moore came up to head coach Shane Davis on the sideline. Moore asked Davis if he wanted to know the score of the Monroe Area-Franklin County game. The Wildcats were in the position of needing two things in order to make the playoffs: to beat Oconee and have Monroe Area upset Franklin County. Davis already knew Monroe Area was leading at the half. He told Moore he didn't want the updated score. Apalachee finished the drive in the end zone and it wasn't until the post-game huddle that Davis heard about Monroe Area's victory. Davis made the announcement to the team. There was a predictable response. "It was pandemonium," Davis said. "Most of them had already found out. I think I was one of the last to know. Everywhere you turned, there was someone on a cell phone. "It's amazing what a couple of wins will do for a season. We've been on a roller coaster. There've been a lot of ups and downs. (Getting into the playoffs) just washes that all away." The come-from-behind victory helped the Wildcats (5-5) secure the No. 3 seed from Region 8-AAA and set up a first-round meeting with Haralson County (8-2). "I was proud of the kids, proud of the way we played, proud of the way we finished," Davis said. "(Oconee County) came out in the second half and really took control of the game. We threw an interception in the end zone at the end of the third. So, the kids had the opportunity to lay down. But we had a lot of kids grow up (last week)." Haralson County is the No. 2 seed from Region 6-AAA and finished the season with a big overtime win against Cass. The Rebels' effort was led by senior quarterback Malik Allah, who keyed both the air and ground attacks. Allah had 314 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions on 14-for-20 passing. He also rushed for 150 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries. Haralson is enjoying its best season in 15 years and only has losses to No. 6 Carrollton and Cartersville. "Their offense spreads the ball all around," Davis said. "We're going to have to win the special-team battle and keep their offense off the field." The Wildcats defensive leaders include Chaun Gresham (65 tackles) and Deonte Will (65 tackles, three interceptions). The offense features several threats - two in the backfield. Jon Lee has a team-high 11 touchdowns on 916 rushing yards. Quindaris Deetion is right on his heels with 812 yards and five TDs.

Local briefs

Errant semi smashes eatery

Police search for 'Bicycle Bandit'

DULUTH - A suspected bank robber authorities have dubbed the "Bicycle Bandit" has struck again, this time robbing a Duluth Bank of America.

Lionheart show takes on zany world of summer stock theater

Lionheart Theatre Company's newest production is a good deal - it's actually several plays within a play.

Blue Man Group shows appeal to all demographics

If you feel like Mark Franklin is staring at you, that's probably because he is. From his place on stage, Franklin - one of the blue performers in the aptly titled Blue Man Group - prefers to look his audience members directly in the eye. As he acts out under the hot glare of stage lights, Franklin pinpoints viewers in an effort to share a moment.

No. 1 Wolves must fight through missing players

Most football teams, particularly at the Class AA level, would be frantic to be without their starting quarterback and tailback heading into the first round of the playoffs. But most teams aren't Buford. The 10-0 and top-ranked Wolves most likely will be without quarterback Twoey Hosch and tailback Demetris Murray for tonight's first-round game against Washington-Wilkes. But they are fortunate to have skilled players to fit in those spots. Hosch (915 passing yards) sprained his foot last week against Lovett and Murray (799 rushing yards) is out this week after getting two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties in the regular-season finale. "We think Twoey will be OK," Buford head coach Jess Simpson said. "He may play (tonight), but more than likely he'll play next week (in the second round)." Michael May showed last Friday that he can fill in for Hosch, completing 14 of 22 passes for 187 yards and two touchdowns in a reserve role. Buford should be fine at running back, too, with speedy Cody Getz and powerful Storm Johnson leading the way. "Michael, with the exception of a few plays, did a great job last week," Simpson said. "You know what you're getting with him. He's poised and he's smart." While May doesn't have a ton of experience, he's surrounded by veteran teammates. That includes a typically stingy Buford defense led by Notre Dame commitment Omar Hunter at tackle and Georgia Tech commitment T.J. Pridemore at linebacker. Washington-Wilkes isn't the toughest of first-round foes - Buford's reward for being a No. 1 seed. The Tigers are just 5-5, but won three of their last four games to make the playoffs. They sport a very young team, one that will have to fight to give Buford - which has pummeled just about every team on its schedule - a competitive game. Their top rusher is freshman Eric Scott, who has rushed for 1,175 yards and 14 TDs in just eight games. They also have a freshman quarterback in Teverrius Jones (595 passing yards). Linebackers Dan Wylie (57 tackles) and Drew Wilson (86 tackles) lead the Tigers' defense. "That's the best team I've seen," Washington-Wilkes head coach Russell Morgan said of Buford. "We have some good players, but they are only 14 (years old)." Meanwhile, the Wolves are loaded with experience, and also enter the Washington-Wilkes game focused. "We've waited all year for this part of the season," Simpson said. "The regular season was obviously a little anticlimatic because we had a run there where we just overmatched some teams." Buford also is eager to erase the memories of postseasons past. The Wolves have lost to Charlton County in the playoffs three straight years, the past two in the quarterfinals, and haven't won a state title since 2003.

Defending champ Lions know what's ahead

By David Friedlander Staff Writer david.friedlander@gwinnettdailypost.com Peachtree Ridge already knows about having to take a difficult road to a state football championship. The Lions did just that this time a year ago by winning four road games and tying a fifth to claim a share of the Class AAAAA title. The road doesn't get any easier for them as they begin their defense of their co-championship by traveling to Emory Sewell Stadium in Acworth for a first-round matchup with top-ranked North Cobb tonight at 7:30. First-year coach Bill Ballard wasn't with Peachtree Ridge (7-3) during its Cinderella run through last year's playoffs, but says it was a hot topic of discussion during practice this week. "We're the road warriors again," Ballard said of the upcoming battle with the North Cobb Warriors (10-0). "The kids have talked about that. Obviously, it's not the same team. ... We're a young team that will have to go out and play hard." The Lions will have to play hard to contain a North Cobb team that has been on a roll in ascending to the top of the state rankings. Specifically, they will have to slow down the Warriors' 1-2 punch of Division I college prospects Calvin Middleton - the team's leading rusher with 1,048 yards and 16 touchdowns - and Matt Roark - who is a threat with his arm and legs, rolling up 2,149 yards of total offense and accounting for 25 touchdowns. North Cobb coach Shane Queen has similar praise for Peachtree Ridge's offense, which includes quarterback Asher Clark (1,708 total yards, 14 TDs) and running back Brandon Davis (547 yards, 9 TDs). And with the other state defending co-champion Roswell, plus other tough teams like South Gwinnett and Lowndes, in the same side of the bracket, Queen knows tonight's game will be the beginning of another tough road for the winner. "This is a great challenge," Queen said. "(Peachtree Ridge) is very athletic. They kind of mirror ourselves. And we know they're not going to give up. "We've got to play with a sense of urgency. With the luck of the draw, whoever comes out of this bracket will have to earn it."

Mixed reviews at school lines meeting Board to vote on boundaries Dec. 13

SUWANEE - Thursday's public hearing about the proposed boundaries for schools in the Mill Creek and Mountain View clusters drew about 70 people, a fraction of the number that showed up for Tuesday's meeting.

Principal honored for leadership Surprise award announced during annual breakfast

SUWANEE - As North Gwinnett High School celebrates its 50th year, the school on Thursday continued a 29 year tradition of honoring people in the community who have contributed to education.

People Briefs

'Playboy' mogul donates $2M to USC film school

PC world has usurped dating for the hook-up

If you're younger than 30 or maybe even 35, you may not recognize the word "date" as a verb. But once upon a time, dating was something men and women did as a prelude to marriage, which - hold on to your britches - was a prelude to sex.

Police reports

Man drives off without paying

Gwinnett Calendar

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Bulldogs ready to get over rare loss

By Brandon Brigman Staff Writer brandon.brigman@gwinnettdailypost.com Losses for the North Gwinnett football program are rare. Even more uncommon is a defeat for Bulldogs head coach Bob Sphire. But heading into tonight's first-round playoff game against Marietta, No. 5 North Gwinnett has that bitter taste of a loss in its mouth. Norcross defeated North Gwinnett for the second year in a row last week. It was also the second time the Blue Devils have ended the Bulldogs' unbeaten season and won the Region 7-AAAAA title. "I was telling someone the other day, since 1998, teams I have coached have won 10 or more games, so I'm not used to losing," Sphire said. "But at the same time this program has to put last week's game behind them. Last week was last week. I give Norcross a lot of credit, they played a great game, but we've got to move on." Since Sphire left Lexington Catholic (Ky.) and took over as North's head coach last season, the Bulldogs are 20-3. The Bulldogs' strength has been their offense, which averages 28 points a game. Norcross held North to it lowest point total of the season last week. "I don't even know how you can have 418 yards, 20 first downs and only score 14 points," Sphire said. "You almost have to try to make that happen. I don't know how you make that many yards and first downs and not win." While the offense struggled to score points, the defense didn't help either. The Bulldogs allowed their most points of the season and gave up 365 yards. "Defensively, we missed a lot of tackles," Sphire said. "We've got to tackle." Marietta is coming off its regular season finale with a loss as well. The Blue Devils lost to No. 1 North Cobb 49-0 last Friday. It was second straight loss after losing to Woodstock 31-7 the week before. The Blue Devils' only other loss is to Harrison, which is ranked eighth in the state. "They're dangerous, fast and quick, quick, quick," Sphire said. "They're not extremely big, but they've got some weapons. They don't have as big of guys as Norcross, but they've got guys that can make plays." North has its own playmakers in quarterback Michael Tamburo (1,486 yards, 13 TDs) and running back Tyler Jarry (509 yards, 11 TDs). While on defense Eric Eberhardt (75 tackles, 91â "2 sacks) and Robert Pritchard (36 tackles, 5 sacks) lead the way. "I think we've moved on," Sphire said. "I'm not sure how to put this, but maybe with the position we were in having already secured the No. 1 or No. 2 spot, we were looking ahead to the playoffs."

Nation Briefs

Simpson faces new trial in Las Vegas over confrontation

Metro Calendar

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Gimza Polish Restaurant

Open since: August

Tournies tip off seasons Hoops preseason gets rolling Saturday

By Guy Curtright

Movie theme songs no longer ruling the pop charts

LOS ANGELES - There was a time around 1997 when no matter where you were - in the car, on the StairMaster, at the dentist's office - you couldn't help but hear 'My Heart Will Go On,' the soaring Celine Dion ballad from 'Titanic.'

Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival announces grant awards

Barefoot in the Park Arts Festival was held in the middle of April this year, but its effects are still rippling through the Gwinnett arts community.

Young Spartans hit road in first round

This is the 13th straight trip to the postseason for Greater Atlanta Christian, and the Spartans did it by overcoming a virtually unprecedented three-game losing skid in the middle of the year. With as young and untried a team as it's had in years, GAC regrouped to win its last three games of the season and set up a first-round playoff meeting with Morgan County. For many of the Spartans, the postseason atmosphere will be new. GAC lost 25 seniors from last year's state quarterfinal squad. Those grads were responsible for nearly every yard or touchdown gained graduated. Those who remained have stepped up admirably and kept GAC's long string of playoff appearances alive. "I'm really proud of the kids, the coaches, the parents, the fans," head coach Jimmy Chupp said. "We've been kind of an up-and-down team. We're still kind of searching for who we are. "We're a better team than we were at the beginning of the season and we're getting better each week. We hope to play long enough to become a really good team." To do that, the Spartans (7-3) will have to beat a strong Morgan County team led on offense by Ryan Glosson and Terence Harper. Both were key in a win over Putnam County two weeks ago that secured the Region 8-AA South title. Glosson had touchdown runs of 40 and 39 yards. Harper rushed for two TDs and completed a 60-yard scoring throw. Morgan County lost last week in their region title game against Fannin County, but for the second straight week Glosson and Harper accounted for all the Bulldogs' points. "They've got some playmakers," Chupp said. "You see games of them against their own region, but it's hard to judge speed and size. They're pretty big and fast though. Their losses were to good teams." This is the fourth time in the last seven years that these teams have met in the playoffs. Morgan County won the last clash, 17-10, in the first round of 2005. GAC was victorious the two previous times, including 34-0 in Madison in the second round of the 2003 postseason. "They're real similar (to teams of past)," Chupp said. "They've got talented athletes and they're well coached. "It's just another battle." The Bulldogs (7-3) have a new head coach this season in Bill Malone, but he's been with the program 14 years - the same amount of time Chupp has been at GAC. "They've done well this season," Chupp said. "That last loss is not indicative of how well they've played all year. "It's a tough first-round playoff game. We have to play well to win this game."

Norcross, Wesleyan top polls

Two-time defending state champion Norcross is still on top.

Bible says not to mock God, so why does Shipp do it?

What Bill Shipp may not realize (but probably does) is that when he mocks Gov. Sonny Perdue for setting aside a day for Georgians to pray for rain ("Perdue needs some advice from above," Perspective, Nov. 14), he is not actually mocking the governor. He is mocking God - the God who made him.

Film Fans disagree on merits of 'Fred Claus'

EDITOR'S NOTE - Film Fans runs in the Friday Weekend section of the Gwinnett Daily Post. It features local residents reviewing the film of the week: "Fred Claus." Want to be a Film Fan? E-mail features@gwinnettdailypost.com.

Home run king faces indictment Barry Bonds charged with perjury, obstruction

SAN FRANCISCO - Barry Bonds, baseball's home run king, was indicted for perjury and obstruction of justice Thursday and could face prison instead of the Hall of Fame for telling a federal grand jury he did not knowingly use performance-enhancing drugs.

Coming clean: Drug Court elevates seven graduates to sober futures

LAWRENCEVILLE - It was a motley crew.

Kurt Cobain documentary is maddeningly artsy

2 1/2 stars out of 4

Back to the future

4 stars out of 4

Norcross hopes for another inspired effort vs. Etowah

By Will Hammock Sports Editor will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com Just as the Norcross coaches had hoped, they entered Game 10 with something at stake - a win meant the Region 7-AAAAA title and a No. 1 seed for the state playoffs. With that as motivation, the Blue Devils showed up in a big way against North Gwinnett. Head coach Keith Maloof liked the way his players gave great effort, a performance he hopes they can duplicate in tonight's state-playoff opener at home against Etowah. "We've got to come ready to play, just like we did last week," Maloof said. "I was real proud of the way our kids played and got after it." The state's third-ranked team faces a tough task this week in Etowah, coached by former Parkview assistant Bill Stewart. The second-year Eagle head coach boasts a strong defense, led by senior linebacker Michael Turner, a one-man wrecking crew with 92 tackles, eight tackles for losses, five sacks, four caused fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks. Turner also is one of Etowah's top running backs with 637 yards and 11 touchdowns, joining fellow back Todd Poore (704 rushing yards). Etowah (7-3) has allowed more than 14 points in a game just twice this season, one coming in a 28-21 loss to No. 1 North Cobb. Five of their 10 opponents have failed to reach 150 total yards on offense. The Eagles, who give up just 89.1 rushing yards per game, also have forced 21 turnovers. "They're very good on defense," Maloof said of Etowah. "They're well coached on defense. Coach Stewart has done a great job in his two years over there." But slowing down the Norcross offense has proved difficult this season, thanks to a balance of a strong running game with quarterback Nick Sorel and two Division I wideouts in Brice Butler and Devonta Bolton. Running back D.J. Adams (1,274 rushing yards) has gotten better with each game, topping the 200-yard mark in his past two games. "(Adams) has gotten better but a lot of that has to do with the offensive line," Maloof said. "The offensive line has gotten a lot better from Week 1 to Week 10. The line of scrimmage getting better is really big for him."

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Arena at Gwinnett Center

Despite rocky season, Parkview back in playoffs vs. 9-1 Walton

The easy thing to do would have been to give up. With their backs against the wall, it looked like Parkview might miss out on the playoffs midway through the season. But the Panthers didn't give up. They battled through injuries and a tough Region 8-AAAAA schedule to make the playoffs. Now, the Panthers will take their never-quit attitude into tonight's first-round game against Region 6 champion Walton. "I told them what they need to do is not make so many mistakes," Parkview head coach Cecil Flowe said. "When you do that we have success and guys started making plays. When the offense makes plays we're more likely to play well." After going 5-6 and having its first losing record since 1991, Parkview rebounded this year by winning its first three games of the season. It looked like the Panthers were back on top. Then Parkview hit region play. The Panthers lost their region opener to South Gwinnett, the first loss to the Comets since 1992. Two weeks later, Parkview lost another region game, to Grayson, and was on the verge of missing the playoffs. But the Panthers didn't fold it up. Parkview won its next three region games and secured a playoff berth for the 14th straight season, the longest current playoff streak in the county. The Panthers' starting running back/linebacker Brandon Jacobs was out for most of the South Gwinnett game, but has been healthy since then. The junior has racked up 818 yards rushing and 54 tackles. Offensive lineman Tyler Daly also missed some games early in the season. But the Panthers took their biggest hit against Berkmar. Quarterback Clayton Wilkin suffered a season ending knee injury in the second half against the Patriots. Derick Heitkamp (30 of 41, 396 yards) came on in relief and guided Parkview to two victories to secure a playoff spot. The Panthers are coming off a 28-3 loss to Brookwood, but the game was much closer than the score. If it weren't for two missed scoring opportunities the Panthers could have led the Broncos 14-7 at the half. Instead, Parkview trailed 7-3 at the half and could never threaten to score again. "You can't make mistakes like that at the end of the year. It will cost you," Flowe said. Parkview can't afford to miss scoring opportunities against Walton. Led by defensive end Chase Thomas, a major Division I prospect, the Raiders are allowing 14 points a game. "They're 9-1 for a reason," Flowe said. "They're good and they've got a lot of good players."

Cougars have Grayson's attention

One glance at Chattahoochee's season results is all it takes. The Cougars' list of victories include one over defending state co-champion Roswell and South Georgia power Camden County, currently the No. 7 team in Class AAAAA. Those two wins force their opponents to take notice and Grayson is no different. The 8-2 Rams, the No. 2 seed from Region 8-AAAAA, host 8-2 Chattahoochee tonight in a difficult first-round draw. "They beat Roswell and beat Camden County, so you know they're a good team," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "You see that and it gets your attention real quick." So do the Cougars' game tapes. Conn was impressed with Chattahoochee's size, including 6-foot-4, 275-pound Justin Smith, an Arkansas commitment. Although his offense features a good amount of spread formations, head coach Terry Crowder likes to run the ball behind the big line. And he does it with two big, physical running backs - 6-1, 220-pound Gary Grace and 6-foot, 205-pound Elton Ford. Staying true to his coaching background, Crowder still runs plenty of wing-T plays. "The good thing is our defense has seen the wing-T every day in practice," Conn said. "So they're used to all the misdirection." Grayson's defense has been a strength all season, with linebacker Jonathan Langston, defensive ends Rammell Lewis and Quantarius Smith and free safety Denzell Guerra all stepping up lately. Conn also praised sophomore noseguard Shaun Green for solidifying the defensive front. The Rams' offense also has looked good the past few weeks, most recently in a 48-25 win over Berkmar last Friday. They defeated Shiloh 28-3 the previous week, bouncing back from a loss to Brookwood. "I feel pretty good about things," Conn said. "At this point, every game's going to be a challenge. But the way we finished the year against Shiloh and Berkmar, two teams that have always given us trouble, is good. "The offense is starting to click and put points on the board. We're still controlling the ball, but now we're scoring points. And our defense has been steady all year."

Tough welcome back to playoffs for South

Amid the elation of South Gwinnett's return to the Class AAAAA state football playoffs for the first time since 2003 is the stark reality of playing in perhaps the toughest bracket in this postseason. The first task ahead of the Comets (6-4) is a trip to Ray Manus Stadium to take on defending state co-champion Roswell tonight at 7:30. Welcome back to the playoffs, South. "It's a great reward, huh?" Comets coach John Small said with a laugh. "(Roswell is) a sound football team. They've got a lot of talent, and the thing that stands out the most watching them on film is that they don't make a lot of mistakes, which is something we have to eliminate if we are to give ourselves a chance to win." The Hornets (8-2) certainly have a lot of talent, with three seniors already committed to major Division I programs - receiver Garrett Embry (Oregon), linebacker Ebele Okakpu (North Carolina) and defensive end Curtis Hazelton (Duke) - and two others who are being wooed by several other major programs. It is that other pair - running back Alex Daniel (1,352 yards, 15 TDs) and quarterback Dustin Taliaferro (85-124-5, 1,454 yards, 12 TDs) - that could do the most damage to the Comets. That duo leads a Roswell offense that is every bit as dangerous as the three toughest teams South played in the regular season - No. 8 state-ranked Brookwood, Grayson and Newnan, who combined to outscore the Comets 109-0 this season. And Small knows his defense must tighten up considerably if they are to reverse that trend tonight against the Hornets. "We've played a lot of talented teams this year, and they (Roswell) fit in with all of them," Small said. "One thing we haven't done well at all against teams like that this year is tackle well. We haven't had success in games we haven't tackled well. We definitely have to tackle better." While those numbers suggest a serious mismatch, don't try to convince Roswell coach Tim McFarlin tonight's game is going to be easy for his Hornets. In addition to having some offensive talent of their own - including running back Rico Brazil (478 yards, 4 TDs) and receiver Johnathan Krause (376 yards, 4 TDs) - the Comets also have plenty of emotion and excitement on their side. "They're a very good football team," McFarlin said of South. "I'm particularly impressed with how hard they play. They've got a couple of good skill players, and they believe they're never out of a game. You know they're going to play hard for four quarters."

Nibbles and Bits

Thanksgiving brings easy meal options

Seniors hear about county programs

LAWRENCEVILLE - Just like the rest of Gwinnett, seniors' top concerns are transportation and water, as evidenced by the questions that came during a town hall meeting sponsored by the Gwinnett Council for Seniors on Thursday.

Please don't rain on our prayer service

Don't you just wish that some people had less time on their hands?

World Briefs

Powerful cyclone hits Bangledesh

Getting to Know ... Nichole Dixon

Nichole Dixon, 30, is the head fastpitch softball coach and an assistant varsity girls basketball coach, as well as the JV basketball head coach at Wesleyan. The 1995 Mount de Sales (Macon) graduate also played college basketball at Mercer. In this latest installment of "Getting to Know...," Dixon talks with sports editor Will Hammock on a variety of topics, ranging from her hometown of Gray to Anne Marie Armstrong to Wesleyan head girls basketball coach Jan Azar, who coached Dixon at Mount de Sales.

Must read: Protesters fight plan to cut down tree Anne Frank saw from hiding

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Hiding from the Nazis in a cramped Amsterdam apartment, Anne Frank often gazed at a majestic chestnut tree visible through an attic skylight - her only window to the outside world - and dreamed of freedom.

'Wonder' Falls

Just when you thought there couldn't be a family/holiday movie worse than "Fred Claus," along comes "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium." With a narrative that is equally as lumbering and forced as its title, the movie could best be described as a toy store version of "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" without a single, solitary funny line.

New on DVD

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Out in the Crowd: Aurora starts holiday season off with a song

Maybe it's the overdose of tryptophan from the turkey. Or you could blame all the sugar from the pumpkin pie. But every holiday season, it seems impossible to resist the feel-good, campy fun of holiday musicals. That green Grinch, his heart grew three sizes after a rousing bout of holiday cheer.

Davis' arsenal hasn't been fully opened for Broncos

When the Brookwood football coaches moved Terence Davis to quarterback in the offseason, they knew they had a playmaker. Previously a standout wide receiver and defensive back who is headed to Wake Forest as an athlete, the senior figured to be a huge weapon in the Broncos' offense. But throughout the regular season, he wasn't needed too often in the team's run to the Region 8-AAAAA title. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder figures to play a more prominent role in the playoffs for 8-2 Brookwood, which hosts Sprayberry tonight in the Class AAAAA first round. "Terence has done a good job when we've asked him to throw the ball and he's beginning to run the ball more," Brookwood head coach Mark Crews said. "He's had a couple of games lately where he's had 75 or 80 (rushing) yards. That helps with some of the misdirection stuff and it takes some pressure off (running back) Kenny (Miles). "We've got some other stuff we practice and we work on (with Davis), but so far, we've just been able to do other stuff and haven't needed it." The Broncos have rolled into the playoffs by pounding the ball with a big offensive line and Miles, who has rushed for an astounding 2,182 yards. Meanwhile, Davis has thrown for 407 yards and rushed for 436. "Obviously our strength is our offensive line and Kenny and Brice Smith has done a good job in his role at fullback," Crews said. "With those guys and Kenny behind them, we've been good enough to win eight in a row without (Davis carrying a big load). But when we got into situations like Grayson where we needed some third-down throws, Terence did a good job of making them." Brookwood's next test is Sprayberry (6-4), led defensively by Brynden Trawick (69 tackles, 51 solos), Wesley Grayson (58 tackles, 40 solos) and Brian Walton (53 tackles, 43 solos). The Yellow Jackets' offense has run for 2,511 yards and thrown for just 761. They feature two 1,000-yard rushers in quarterback Forest Holt (1,219 yards rushing, 16 TDs) and running back David Carter (1,030 yards rushing, 14 TDs).

Now Showing

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Spotlight on DVDs

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Hawks-Hoyas duel is blast from past Schools have never met, but coaching staffs know each other from way back

By David Friedlander Staff Writer david.friedlander@gwinnettdailypost.com Mill Creek and Harrison have never met before on the football field. However, when the two schools face off for the first time in a first round game of the Class AAAAA state playoffs tonight at 7:30 at Hoya Stadium in Kennesaw, there will still be plenty of familiarity. "I know those guys pretty well," said Harrison coach Bruce Cobleigh of Mill Creek's coaching staff. "They were all on T. McFerrin's old staff (at South Gwinnett), and we played those guys in the playoffs in 1998. Seeing (Mill Creek) on tape is just like watching that (South) team. We know we're going to see a really well-coached team." Likewise, Hawks coach Shannon Jarvis said watching film of this year's version of the Hoyas (8-2) - currently ranked No. 9 in the state - was like looking into a time machine. "His teams haven't changed much," Jarvis said of Cobleigh. "One of the great things I learned from Coach T is that when you're successful, you don't change too much because you're obviously doing something right. Unfortunately for us, nothing much has changed (at Harrison). We're going to have our hands full." The Hoyas have given opponents a handful for many years as tonight's game marks their return to the postseason after having a streak of 12 straight playoff appearances broken last year, while Mill Creek (7-3) will be playing its inaugural playoff game. And Harrison will be a handful on both sides of the ball. That is especially true on offense, where the Hoyas have averaged 350 yards and 34.9 points per game behind a host of dangerous skill players - led by Auburn-bound receiver Darvin Adams (744 yards, 10 TDs) and junior running back Robbie Godhigh (932 yards, 17 TDs). "(Adams) can score from anywhere on the field," Jarvis said. "He's a game-breaker, and they've got a lot of them. We've got to be careful putting our safeties on the line to help stop their running game because that could leave (Adams) one-on-one. We've got to try not to put them into too many situations where there are mismatches." On defense, Harrison is well-known for an aggressive array of blitzes to put pressure on opposing offenses. That often leaves the Hoyas to rely on their athletic defensive backs like Brandon Lane (4 INTs), Adams, Jamal Austin and Christian Turnipseed (all with 3 INTs) in man-to-man coverage. That approach will receive a stern challenge from a Hawks offense that has plenty of balance led by the running of Lenny Brooks (741 yards, 7 TDs) and the passing game of Zach Landis (103-185-11, 1,417 yards, 12 TDs) and wide receiver Ed Russ (570 yards, 7 TDs).

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