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Can you believe it? There are only two weeks left in the regular season. It doesn't seem that long ago that the season was just getting under way.
As the season comes to a close, there are still several big-game matchups on the horizon.
Several of them are this week. Archer is at Parkview with the final playoff spot in Region 8-AAAAA on the line. Collins Hill travels to Norcross with the winner locking up the No. 3 spot in the region. There's still the Region 7-AAAAA championship game with Peachtree Ridge at North Gwinnett next Friday. (Unless one of those teams is upset by Mill Creek or Duluth, respectively, this week.)
But the game that has already been getting a lot of hype is Brookwood at Grayson. The two programs have combined to win the last six Region 8-AAAAA championships. Brookwood is the defending state champion, but Grayson is ranked No. 2 in the state and No. 6 in the nation by USA Today.
The game started getting hyped last week when a group of Grayson students released a YouTube rap video titled 'Brookwood Where You At.' A message with the video says "Where is Brookwood? This is a song written for all you Brookwood students, fans, and fanatics. Where are you? This is what we can do, lets see what you can do."
You can check out the video here
The video is quite entertaining and shot very well. Some of the clips are shot on Brookwood's campus. It's already got more than 159,000 hits on YouTube and Kawan Moore, Ryan Hutcheson, Patrick Sullivan and Kyle Sklenar are the people tagged in the video on YouTube.
I asked Grayson head coach Mickey Conn last week if he had seen the video yet and he said he had not, but planned to watch it. If he doesn't recognize the Grayson students rapping, he'll probably recognize two of his players -- quarterback Nick Schuessler and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche -- making cameos in the video.
I think what makes the video and song so good is there's not a lot of negative trash talk towards Brookwood or individual players. Yes, there is trash talk in the lyrics, but it's tastefully done. They do make a reference to one Brookwood player, star running back Nick Tompkins.
Here's a few of the lyrics that stood out to me.
"Green and gold fans are taking over the stands/
Nick Tompkins even told me he wanted to be a Ram"
"Rivalry, nah, the thought makes me laugh/
I saw your players asking for Nick Schuessler's autograph"
"Maybe I should have mentioned this somewhere in the beginning/
But even if we lose our team is still winning"
"You're spirit is smaller and our game is quite taller/
If you were 6-foot-7, you might reach Nkemdiche's collar"
So there you have it. High school trash talking of the 21st century. It's probably better than vandalizing each other school's. It's been a week since the video has been released and I can't believe some Brookwood students haven't come up with their own video and song. If they need a song idea, I would go with 'Where's your ring?' to pay homage to Brookwood's state title ring and the fact Grayson still hasn't won one.
Either way, the Grayson video and song should add a little more flavor to this game of the week.
Now back to the real football talk.
Parkview needs to turn it around
I felt like Parkview had a playoff caliber team all season. But after two straight region losses, the Panthers could miss the postseason.
I'm interested to see how Parkview responds in this week's game against Archer. Parkview got beat down by Grayson two weeks ago and had an emotional last-second loss to rival Brookwood on Friday.
Now the Parkview needs to circle the wagons against a tough Archer team. The Panthers win and they are in. A loss and they would need some help to get in the playoffs.
No. 3 seed in Region 7 on the line
If you remember, I officially jumped off the Norcross bandwagon last week. The Blue Devils have a chance to make me a believer again this week against Collins Hill. The winner of this game will get the No. 3 seed in the Region 7-AAAAA.
With the graduation of record-setting quarterback Taylor Heinicke, I thought the best the Eagles could do was a No. 4 spot in the region. If you take away that big scoring play at the end of the game against Peachtree Ridge, Collins Hill could be going for a No. 2 spot. But that's in the past. The Eagles have relied on the running game with Jordan Parker and the defense has made stops when it needed to make them.
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