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Note: Brandon Brigman, a sports writer for the Daily Post, writes a blog every Monday called "The Blitz." It is available online at www.gwinnettdailypost.com.
Everybody loves rankings.
At the end of the year we have lists of the top movies and songs of the year. SportsCenter shows a top 10 list of the best plays every day.
In college football we have the preseason top 25 that draws interest nearly a month before the season kicks off.
There's even a weekly top 10 for high school football rankings. The rankings are a good gauge for the top teams in the state. But I wonder how accurate they really are, especially this early in the season?
I saw M.L. King, the No. 9 team in Class AAAAA, beat South Gwinnett last week. The Lions have some talented players, but they looked like a No. 3 or No. 4 seed, at best, in Region 8 football. Certainly not the No. 9 team in the state.
No. 3 McEachern beat No. 1 Lowndes on its home turf last week. That's the same McEachern team that North Gwinnett lost to in the final 10 seconds in Week 1. North is the No. 10 team in the state, but just beat St. Augustine (Fla.) 35-17. That's the same St. Augustine team that's ranked No. 3 in Class 6A in Florida.
Buford is the No. 1 team in Class AA and just beat No. 2 Carver-Columbus 35-7. That's quite a discrepancy between arguably the two top teams in Class AA.
Daily Post staff writer David Friedlander votes in the Associated Press poll and does a very detailed job of placing his votes in all five classifications. Obviously, he doesn't follow Class AAA and AAAA as much as he does Class AAAAA, AA and A, which feature Gwinnett teams, but David certainly tries to rank the state's top teams.
Rankings are fun for fans and bragging rights, but I'm not sure how legit that are, especially this early in the season.
Besides the only rankings that matter are the ones at the end of the season.
Hawks off to 2-0 start
I think Mill Creek has a very good team, maybe even a region championship caliber team, but I'm not ready to make that prediction after the first two games.
Hawks fans shouldn't be too excited over the 2-0 start. Mill Creek beat a Dacula squad that has the worst defense in the county and a Alpharetta squad that eighth-grade GFL teams could beat. Baring any kind of forfeits, Mill Creek should win its next two games. We'll see what level the program has reached in the final stretch of the season.
Give Maloof the ball
Tanner Maloof only has three carries on the season, but the Norcross fullback has made the carries meaningful.
Maloof has scored TDs on all three carries this season. He's had TDs of 2, 5 and 44 yards in two games this season.
Business approach for Shiloh
First-year Shiloh head coach Brian Montgomery isn't only putting his mark on the program on the field. Montgomery is having his players from ninth-grade through 12th-grade take a business like approach on game day.
"On game day they always have to wear a shirt and tie. They have to take it as a business," Montgomery said. "I don't know about yourself, but usually when you're in a shirt and tie you're not going to get in any trouble. You're going to be on your best behavior. You don't even want to get your clothes dirty."
Meadowcreek lost again last week, but the Mustangs did something they rarely did last season -- they scored. The Mustangs picked up a safety and then had a touchdown in the 31-8 loss to Berkmar. I know it seems minor, but maybe the Mustangs are beginning to head in the right direction.
A look back at trivia
So last week's trivia question no one got correct. The question was who had the county's longest field goal? The answer was Duluth's Rusty Curry, who had a 67-yard field goal against Norcross in 1999. It's also the state record for the longest field goal.
Duluth's head coach that year was Kenny Reese, who is now an assistant at Parkview. I ran into Reese before the Norcross-Parkview game on Friday and asked him about Rusty's field goal.
"It was probably the ugliest kick he had all year," Reese joked.
Duluth opened the game with a defensive stop against Duluth, but the punter booted the ball further than expected. When the Wildcats couldn't do anything offensively, the Wildcats elected to use a free kick. Curry was allowed to kick the ball off a tee, but didn't hit it solid and the ball wobbled in for a field goal.
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