The Blitz: That's Why They Play The Games



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Editor's 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.

Each week the Daily Post's sports writers make their picks for high school football games.

Some predictions are better than others. I'll confess that going with Gwinnett teams in a few non-region games has hurt my win-loss record.

If you looked at last weeks picks our writers had the same predictions for just about every game. All of us expected Brookwood, Duluth and South Gwinnett to win their games.

All three teams had surprising losses.

Brookwood got beat for the third year in a row by Dacula. The same Falcons team that was allowing 35 points the first two games. Duluth lost a heartbreaker in triple overtime to Alpharetta, while South Gwinnett was beaten by Shiloh for the first time in 10 years.

That's what I love about sports, especially high school sports. No matter what everyone says, thinks or expects, it's decided on the field.

I never imagined that a Dacula team that showed no signs of a defense would be able to stop Brookwood's running game. But it did. That was the first time I've seen Dacula play this year and I can't imagine how they started 0-2.

I thought Duluth could battle for a playoff spot in Region 7 this year. After Friday's loss to Alpharetta, I'm not so sure. Yes, Alpharetta was a playoff team last year, but was out of a weak region. The fact that Duluth was able to battle back from a fourth-quarter deficit to get back in the game is a good a sign, but the Wildcats should never have been in that position. Luckily, it was just a non-region game, but it's not the way to get ready for a Region 7 schedule that features Norcross and Collins Hill the next two weeks.

Shiloh hasn't been favored to win many games over the last few years. That might change after the Generals' win over South Gwinnett. It was the first time Shiloh beat their Snellville rival since 2000. Maybe the Comets were looking past Shiloh, but I don't think any other team will this year. I didn't realize this until someone e-mailed me last week, but every team on the remainder of Shiloh's schedule has two weeks to prepare for the Generals. Seriously. The Generals play Parkview this Friday and the Panthers were off last week. They've got Dacula in two weeks and the Falcons are off this Friday. It goes on like that the rest of the season. How did Shiloh, one of the worst teams in the region over the last few years, get stuck with such a bad schedule?

Hawks need Russ

Mill Creek is 3-0 for the first time in school history, but they may have lost their best player for a few games. Quarterback John Russ suffered a concussion in Mill Creek's dominant win over Cherokee.

The Hawks have third-year program Mountain View this week, which may allow Russ an extra week to recover. Russ is a threat throwing and running the ball and hopefully he's healthy enough to return in two weeks against Norcross.

Buford's defense living up to hype

Buford has a defense filled with college prospects and the unit is living up to its talent.

Through three games, Buford's first-team defense has not allowed a touchdown. The only points scored were in the fourth quarter against the Wolves' second-team defense.

Norcross is on fire

The hottest team in Gwinnett right now is Norcross. If the playoffs started this week, Norcross would be on its way to the Georgia Dome for the state finals. I don't think anyone can stop them right now.

They really impressed me in their win over Parkview two weeks ago didn't let up with a 49-14 win over Roswell on Friday.

Region 7-AAAAA play begins this Friday and it will be interesting to see if Norcross can keep its momentum over the next month. That stretch of games, which includes Duluth, Mill Creek, North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge, will decide if the Blue Devils are for real.

Wesleyan may regain record

Wesleyan's Tony Plagman held the county's single season passing record until Collins Hill's Taylor Heinicke broke it last year.

That record may be returning to Spalding Drive at the end of the season. Quarterback Will Anderson has thrown for 570 yards in the first two games. If the sophomore can keep up that kind of production he may break Heinicke's record of 4,218 yards.

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