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The Blitz: The View Is Nice At The Top Of The Mountain

 

 

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No one gave Mountain View a chance on Friday.

If anyone other than than the players or coaches on the team thought the Bears had a chance to beat Mill Creek, they were lying.

I'll be the first to confess, I didn't think they had a shot in the world. Even with Mill Creek quarterback John Russ out with a concussion, I still thought the Hawks would win convincingly.

Mill Creek is a team coming off a quarterfinals appearance, while Mountain View is a third-year school with its only Class AAAAA win over lowly Meadowcreek.

But the Bears have now made Region 7-AAAAA a lot more interesting. Norcross and North Gwinnett are locks to make the playoffs, but the other two spots are up for grabs. Who would have thought Mountain View would be up there with the big boys in the region standings? Not me, not you, only Coach Tim Hardy and his assistants and players.

I know it's only the region opener, but this game was big for the program and community. It reminds me of Grayson's third year in Class AAAAA. The Rams upset perennial region power Parkview for the first time. Or Peachtree Ridge's fourth year of existence when it reached the state finals.

Mountain View gets Peachtree Ridge this week and two weeks ago I would have picked the Lions as the heavy favorite, but not anymore. The learning curve for programs in Gwinnett County is fast. You either build your program quickly or you become the homecoming team week in and week out.

I hope Mountain Viewed enjoyed its big win over the weekend. They deserve it. It's nice being on top of the world for a moment. I just hope it's not short lived for the Bears.

In honor of Da Bears' first big win, here's a clip of Saturday Night Live's 'Da Bears. For anyone under 20 years old, this is back when SNL was really funny.

Don't sleep on Archer

Mountain View's sibling over in Region 8-AAAAA is Archer. The two schools opened the same year and Mountain View was the first to get that big win, but Archer was pretty close on Friday.

The Tigers nearly came back to beat Brookwood, losing 21-19. This is the same Archer team that defeated Mountain View earlier this year. And the same Archer squad that hung with Duluth.

I wouldn't be surprised if the Tigers beat someone they aren't supposed to this season.

There's no place like home

Buford opened the season with a road game and the Wolves won't play another away game until Oct. 6.

I didn't realize this until last week, but Buford has seven regular season home games and maybe an eighth later this season.

The Wolves were supposed to play Yulee (Fla.) at Westminster, but ESPN changed the location. Friday's win over Therrell was supposed to be an away game and I haven't gotten conformation on the reason for the location change.

The Wolves could get an eighth home game with the region play-in game at the end of the regular season.

That's quite an advantage for a Buford program that hasn't lost a home game since the 2006 state playoffs.

Back to 2010 for South, Central

Last year South Gwinnett had one of the county's best offenses and Central Gwinnett had one of the county's worst defenses.

Through the first three games this year it was flipped. South struggled on offense, while Central found a way to stop people.

They reverted to their old ways on Saturday in the Georgia Dome.

South Gwinnett's offense came alive with 63 points on Saturday, while Central went back to its old ways of giving up too many points.

The 63 points scored by South is more than it scored in its first three games combined this year. The offensive output might be the spark the Comets needed to get back in the playoff hunt.

Central Gwinnett was expected to make the leap from region bottom dweller to region contender. The Black Knights have to find a way to fix their defense if they want to compete with the big boys of Region 8.

Collins Hill, Duluth season on the line

I know it's only the second week of region play this Friday, but I think the loser of the Collins Hill-Duluth game won't make the playoffs. I don't see how the loser of that game can get back in the playoff picture.

Collins Hill is in the same spot it was last year with a 1-3 record, but I don't know if they have the magic to turn it around again this year.

Duluth hasn't beat Collins Hill since 2001 and the Wildcats need a win over a team they are not supposed to beat to have a shot for the postseason.

Shiloh's Clark an emerging star

Shiloh receiver Donald Clark may not get much recognition because he plays on a team hasn't been very successful in recent years. But Clark is one of the best receivers I've seen in a while.

He doesn't have that big receiver size like Norcross' Jason Croom, but has some really impressive speed and hands.

The shifty Clark made a great leaping catch in traffic to set up Shiloh's first score against Parkview and he showed his speed on some shorter routes. That's a week after putting on a dazzling performance against South Gwinnett.

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