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THE BLITZ: Where teams stand at the halfway point of the season

 

 

We've reached the halfway point in the season, so I thought this would be a good time see where we stand.

Some teams have emerged as state title contenders. Other teams are on the bubble for the playoffs. Then there are some that I'm still scratching my head about.

Here's a quick breakdown of each team.

Region 8-AAAAA

Grayson (4-0, 2-0)

The Rams are the best team in the region and arguably in the county. Grayson hasn't been tested since its season opener, but that will change in October.

Parkview (2-2, 2-0)

The Panthers are the best kept secret in the region. No one is talking about them, but they have a strong running game and a good defense. That's the perfect recipe for success in the region.

Dacula (2-2, 2-0)

After a rough non-region start, the Falcons are tied for first in the region. The improvement of the defense has Falcons fans excited about a possible region title. We'll know more in two weeks when they play Grayson.

Brookwood (3-2, 2-1)

The Broncos still haven't played their best game. That's good news for Brookwood faithful. Once the offensive line comes together, watch out for Brookwood to make a playoff run.

Central Gwinnett (3-2, 1-2)

The Black Knights were supposed to emerge as a playoff contender. They looked good with a 3-0 start. But after giving up 119 points in the last two games (that's not a typo), Central is the biggest enigma in the county.

Archer (2-3, 1-2)

The Tigers have lost to region heavyweights Grayson and Brookwood. The third-year program is much improved and could sneak into that No. 4 playoff spot.

South Gwinnett (1-4, 1-2)

The Comets came to life in the Georgia Dome two weeks ago, but the other four games have been tough. A third straight playoff appearance looks bleak for the Comets.

Shiloh (1-4, 1-2)

The Generals are a lot tougher than years past, but the schedule doesn't play into their hand. Shiloh may be able to pull out another one or two wins.

Berkmar (1-4, 0-3)

The Patriots are young and inexperienced as expected. This is a building year for the team.

Region 7-AAAAA

North Gwinnett (4-1, 2-0)

The Bulldogs should be 5-0, but they've rebounded nicely with four straight wins. The offense is clicking and the defense is stout. It's another typical year for the Bulldogs.

Norcross (5-0, 2-0)

The Blue Devils' big-play offense has been effective all season. Norcross is one of the state's best teams right now and has the tools for a deep playoff run.

Peachtree Ridge (4-1, 2-0)

The first half of the Lions' schedule has been easy. We'll find out if they are for real with region heavyweights that last half of the year.

Collins Hill (2-3, 1-1)

The Eagles' offense isn't as potent as last year, but they are in the same spot at this point from a season ago. The Eagles need to pull off another winning streak to make the postseason.

Mountain View (2-3, 1-1)

The Bears got a signature region win two weeks ago. But are they for real? If Mountain View can get three more region wins, they'll make the playoffs.

Mill Creek (3-2, 0-2)

The Hawks have hit a skid the last two games. Don't count Mill Creek out just yet. They still have a playoff caliber team, but they might need some help to get in.

Duluth (2-3, 0-2)

The Wildcats have talent, but the program still doesn't know how to win. Duluth needs a victory over a team it's not supposed to beat to get over the hump.

Meadowcreek (0-5, 0-2)

The Mustangs are taking baby steps to get better. Meadowcreek is still a few years away from being competitive for four quarters.

Region 6-AA

Buford (5-0, 0-0)

Buford is Buford. No team has challenged the Wolves yet. If any team is within two scores going into the fourth quarter with them, then that's a moral victory.

GAC (5-0, 0-0)

The Spartans are back as one of the state's top teams and are 5-0 for the first time since 2005. We'll see how far they've come on Oct. 21 against Buford.

Region 5-A

Wesleyan (3-2, 1-1)

The Wolves are still one of the top teams in Class A. They don't have the big names of recent years, but should make the playoffs again.

Non-region

Lanier (2-1)

The Longhorns are slowly building their program. They are still a few ways from competing with the big boys.

Hebron (0-5)

The Lions are in a major re-building year. The offense misses the firepower it had last season.

Catching up with the Super Six

This is how the Daily Post's Super Six are doing midway through the season.

TE/DE Kurt Freitag, Buford

The senior continues to make plays on both sides of the ball. Freitag is expected to make a college decision in late October.

OL Chase Roberts, GAC

Roberts has helped rejuvenate the Spartans' offense and the team is 5-0.

RB/DB Nick Tompkins, Brookwood

Tompkins hasn't had many of the long runs he broke last year, but the senior is still among the county's rushing leaders.

LB Dillon Lee, Buford

The leader of Buford's defense has the team undefeated and poised for another title run.

WR Jason Croom, Norcross

The Tennessee commit is among the county leaders in receptions and has his team 5-0.

OL Vadal Alexander, Buford

The big lineman scored a touchdown in a blowout win earlier this year. He's also helped open holes for one of the county's top running games.

Region 7-AAAAA off this week

Region 7 is taking the week off and there's a buffet of great games in the region in two weeks. Most notably is North-Norcross, but there's also Peachtree Ridge-Collins Hill and Duluth-Mountain View.

We'll have a better idea of the playoff pecking order after those games.

Hawks in black

Mill Creek wore its black uniforms for the second time against Norcross on Friday.

The uniforms look great, but they may want to retire them. The Hawks lost for the second time in the black jerseys after losing to Dacula in the season opener a year ago.

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