FOOTBALL NOTES: Former college teammates meet with playoff spot on the line


South Gwinnett head football coach John Small

Archer head coach Andy Dyer and South Gwinnett head coach John Small have been friends since the early '90s when they played together at West Georgia.

The former college football teammates still keep in touch on regular bases as head coaches in Gwinnett County.

They typically root for each other's teams, except for this week.

Archer hosts South in a Region 8-AAAAAA matchup with playoff hopes on the line.

"I'll pull for him when we're not playing them," Small said.

Dyer and Small's relationship goes back to the early '90s when they played at West Georgia. Dyer was a cornerback from 1991-95 and Small was a tight end from 1992-95.

"He was a phenomenal athlete," Small said.

They both went their separate ways after college, but reunited in Gwinnett when Small became an assistant at South and Dyer an assistant at Brookwood.

"I lived with him in Gwinnett for six months before I got married," Small said. "He had me doing the dishes and everything."

Small has had the upper hand on Dyer in their program's only two meetings. South Gwinnett won 60-9 in 2010 and again 24-21 last year over Archer. Despite the loss, Archer still made the playoffs in the third year of the program's existence.

"I was glad they made the playoffs last year, but I was glad it wasn't on our watch," Small said.

Small praises Grayson D

South Gwinnett head coach John Small wasn't available for comment after his Comets lost 41-0 to Grayson on Friday. Small had nothing but praise for the defending state champions, especially the defense, on Monday.

"They are a good football team," Small said. "That's the best defense I've seen in high school."

Better than last years?

"Oh yeah, they are clicking," Small said.

Grayson has posted shutouts its last three games and is on a five-game winning streak since losing to Parkview in the region opener.

"That's not the same defense from the first three games of the season," Small said.

Lewis has career day

Jacorey Lewis' six touchdown performance on Friday was a Mill Creek school record, but he was one TD shy of tying the county mark.

Norcross' Leon White in 1995 and Brookwood's Cameron Smith in 2005 hold the county record for touchdowns in a game with seven.

Pick six

North Gwinnett's defense came up with a pair of touchdowns in its 44-6 win over Habersham Central on Friday.

C.J. James intercepted a pass and returned it 18 yards for a score. Jalen Brooks, a Maryland commitment, did the same later in the game with a 27-yard interception return for a score. It was Brooks' second INT for a touchdown this season.

Former Falcon shining in La.

Former Dacula player Javin Webb helped Evangel Christian (La.) to a 49-41 win over Calvary on Friday by scoring six touchdowns.

"I told Javin going into tonight that it was going to be his night to shine," Evangel coach and former Wesleyan coach Phillip Deas told the Shreveport Times. "Guys like that always tend to rise to the top when they are in situations like tonight."

Webb was a member of Dacula's quarterfinal team a year ago before moving to Louisiana. He made 24 tackles last season.

Nearly perfect passing day for Sheehan

Collins Hill's Brett Sheehan turned in an impressive performance on Friday night and that was just in two quarters of play.

The Florida International commitment completed 17 of 19 passes for 304 yards and five touchdowns. Sheehan sat out the second half as the Eagles rolled to a 56-10 win over Meadowcreek.

No points for you

Grayson recorded its third-straight shutout on Friday in the defending state champion's 41-0 win over South Gwinnett. The school record for shutouts in a season is five set by the 2011 and 2009 teams.

Archer got its first shutout of the season in a 42-0 win over Berkmar and Parkview notched its second shutout of the year with a 28-0 victory over Shiloh.