PREP FOOTBALL NOTES: Meadowcreek back to work

Coming off the biggest win of the weekend and something five years coming, Meadowcreek’s football team returned to practice Monday with, according to head coach George Pugh, “hope.”

“It’s good for these guys because they see now what hard work will do,” Pugh said. “It gives them a little more pride and confidence and it also gives them hope because these kids have been written off for a really, really long time.”

Pugh said he and his team took 48 hours to enjoy ending the 53-game losing streak with Friday’s win over Haberham Central.

“That game is over,” he said. “It’s back to work.”

Pugh admits, though, that some of the team’s rising angst vanished along with the zero in the win column.

“It’s amazing what winning will do for you,” Pugh said. “Winning solves a lot of problems. They have been really frustrated.”

Muddled up in 8-AAAAAA

Even unbeaten Archer isn’t truly safe.

It’s always a tough fight for a playoff spot in Region 8-AAAAAA, but this year, with four weeks left in the season nothing seems clear.

Archer is alone at the top at 5-0, but below the Tigers sits a Grayson team which has won its last three games. The next three teams all have just two region losses and no team is absent an 8-AAAAAA victory.

Consider the last few weeks.

Parkview wins its first game of the season over Dacula on Friday. That’s the same Dacula team which beat Grayson earlier in the year and the week prior dominated Brookwood. Brookwood, remember, beat Parkview and picked up its second region win last week against Shiloh. Central Gwinnett has wins over South and Berkmar.

And even Archer’s perch isn’t safe with Berkmar, Grayson and South still on its schedule and the one-win teams still can make a strike. South Gwinnett is 1-3 but plays Grayson on Friday and Archer the next week.

“Everybody is in control of their own destiny,” South coach John Small said. “There’s a lot of ball left to play.”

Freshman QB learning on the fly

Mickey Conn put the incompletions on his receivers — and for almost every one he was right.

Facing a physical and experienced Berkmar defense, Chase Brice didn’t look like a freshman as he’s grown into the starting quarterback role on the fly.

Brice entered Friday’s game having completed just four of his first 18 passes on the season since taking over the starting quarterback duties from Hunter Schuessler. The four completions went for 81 yards and a touchdown. In that context, his 8 of 14 for 101 yards and a touchdown against Berkmar is even more impressive.

“I think he did fantastic,” Conn said. “His throws were on the money.”

And the best thing about his performance so far is zero interceptions.

Parkview’s 28 an epic explosion

Sure it’s not the 50 North Gwinnett put up to beat Mill Creek, but from Parkview’s perspective Friday’s 28 points were an awakening five games in the making.

In the Panthers’ first five games, they scored 38 total points. They were shutout by Brookwood and scored just seven against Norcross and Archer. The 14 Parkview scored in a loss to Peachtree Ridge was the previous high.