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THE BLITZ: The good, the bad, the ugly of week 1

The first week of high school football is in the books.

It's still too early to crown a team champs or write them off with a losing record, but several teams and players stood out from Week 1.

Some were good like North Gwinnett's impressive victory over Grayson. Others were interesting like Collins Hill's shutout of Central Gwinnett.

Here's the good, the bad and the ugly of what stood out from Week 1 of the high school football season.

Let me know what you think stood out.

The good

• Berkmar opened the season with a 9-3 victory over Duluth. It's the first time the Patriots won their season opener since 2007. The surprising thing is Berkmar used its defense to win by holding Duluth to just 87 yards of offense.

• Shiloh running back Charles Shavers rushed for a school-record 247 yards and five touchdowns in the Generals' 48-7 win over Meadowcreek. Shiloh coaches were really high on Shavers during the offseason. He rushed for 180 yards in the final game of 2012 against Central. I realize Shavers didn't gain these yards against some stout defenses, but the kid has to be on people's radar.

• Lanier's Tario Fuller, the county's top returning rusher, picked up where he left off last season. Fuller rushed for 161 yards and four TDs against Apalachee.

The bad

• Parkview threw two interceptions four touchdowns in the fourth quarter to lose to Peachtree Ridge. The Panthers are breaking in a new QB. As that position goes so does the offense.

• Mountain View lost 37-0 to rival Archer. Both schools opened the same year and Mountain View won the first two meetings. The Tigers have won the last four over their rival, including 46-7 last year.

The ugly

• Grayson lost 35-0 to No. 2 ranked North Gwinnett. It has to be the worse game in Grayson history. Or at least the worst I have seen. I know that sounds a little harsh, but it was pretty bad. I realize the Rams have lost to No. 1-ranked Colquitt County and No. 2 North, but Friday's game was sad. The 35-point defeat was the worst in school history, but what makes the game so bad is the way they lost.

Two safeties, two turnovers for touchdowns, personal fouls, it was just bad. I actually think Grayson's defense is pretty good, but the offense is terrible right now. The running backs trying to reverse field and go backwards to pick up yards. That works in youth league, but not in 6A football.

I still think Grayson is a playoff caliber team and will get better. However, the excuse of having so many new starters will only last for a few more games. Pretty soon that excuse won't fly.

What's on Tap

Here's a few interesting games on the schedule this week.

• Buford at Gainesville

Defending Class AAA state champion Buford will travel to Class AAAAA state champion Gainesville. The Red Elephants feature the state's top QB in Deshaun Watson, while the Wolves have the reigning Class AAA Defensive Player of the Year in linebacker Korie Rogers.

• Norcross at Parkview

Defending Class AAAAAA state champion Norcross returns to action after getting blown out 55-0 in the season opener to the nation's No. 1 ranked team. It will be interesting to see how they've improved, if at all.

Pick the winners

Each week, pick the winners in the Daily Post's 'Pickem contest. Our winner for week one was Kevin Strickland. He won a $25 Simon gift card from the Mall of Georgia. Each week is a new round -- so if you missed week one, don't worry. We'll have great prizes every week. Click HERE to play.

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