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THE BLITZ: What's up with Region 8?

Archer, Berkmar and Shiloh are the only undefeated teams in Region 8-AAAAAA.

That's not a typo.

Archer, which is just five years old and Berkmar and Shiloh, who have been the doormats of the region, are tied for first place going into region play this week.

Archer is coming off a 6-4 season and nearly made the playoffs, so that's not too big of a surprise.

Shiloh started last season 3-0 before losing the last seven in a row.

Berkmar, now that's a bit of surprise. The Patriots knocked off Duluth in Week 1 and followed that with a win over Meadowcreek. The Patriots are 2-0 for the first time since 2007. To put it in perspective, George W. Bush was president that year, Apple introduced the iPhone and 'American Idol' was actually worth watching.

Wendell Early was Berkmar's head coach that season, leading the program to its last winning season. Berkmar plays Shiloh in Friday's region opener and guess who is the defensive coordinator at Shiloh now? Yep, it's Wendell Early. I love it when games have cool storylines like that.

To make things even more interesting in the region, Brookwood, Grayson, Parkview are still winless. Yes, three of the biggest powers in Gwinnett football history still have not won a game. All three teams made the playoffs last year and still have a chance with region play opening this weekend.

Central Gwinnett and Dacula are also still winless, while South Gwinnett is 1-1.

You could argue some schools had easier or tougher non-region schedules. Or maybe there's a power shift in the region. It just makes you wonder, what's going on with Region 8?

State champs jinx?

Prior to the season starting, I wrote a story about Gwinnett County's last three state champions in the highest classification winning state titles. The story asked who would be Gwinnett's next team to make it four in a row. Right now it appears No. 1 ranked North Gwinnett is the favorite to win state.

Since the story came out, it hasn't been a good start to the season for Gwinnett's last three state champs. It actually has the makings of some sort of scary movie.

It started with 2012 champion Norcross getting defeated 55-0. Then 2011 champion Grayson was beat 35-0. This past week, 2010 winner Brookwood was given a 44-10 loss. All three teams are a combined 1-5 this year.

Are the champs jinxed or is just a crazy coincidence?

Wolves won't lose for a while

Speaking of state champs, Buford looks like it's about to go on another title run.

The defending Class AAA champs easily took down defending Class AAAAA champ Gainesville 38-14. The Red Elephants feature the state's No. 1 recruited quarterback in Deshaun Watson and they made him look less than impressive. Watson threw for less than 200 yards.

Here's the scary thing. They have a lot of good players that are sophomores and juniors. Buford will win state again this year, next year and I'm almost willing to bet the following year.

You can hate on them all you want, but it's pretty impressive the level of excellence Buford has maintained for such a long time.

Shiloh record breakers

Shiloh began the year with running back Charles Shavers rushing for 261 yards and five touchdowns to set school records for both.

Quarterback Wil Larimore must been a little jealous or maybe he watched Peyton Manning last week and got pumped up for his game the following day.

Larimore threw six touchdown passes, which is tied for the fourth-most in state history, acceding the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

The 56-0 win over Redan is also a school record for points in a game by the Generals.

Big play K.J.

I know it's early in the season, but the best play of the year has to go to Archer's K.J. Parmer.

Parmer was the holder on Archer's field goal team and after a botched snap, he was able to throw a 20-yard pass to Kyle Davis for the game winning touchdown.

Parmer began last season as Archer's starting QB, but changed positions early in the year. He now plays several positions for the Tigers, including receiver, running back and quarterback. I guess you can add game-saving player to his resume as well.

Hebron's Shaffer gets first win

Hebron's Kevin Shaffer got his first win as a high school head coach with a 23-7 victory over Lakeview. The former Atlanta Falcon inherited a team that went 1-9 last season and fell to Lakeview 42-0 a year ago.

Game of the week or game of the year?

You didn't think I would go this whole time and not mention the biggest game of the week, did you?

Norcross hosts North Gwinnett in the Region 7-AAAAAA opener. Norcross is the defending state champs, while North is ranked No. 1 in the state.

These two teams have won six of the last seven region titles.

Norcross won the game last year 31-21, snapping North's 22-game region winning streak.

The game will be stockpiled with talent. Norcross has its big three of Lorenzo Carter, Myles Autry and Kevin Mouhon, while North Gwinnett has Dante Sawyer, Nate Brown and Mitch Hyatt.

The winner will be the frontrunner for the Region 7 crown the remainder of the season.