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Both regions will surprise the rest of the state in the playoffs. This year has lived up to the "meat grinder" nickname of Gwinnett's power regions.
Sheehan is a great Qb and I saw plenty of Taylor Heinicke flashbacks, or however you spell it. However, that OL needs to protect him better in the second half of games because NG hit him VERY hard the entire 3rd quarter. Collins Hill will creep up on somebody they are not supposed to in the playoffs. Gwinnett football is just at a different speed and caliber, and the only way to see it or believe it is to play these teams. The rest of AAAAAA will find out in a few weeks :).
Purely just a curious question, but why is this preview more about Sheehan than the actual game? I have noticed that previews are written mostly about the teams that the GDP predicts to win. Or maybe it just seems that way. Nevertheless it is interesting that this article is all Collins Hill instead of 50/50 NG and CH. This match up will likely be similar to the 2010 showdown. GO DAWGS
Who is colquitt opening the season with, oh yeah that's right NORTH GWINNETT. Preseason rankings are less valuable than toilet paper. Sphire knows his team is good and so does Propst. Nobody else knows it though. Propst has repeatedly stated that he is more worried about this years north Gwinnett team than last years. Those two guys are genius coaches so they have to know something that the rest of AAAAAA doesnt. Watch NG beat colquitt and then win their 4th region title. Sphire doesn't care about the press or rankIngs this year. That's bad news for everyone on their schedule this season.
@sickandtired... Please tell me what sport doesn't have "competent " coaching". That's so utterly incorrect. Baseball, softball, basketball, volleyball, swimming, cross country, and of course football all make very regular playoff appearances. If you want to start pointing fingers then complain about Lanier opening, or the huge number of athletes living in NG's district that go to other schools. They need more practice space anyway they can get it, end of story.
Again you fail to realize that the booster club raises the money. Shaddux has no control over what the football team gets and what other sports don't get. You obviously have a grudge against Sphire and the program. If the other sports are "hurting bad" then they should RAISE money. This is so simple idk how you are still trying to make an argument. Oh, and no sport has certain rules Over another. That's a childish comment made by a likely childish person.
The money for books comes from a COMPLETELY different source than the money for the field house. WHO CARES about the TVs anyways. As long as Sphire continues to win, why should any care about flat screens that the booster club pays for? By the way the kids are doing just fine in the classroom. Sounds like some of ya'll have a personal grudge against Sphire.
In 2000 NG football was NON-EXISTENT. Sphire changed that. If he had arrived for the 2003 season, NG would already have a state title on the shelf. The amount of talent wasted by Hammontree, Roland, and Moore was astonishing, and we all know what Sphire has done with a lot less.
They need more practice space in order to prepare for teams that have adequate field space. Like PTR, Mill Creek, Norcross, Collins Hill, Colquitt, Camden, Grayson, Lowndes, McEachern, and about 20 others. Get real "hanzvonhanz". Asking for more space in an ever-inclosing school lot is not abnormal or demanding.
The flat screens are used to watch film and hold video conferences with college coaches. Also those TV's are used to show film of NG players to college coaches like Nick Saban, Lane Kiffin, Mark Richt, David Dean and many others. Say what you will about Sphire and his demands, but you cannot argue the six 10 win seasons, 3 region titles, and multiple deep playoff runs. Also the long list of major and minor college signees.
Especially right now, Sphire could use ALL of our support.
Turf fields are costly, but would save Gwinnett tons of money in the long run.
NG has one of the most cohesive family units as a baseball program that you will ever find. Everyone is treated with respect all the way up and down the totem pole. Ryan Hagan was HIGHLY touted as a freshman in the program, and ever since Vashaw took over in 2006, seniors have embraced the younger guys. That's why NG is always in the playoffs. Team unity and team respect are of the highest priority in NG's baseball program philosophy. I'm glad the varsity spends more time with the Freshman and JV teams, but that is not a new idea or priority of the program. The "older guys" Ryan refers to are the one who played for the 2007 region champ elite eight squad (they were seniors in 2009and Ryan was a freshman), and the 2010 team that made the final four(Ryan was a sophomore). My point is that those guys were not cliquing together, they were just the face of the program...Hagan and the other seniors are now the face of the program. No seniors ever rejected him for being a freshman or a sophomore. We all feel that way sometimes, but it's just the experience of being a younger player. Ryan is showing what he is really capable of this year. He is an outstanding young man and player, and I expect him to guide this team deep into the playoffs!!! GO DAWGS
Parkview, Grayson, NG, and Mill Creek. These guys are good. If they all stay in the top 2 positions, they will go far in the playoffs. Gwinnett just might make it back to back titles. I'm impressed with this year's Rams. The last time they had a team this solid was 2007. Go Gwinnett!
Oh yes and the fact that Mill Creek is not ranked is simply a joke. They just beat the powerhouse Marist and have a better record than Roswell and Walton while playing Brookwood, Lassiter, and Parkview. I guess Cobb and North Fulton are freaking out because Gwinnett baseball is raising the bar.
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