Okay now to the top five games in 7A this season in ascending order to the top.
5. Parkview at Brookwood Oct. 19 – The Battle of Five Forks Trickum is back! There was a time in this state 20 years ago that this was THE game in Georgia every year. Now Broncos Coach Phillip Jones and Panthers Coach Eric Godfree have their alma maters back on top. This game will likely decide the Region 7-7A championship. This will be the 37th all-time meeting between the two Gwinnett rivals and the last two have lived up to the hype with the Broncos winning last season 30-27 and a 24-23 OT thriller two years ago that we televised on GPB.
4. Mill Creek at North Gwinnett Oct. 5 – Defending state champion Bulldogs playing host to the rival Hawks in a game that will most likely determine the Region 6-7A champion. Second straight year that North Gwinnett has hosted after beating Mill Creek last year 35-21 in a game much closer than the final score indicated. One of these two teams have won the region championship five years in a row.
3. Marietta at McEachern Oct. 12 – The Blue Devils are the hot ticket in 7A this season. If they stay out of trouble. Just two days ago, the GHSA lowered the boom on Marietta and made them forfeit all eight of their wins from the 2017 season for using two ineligible players. The AD has resigned and no doubt the heat is on Head Coach Richard Morgan, who came to Georgia from Virginia Beach’s Oscar Smith High School a couple of years ago where he built a perennial state power. The Blue Devils are led by Harrison Bailey, one of the top junior quarterbacks in the state. Marietta has assembled a star-studded roster but the program will be under the microscope. McEachern is McEachern. 2017 was supposed to be a rebuilding season for the Indians. They reached the state semifinals. Coach Kyle Hockman knows how to win. His McEachern team has never lost to Marietta. That’s 10 straight wins in the series. High stakes in this Region 3-7A battle but you can’t forget about Hillgrove in this region. The Hawks will have a say.
2. Lowndes at Colquitt County Oct. 26 – Go ahead and mark your calendars, GPB will be in Moultrie for this one. Likely Region 1-7A Championship on the line. Not that it really seems to matter to the Packers. Sure they would love to win the region championship but Colquitt went 4-0 on the road in the 2017 playoffs as a No. 3 seed before losing at North Gwinnett 19-17 in the state championship game. Saw Rush Propst in June and he was still smarting about that whole situation. The Vikings are having to reload a little bit after the graduation of star quarterback Michael Barrett who’s now at the University of Michigan. The Vikings outscored the Packers 51-45 last season to end Colquitt’s three-year run as region champs.