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Archer improves to 9-0; remains highest ranked of Gwinnett 7A teams

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Archer faithful celebrate following the Tiger victory over South Gwinnett that improved the 9th Archer team to 9-0. Image courtesy Tony Rowe. 

The Georgia High School Football Daily (GHSFD) AAAAAAA Top 10 once again includes five Gwinnett County teams after Archer (No.2), Grayson (No.4), North Gwinnett (No.5), and Brookwood (No.7) all won their matchups, and Mill Creek (No.10) did not play.

The Tigers (9-0) remained the lone county unbeaten with a hard-fought 14-0 victory over South Gwinnett in a contest that was scoreless halfway through the third quarter. The Rams (8-1) also pitched a shutout, downing Rockdale County by a 38-0 count while North Gwinnett (8-1) pounded Collins Hill (45-6) for their second blowout in a row. The Bulldogs took down Peachtree Ridge last week by 36-points, 44-8. The Broncos (7-2) held Norcross to 6 while putting 28 on the board in their win. The Hawks (6-3) did not play. While the Hawks have three losses, most of any team in the ranking, it must be noted that two of them came against Archer and North Gwinnett.

Below is the GHSFD ranking heading to the final week of the 2017 regular season.


(October 30, 2017)

1. (1) Lowndes (10-0)

Last week: Beat Colquitt County 51-45. Lowndes rallied from a 35-14 deficit in the first half and won in two overtimes to clinch its first region title since 2010. QB Michael Barrett rushed for 169 yards on 22 carries and passed for 73 yards and two touchdowns. J.D. Lee rushed for 93 yards. RB Travis Tisdale had 168 yards from scrimmage on 17 touches. Next: Playoffs

2. (2) Archer (9-0)

Last week: Beat South Gwinnett 14-0. Carter Peevy was 13-of-27 passing for 173 yards, and his 41-yard pass to Taiyon Palmer with 2:28 left in the third quarter broke a scoreless tie. Archer had only 29 yards rushing but held South Gwinnett to less than 150 yards of total offense. Next: Friday at Shiloh (1-8)

3. (3) Walton (9-0)

Last week: Beat Etowah 42-21. Dominick Blaylock had five receptions for 154 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw a 30-yard pass. Tied 7-7 after the first quarter, Walton scored on its next five possessions. Next: Friday vs. Woodstock (6-3)

4. (4) Grayson (8-1)

Last week: Beat Rockdale County 38-0. D.J. Irons was 18-of-28 passing for 281 yards and two touchdowns. With injuries depleting its backfield, Grayson turned to five-star LB Owen Pappoe for red-zone action in the first quarter. He scored on runs of 4 and 7 yards and finished with 32 yards rushing on five attempts. Next: Friday vs. South Gwinnett (3-6)

5. (5) North Gwinnett (8-1)

Last week: Beat Collins Hill 45-6. Jimmy Urzua threw TD passes of 58, 80 and 70 yards, and North Gwinnett clinched Region 6. Next: Friday at Discovery (1-8)

6. (6) Tift County (8-1)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Camden County (3-6)

7. (7) Brookwood (7-2)

Last week: Beat Norcross 28-6. Dante Black rushed for 155 yards and three touchdowns on 37 carries. Norcross was within 14-6 in the fourth quarter when the game got away. Kareem Bessemer ran an interception back for the final margin. Next: Friday at Lakeside-Atlanta (2-7)

8. (8) Colquitt County (7-3)

Last week: Lost to Lowndes 51-45. Colquitt County took a 35-14 lead on Steven Krajewski's 45-yard TD pass to Cam Singletary with 2:31 left in the second quarter, but Lowndes won in two overtimes. Krajewski was 15-for-27 passing for 234 yards. Singletary caught nine passes for 152 yards. But Colquitt had less than 75 total yards in the second half. Next: Playoffs.

9. (9) South Forsyth (8-1)

Last week: Beat Forsyth Central 43-10. South Forsyth blew the game open with a 15-yard fumble return by Louis Gonzalez and a 65-yard interception return by Jack Pehrson to take a 29-3 halftime lead. Next: Friday at West Forsyth (7-2)

10. (10) Mill Creek (6-3)

Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Duluth (3-6)

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