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In addition to making state title runs consistently the Norcross Blue Devils produce some of the top football talent in the state, and it looks like the legacy is safe with players like Robert Beal in the program.


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North offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt (75) named 2014 MaxPreps All-American.

As a result of an outstanding senior season, North Gwinnett offensive tackle Mitch Hyatt has received a number of honors-the latest of which is being one of just three Georgia players named All-American by MaxPreps. Hyatt joins Chuma Edoga (McEachern, OL) and Trenton Thompson (Westover, DL) in representing Georgia on the team.

Related: GSR Mitch Hyatt Preseason Profile

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Archer's Dylan Singleton (3) is one of just two juniors from Gwinnett to be named to the AJC All-State team.

As the final high school All-Star football games are played around the country, the end of season selections for All-Everything teams are being released with the Atlanta Journal Constitution being among the publications that have recently released their 2014 All-State choices.

The team includes nine players representing six Gwinnett County schools, including three from Grayson. Five of the players selected to the team line up on the defensive side of the ball, three are on offense and one is a special team’s pick.

Related: Gwinnett players shine in Elite Junior Classic

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North Gwinnett receiver K.J. Hancock (gray jersey) battles for what becomes his second of three TD catches in the game.

The Elite Junior Classic was played on Monday afternoon at McEachern High School as the finale of a three-day event that showcases some of the best juniors in the state. On a day of highlight reel plays coming from both teams, the best of which is linked below, Gwinnett players anchored both sides of the ball in the North 45-38 win over South.

This is one of the best catches I have seen in 45 years of watching football: Smothers one-handed TD catch in Elite Junior Classic

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Dylan Singleton (3) will be one of 14 Gwinnett County players taking part in the Elite Junior Classic. The Archer DB was selected as the county Defensive Player of the Year by the Gwinnett Daily Post. 

With the Georgia High School Football Association 2014 football season completed, the All-Star season begins and one of the first is the Elite Junior Classic. The second edition of the game that showcases top juniors in the state of Georgia is set to be played at McEachern High School on Monday, December 29 as the conclusion of a three-day event that begins Saturday morning. The rosters include 14 players representing eight schools from Gwinnett County.

Showcase Team Rosters

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The Archer Tigers finish the season as the No. 2 ranked team in the state by SCORE Atlanta.

The SCORE Atlanta final football rankings have been released and Gwinnett County is home to four of the top 10 teams in AAAAAA, Georgia’s largest classification, including three of the top five. Archer (No. 2), Dacula (No. 3), Grayson (No. 5), and North Gwinnett (No. 9) all finished in the Top 10 in the SCORE final rankings for the 2014 season. Archer (11-4), Dacula (10-2) and Grayson (10-2) represent Region 8 while North Gwinnett (8-3), the 2013 state runner up to Norcross, is out of Region 7.

Related: Archer advances to 6A title game

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Central Gwinnett OLB Adonis Thomas will be playing for Nick Saban and Alabama next season.

Coach Nick Saban was making the rounds of Gwinnett County high schools on Monday and Tuesday after leading Alabama to the SEC championship on Saturday. During Saban's visit to Central, linebacker Adonis Thomas announced he would be attending Alabama. The Thomas commitment led to speculation and anticipation around the county that others would announce during the visits.

Related: Thomas was selected to the GSR preseason All-County Defense

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The Buford defense has pressured opposing QBs all season while allowing just 5.5 points a game.

Despite a better season mark, Buford visited Cartersville in one of the two AAAA semifinal games on Friday night as a result of a coin toss that determined the host team. The Wolves were unfazed by the road trip and left the field with their 39th consecutive victory, a 27-3 win over the Hurricanes that sends Buford to the state title game next Saturday at the Georgia Dome to play St. Pius.

Related: Archer to play Colquitt County for 6A title

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Senior QB Gabe Tiller threw for two touchdowns in the win over Etowah and now has 10 in three playoff games.

Archer played host to Etowah in a AAAAAA semifinal game on Friday night that paired two teams making their first appearance in the Georgia High School Association semifinals. On the heels of a dominant performance the week before that saw the two-time Region 8 champions beat Hillgrove by 43-points, Archer rolled over Etowah in similar fashion in a 45-point win, 52-7.

Related: Archer advances to semifinals with 56-13 win over Hillgorve

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Jamyest Williams (1) breaks tackles on his way to a 35-yard touchdown run-one of eight TDs Archer scored against Hillgrove in the first 24 minutes of play. 

Archer exploded for eight first-half touchdowns against visiting Hillgrove en route to a 56-13 win in the AAAAAA state quarterfinals. The victory margin is the largest in the 6A quarterfinals since 1984 when Valdosta shutout Statesboro by a 45-0 final.

Related: Archer lone Gwinnett team to advance to 6A quarterfinals

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