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Randy Nails led the ground attack while Gabe Tiller threw four TDs in the Archer win over Lee County to advance to the quarterfinals. Image courtesy Jeff Allen.

Four AAAAAA football teams that call Gwinnett home advanced to the second round of the Georgia High School Association state football playoffs. Archer, Central Gwinnett, Dacula and Grayson all took the field last Friday in second round games but the Tigers were the only winning squad and will be the lone representative of the county in the quarterfinals.

Related: Archer defeats two-time state champion Norcross in Round 1

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Buford (AAAA) and Greater Atlanta Christian (AA) join four AAAAAA teams advancing to the next round of the playoffs to give Gwinnwtt six teams still playing.

In addition to the eight Gwinnett AAAAAA teams that played in the first round of the Georgia High School Association football playoffs, the county had four representatives in three other classifications as well. Lanier (AAAAA), Buford (AAAA), GAC (AA), and Wesleyan (AA) all qualified for the playoffs with Lanier, Buford and GAC coming in as No. 1 seeds after wining their respective regions. Of the four, only Buford and GAC will be advancing to the Round of 16.

Related: Gwinnett AAAAAA playoff schedule

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Dacula used a bruising ground attack to control the clock in their win over Peachtree Ridge in the opening round of the GHSA state playoffs.

The Dacula Falcons and Peachtree Ridge Lions squared off in a game between the No. 2 seed from Region 8 and the No. 3 seed from Region 7 in the GHSA AAAAAA state playoffs that saw the Falcons use a bruising ground attack that allowed them to control the clock en route to a hard fought victory over the Lions, 17-14.

Related: Gwinnett AAAAAA playoff preview

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Randy Nails Jr. (4) had nearly 250 yards of total offense in the Archer win over Norcross. Image Courtesy Jeff Allen

The Archer Tigers rebounded from a 0-3 start to to win seven straight games and finsish in a three-way tie wth Dacula and Grayson (all 7-1 in Region 8-AAAAAA play) for the region crown that was then decided in their favor by a coin flip. As the top seed from the region, Archer hosted two-time defending state champion Norcross, the No. 4 seed from Region 7, to open the playoffs. Archer put 21 points on the board in the second quarter and went on to a 16 point victory, 38-22.

Related:Central upsets North in opening round

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Friday, 14 November 2014 13:33

Gwinnett AAAAAA football playoff preview

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Gwinnett is home to 12 teams that will take the field in the first round of the Georgia High School Association football playoffs in four classifications. There are eight AAAAAA teams, one each in AAAAA and AAAA and two in the AA class that will be representing the county. This is a preview of the AAAAAA games that include Gwinnett teams.

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The final week of the 2014 GHSA football regular season saw Archer and Dacula both victorious to join Grayson, which was on a bye week, with 7-1 records in Region 8-AAAAAA play. The three-way tie led to a late-night coin flip that resulted in the Tigers taking the No. 1 seed from the region in the state playoffs.

Related: North wins Region 7-AAAAAA

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John Urzua threw for two TDs in the North Gwinnett win over Mountain View on Friday night. The W secured the Region 7-AAAAAA title for the Bulldogs.

North Gwinnett took the field Friday night with their destiny in their control. A win over visiting Mountain View and the Bulldogs would capture the Region 7-AAAAAA crown while a loss would clear the way for the winner of the Mill Creek @ Peachtree Ridge game to take the top spot. North never trailed on the way to a 35-14 win over Mountain View as the Bulldogs won their fourth region title since Bob Sphire became the head coach in 2006.

Related: Norcross leads region but North may have the edge

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Thursday, 06 November 2014 22:19

Gwinnett AAAAAA regions still undecided

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The final week of the 2014 GHSA football regular season is here and there is still much to be determined for Gwinnett County AAAAAA teams. Regions 7 and 8 will both be decided in Week 12 action.

Related: Region 7-AAAAAA Standings

Related: Region 8-AAAAAA Standings

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Archer safety Dylan Singleton made 16 tackles in the Tiger win over Dacula.

Dylan Singleton tallied 16 tackles for Archer in the Tigers win over Dacula last Friday and has been named the Week 11 Gwinnett Sports Report Defensive Player of the Week. Singleton also forced a fumble and recorded a pass break up against the Falcons.

Related: Nick Harris (Mtn. View) is the Week 11 Offensive Player of the Week

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Junior Nick Harris carried the ball 23 times for 155 yards and two touchdowns for Mountain View in the Bears 28-20 win over Duluth in Week 11 action, resulting in Harris being named the Gwinnett Sports Report Offensive Player of the Week. The victory is the first for Mountain View over Duluth in the school's short history.

Related: Region 7-AAAAAA Week 11 Recap

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