Roswell makes claim for king of the mountain

Article and photos courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution –> Original Article Here

After three losses of seven points or less, Colquitt County had accepted that a new day had come in the highest classification. On Friday, Roswell drove that point home again, beating the two-time champion Packers 34-3, the most lopsided loss for Colquitt since 2008.

‘’We understand that we’re not the king of the mountain anymore,’’ Colquitt County coach Rush Propst had said the day before the Roswell game. “We’re accepting the role of the underdog and accept that role and cherish it. That’s my job as a coach, making kids understand where we are in the program.’’

If Colquitt isn’t king of the mountain, maybe Roswell is, for now. Roswell had lost to Colquitt County 30-14 in last year’s championship game. If it means anything, Roswell was much more dominant than second-ranked Mill Creek vs. Colquitt. Mill Creek beat the Packers 34-27 in the opener.

Other notable results from Week 4 in in Class 7A –

-Mill Creek beat a still pretty good Archer team 31-10. The Hawks’ defense continues to shine. Mill Creek is now 4-0, and 17-1 over two seasons.

-No. 6 Norcross beat No. 10 North Gwinnett 38-24. Norcross (3-0) has won four straight and five of six in that series.

-South Forsyth re-emerged as a factor with a 39-20 victory over No. 5 South Gwinnett. Remember that South Forsyth was the team that came closest to beating Colquitt County in the playoffs last season. After that run to the quarterfinals, South Forsyth was ranked No. 8 in preseason, then lost to Hillgrove 27-14 top open 2015. Looks like the War Eagles might be a player after all.

-Westlake and Camden County were ranked in preseason, and Tift County was 3-0 and on the bubble. But each lost to a lower-classification team Friday – Westlake to No. 1 Cartersville of 4A 31-0; Tift to No. 3 Valdosta of 6A 42-13; Camden to No. 10 Glynn Academy of 6A 56-7. The move to a smaller highest classification (now 48 teams from 64 a year ago) has clearly affected the depth of 7A.

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