Gwinnett dominates Georgia prep football

<P>Are you kidding me? <P>Last year we learned Gwinnett County had the best football team in two different classifications. Now you¹re telling me it has the second-best in two classes as well?

With all-Gwinnett finals on back-to-back nights this weekend, Gwinnett¹s amazing run of football success has reached an unprecedented peak.

Never before, according to the Georgia High School Association, has one county cornered the market on a pair of championship games. But that will change this weekend when Buford hosts the Greater Atlanta Christian School for the Class AA title on Friday followed by Brookwood traveling five miles down Five Forks Trickum Road to play Parkview for the AAAAA crown Saturday night.

According to the GHSA, it¹s the only time since Thomasville played Thomas County Central in 1993 that two teams from the same county have met in a title game.

Nothing like doubling up history.

Maybe Cobb County football doesn¹t stink after all.

Maybe Gwinnett County football is just that good.

South Georgia coaches have complained in recent years that they¹re tired of hearing about metro Atlanta¹s football success, Gwinnett¹s in particular. But it¹s tough to argue otherwise these days.

If Parkview¹s 44-game, record-tying winning streak isn¹t enough proof, how about Buford¹s 29-game streak and third championship appearance in as many years?

And it¹s not like No. 29 was a gimmee for the Wolves. All they did was take out top-ranked and two-time defending state champion Americus, posting a 38-12 rout of a team that dominates its part of the state. So much for the tough jump to AA.

If it¹s depth you want, how about the fact GACS just went through the murderers¹ row of Calhoun, Charlton County and Early County and lived to see the finals?

Or that Brookwood went on the road to take care of Cherokee and Westside-Macon before knocking off unbeaten Camden County, the state¹s top team from the south this season?

And that¹s just the top two teams from Region 8-AA and 8-AAAAA. It¹s not like the rest of the squads in those regions are chopped liver.

Wesleyan went on the road to give Early County all it wanted for a half in the quarterfinals,

South Gwinnett won 10 games during a season that saw everyone but the student manager get injured and North Gwinnett made the playoffs, all four of its losses coming to top-10 teams.

If Valdosta is Winnersville, what is Gwinnett?

Maybe someone should grab some spray paint and a really tall ladder and add a little something to our signature water tower. Because it¹s football success that lives here.

And this weekend it will be living large.

Todd Cline is a sports writer for the Gwinnett Daily Post. His column appears on Tuesdays.

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