Mill Creek hosts critical region matchup

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North Gwinnett at Mill Creek is The Atlanta Falcons High School game of the week and is a matchup between Gwinnett rivals that played one of the best games of the 2013 season last time they met. Mill Creek owned a 34-14 lead in the fourth quarter and saw the Bulldogs score 29 points in the final frame and walk out with a 50-47 victory.

Mill Creek let the game slip and it ultimately cost them a spot in the playoffs. While the Hawks seek revenge, we can expect another shootout. The state’s leading passer John Urzua leads North Gwinnett. The senior has tossed 1,241 yards and has developed a deadly connection with brothers Daniel and Josh Imatorbhebhe and North Gwinnett’s cast of talented wideouts.

In Class AAAAAA, Etowah at Woodstock is another region matchup to keep an eye on. Roswell is 4-0 and Walton, Cherokee and Milton are still in position to make a run at capturing the region title. Etowah and Woodstock are sitting pretty with 4-0 starts and 2-0 records within the region competition. Woodstock rushed for an astonishing 445 yards last week in a 51-42 win over Lassiter and Etowah has its own star-studded backfield. Raishod Devezin has accumulated 854 rushing yards for Etowah and is leading all ball carriers in Class AAAAAA this season. Devizin has eclipsed the 200-yard mark three times this season, including a career-high 274 yards against Marietta. Both teams sit on the outside of the top 10 but the winner will likely enter next week’s poll.

It’s Week 6 and almost the entire state is right in the thick of region matchups. For the teams that are still playing non-region games, this is the final week we will see it before the whole state is in region play. The most intriguing cross-classification and top 10 matchup this week is between Class AAA’s Central-Carroll and Class A’s Landmark Christian. Central-Carroll is off to a record 4-0 start. The Lions defeated B.E.S.T. Academy 28-6 and shutout Bowdon, Hardaway and Fayette County. That puts Central at a 1.6 point per game allowed average heading into its fifth game of the season (the top defense in the state). Landmark Christian is dominant on the offensive side of the football and has scored 44.5 points per game during an impressive 4-0 start. This game is a great measuring stick as two of the state’s championship hopefuls.

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