AAAAAA blog: Woodstock, Northview make history ... Big nights for Cherokee WR, South Cobb QB ... R1 is 29-0 ... NG brings arena-league to GA

Woodstock’s 47-44 victory over Etowah on Friday might live as one of the epic games in Cherokee County history. It made Woodstock 5-0 for the first time in history, which dates to 1997, in a game between unbeaten teams.

Woodstock won in the second overtime when Justin Anger threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Josh Loud after Etowah was held to a field goal. Agner passed for 189 and rushed for 66.

"I hope this builds more confidence in them to know that's a playoff team that we just played," Woodstock coach Brent Budde told the Cherokee Tribune.

Woodstock has been rewarded for its faith in coach Brent Budde. This is Budde’s fifth season. Budde’s father, Chuck, was the school’s head coach through its first three full varsity seasons, and Brad was a popular choice to replace Mike O’Brien in 2010. Woodstock has suffered three straight losing seasons.

The Wolverines aren’t over the hump yet. Woodstock (5-0, 3-0) plays Cherokee (4-1, 2-1) next week, then Roswell (3-1, 2-0).

Other stuff of note in AAAAAA

-Speading of Cherokee, the Warriors beat Pope 61-31. Andrew Harris had 10 receptions for 203 yards and returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown. Harris has 710 yards receiving on the season, which probably leads the state. The previous leader, Central Gwinnett’s Major Bellamy, did not play Friday. Cherokee QB Spencer Ashley was 28-for-38 passing for 429 yards and five touchdowns

-Another team that is 5-0 for the first time ever is Northview (5-0, 4-0 in Region 6). Opened in 2002, Northview has never had a season better than the 5-5 finish of 2013. The Titans beat West Forsyth 28-14 on Friday. Unbeaten but unranked teams in AAAAAA are Northview, Woodstock, East Coweta (4-0, 1-0 in Region 3), Tift County (5-0, 0-0 in Region 1) and Lee County (4-0, 0-0 in Region 1).

-Speaking of Lee County, the Trojans beat Mitchell County 50-12 Friday. That completes the pre-region schedule for Region 1, which finished an unprecedented 29-0 in non-region regular-season games. No region has ever gone unbeaten in more than 10 non-region regular-season games.

-North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire used to coach an indoor-football team that played in Rupp Arena in Kentucky team. His North Gwinnett team bears a resemblance to it. The Bulldogs beat Mill Creek 51-41 on Friday. They’re averaging 40.0 points per game and allowing 34.2 but stand 4-1, ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA. John Urzua, who entered the game as the state’s leader in passing yards, threw for 376, giving him 1,627 on the season. Next comes a home game Friday against Norcross.

-Archer reminded folks who the defending Region 8 champion is in its 42-7 vicrtory over Parvkiew. Archer opened the season ranked No. 3, but proceeded to lose its first three games, each to very good teams, including current No. 4 Grayson 14-10. Parkview proved to be a tougher out for Grayson the week before, losing only 13-7.

-South Cobb QB Kylil Carter threw for 466 yards, rushed for 147, passed for four thouchdowns and scored two in the 42-39 victory over Newnan. Carter is still looking for scholarship offers. In five games, he unofficially has 1,261 yards passing and 677 rushing.