First-round wrapup: Central ousts #9 Walton; R1, R7, R8 win 3 of 4

Gwinnett County teams went 6-2 in the top half of Class AAAAAA on Friday night, with Central Gwinnett bagging the biggest prize – ninth-ranked Walton.

Central (7-4) beat the Raiders 49-20, ending Walton’s season at 9-2. It was the second straight season that Central scored the biggest upset of the first round in the highest class. In 2014, Central beat then-No. 5 North Gwinnett 15-14.

Also winning Friday from Region 8 were No. 2 Grayson (38-10 over Wheeler) and No. 4 Archer (40-17 over Etowah). Third-ranked Roswell, the Region 5 champion, prevented a sweep with a 63-25 victory over Parkview.

Region 7, the other all-Gwinnett league, won all three of four with Region 6. Region 6’s champion, South Forsyth, survived with a 20-14 victory over Norcross. It was South Forsyth’s first playoff victory since 2003.

No. 5 Mill Creek, No. 6 Peachtree Ridge and Collins Hill from Region 7 won handily.

In Region 1 vs. Region 4, the four ranked teams won, which meant three victories for R1. No. 10 Valdosta rallied from a 10-0 halftime hole to beat North Cobb 21-16. No. 1 Colquitt County, No. 7 McEachern and No. 8 Camden County advanced.

In Region 2 vs. Region 3, the home teams won – Newnan (over Lovejoy 34-3), Newton (over East Coweta 38-17) and Westlake (over Lakeside-DeKalb 79-20).

Tucker plays Hughes on Saturday.

New draw –

(R1 #2) Camden County at (R5 #1) Roswell

(R7 #3) Collins Hill at (R2 #1) Newton

(R1 #3) Valdosta at (R8 #1) Grayson

(R7 #2) Peachtree Ridge at (R3 #1) Westlake

(R8 #3) Central Gwinnett at (R1 #1) Colquitt County

(R3 #3) Hughes/(R2 #2) Tucker winner at (R6 #1) South Forsyth

(R8 #2) Archer at (R4 #1) McEachern

(R3 #2) Newnan at (R7 #1) Mill Creek