North Gwinnett, Lambert Among Five Georgia Schools Representing USA Today Super 25 Region II
On Tuesday, USA Today High School Sports released its Super 25 Regional rankings and for the Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina region, five of the ten teams represented were from Georgia. Coming in at No. 3 was the 2019 Georgia High School Association Class 7A champions, the North Gwinnett Bulldogs. The Bulldogs finished the regular season 13-3 overall 7-0 in their region to capture the GHSA 7A Region 6 championship and then went on to win five straight GHSA 7A state playoff games, including a 3-2 overtime win over the then defending champs, Parkview and a 2-1 overtime win in the state championship game over Lambert, handing the Longhorns their only loss of the season.
At No. 4 was the previously mentioned Lambert Longhorns. The Longhorns went on tear during the 2019 season winning 22 straight games, including a 3-1 win over North Gwinnett during the regular season, but the Bulldogs would avenge that loss in a big way, ending the Longhorns perfect season after defeating them in the GHSA 7A state title game. At No. 5 was the 2018 GHSA 7A state champs, the Parkview Panthers. Led by Nieva Gaither, the Panthers had only one regular season loss, which came at the hands of Mann (South Carolina), the regions No. 2 team, and looked poised to repeat as state champs but an OT loss to North Gwinnett in the semi-finals would end the Panthers run and season.
At No. 6 was the McIntosh Chiefs who finished 20-1-1 and returned to the GHSA 5A state title game. After losing last season to Whitewater in OT last season, he Chiefs won many of their contest with ease, with eight wins by seven points or more, including the state championship game in which they defeated their rival and defending state champs, Whitewater 7-0 to capture the 2019 GHSA 5A state title. Lastly at No. 7 is the Lady Wildcats of Westminster who finished 19-2-1 this past season. The Wildcats defeated their rival, Lovett, 3-1 in the GHSA 3A state championship game for their fifth straight title.