Editor's Note: This week's Patch Gwinnett Game of the Week was determined by a weekly readers' poll that posts every Tuesday. This week, readers chose Parkview at Norcross.
Thursday night's football game between Parkview High School and Norcross High School — picked by Patch readers as the Gwinnett Game of the Week — will showcase some of the best football the county has to offer.
The game will be televised by WSB-TV (Digital Channel 2.2). Both teams are 1-0. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.
Norcross, ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA by the Georgia Sports Writers Assocation/Associated Press, has its sights set on challenging for the Region 7-AAAAAA championship with a high-powered offense and opportunistic defense.
Parkview, with a productive running game and a tenacious defense, is looking to get back to the Region 8-AAAAA elite after missing the playoffs last year.
At first glance, this appears to be a terrific matchup of running backs Alvin Kamara of Norcross and Chris Carson of Parkview, major-college prospects who opened the season will top performances last week.
Kamara had 186 yards and two touchdowns last week in a 35-20 win over South Gwinnett. Carson had 215 yards in a 3-0 win over Peachtree Ridge.
But the game will offer more than that. Norcross quarterback Joseph Wilber (16 of 23, 151 yards, two TDs last week) is a great leader, and the Parkview defense (81 yards allowed last week) may end up being one of the best in the classification.
If Parkview cuts down on mistakes (four turnovers, costly penalties vs. Peachtree Ridge) it can win. But Norcross is pretty darn good, and has big-play ability on both sides of the ball.
PREDICTION: Norcross 20, Parkview 14
Last week's reord: 9-3
Archer at East Coweta: Archer was impressive in its 46-7 win over Mountain View last week. It’ll be tough to win at traditionally strong East Coweta, however. East Coweta 28, Archer 21
Clarke Central at Central Gwinnett: Our Central is better than their Central. Central Gwinnett 24, Clarke Central 17
Dacula at Collins Hill: Neither of these teams want to go 0-2, and after last week’s losses, it’s still hard to figure how good (or bad) each one is. When in doubt, take the home team. Collins Hill 24, Dacula 21
Gainesville at Buford: Buford could have some trouble with this state-ranked team from Class AAAAA. Then you look at last year’s score (Buford won 49-0). Buford 30, Gainesville 14
Greater Atlanta Christian at Apalachee: Can the Spartans go 3-0? Yes, but it won’t be easy. GAC 21, Apalachee 20
Lakeview Academy at Hebron Christian: Hebron holds a 2-1 series lead over Lakeview, but that included a 10-7 loss at home last year. Lakeview (1-0) can score, but Hebron’s season-opener will be a good one. Hebron 12, Lakeview 10
Pebblebrook at Mountain View: Mountain View, which lost to Archer 46-7, faces a Pebblebrook team that was shut out by SW DeKalb last week. Pebblebrook narrowly missed the playoffs last year. Pebblebrook 14, Mountain View 10
Lanier at Oconee County: Lanier faces an Oconee team that won by four touchdowns last week. Oconee 32, Lanier 21
Redan at Shiloh: The Generals 2-0? You bet. Shiloh 20, Redan 14
South Gwinnett at Duluth: South took a fast start and led state-ranked Norcross into the second half last week. The Comets need to play four quarters to beat Duluth, which is better than you might think. South Gwinnett 30, Duluth 24
Salem at Wesleyan: Salem, a Class AAAAA team, will make it difficult for Wesleyan to avoid a 0-2 start. Salem 17, Wesleyan 14