Commentary: Do yourself a favor and see Mike Rogers play
by John Bednarowski
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Campbell’s Mike Rogers is the leading rusher in Class AAAAAA, but he does so much more.
Campbell’s Mike Rogers is the leading rusher in Class AAAAAA, but he does so much more.
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Attention Cobb County high school football fans. Your time is growing short.

If you haven’t gone to see Campbell’s Mike Rogers play in a game yet this season, you are missing out.

The 6-foot-1, 184-pound Rogers is having one of those seasons that just isn’t supposed to happen anymore in the state’s highest classification. He is currently leading Class AAAAAA in rushing with 1,147 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is seventh in Cobb County in tackles with 63. His three interceptions is one off the county lead, and he has already returned a kickoff for a touchdown, too.

These kind of numbers are truly the exception to the rule, considering many of the schools in Class AAAAAA have upwards of 80 to 100 players on a team. Players at those schools don’t play on both sides of the ball — let alone running back and safety — unless they are a truly special athlete, and Rogers seems to fit that mold.

Spartans coach Harris Rainbow has consistently called Rogers the best player in the state. The Central Florida commitment is trying to prove him right.

Unfortunately, it appears the Spartans (3-4) will likely be on the outside of the playoffs looking in, which means there are only three games left in his high school career.

Twenty-eight days from now teams will be lining up for the opening round of the playoffs. Over the last few years, Cobb County has gotten into the habit of sending 11 or 12 teams into the postseason. If the season ended today, the 2013 class would include 10.

Based on the current standings on gasports.com, these are the likely first round matchups:

Class AAAAAA

Region 4

No. 1 McEachern vs. Alcovy. The winner would face either Colquitt County or East Coweta.

No. 2 North Cobb vs. Luella. The winner would face Camden County or Westlake.

No. 3 Hillgrove at Newton. The winner would face Langston Hughes or Tift County

No. 4 Harrison at Lovejoy. The winner would face Newnan or Lowndes.

As odd as it might seem, the big winner of the North Cobb-Hillgrove game from last week may have actually been the Hawks. The loss drops them to the No. 3 seed and what appears to be – at least on paper – a much easier quarter of the bracket.

Marietta will have plenty to say about this region yet. The Blue Devils are one game back and still have games against North Cobb and Harrison. The Hoyas also still have to face McEachern and Hillgrove.

Region 5

No. 1 Etowah vs. Collins Hill. The winner would face either Grayson or West Forsyth.

No. 2 Milton vs. Norcross. The winner would face either Archer or Lambert.

No. 3 Lassiter at Peachtree Ridge. The winner would face either Alpharetta or Brookwood.

No. 4 Walton at North Gwinnett. The winner would face either South Forsyth or Dacula.

This region is wide open. These teams have established themselves as the four that will likely be in the playoffs, but only Etowah and Milton have faced each other so far.

Class AAAAA

Region 5/7

No. 1 North Paulding vs. No. 4 Pope. The winner would face Flowery Branch or Stephenson.

No. 2 South Paulding vs. No. 3 Sequoyah. The winner would face Gainesville or Mays.

No. 3 Allatoona at No. 2 Creekview. The winner would face either Tucker or Heritage-Conyers.

No. 4 East Pauling at No. 1 Kell. The winner would face either M.L. King or Clarke Central.

Allatoona could finish in any one of the four playoff spots from Region 5. The Buccaneers still have North Paulding and East Paulding on the schedule and both games are at home. Pope has not played well this year, but the Greyhounds could move to 2-0 in subregion play with a win over Sprayberry tonight. Kell owns a big tiebreaker with Creekview if the teams should end with the same record after their play-in games.

Class A

With the Class A teams getting into the playoffs based on a power ratings system, currently Mount Paran Christian would be the only one of the four private schools in the county moving on to the postseason.

The Eagles are No. 6 in the latest rankings and could matchup with No. 11 Brookstone.

The top 16 teams make the postseason. This week Walker is No. 17 and Whitefield Academy is No. 18.

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