Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: Teams on the rise and those falling off in 2009

Who’s up? Who’s down? Which teams do you feel are going to be up this year? Which ones are going to be down?

The GHSF Daily staff has come up with our list for each. We’ve got no explanation for it, just our gut feel. It was chosen mostly among teams that have been pretty good in the past. We’d love to hear your list.

Clinch County
Hart County
Peach County
Washington County

Villa Rica

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August 25th, 2009
1:55 pm

Dang, how is Union Grove not on the “Up” list? They just beat Vigor the #1 team in Alabama and they were #15 in the nation.

wolverine fan

August 25th, 2009
3:09 pm

Woodstock is gonna take you all to the Woodshed and whup some rear end. GET READY TO GET THUNDER STRUCK.


August 25th, 2009
3:23 pm

UP: Troup. Loaded with D-1 talent. Also Harris County, Valdosta and Colquitt Co. Not saying that any of the above are the state’s best, but much improved over 2008. DOWN:Northside WR and Camden County. Both strong programs, but in rebuilding modes and nowhere near as good as in 2008.


August 25th, 2009
4:19 pm

If the “win” came in a 7 on 7 camp or pre-season scrimmage, it didn’t mean anything in predicting how a team will fare in the regular season. Union Grove hasn’t started its season yet and therefore hasn’t beaten Vigor or anyone else this season.


August 25th, 2009
7:53 pm

I couldn’t agree more John….


August 25th, 2009
8:28 pm

yes coffee lost to fitzgerald but we lost to the last year and we made it to the elite 8 so remember that


August 25th, 2009
9:21 pm

how about sandycreek, yes i kno they have a new qb and o-line but with two good rbs including rajon neal,four d-1 wideouts,lacy coleman on the line with two good juniors helping d-1 prospect mike spaulding,and his outside lb jr mike hilton a three yr varsity player they have two solid corners and gt committ isaih jonhson with transfer cedric byrd who is one of the best under the radar players in the region if not state all i got to say is watch out for DA CREEK.


August 25th, 2009
10:26 pm

Everyone will see the turn around at Tri-Cities High School this year. With the addition of Zach Hodges a monster DE transfer from Independence High (NC). Also at QB Jontae Davis who caused a D1 prospect to transfer to Washington High, and sophomore RB Daryl Ballard whom you may have never heard of will have a break out year. The offense will be much improved and the defense that was solid last year will be dominant. GO DOGS WIN!!!


August 26th, 2009
12:40 am

Why is Harrison predicted to fall. I know we lost a lot of good talent, but that happens every year. Freshman and Jr Varsity records? School redistricting?


August 26th, 2009
1:05 am

What about the QB at Redan High School. Check out his stats from last year…great talent!


August 26th, 2009
1:12 am

Oh…by the way, Redan High School QB name is Akil Dan-Fodio. He got the starting position midway through the season last year as a sophomore. Check out his highlight video (google his name). Don’t count Redan out as a contender this year.


August 26th, 2009
1:33 am

Hey mustang

Vigor was Alabama’s 5A #1 team…..and they were NOT the 15th ranked team in the nation

Alabama has 6 classifications….

The #15 team in the nation you talk about is Prattville, the #1 team in 6A……

North Gwinnett will be introduced to them Saturday night……


August 26th, 2009
4:55 am

Hoya Fan…. How about a lack of good skill posistion players… An unproven O and D line.The redisricting hasn’t even hurt yet, but the effects of that will be felt soon. Harrison will be down this year, but a good team will pick themselves up. The true test this season will be games 6-10.

Gwinnett Fan

August 26th, 2009
7:50 am

How is Brookwood not down? Maybe they are already considered down after several uninspiring seasons the last several years.


August 26th, 2009
8:32 pm

Gwinnett Fan: You could also put Parkview in the down category based on the last 3 years. 19-14 & three first round exits in a row. The previous 5 years (2001-2005), they were 64-7 with 2 state titles (2001,02) & a runnerup finish in 2004. 2 of their losses were to Lowndes.

TarHeelBred bleeds TarHeelBlue

August 27th, 2009
5:02 am


North Gwinnett was already “introduced” to Prattville in an August 2007 preseason scrimmage. Prattville rolled 44-0, but NG did go on to a 13-2 record and an appearance in the Georgia 5A Championship game.


August 27th, 2009
11:35 am

You could be “right on” about Coffee. Just need to wait and see. The same preseason thoughts applied to the Trojans last year. Wonder what Massey seems to know? They still have Coffee up at number 17 in AAAAA. The truth probably lies somewhere in between your gut feeling and Massey’s “Science”. As a loyal Trojan, I sincerely hope you eat crow. (Though In my heart I don’t think you have to worry too much about developing a taste for large, black, avian scavengers


August 27th, 2009
6:11 pm

I didn’t know we lost the entire line of both Offense and Defense! I knew we lost a lot of key players. Is Turnipseed healthy? I have seen schools step up and discover talent they didn’t know about in this situation. With some fantastic coaching, I am hoping Harrison does that.

Massey has Harrison ranked 10 in Georgia class 5A. Their match-up picks P-Ridge 18-17.

Brookwood Mom

August 27th, 2009
9:12 pm

Gwinnett Fan: Why do you want to throw Brookwood out like that? Just because we had ONE bad year last year does not mean we are down. Too bad scrimmages don’t count since we beat Walton 20-3. We got off to a bad start in the DOME last Saturday, but we came back and fought hard. We are going to have a good season this year. Have some faith!!


August 28th, 2009
11:30 am

Fayette County High School should be listed as on the rise. With there stong O-line, plethora of running backs, and strong arm QB, they are definitely looking at a great year!


August 29th, 2009
2:42 pm



August 29th, 2009
7:27 pm

Dublin may not be as good as they have been in the past,but we could be a hell of a lot better if we put the best QB we have in the game

michael oconnell

August 30th, 2009
4:03 am

Add Harris County to your list of Falling Teams. The coaches refuse to run a balance offense. They are undersized and the coaches are still trying to run the ball against 9 and 10 men in the box. Strong defense, but can’t win without offense. They might go 0-10 with the offensive coaching strategy. Coach Parks it’s time for a change. Put some your fast receivers on the field and throw the darn ball!!!!

Suwanee 0wnz

August 30th, 2009
10:11 am

Suwanee’s second ranked team, North Gwinnett, beat the 6A 3 time defending Alabama State Champion – Prattville – by a score of 14 to 11. North led the entire game. A very stingy defense held the Alabama Champions to a single touchdown, and a single field goal in the convincing win. Unfortunately for Brookwood, they can look forward to yet another drubbing by North, early in the season.

The first ranked team in Suwanee, Peachtree Ridge, clobbered Harrison. And the third ranked team, Collins Hill, manhandled Parkview.

Meanwhile, SAT scores are way up at North Gwinnett.

I would say that Suwanee is UP, and the rest of the state looks like, well … Georgia. Must be something in the water up there. No wonder Florida and Alabama are working so hard to steal the water.


August 30th, 2009
8:06 pm

Class AAA teams better watch out for the Burke County Bears. Baldwin cheated for that win last year in Milledgeville,GA. Lets see what happen when Baldwin come to the Bear Den this year. Washington County was ranked #4 last year when they was upset by the Bears. And Washington County ranked #9 this year, whatsup with this? Also, Burke County was the only team to give the state champion (Cairo) a challenge all season. Other teams couldn’t score more than 14 points, Burke County scored 28 in Cairo. The Bears have plenty of weapons including last year Augusta Chronicle player of the year qaurterback, Terrell Brigham. I guess no matter what Burke County does, the Bears still don’t get regonize. KEEP MAKING IT DO WHAT IT DO (no huddle & 4-3defense) cause respect is here.

cairo syrupmaker fan !!!!!!

October 28th, 2009
11:23 am

Im glad to see Grady co. / the syrupmakers on your up list . I think the players of the 2010 season will be awesome. This years freshman season was awesome with only one loss and jr. varsity held on undefeated . J. v. quaterback Brandon McCrary was outstanding and we have our own secret weapon running back Drake Robertson . He has lead scoring records back from middle school and now in his freshman and j,v. year. Middle school 8th. grade undefeated as well as j.v. undefeated . I expect to see great and amazing plays from this young man. Other players like Zaye Donaldson, Donald Thomas , Johnny Jenkins, Paul coleman, Cash Cross and many others will contribute to many state championships to come . I think these young players will be the up and coming Cairo Syrupmakers that will make Cairo Ga. and many college teams proud. Go Yong Makers !! We’re all behind you !! Good Luck in your upcoming seasons !!!!!!!!!!!!

primetime 14

November 20th, 2009
11:11 am

This year for tri cities and i was not good. sitting at 5-5. i am the quarterback and i take blame for this season. but mark my word when i say this. I GUARANTEE THE PLAYOOFS NEXT YEAR AND I WILL PUT THE WORK IN FOR US TO DO SO!!! i promise that!!!