Pounded at Lowndes: Can we write off Peachtree Ridge?

If they play again in November, will it be the same story?

I didn’t see the Lowndes-Peachtree Ridge game, but hearing from a few who did, and reading newspaper reports, it sounds like Lowndes played a great game, while Peachtree Ridge got knocked down hard early and couldn’t get up. Result: 51-17.

Tyler Hunter, the son of former Georgia receiver Brice Hunter, returned the kickoff for a touchdown, then ran a fumble in for a touchdown. Lowndes also scored on an interception return.

Don’t misunderstand: If I didn’t think Lowndes were the better team, I wouldn’t have put the Vikings at No. 1 in preseason. A few people grumbled at my sticking by Lowndes after its QF exit last year and the loss of Greg Reid. If Lowndes played Peachtree Ridge tomorrow, I’d expect Lowndes to handle the Lions again.

But it’s a long ways until November. Just ask Tucker and Marist. Or just ask Lowndes, for that matter. Just curious of how others view the significance of this game.

Can we write Peachtree Ridge off? I don’t see how a team that reached the final in 2008, played Camden County to the wire and returned two-thirds of those starters can’t still win a state title this year.

But Lowndes is the favorite. 51-17 settled that.

In other news, Holy Innocents’ and Chattahoochee County in Class A are ranked for the first time in their histories, and Treutlen is there for the first time in 10 years.  HI plays No. 1 Wesleyan this week.

Etowah got pounded, leaving a hole in the rankings. I picked Woodstock. Who was your choice? McEachern? Roswell? South Gwinnett is looking good, fwiw.

Big game this week: Carver-Columbus vs. Northside-Warner Robins. I think I’m taking Carver.

Also watch Buford vs. Lovett.


1. Lowndes (2-0)
2. Grayson (2-0)
3. North Gwinnett (2-0)
Camden County (1-1)
5. Stephenson (2-0)
6. Northside,
Warner Robins (1-0)
7. M.L. King (2-0)
8. Newnan (2-0)
9. Peachtree Ridge (1-1)
Woodstock (1-0)


1. Tucker (2-0)
Griffin (2-0)
Southwest DeKalb (1-1)
4. Westside, Macon (2-0)
5. Statesboro (2-0)
6. North Clayton (2-0)
7. Hillgrove (2-0)

Sandy Creek (1-1)

9. Clarke Central (2-0)

10. Bainbridge (2-0)


1. Carver, Columbus (2-0)
2. Gainesville (2-0)
3. Flowery Branch (2-0)
Baldwin (2-0)
Peach County (2-0)
6. St. Pius (2-0)
Carrollton (2-0)
8. LaGrange (1-1)
Washington County (2-0)
10. Burke County (2-0)


1. Buford (2-0)
2. Calhoun (2-0)
3. Fitzgerald (2-0)
Thomasville (1-1)
Jefferson County (2-0)
6. Pepperell (2-0)

7. Lovett (2-0)
8. Brooks County (2-0)
Jefferson (2-0)
Charlton County (1-0-1)


1. Wesleyan (2-0)
2. Wilcox County (2-0)
Lincoln County (2-0)
Wilkinson County (2-0)
Savannah Christian (2-0)
Johnson County (2-0)
7. Bowdon (2-0)
8. Chattahoochee County (2-0)

9. Holy Innocents’ (2-0)

10. Treutlen (2-0)

236 comments Add your comment


September 6th, 2009
6:30 pm

Mays should be in the top 10 of class AAAA.


September 6th, 2009
6:33 pm

Where is Roswell on the list we know they have played some easy games but they should be in top ten.


September 6th, 2009
6:35 pm

We at Chattooga are avg 40 plus points how bout some respect


September 6th, 2009
7:21 pm

PTR is good and will be back in the playoffs,,,no question about it,,, while many will probably jump on me for saying this,,,but right now the vikes are just playing lights out and are determined to prove last years playoff loss was a fluke. no honest vike fan will admit they thought we would win the way we did. its only coming on week 3 so if anyone thinks the season is over theyre nuts, 13 more weeks to go. im not sure what the slogan is for the vikes is this year but it appears to be …. “WHO’S NEXT??!!!!”

swgafootball rules

September 6th, 2009
7:31 pm

No doubt Lowndes looks like they can’t be touched, but there is some tough games on their upcoming schedule. The Colquitt co. game looming in 2 weeks looks interesting. The story is Colquitt is a much quicker and physical team than in recent years. Ask the T’ville bulldogs. Valdosta and Northside WR will be the big games in the region this year, especially with the qb the wildcats have over there, but the Vikes can’t look past the Packers.

Taylor Wooden

September 6th, 2009
8:50 pm

Im a Lowndes grad/fan…..the Vikes are good, but the Wildcats scare me this year. They have some big time playmakers. Winnersville Classic may be crazy.


September 6th, 2009
9:00 pm

Lot of football and a lot of good teams. If the 2005 Lowndes team and the 2008 Lowndes team could lose, then so can the 2009 version. To many good football teams out there both in 1AAAAA and as we found out last year in the playoffs. Early results for 1AAAAA playoffs is starting to look like Lowndes, Valdosta, Warner, and Northside (not necessarily in that order and Colquit might test that). Wouldn’t surprise me if the V. Cats end up #2 for a change and set themselves up to make a run at the big one for next year. I’m a little more impressed at this point with Warners loss to Grayson at Grayson than Colquits win over Thomasville.

go cats

September 6th, 2009
9:03 pm

Don’t forget about the guys across town from the Vikes. I hear valdosta really has a great squad.


September 6th, 2009
9:29 pm

lowndes will not look past ware county this week,,,colquitt county next week or any team the week they play them,,,the young vikes learned their lesson last year and while no team is invincible,,,these vikes will let you know you were in a game.


September 6th, 2009
9:42 pm

well the Forest Park Panthers took a thumping at the hands of westside macon . We did learn a lot about our team. We are very young with about 5-6 Sr on this team . We found a sophomore Qb that got in and showed calmness in the I of the westside storm. Splitting our jr. Qb out wide he looked like a naturellist. We got in scoring position a few times but turned it over to a great defense. Forest Park will be the surprise team in 4-AAAA REGION Go PANTHERS ! ! ! beat Mt. Zion like you were within last year only finish the drill this year. Great JOB coaching them up Coach Rod Perrymond and staff.

Southern Football

September 6th, 2009
10:04 pm

Funny i was under the impression Brooks county has only played one game???


September 6th, 2009
10:04 pm

McEachern should be #10.


September 6th, 2009
10:09 pm

I knew Peachridge was ranked to high at 3 in the state because I saw them get beat by SWD after three quarters of varsity play in a preseason game. I was not surprised by Lowndes manhandling them. What I am surprised with is that McEaachern knocked out number 10 ranked Etowah handily and didn’t cracked the top 10 rankings. Instead Woodstock was installed after only one victory. When Mceachern had to solid victories against two very solid football programs. What is up with that?? I guess McEachern has to just knock off another number 10 team–Woodstock next week and them may be just may be McEachern can crack the top 10 ranking list. We will see.


September 6th, 2009
10:09 pm

To write off Peachtree Ridge or any other school after 2 weeks is absurd. If this was college football, yes, but its not. All teams have to do is be one of the top 4 teams in their region & win 5 games to win state. Is Peachtree Ridge one of the top 4 teams in Region 7-AAAAA? Yes. Only North Gwinnett and maybe Collins Hill are better. At worst Peachtree Ridge is a 3 seed & probably a 2 seed with the Nov 6th game versus North Gwinnett for the #1 seed.


September 6th, 2009
10:19 pm

North Gwinnett will finish Peachtree Ridge off and expose them as a team that is not worthy of a top five ranking.


September 6th, 2009
11:35 pm

Michael don’t underestimate the Ridge. I know NG made an impressive statement against Prattville, then on the other hand who knows but that Prattville may have been overrated this year. By the end of the year Ptree will be ready for you. Ptree is a very imposing football team.

Hoya Chuck

September 7th, 2009
12:02 am

To TR & Micheal.. You are absolutely correct. McEachern should have the #10 spot. If Woodstock can beat McEachern, then they certainly will deserve thier current ranking. P-Ridge will bounce back. They have the coaching staff to do it. The next big test will be against N-Gwinnett. No easy task. I still think Harrison is the spoiler this year. Thier confidence is going to make them a better team, and look for them to sneak into the play-offs. Go Hoyas!!


September 7th, 2009
12:03 am

I know it’s a week late, but I’ve been away from the computer last week.

Just wanted to give a late kudos to North Gwinnett..they definately deserved to win the game…

YO…..I don’t think Prattville’s over-rated (of course I am a little biased), but I do think that the coaching staff underestimated NG….We’ll find out in 3 weeks if P’ville’s over-rated when Prattville takes on Nationally ranked Don Bosco Prep….


September 7th, 2009
12:22 am

Slaughters of the week: Northview @ Peachtree Ridge & Meadowcreek @ South Gwinnett. I believe South goes north of 50 & PRidge names the score.


September 7th, 2009
12:23 am

You’re Number 10 team will go down again as McEachern will chop down Woodstock at the woodshed on Friday night…..then maybe you will rank the Indians at 10 next week?

Mceachern Indians

September 7th, 2009
1:33 am

I cant believe mceachern did not make the top ten…this is BS


September 7th, 2009
3:19 am

To Jeff Heron, Coach of the Mighty Camden Wildcats, Gregore (I hope i’m spelling his name write) IS NOT A AAAAA QUARTEBACK!!!! The kids has the heart of a lion but is only 5-5 in height. You gave away the Grayson game even though you had 19 players suspended for that game and Camden still should have won, then you nearly gave the game away last week against First Coast. Hoover will embarass us on National television if you don’t realize you should stick with the underclassman this time. If you don’t, we’ll be embarassed against Hoover and be put out in the second round of the playoffs. THINK ABOUT IT COACH!

Some Sensa

September 7th, 2009
5:57 am

Gotta ask, and this is actually very serious…Why is Lowndes even playing GHSA football this year after the way their seson ended last year?

Lowndes will hit you, legally, as hard as any team you’ll ever see…maybe at any level. They hit everywhere…and for keeps. But when the Grayson boys wouldn’t back down in their state playoff game, the Lowndes thugs started hitting another way…probably the most disgusting, repulsive display of (lack of)sportsmanship in the state’s competitive history.

So where are we with that?

Wolverine Fan

September 7th, 2009
6:43 am

Should be a barn burner at the Wolverine Den this Friday. All Woodstock and McEarchern fans go to http://www.wsbtv.com/sportszonefriday/20276675/detail.html and vote to have wsb tv broadcast from Woodstock.

Wolverine Fan

September 7th, 2009
6:51 am

All Woodstock and McEarchern fans go to http://www.wsbtv.com/sportszonefriday/20276675/detail.html and vote to have WSB TV broadcast from the Wolverine Den.


September 7th, 2009
7:32 am

Some Sense,,,would you let it go man,,,grayson won,,,we know that,,, what you want to do? suspend the whole team and penalize boys that didnt run on the field? what about the grayson players that ran on the field? some were running on (from both sides) to get some of their own players off,,,hopefully schools learned a lesson,, i know our young men did and while coach mac has been crucified for not beating the kids in public (which no real coach would do), he himself has vowed that NO future team of his would EVER act that way again. now,,,does that mean if some reason we did get into another squabble that we would disband the season? no. the GHSA im sure had a talk with teams over the season about conduct and while several schools have had problems over the YEARS,,im sure our grayson game may have been brought up but im sure it wasnt singled out. again,,if you come to a game of ours in the future,,im sure youll come away impressed and realize this isnt the same team as last year.


September 7th, 2009
7:53 am

Folks, I know, I get fired up about my team too but, they’re only polls. Let’s let the season play out and if your team is good enough, they’ll wind up the winner. If not, there’s always next year, right?


September 7th, 2009
7:59 am

Everyone calling for McCeachern is correct! They will not only beat Woodstock handily, they should continue to move up in the rankings all year, as others fall. Watch out!

Wolverine Fan

September 7th, 2009
8:10 am

Beat us handily LOL


September 7th, 2009
8:27 am

Todd, you are absolutely correct in your assessment of Peachtree Ridge. They have a very good football team and I believe they will be in the thick of the playoffs possibly to the end. The game was much closer than the score indicated. Where you are misguided is in your lack of attention/respect that you are giving the Valdosta program. I grew up in Lowndes County, played for the Vikings and have been a fan every since. Our crosstown rivals have always been a bitter enemy but one to respect. I can tell you that this ‘09 Wildcat team will be in your top 10 before the year is out.

Gwinnett Fan

September 7th, 2009
8:48 am

Lowndes is that good. They are probably untouchable at home in big games and the playoffs. Recent history with Peachtree Ridge, Northside and North Gwinnett support this.

Peachtree Ridge is a very good football team. They should have fallen no worse than 4th in the rankings. They will run the table in the region to set up another region championship game with North Gwinnett in week Ten. Remember they started out 0-2 last year.

North is getting better each week. Key young players are maturing. Grayson’s defense is dominanting. Their offense still needs some work.

Lowndes is not over hyped but neither is Grayson, Peachtree Ridge or North Gwinnett.

The Cannon Rules!!

September 7th, 2009
9:50 am

YAWN!!! STRETCH!!! B O O M !!!

The Cannon rules this year as the Raiders from East Paulding will RULE in 5A AAAAA…the first game was a “tune-up” as the Raiders went to Rome (yes I know a 4-A team) and whipped the then #3 in the rankings Wolves (for the 3rd straight year!)

This week South Cobb comes to the “Boneyard” and then we see how good McEachern really is as our Raiders go to McEachern on 9/18. That game should tell the real story for 5-A AAAAA this year as the winner of that game has the inside track to winning 5-A AAAAA this year.

Woodstock again looks tough (they beat our Raiders last year 26 / 16) and earned the respect of our fans so LOOK OUT McEachern!!!

And we got 10/16 marked in RED on our calendar as Harrison comes to the “BONEYARD” and the clock is ticking for that game!!!

However this week shakes out…WELCOME BACK FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS!!!

Todd Holcomb

September 7th, 2009
10:04 am

McEachern will have its shot Friday to earn a Top 10 ranking. I gave Woodstock the edge simply for being an undefeated team that was ranked at the end of last season. Both teams have played returning playoff teams from 2008 and handled them pretty good. I think I overrated Etowah. I’m not saying Woodstock is better. We’ll see about that, but the burden of proof is on the team that finished below the other in 5-AAAAA last season (even though I realize McEachern beat Woodstock last season.)


September 7th, 2009
10:18 am

Lowndes football team might lose but whoever beat them will have to play ball. Valdosta plays good football and mighthave a chance but they are going to have to solve some discipline problems that has not been publicized,and to win at any cost isnot good for football high school or college.


September 7th, 2009
10:26 am

Hear-yee Hear-yee …to all of you Class AAAAA fans, I know that you~re all excited about the top ten poll and you~re interested in your team doing well and getting deep into the play-offs…BUT let,s be realistic for a moment.The best thing that any team from the North of Atlanta can hope for is to see who,s gonna be runner-up champion to Lowndes. It does.nt matter if you are North Gwinnett,Woodstock,Peachtree Ridge,McEachern,Grayson or whoever. You can put an allstar team together from all of these schools, and I promise you it would,nt matter. The only teams that could beat Lowndes is another south team such as Camden County.Valdosta,Colquitt, or Northside Warner Robins…and even thats A very poor maybe. 30% perhaps! Trust me when I tell you…the 5A champion will definitely come from the south again…just look at the past five years…smell the coffee!


September 7th, 2009
10:53 am

I think it’s too early to write off the Ridge ,for some reason they are slow out of the blocks……In the past few seasons they are only a .500 team if you combine the win/loss of the first 3 games in each season..going back to 2005.Kinda strange considering the success that they always seem to have in the post season…..The Ridge is one of the best Programs in the state , they’ll bounce back ,sometimes a loss can be the best thing for a team…….I guess the Indians will have to fight their way into the top ten….I think everyone in the state feels that MaCeachern should have cracked the top ten after the Brookwood and Etowah massacres….. Which ever team out of region 5 who is playing the best ball at the time , Holcolm always reserves the last spot for them.,He;s making them fight for this year,should be a good one this friday between Woodstock and MaCeachern……….Game of the Week , Northside rolled up 42 points on one of the worst teams in AAA with a no named offense who will likely go 0 -10 on the season,now we’ll face one of the best in AAA with an offense named Burns and Crowell , we will all know who the Eagles really are after Friday…………Look out for MaCeachern ,MLK and Colquitt this year

coah Hidalgo

September 7th, 2009
11:24 am



September 7th, 2009
11:38 am


Are you going to be at the Stephenson vs. MLK game this year? Looks to be the game of the season or at least one of them. What do you think of MLK by the way?


September 7th, 2009
11:41 am

coach Hidalgo, Probably. You are 2 and 0, but your first two opponents are each 0 and 2. You have only out scored these two winless teams by a combined 6 points. You have a ways to go yet. Too bad you are in a pretty pathetic region, as well.

Gwinnett Fan

September 7th, 2009
11:47 am

Lowndes is currently the premier program in the state. The state championships speak for themselves.

It would be nice to see Lowndes travel to play a nationally ranked team out of state. This would help raise respect for Georgia football nationally. At least play a state contender from the North on the road early in the season instead of another weak program.

Remember Peachtree Ridge agreed to play at Lowndes two years in a row for the experience. Lowndes is great at home, how are they on the road out of South Georgia? Grayson has some thoughts.

Wildcat Fan

September 7th, 2009
11:48 am

Whitewater vs. Mays this week @ Lakewood stadium will be a great game.



September 7th, 2009
12:03 pm

I honestly dont see how McEachern isnt ranked in the top, they should take that as big slap in the face after these next 2 weeks will see just how things will shake out when we take on Woodstock, and East Paulding. Region 5 better watch out!!


September 7th, 2009
12:14 pm

Wildcats, change to the junior QB. I watched the Grayson vs. Camden game. The second string QB is better. Watch game on http://ghsa.tv/

I would hate to be any team and play at Lowndes stadium. Consider it a loss. Anyone know Lowndes home record through the years.

I am looking forward to Grayson vs. South Gwinnett game in week 4. This will determine a lot to me. I am wondering if South Gwinnett should be ranked soon. But they have not exactly played anybody yet but that is a lot of points. I am also hoping Grayson has just faced some really tough defenses. It will sort it’s self out in week 4. I will wave the Grayson vs. Lowndes championship game flag after I see what Grayson does at South.

Stephenson impresses me. I think they will beat MLK with all the Div 1 recruits they have if they play as a team. Only thing killing Stephenson from being a state contender is the lack of team work or poor coaching. They have the horses to match up with Lowndes if they pull it together. That is a big IF! MLK vs. Stephenson game will be on ESPNU.


September 7th, 2009
12:36 pm

Actually the common denominater for beating Lowndes isn’t whether it is home or away, but is it a driving rain storm and sloppy field?

2007..a good Harrison team comes to Lowndes and beats Lowndes on their home field.

2008..a very good Grayson team beats Lowndes at their home stadium.

Common denominater for both games was not home field advantage for Lowndes but rain and lots of it. Also, lots of Lowndes turnovers.

So, unless you are N. Gwinnett in the 2007 state championship game, pray
for rain when playing Lowndes. Also, hope for or create lots of turnovers.


September 7th, 2009
12:37 pm

I agree with you TJ, The Grayson vs. South Gwinnett game in week 4 will determine if Grayson is a championship contender and If South is as good as they have been playing i mean 98 points in two games putting up 49 points against Norcross isnt very easy and their about to add anothe 50 or 60 points when they play Meadowcreek, I like this game Souths offence vs Graysons Deffence

The Cannon Rules!

September 7th, 2009
1:39 pm

Indians 09…….McEachern gained lots of respect with the thumping you put on Etowah last week, BUT now you GO TO Woodstock…let’s see where you are at come Saturday Morning. East will be ready (they still have to get by South Cobb) and it should be a GREAT game next week and like I said earlier the winner should have the inside track for 5A-AAAAA.


September 7th, 2009
2:36 pm

yo do you remember the north gwinnett lowndes game and lowndes played harrison at home and lost and played grayson at their stadium.


September 7th, 2009
2:40 pm

this crazy blog is not recording everything i type
lowndes vs north gwinnett home win
lowndes vs harrison home loss
lowndes vs grayson road loss


September 7th, 2009
2:40 pm

rained in every game above


September 7th, 2009
3:52 pm

Brunswick High will be the team to watch in AAAA this season. They played tucker to OT and should have won the game in regulation. This is a young team with plenty of speed to gomaround and keep your eye on this young team.