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Lowndes is the No. 1-ranked team in the state’s largest division (Class AAAAA). But which big metro school is the best?

Grayson is No. 2, and appears in many national polls, along with Lowndes. Grayson got a scare from South Gwinnett in a 27-16 win on Friday. North Gwinnett is probably the next best thing, and not yet is much known about Stephenson or M.L. King.

You could also throw McEachern, Peachtree Ridge, Newnan, Collins Hill and Parkview in the mix. It’s early in the season, and a lot of things are likely to  happen before playoff passes are handed out.

Who is your pick for the metro’s best Class AAAAA team? State your team and your case below.

107 comments Add your comment

The Grove

September 20th, 2009
6:06 am

All I can simply say is, WATCH OUT FOR THE GROVE!!!!!! THAT IS UNION GROVE THE 2009 SLEEPER OF THE YEAR!!!!

Myles Ashmon

September 20th, 2009
11:19 am

Those STEPHENSON BOYS are ready for what ever.. Taking it a game at a time, we have sum of the best players in the state of georgia…

SportsFan31313

September 20th, 2009
1:28 pm

The Biggest & Baddest in the Metro Area would be Grayson followed by Peachtree Ridge. That is only the Metro Area.

But for the State would be Region 1 -AAAAA. South Georgia Teams are the Biggest, Baddest and the Meanest.

joeinformed

September 20th, 2009
3:29 pm

I seen Grayson play and i know that Stephenson will beat the breaks off them…they run like 4 plays the whole game after one drive if they scored on Stephenson they would not score anymore…we to fast and just as big and there aint nothing but head hunters on deffense… But i would say N.Gwinnett, Stephenson, MLK, McEachern,Grayson and are the 5 best teams in no order…well i would put Stephenson just because thats my team!

SanityRules

September 20th, 2009
7:16 pm

Evidently, the AJC don’t consider Newnan metro Atlanta. That’s ok. You have North Gwinnett who couldn’t muster up nothing but a field goal on us last year with an all state qb and rb.I can’t see how they’re ranked ahead of us this year but time will tell. Newnan will be there in the end and we’ll get our respect.

TJ

September 20th, 2009
7:58 pm

Team I hope Grayson does not play early in playoffs. North Gwinnett, they run the spread that Grayson would have fits with as seen with South Gwinnett. Not saying it would be a loss but I would not bet money on that game. So Metro Atlanta I say Tie between Grayson and North Gwinnett. Grayson has ball controll and North Gwinnett has balance. Once Grayson squeaks past Parkview they have time to get strong for playoffs. But any given Friday a team could lose. Ask Buford. Stephenson has the best athletes but poor coaching. Sorry, but they will not make it far in playoffs. I am fan of the players though. Very awsome to watch.

grayson 4 llife

September 20th, 2009
8:43 pm

Grayson should be the number one team…but south gwinnett earned alot of respect against that grayson defense that is so highly talked about. Lowndes is very overated and no way should they be over grayson in the rankings..neither team lost alot of players so there is no exuses when it comes to that………ian pemberton is a 5′4 superstar that colleges should be looking at….

MG

September 20th, 2009
9:13 pm

The jury is still out on Grayson. Their defense is impressive, but that’s it. McEachern has no defense. I say North Gwinnett has the most complete squad in the metro area.

SouthGARules

September 20th, 2009
9:38 pm

The Grove: Let’s see you play a AAAAA team and maybe beat MLK or Stephenson before you are taken seriously.
North Gwinnett, yes, Grayson, yes, Newnan, yes, Collins Hill & Parkview, no, not yet. Peachtree Ridge, maybe, beat Collins Hill & North Gwinnett, possibly, Stephenson/MLK winner, yes.

JAB

September 20th, 2009
9:50 pm

I ‘m a big HS Football fan/critic–However, I won the first ever HS Football challenge a couple of years. I picked the winner of the State Champion in AAAAA. I just call them like I see it; Lowdnes will win it all again this year but, Stephenson/MLK will finally make to the final dance if they are not put into the same bracket with Lowdnes.. Grayson and Peachtree Ridge has an awesome program but overrated; look what Lowdnes did to Peachtree Ridge. I believe that the talent in Gwinnett County teams is suited for Gwinnett but they simply can’t compete on the level with the Lowdnes, MLK, Stephenson, and Camden county. And that’s the truth, RUTH!!! Lol.

The Grove

September 20th, 2009
10:40 pm

SouthGARules. Stephenson and MLK have only played AAA and 1 AAAA school. Let’s see them play some AAAAA schools before we anoint them the teams to beat. They have done nothing to deserve to be ranked so high or get all of the hype but have the NAMES people like to hear. After we have played them both, then I will make sure I find you on a blog and bring this back up to you again.

Michael Carvell

September 20th, 2009
11:20 pm

Newnan is listed both above and in video.

BeastBreeder

September 21st, 2009
4:29 am

M.L.K. has a lot of new,young, and fresh talent. Especially ninth graders Joshua Outlaw and Julian Williams both are underclassmen to watch. Big Josh #79 is opening the hole and make a way for touchdowns. At 6′4 and 245 he is something to wreckon with. Who can stand to block and hold up against Julian #71. He is 6′5 280 size 20 shoe. These guys still have a lot of growing to do. Both of these guys are young and posses major talent. M.L.K. will surprise alot of fans this year.

joeinformed

September 21st, 2009
4:40 am

THE GROVE- YOU GUYS HAVE NOT BEAT STEPHENSON YET AND WON’T DO IT THIS YEAR EITHER…AS A MATTER OF “FACT” you HAVE NOT SCORED MORE THEN 3 POINTS SENTS YOU PLAYED THEM..AND THE TEAM THEY HAVE THIS YEAR MAY GET US A STATE TITLE…SO DON’T START SAY SH!T YOU CAN’T BACK UP CUZ THEM STEPHENSON BOYS ARE FORREAL….AND EVERYBODY KNOWS WHOEVER WINS THE STEPHENSON MLK GAME WINS 2-AAAAA…BUT WE WILL SEEE

roswellfan

September 21st, 2009
7:45 am

Roswell should already be in the lower part of the top 10, maybe 8, 9 or 10. They have 3 winnable games comiung up before having to play big-boy football against region rivals lassiter and walton. They should beat milton this year at home because they are a better team plus the revenge factor from a dramatic loss to them last season on thier field. A 4-0 start is good and should merit consideration in the top 10. Go hornets !

wesleyan

September 21st, 2009
8:21 am

I would take 1A Wesleyan over any of the 5A schools

SouthGARules

September 21st, 2009
8:34 am

The Grove: Stephenson & MLK are known teams. MLK has played a much tougher schedule than Union Grove. MLK has played a AAAAA North Cobb & AAAA ranked SWD. Stephenson has played Ware County, a AAAA school that has played one of the 5 toughest schedules in the state. If you beat MLK & Stephenson, great. I will be here so you can tell me about it.
However, I feel Union Grove will go 8-2 & lose to Stephenson & MLK & be a 3 seed in Region 2-AAAAA.

Webster Riverside

September 21st, 2009
9:37 am

Union Grove is starting to believe it’s own hype. You are just like MLK and Stephenson. You all will have great runs through the regular season but will not make it past the second round of the playoffs. You all just cant compete with the best AAAAA programs in ths state. Sorry to be the one to burst your bubbles but until you make serious runs in the playoffs you should just stop takling…

Webster Riverside

September 21st, 2009
9:38 am

Union Grove is starting to believe it’s own hype. You are just like ML K and Stephenson. You all will have great runs through the regular season but will not make it past the second round of the playoffs. You all just cant compete with the best AAAAA programs in ths state. Sorry to be the one to burst your bubbles but until you make serious runs in the playoffs you should just stop takling…

SideLine

September 21st, 2009
10:17 am

Where are all the East Paulding posters this week? Someone predicted last week they’d be quiet this week. But like PeaRidge, they’ll be in the thick of things come playoff time.

Sanity Rules, to further answer your question, I thought Newnan was in the metro “Columbus” area They will be in the playoffs, but “there at the end?” H-mmmmmmmm! Don’t think so Just saying.

MHC Tiger!

September 21st, 2009
10:49 am

I guess the Mays folks will quiet down now…LOL

Warhawk

September 21st, 2009
10:53 am

I think you have to give it to North Gwinnett and Grayson

canefan

September 21st, 2009
10:59 am

valdosta will upset alot of teams in the playoffs, i wouldnt overlook them

Say it Aint So

September 21st, 2009
11:15 am

Yeah MHC Tiger, the no respect talk from up on the hill is gone. Alexander has to be the weakest team in that region.

v-town

September 21st, 2009
11:17 am

lets go wildcatsEnter your comments here

Coweta county

September 21st, 2009
11:32 am

Newnan is for real. Our defense is something to see. Go Cougars.

Quinn

September 21st, 2009
11:49 am

Don’t write off Peachtree Ridge yet. Watch as the Lions will redeem themselves down the stretch.

Puddin

September 21st, 2009
12:37 pm

It’s too soon to tell who is the biggest or baddest in the Metro. The Ridge, North G, Grayson and Newnan are definetly in the running. Lowndes is Lowndes. We all know they are the baddest down south. I dont know enough about the Grove, MLK or Stephenson to have an opinion. My gut tells me it will come down to coaching. Bullet Bob at North G is the best at out coaching any team and making half time adjustments that results in wins. In the end, I see Lowndes and Grayson squaring off in the dome.

HeadEast

September 21st, 2009
12:59 pm

Grayson, with NG and Newnan in the running. Newnan suffers from weak competition. NG is probably more balanced than Grayson but the Grayson D is stifling and has won a lot of games for them.

joeschmoe

September 21st, 2009
1:04 pm

listen here all you non-believers…grayson is the powerhouse of the state of georgia and thats all there is to it. their defense is unbelievable and has only let up 2 touchdowns in the first 4 games of the season. not to mention that grayson put down over 300 yards of offense against south and held the ball for 33 minutes of the game…yeah there are teams that can score quickly and put up a touchdown here and there, but no one can control the ball like grayson. oh and one more thing…south scored an average of 49 points in every game throughout their first 3 games of the season and the rams defense held them to 16….what does that tell you? grayson will be in the state championship, period. they are THE powerhouse of metro atlanta and they are unstoppable…im calling it right now, a perfect 15-0 season for grayson. watch it. the only team i see giving grayson a run for their money is 1-AAAAA powerhouse lowndes in the state championship. look at the brackets set up for the playoffs…when grayson wins the 8-AAAAA region title they practically guaranteed a trip to state. im just sayin…..

HeadEast

September 21st, 2009
1:28 pm

joescmoe – Okay but the GHSA should only let you put one ram on the field at a time and none for away games!

Grayson Student

September 21st, 2009
1:37 pm

No question about north being a more balanced team so far. I went up to watch them play prattville and watch out for that quarterback hes like 6′4 and only a junior, he will go places one day. I think graysons best offense is yet to come and id say they have done pretty good with a tough schedule so far. I would not say lowndes is over rated to those people who think that they are insane! not unstoppable by any means but they are for sure the number 1 team thus far.

Grayson Student

September 21st, 2009
1:42 pm

Also, the game friday against south didnt really prove that grayson could be beat by any team. It only proved that if you have a very high powered SPREAD offense you can give them some trouble. Lets be honest tho grayson could of scored once more at the end of the game and holding a team that averages 49 a game to only 16 has to be a sign that grayson is for real.

decatur where it is greater

September 21st, 2009
2:44 pm

The Grove lets get down to the facts you were undefeated last year when you played Stephenson and you billed as the coming of a new region 2AAAAA champion only to get smash 25-0 you had more players on the team than you had yards in the game. Stephenson brings back the same team with additions how can you compete. you need to settle in and get ready to play for third place in the region.

who cares about decatur

September 21st, 2009
3:19 pm

“decatur where it is greater” Union Grove has a few additions as well. They have added the top safety in the region (Avery Walls) and one of the top athletes around (Jordan Akins). You guys may have more overall talent but don’t count out the Wolverines. Oh by the way you still have to get by MLK. Also how have the mighty Jaguars done in the post season?

UG

September 21st, 2009
3:21 pm

Someone ask Vigor (5A Alabama State Champs) what happens when you overlook The Grove. Let the kids play and we will see what happens.

Maria Miller

September 21st, 2009
3:41 pm

Enter your comments here Parkview has 3 amigos by the names of Kalik Barnes, Jay Davis and Christian Newsome……Teams need to watch out for these 3……If they only had the right coaching, Parkview would be something fierce!!!!! Grayson better watch out this Friday!!!!!

AVikingFan

September 21st, 2009
3:43 pm

Joeschmoe: I agree Grayson might should be ranked ahead of Lowndes at this point in the season and until (and if) they play each other again. But in a way that’s giving credit to last year’s Grayson team, not to this year’s team. And both Lowndes and Grayson are different teams this year, and that’s what the rankings are for. Not what someone did last year. The way I see it, if both of those two teams keep winning they will flip to see who hosts the other in the 1/4 finals, just like last year. I don’t think there is any scario in which they can meet in the championship game if they are both undefeated. Home field advantage will be worth 7 points if they meet.

I see N. Gwinnett beating Grayson, and Peachtree Ridge beating NG. (You heard it here first!!!!) And Lowndes could lose to NSWR and/or to Valdosta. So let’s quit bickering about it and let Todd and Carvel do the prognostication!

BTW did ya’ll see Greg Reed’s interception and 63 yard TD for FSU Saturday? He’s got two picks already! First freshman to start for Mickey Andrew’s defense since Deon Sanders. Also, Number 90 for the Cowboys last night, Jay Ratliff from Lowndes, had a good game.

Fred

September 21st, 2009
3:51 pm

I read in one of the columns that standings are about win/loss and rankings are about how well they played. Given that, I think I am good with Grayson being number 2 right now. They have not been the near flawless team they were last season and yet they have mananged to pull wins out of some very impressive opponents! They have been a team of dichotomies this year. I guess we will have to keep on playing and see how the rest of the season goes.

Alex

September 21st, 2009
4:48 pm

There are alot of tough teams in class 5a but the sleeper is Walton… in Marietta just watch out for the raiders in this 2009 season they could go suprisngly far

joeinformed

September 21st, 2009
5:16 pm

Webster Riverside- first to you stepnenson has made it to the dome lost to lowndes 14-0 as went on to win i think like 42-6 over brookwood so we been past the second round thanks and more then one time… and to all Union Grove yall ain’t ready for stephenson…good job on beating Vigor 5A Alabama State Champs but this is georgia and what you did last year don’t mean nothing because this is a new year so if guys are just going to be happy about that the whole season and think that means you can beat Stephenson then you are crazy… and whats going happen is you gone have yall boys thinking that when they get on the feild and they gone get hurt cuzes them boys from Stephenson ain’t playing

Grayson Student

September 21st, 2009
5:24 pm

Lucky for grayson they dont play north gwinnett or the ridge in the regular season. Im not sure of the playoff brackets but we will see come playoff time

SouthGARules

September 21st, 2009
5:38 pm

wesleyan: If you think that Wesleyan would beat any 5A team in metro Atlanta, I don’t think so. Just because you won the A title last year, you think you’re something. How about trying to be Buford or GAC first, considering they both beat you the last 4 years. Of course dropping down in classification makes teams look better (see Warner Robins-2004), but considering that in AA you went 22-20-1 & 3 first round exits, let’s try your hand at AA teams before you call out AAAAA teams. Grayson, North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, Parkview & Collins Hill would dust you off like nothing & that’s just Gwinnett schools It’s nice to have an opinion, but come with a dose of reality.

Wolverine2Blazer

September 21st, 2009
6:28 pm

Walton isn’t a sleeper. They’re suppose to be good in the region. A sleeper would be Woodstock last year. As far as the power house team in metro..Thats tough. I mean we know the powerhouses in the regions. But as far as cross region powers thats tough to call cuz 5 doesn’t really play 7 or 8. I do think the Region 5 powerhouses this year would beat region 6’s.

[...] Will that be enough time for Grayson to prepare for Parkview? And is there any team better in metro Atlanta? [...]

decatur where it is greater

September 21st, 2009
7:33 pm

who cares about decatur decatur where it is greater” Union Grove has a few additions as well. They have added the top safety in the region (Avery Walls) and one of the top athletes around (Jordan Akins). You guys may have more overall talent but don’t count out the Wolverines. Oh by the way you still have to get by MLK. Also how have the mighty Jaguars done in the post season? Who proclaimed your safety the best in the region. You sound like a dad living through his son. Did this kid even play last year? Jordan Adkins might be ok but he does not help you win the region by any means. Don’t worry about what we do to MLK that is inhouse business. Worry about scoring more than you did last year.

SportsFan31313

September 21st, 2009
7:33 pm

Newnan is a good Team too but Newnan is not considered in the Metro Atlanta Area. (My Opinion)

SouthGARules

September 21st, 2009
7:43 pm

Grayson Student: According to the playoff brackets this year, Grayson would not meet the Region 7-#2 seed until the semis & the Region 7-#1 seed in the finals. You would have a potential matchup with Newnan or Region 2 runnerup (Stephenson/MLK loser) in the quarters. This is going on the assumption (a very good one) that Grayson wins Region 8.

Grayson Student

September 21st, 2009
8:53 pm

Ya i found the brackets and was looking at the first 2 potential matchups with region 5 and 6 in the first 2 rounds. No disrespect but north cobb and potentially walton or roswell would be fairly easy games. The way the brackets play out we would be lucky because it would eliminate lowndes/north gwinnett-ridge before we played them… This is all speculation but it is fun to think ahead. Im pretty worried about defending khalik barnes and the spread that parkview runs. Once we get by them i think its pretty safe to say grayson will be set for the playoffs, every week being a tune up

who cares about decatur

September 21st, 2009
9:36 pm

The safety transfered in and as a junior already as several D1 offers. Also leads the team with 6 int’s. By the way my son did play last year. Our offense will be fine. You worry about your thugs and we will worry about ours!