Georgia Sports Writers Association rankings: Little movement as Lowndes, Tucker, Wesleyan stay atop their classes

Here are the Georgia Sports Writers Association rankings, released by the Associated Press, with team, first-place votes in parentheses, record, points in the poll and last week’s ranking:

1. Lowndes (9) 4-0 99 1
2. Grayson (1) 4-0 91 2
3. North Gwinnett 4-0 76 3
4. Northside, Warner Robins 3-0 64 5
5. Stephenson 3-0 61 4
6. M.L. King 3-0 49 6
7. Newnan 4-0 42 7
8. McEachern 4-0 29 8
9. Peachtree Ridge 3-1 18 8
10. Camden County 1-2 9 10
Others receiving votes: Lassiter 6, Creekside 3, Warner Robins 1, Woodstock 1, Collins Hill 1

Class AAAA
1. Tucker (8) 4-0 97 1
2. Griffin (2) 4-0 88 2
3. Westside, Macon 4-0 77 3
4. Hillgrove 4-0 71 4
5. Southwest DeKalb 3-1 64 5
6. Bainbridge 4-0 42 6
7. North Clayton 4-0 36 8
8. Sandy Creek 3-1 35 7
9. Apalachee 3-0 15
10. Marist 3-1 7
(tie) Brunswick 2-1 7
Others receiving votes: Statesboro 4, Hardaway 3, Lakeside (Evans) 3, Dalton 1

Class AAA
1. Gainesville (10) 4-0 100 1
2. Peach County 3-0 84 2
3. Carver, Columbus 3-1 75 3
4. St. Pius 4-0 68 4
5. Washington County 4-0 62 5
6. Carrollton 4-0 41 6
7. Creekview 3-0 35 7
8. Burke County 3-0 24 8
9. Flowery Branch 3-1 21 8
10. Jackson 4-0 20 10
Others receiving votes: LaGrange 16, Monroe 3, Elbert County 1

Class AA
1. Calhoun (6) 3-0 95 1
2. Fitzgerald (2) 3-0 86 2
3. Lovett (2) 4-0 80 3
4. Buford 2-1 70 5
5. Jefferson County 4-0 64 4
6. Pepperell 3-0 50 6
7. Brooks County 3-0 34 8
8. Jefferson 4-0 31 7
9. Charlton County 3-0-1 17 9
10. Dublin 3-0 14 10
Others receiving votes: Chattooga 4, Armuchee 2, Blessed Trinity 2, Appling County 1

Class A
1. Wesleyan (10) 4-0 100 1
2. Savannah Christian 4-0 90 4
3. Johnson County 4-0 74 6
4. Wilcox County 3-1 64 5
5. Lincoln County 3-1 50 3
6. Bowdon 3-0 49 7
7. Wilkinson County 3-1 46 2
8. Chattahoochee County 4-0 40 8
9. Treutlen 4-0 20 9
10. Emanuel County Institute 3-1 9 10
Others receiving votes: Seminole County 4, Twiggs County 1, Greenville 1, Marion County 1, Whitefield Academy 1

– Information provided by Georgia High School Football Daily

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31 comments Add your comment

Say it Aint So

September 23rd, 2009
11:21 am

How will the weather related problems for most west and north metro teams affect how they play if they play this weekend with limited or no practice this week and how will this affect the polls? Thoughts anyone.


September 23rd, 2009
11:31 am

Looks like Marietta will either duck the beating they have coming at the Boneyard or have an excuse for it (we would have practiced but our players don’t like to get wet). When school is cancelled at East it just means there’s enough time for two practices that day!

Wolverine Fan

September 23rd, 2009
12:48 pm

I thought if school is cancelled all activities are cancelled as well

Say it Aint So

September 23rd, 2009
12:52 pm

Wolverine Fan

September 23rd, 2009
12:48 pm
I thought if school is cancelled all activities are cancelled as well
Paulding County is a 2 horse town. Things are a little different out west. It seams everyone else can’t practice if school is closed.


September 23rd, 2009
1:13 pm

Its a statewide policy. For band and football. Football is actually a little more strict than the band is. And headeast, i understand your all jacked up on cannon shots but try to have some consideration. Some of those kids could of lost everything they had.

Say it Aint So

September 23rd, 2009
2:44 pm

According to the Walton Football Site, the Homecoming Game vs Alpharetta will be played Tue Sept 29th at 7:30PM at Walton.

Tell The Truth

September 23rd, 2009
3:14 pm

Wolverine2Blazer: Yo are right. I think also, if a player is not in attendance at least half a day at school, they are not suppose to practice that day. If they miss school on game day, they are not suppose to play.


September 23rd, 2009
4:20 pm

School has been out in Paulding County all week and it is policy that if school is out teams CANNOT hold practice. This flood has been horrible and many folks have indeed lost everything, this brings these games into a complete different perspective.

Say it Ain’t So…

FYI…We have had indoor plumbing for quite a while here in Paulding County!!! Don’t let our 4-Wheel trucks fool you…



September 23rd, 2009
4:40 pm

Sorry, should have said I was being sarcastic. Anyway, now it looks like Cobb schools will be playing although some games are being moved to Saturday or later. No word on East-Marietta game. The flood has been devastating in many areas of Cobb and Paulding as well as other places around the state. Lets hope dry weather and relief efforts will allow everyone to get back to footbal real soon.


September 23rd, 2009
4:42 pm

All of this superficial fodder for discussion when there are plenty of great topics for discussion. Like: Of the ranked schools, how many players on the roster are competing outside of their districts? (i.e. transfers.) Here is another one: Among the ranked schools, how many “repeaters” are on the roster? Same questions for unranked schools. In high school one or two years can make a world of difference in physical maturity.
Allowing “repeaters” to play out their senior year is the same as punishing an otherwise good student who may be currently spending most of his time on the bench, but if given one or two more years might be a star on the high school gridiron. But it would be politically incorrect to ask such questions in particular in this age when hard hitting journalism is rare to come by. There must be parents out there who understand exactly where I am coming from. Their kid has made good grades. Worked hard during “2 adays” and yet sits on the bench while a 1 or 2 time repeater plays. This sends the wrong message. My position is that NO student should be allowed to play their senior year if they turn 19 or older during their senior year. Are there ANY true journalists left who have the will to ask the tough questions? I am beginning to wonder.


September 23rd, 2009
5:16 pm

I feel for the Cobb and Paulding schools that may or may not be able to play this weekend and have not been able to practice. Football is a great tradition and a good game can take one’s mind off of more major concerns.
I would personally like to invite all the posters from region 5 and 6 not playing Friday night to the Woodstock at Etowah game. Bring your friends and family. This will be a good one. Get here early and Etowah will accomadate as many as possible.
Go Eagles!


September 23rd, 2009
5:20 pm

Wolverine fan – You asked on a blog the other day about Etowah’s running game. Can I let you know after the game? I hear you guys play some mean defense. We may just surprise you though!
Go Eagles!

Wolverine Fan

September 23rd, 2009
5:24 pm

Pops….At least we won’t have to worry about a muddy field.


September 23rd, 2009
5:33 pm

Correct Wolverine fan – Field looks great. Saw it today. It can get wet though.
Stadium looks real good too. They have really dressed it up. Friday will be rockin’!

Wolverine Fan

September 23rd, 2009
5:47 pm

Did they rent some more bleechers like they did when we played there a couple years ago?


September 23rd, 2009
5:57 pm

Not sure, but I think not, because school was out this week for fall break, and they believe that will affect attendance. I however, invited everyone from Cobb and Paulding Co., so we shall see…


September 23rd, 2009
6:55 pm

Etowah and Woodstock……sounds like a really good game. But seeing that my wife took the pants in the family mantle for this weekend, looks like I’m sitting at home for a change experiencing ‘quality time’.

She isn’t buying the arugument that quality time is spent on the 50 yd line at the Boneyard on a Friday night……….Dang….mabye I’ll get time off for good behavior and slip over to Etowah for that game.

Good Luck to everyone, and best wishes to all those who have experienced difficulties as a result of the rain and flooding.

She WON’T keep me from slipping in a little blogging time, that I can promise.

Signed: Mi Yarbles Will We Mine Again Soon|


September 23rd, 2009
7:14 pm

Slalom I agree with you 100%. Also its a joke that Lagrange is not ranked in this poll. Also it seems like the bears out of Griffin are the real deal this year.


September 23rd, 2009
7:22 pm

Slalom what are your thoughts on Cadarious Sanders out of troup county. Also when do Lagrange plays carver? Local predictions Newnan 31 creekside 6. East coweta 34 westlake 30.


September 23rd, 2009
9:21 pm

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September 23rd, 2009
10:53 pm

Personally; i don’t see how any sports writer can accurately position any class, and any team above other teams at this point. Because you have too much inconsistency with most regions. There will be 1 or maybe 2 elite teams per region per class and the rest are beat up on any given friday nite…..I do not know why all the regions from A to AAAAA have this weakness. It could be the coach, or the school not supporting football as much as basketball, or could be not enough players want to play football..etc , etc. U don’t know, but i do know that there are only a few real good teams in ea. class and every region……Go Figure…….


September 24th, 2009
12:19 am

Pops. The next upgrade to ya’ll stadium should def be to the visiting stands. Not sure if you’ve ever had to sit over there but it’s a pain. Hall mate of mine is Etowah alumni and is also making the 4 hour trip home for the game and we’ve been saying the same thing about how this is prob the first time the half a million dollar field has been worth it. haha.

The Dude

September 24th, 2009
3:32 am

To the commenter on repeaters… it’s not always what it seems. I was close family friends with a kid who participated in the K2 program and turned 19 before he graduated from high school. He received an appointment to the Air Force Academy; and was a tight end there before transferring, and graduating from Georgia Tech while not participating with the football program there. By your rules he didn’t deserve a captain’s spot his senior year.

The Dude

September 24th, 2009
3:33 am

Yikes on the run-on. My English teachers wouldn’t be impressed, but hey, I’m just a lowly engineer.


September 24th, 2009
6:57 am

Wolverine2Blazer- You are probably right, but I couldn’t tell you. I haven’t even sat on the home side concrete. I give my season ticket seats away every year. I have to be standing and moving. You’l find me leaning on the fence up top. I actually prefer some of the away venues for getting close to the action, but glad this one is at home!
I feel the same way about your place. We both bring so many fans to this rivalry, there just is not enough room in the visitor stands or sideline fence. I actually got yelled at last year by a band mom for standing in the band section during the third quarter. I wasn’t about to miss any action.


September 24th, 2009
7:00 am

Keeping things in perspective and assuming that football players families did not loose thier homes to flooding; most teams have played 3 to 4 games already and should be able to play without too much distraction on Friday. Most if not all schools will get a full practice in today (Thursday) in preparation for games this week. While some coaches may feel this this week caused an advantage for some teams, I disagree because kids now condition year-round; have 7 on 7 most of the summer; and have practiced and played 4 games already. While we do have minor flooding issues at our home, I feel that it is better if the boys get back to football and some sense of normalcy as student athletes. Good luck to all this weekend !

wolverine fan

September 24th, 2009
7:06 am

Some of those band moms are crazy….don’t you agree Wolverine2Blazer


September 24th, 2009
8:36 am

RoswellFan: Yes I think keeping things in perspective is good. Have you been out to Paulding county or extreme west Cobb? If a field is un usable for an entire week, and the kids don’t go to school all week (Paulding is out today also), I don’t think it is realistic to have them show up on Friday night ready to play football. If they get back to school on Friday that will be a good thing from a morale standpoint and perhaps football would be a nice distraction I’m not sure. But expecting them to play a game,,,,,,,,,I just don’t know.


September 24th, 2009
11:20 am

Roswellfan: You are not serious, are you? I would hope that the GHSA would step in. There is a competitive disadvantage for a team that has been affected by any natural disaster that would prohibit them from praciticing. Obviously, Roswellfan plays or played in the band, was a mascot, or a make cheerleader. There is no way that teams from schools that have been closed all week should have to play tomorrow (Friday) night.

Georgia made changes, statewide, in the schedule in 2001 following the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington DC on Spetmenber 11, 2001. My thoughts are the GHSA should be responsible and step in during this flood or any other natural disaster which would provide an unfair competitive advantage for any program. The only exception I see would be during the state playoffs. In that case, the program and the school system should be forced to make changes. However, during the regular season, I would suggest simply that the GHSA simply cancel the game.

As for what happens if there are issues with state playoff qualification, it may become an issue that takes affect across the entire region if the problem is that widespread.


September 25th, 2009
5:15 pm

Relax “Eaglenation”. Roswell plays Campbell this Friday which is a Cobb School. Both schools were out on Wednesday with Campbell closed an additional day on Thursday. The game was moved to Roswell because of field conditions at Campbell. I am told that Campbell will get all ticket / gate sales since it should have been thier “home” game; and no parking will be charged by roswell booster club. Under the circumstances, as far as these two schools are concerned, thats about as fair as can be made. By the way, I don’t play in the band….. while I used to play high school basketball 35 years ago, I do have 2 kids playing football; one a senior who has already committed to an SEC school and the other being heavily recruited as a junior. Playing in the band does sound fun though !!!!


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