Griffin takes over No. 1 at AAAA

Griffin is the new No. 1 in Class AAAAA.

Not sure it shouldn’t be Westside, though. That’s a real toss-up. We let Westside jump Southwest DeKalb, so if Griffin slips in its game vs. North Clayton in a couple of weeks, Westside likely would be the team to take Griffin’s place. But I don’t see Griffin losing through the regular season.

Griffin was No. 1 in preseason and for a couple of weeks in 2005. Griffin’s two losses that year were to the AAAA finalists, Northside and Statesboro. The last time Griffin has been ranked No. 1 this late was 1980.

Speaking of Northside, the Eagles have a big game this week vs. Lowndes. I don’t think there’s been a true road team to beat Northside at home since the mid-1990s. I believe it was Peach County in 1996. (I’ll look it up here shortly.)

Meanwhile, Lowndes is crushing its opponents. Lowndes has scored on the first play from scrimmage in three of five games, according to the Valdosta Daily Times. I’m going to ask for a Lowndes volunteer to document how many times Lowndes has scored on a run from scrimmage of 50 yards or more, or on defense or special teams. It’s remarkable how this Wing T team breaks so many runs on people.

In other news, McEachern jumps a little at the expense of Stephenson, which needed overtime to beat Newton.

Tucker remained ranked after it got smoked by Marist. That’s news because Tucker dropped out of the rankings last year when it lost to Marist 38-0. Franklin Stephens reminded me of that last week and hoped it wouldn’t happen again.

And finally, Grayson. I know the Rams are good, but it’s interesting that Grayson has trailed or been tied in the fourth quarter of three of its five victories. Is that meaningful? I don’t think Lowndes has trailed or been tied after the first two  minutes.

CLASS AAAAA

1. Lowndes (5-0)

2. Grayson (5-0)
3. North Gwinnett (5-0)
4. Northside, Warner Robins (4-0)

5. Newnan (5-0)

6. McEachern (5-0)
7. Stephenson (4-0)

8. M.L. King (4-0)

9. Peachtree Ridge (4-1)
10. Camden County (2-2)

CLASS AAAA

1. Griffin (5-0)

2. Westside, Macon (5-0)

3. Southwest DeKalb (4-1)

4. Hillgrove (4-0)

5. North Clayton (5-0)
6. Sandy Creek (3-1)

7. Marist (4-1)

8. Tucker (4-1)

9. Apalachee (4-0)

10. Statesboro (4-1)

CLASS AAA

1. Gainesville (5-0)

2. Peach County (4-0)

3. St. Pius (5-0)

4. Carver-Columbus (4-1)

5. Burke County (4-0)

6. Washington County (5-0)

7. Carrollton (5-0)

8. LaGrange (4-1)

9. Flowery Branch (4-1)

10. Jackson (5-0)

CLASS AA

1. Calhoun (4-0)

2. Fitzgerald (4-0)

3. Lovett (5-0)

4. Buford (3-1)

5. Jefferson County (5-0)

6. Pepperell (4-0)

7. Charlton County (4-0-1)

8. Dublin (4-0)

9. Jefferson (5-0)

10. Thomasville (2-2)

CLASS A

1. Wesleyan (5-0)

2. Savannah Christian (4-0)

3. Johnson County (5-0)

4. Lincoln County (4-1)

5. Chattahoochee County (4-0)

6. Treutlen (5-0)

7. Twiggs County (3-1)

8. ECI (4-1)

9. Wilkinson County (3-1)

10. Greenville (4-0)

263 comments Add your comment

Yo

September 27th, 2009
9:04 pm

Thought….Valdosta goes to Warner and beats them with their starting Qback and center hurt most of the game. Unlike Grayson they beat Warner in Warner even having to overcome these obstacles. Scores were comparable. They outplayed Northside only to lose because of special teams problems. Valdosta looking definite Top 10 to me.

KIR

September 27th, 2009
9:27 pm

WHY DOES STEPHENSON CONTINUE TO DROP?????????

mrga229

September 27th, 2009
9:47 pm

Yes, my cats are back. Valdosta could have been 5-0 if there kicker would have made. all of his 4 missed field goals. Im waiting on the playoffs so see all of the atl schools they knock off. go cats.

HomeFieldAdvantage

September 27th, 2009
9:47 pm

Todd, Tomorrow I’ll get you the answer to your question about how many times Lowndes has scored on 50 plus yard plays this year. It’s been so many I can’t remember, But I have access to the game films and I’m sure our team statistician (one of our middle school coaches) has it written down in his little book.

This past week we scored on 2 of our 1st three plays. (Hey Peachtree Ridge, does that remind you of anything?) Our 1st play from scimmage windback Troy Strafford went 65 yards for a TD. Following the kickoff, then Tift county’s subsequesnt punt, we passed incomplete on the 1st play of our second possession. But the next play Khary Franklin went 85 yards for a td. Lowndes rushed for 409 yards in the game against Tift, but had only 20 yards passing.

Bodog

September 27th, 2009
9:53 pm

I don;t understand how you can put Carver at #5 in AAA and not put LaGrange at #8. Newnan beat LaGrange 26-15….and NS beat CARVER 21=12..BOTH TEAMS AAAAA. this does not add up on my computer……Not to worrd your little hearts about it though because it will be settled 10=30=09 in Columbus……WACO would give carver all they want, and so would Burke Co…….and so it goes…..

Bodog

September 27th, 2009
9:54 pm

Todd you are still good guy……………!!!!!!!!

HomeFieldAdvantage

September 27th, 2009
10:02 pm

SportsFan31313 – You were right about the Grayson Parkview game, but I was on the money with Milton and Centennial, Mike O’Briens Woodstock over Etowah, and Burke over Brunswick. I was glad to see your Hinesville team win, and same for EP’s 9-0 win. I wonder if HeadEast suited up?

Man we have a big one Friday night in Warner Robins. Lowndes and Northside! It’s like Lowndes and Valdosta, except on a bigger scale. Two great highschool football teams. I bet this week will drag by. That’s all the two cities will be talking about. I just hope we have good weather Friday. It will be a war like MLK and Stephenson but bigger because of the recent success of Lowndes and Northside. Last year we broke their huge consequtive winning streak. Now we want to break their home winning streak. One writer said they haven’t lost in Warner Robins to a road team since something like 1997.

I know EagleNationRising will come out of hibernation and talk about this game. Come on Reese, help us get him back.

Bearcat

September 27th, 2009
10:03 pm

Watch out for those Burke County Bears. They are the REAL DEAL with a dangerous QB. Just ask Statesboro, Brunswick, Ware County, and they will easily SPANK Baldwin this Friday. Eric Parker just might go ALL THE WAY to 15-0 and be AAA STATE CHAMPS in mid December.

BulldawgBite

September 27th, 2009
10:04 pm

every AAAAA ranking looks good to me. camden could be interchanged with an undefeated team perhaps but besides that, every team looks about right

keep it real

September 27th, 2009
10:19 pm

Let’s keep it real in class AAAA, the state champ will come out of Region-6, Marist, Tucker, SWD; pick your poison. Stone Mountain, a surprise team, or maybe even Miller Grove, Lithonia, Chamblee can win football games outside of the Region. Other teams, you are who you think you are.. Good til the second round..

KDOG

September 27th, 2009
10:32 pm

No Love for Apalachee. Undeafted and still only ranked 9th. As for as keep it real, We will be seeing you in the georgia dome this year. Our defense is one of the best in the state!!!! We have 3 D1 running backs. enough said!!!

SouthGARules

September 27th, 2009
10:34 pm

Todd: The last team to beat Northside in the regular season in Warner Robins was R.E. Lee of Alabama. The week before they lost to Peach County at home. (Info courtesy of ghsfha.com) They lost the 2001 state championship game to Parkview & lost twice to Warner Robins.

WWCHS will rule again in A

September 27th, 2009
10:38 pm

Where’s the props for wwchs from CSRA. They lost to bigger schools.

Good week all!

Raider11Soccer

September 27th, 2009
10:41 pm

Why do u continue to have Camden County in the top 10 rankings? I know they won the title last year but they are the only 2 loss team in the any of the rankings. I can think of better teams that have one loss that deserve that ranking more then Camden County. Woodstock for instance. Yes they lost to McEachern but they lost in overtime and then they beat Etowah. Or any other team anyone else can think of. Until Camden beats a worthy team I would drop them for the top 10.

Raider11Soccer

September 27th, 2009
10:44 pm

Oops correction Thomasville has 2 loses also my bad.

OBIT

September 27th, 2009
11:03 pm

Valdosta fans are so amusing. They pull one out of their butts against an unranked team and think they belong in the top 10.

pity poor monroe area

September 27th, 2009
11:06 pm

I’m with you, Kdog. Apalachee ought to stroll through 8-AAAA. Hab Central and Loganville are the only teams that might put up a fight. Come on, Mike! Show some love for us country boys! BTW, I’m going out opn a limb here. Monroe Area becomes the Meadowcreek of AAAA, and will go 0-for-the-season yet again. The Hurricanes haven’t had a winning season, or have even been competitive, for that matter, since the school board let head coach Mark Whitley walk away to Parkview without so much as a “see you later”. It’s been a revolving door of coaches and losing seasons ever since. Damn shame, because I do love my ‘Canes….

pity poor monroe area

September 27th, 2009
11:15 pm

I stand corrected on Monroe Ares. The Hurricanes did manage a 6-4 record in ‘03, but other than that, haven’t had a winning season since 1995.

8-AAAA finishes like this: Apalachee wins the region at 10-0, followed by (in no particular order) Clarke Central, Madison County and Habersham Central.

Fred

September 27th, 2009
11:18 pm

Todd and others,

I don’t think Grayson is as disciplined as they were last year. I have seen some uncharacteristic sloppiness for lack of a better word. Yet somehow, they keep winning against quality opponents. I said on another blog that champions find a way to win and so far, Grayson has met that metric. Will they be able to continue, I don’t know. Mickey Conn has never been one to try to run up a score although there have been times when it has happened. He is way more likely to try to control the ball and run the clock.

Does this make Grayson worse than some of the other quality programs in the state? There are plenty of bloggers that would have you believe so. I really believe we won’t know that answer until the championship at the Dome. If Grayson is there and wins, then I would have to say they are the better team.

I’m sure there will be people that want to say that if this happened or if that happened they would have won and Grayson lost. There are those already saying things like this and there are those that for some reason seem to be fixated with hating Grayson. I don’t understand this. It is after all, a game played by and for teenagers. While less disciplined (in my opinion) in some ways than last year, I have seen some amazing performances by these young men. It is still a young program (10 years) up against some very well established programs. I think I remember that Lowndes recently won its 300th game. That indicates the program is 25-30 years old or older and it is no secret that the support for that program is huge. It may sound strange but the Gwinnett County school system does not really put a huge amount of support into the athletics programs. They do take care of the basics and then some but don’t go overboard. All of the Gwinnett programs have to develop on their own with lots of competition for their dollar$. As an example, I have heard people complain about Grayson’s stadium not matching up to expectations. As far as I know, the stadium bleachers, field house and concession stands were funded by supporters outside of the county budget (as are all of the Gwinnett stadiums).

I respect all of the programs that field teams and truly enjoy the sometime lively discussions about their relative merits. I understand that standings are about win/loss and rankings are subjective about the way teams played. It all makes for a fun fall, doesn’t it?

Etowah Fan

September 27th, 2009
11:30 pm

I like the move for McEachern at the expense of Stephenson. Still no Region 6-AAAAA representation even at the expense of Camden?

Raider11Soccer – while the Woodstock victory over Etowah was significant. I can assure you that they won’t be ranked until they finish running the tables including a victory over EP at the end. No disrepect intended – just some reality and acknowledging some lack of respect for Region 5 and Region 6 in this poll. Woodstock does have the inside track to the #2 seed from Region 5… especially after Etowah whips EP this coming weekend!

Yo

September 28th, 2009
12:00 am

OBIT that was a Lowndes fan thinking that.

Valdosta/Colquit will be interesting this week…another big one for both teams.

gbpier

September 28th, 2009
12:48 am

If you havent seen griffin high play this year then you should….they are the most physically gifted team in AAAA…outstanding defense….very physical….they deserve to be ranked at the top until somebody proves them wrong….

BD

September 28th, 2009
1:01 am

Rankings look fair in my opinion, the reason nobody is rank from region 6 Raider11Soccer because come playoff time your region will most likely be done after the 2nd round. You earn respect by playing good outside your region, the rankings are meant for the ten best teams in the state. Not the ten best records and I don’t see anybody from region 6 beating any of those top 10 teams. When the playoffs get here we’ll see is whose pretenders from the contenders.

Bear_Backer

September 28th, 2009
4:13 am

To: “keep it real” I know you changed your name…typical SAMFORD Style….Chicken- ish !!!! Your writing style or lack thereof gives it away. HAHAHA – EXPOSED!!!

BEARMAN

September 28th, 2009
5:38 am

KEEP IT REAL,

SAD TO TELL YOU,BUT THE TITLE COMES TO GRIFFIN IN REGION 4 THIS YEAR! WE HAVE THAT TEAM WITH PLAYERS YOU WILL READ ABOUT ON SUNDAY IN A FEW YEARS. HOME OF OVER 30 PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES. THE MOST IN GA HIGH SCHOOL HISTORY AND YOU NEED TO KEEP IT REAL AND VISIT MEMORIAL STADIUM IN GRIFFIN FOR THE REAL DEAL. GOOD LUCK REGION 6 BECAUSE YOU WILL NEED IT THIS YEAR!

benadawg

September 28th, 2009
6:29 am

how can a 2 loss team be ranked and an undefeated Chattooga team not be, shows no respect for what we are doing…ask Armurchee if we are good…if we beat sonoraville this week leave us unranked with Calhoun coming to town, we will feed off of it….GO BIG RED!!!!!!

rwdekalbfan

September 28th, 2009
7:20 am

To BEARMAN: Congrats on being number 1, but you dont need to concern youself with region 6 yet. I predict a one week reign at number 1 after a good North Clayton team brings you back to reality. Griffin would have to struggle to make the playoffs in region 6.

jetg

September 28th, 2009
7:34 am

Raider, its all about who you beat and who beat you, and where you start in the polls. Collins Hill still undefeated in 5A, but I do not believe they can beat Camden or a Team that calibur.

gary

September 28th, 2009
7:49 am

As for Valdosta, they may be 4-1, but they blew out 3 patsies and struggled against both Warner Robbins teams. The glory days are long gone for Valdosta, Hyder and Bazemore can never be replaced. The Wildcats used to intimidate and dominate. It’s all about the coaching!!! Back in the Hyder/Bazemore eras they didn’t use blocking sleds or tackling dummies, they hit each other, the blocks and tackles used to be devastating!! Look for new coach next year unless they go deep in the playoffs!!

crash001

September 28th, 2009
9:16 am

Enter your comments here
Stephenson always lose a game they should not lose and Saturday was the game. The head coach never prepares his team for games like this. He has more talent than most schools in Georgia. Regardless of the talent Stephenson will not make it far in the playoff because this coach is a loser and does not know how to coach. I know Stephenson has average almost 10 wins a season under him but any coach can do that with talent. They are undefeated and probably will be undefeated going into the playoff but please don’t bet your money on Stephenson until they fire this coach and hire a good one.

HornetFan

September 28th, 2009
9:28 am

Seriously? Camden County is 2-2 and #10? I guess I know nothing about this game. Where is Roswell? Check out their schedule. We admit that the second half of the season is the toughtest (Walton, Lassiter, Milton) but in the meantime check out their points scored. Points allowed. They are getting it done as a team not because of a single hot shot or because they outsize their opponents. Check out how many different players have scored. Take a look at the size matchup of our defensive line to everyone else’s offensive line. These guys are athletes who don’t have to rely on being overweight to put a hit on someone. Did you know that close to 13 starters have been playing together since the 5th grade? These guys are the epitome of how you get things done working as a team. There isn’t a prima donna among them. I am proud to be associated with this special group of young men – wish someone would stand up and pay attention.

EAST PAULDING RULES

September 28th, 2009
9:37 am

Hiram should be in the AAAA top 10. They lead the state in scoring and haven’t had a close one yet!

EAST PAULDING RULES

September 28th, 2009
9:39 am

Hey Etowah fan. You are right 5aaaaa is down this year. One powerhouse in McEachern and then two good teams-Woodstock and East! Prepare or the beat down Friday night and your third region loss. Good thing the region is down and you will squeek into the 4th seed.

JAG FAN

September 28th, 2009
9:44 am

Well We ( Stephenson ) needed to drop in the polls. From what i hear that was a VERY sloppy game Stephenson played!..one of the worst! I say from what i hear because the weather was TOO bad last Saturday night to attend the game. Now in Stephenson’s defense the game vs. Newton was played in BAD RAINY connditions, there were starters out onboth sides of the ball due to injuries and disciplinary problems..BUT u still have to come prepared to play..NO EXCUSES..THIS IS FOOTBALL!!!..Also to now, GOOD talented teams find a way to win and thats what Stephenson did..It was an UGLY win but we’ll take it! With that being said it’s getting real now..i understand that there may be HIGH ANTICIPATION for the WAR that will take place OCT. 16, 2009 at hallford…MLK VS. STEPHENSON on ESPN!!! But..Stephenson needs to focus on the opponents that will be faced that week..this week we have Luella. Looking at the schedule..were just about halfway through this season and Stephenson needs tobe gearing up for the playoffs and seeding now!!! I don’t know who the fourth seed will be yet in region 2AAAAA but right now the top three is looking like Stephenson, MLK, and Union Grove in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. Stephenson will have a good fight on there hands with MLK and maybe… Union Grove. Other than that Stephenson should coast through the rest of the season. Now coaching..I agree with all the talent that has been at Stephenson..we should have atleast 2 maybe three State titles..The coach has enough talent and speed to match up and BEAT ANYONE,ANYWHERE, ANYTIME!!! But..in playoffs the coaches have not prepared Stephenson properly. I’m mot here to bash RON GARTRELL but i do believe Stephenson is over due for a STATE TITLE..We have a teamthis year that can when state, but the question will be coming playoff time..How well prepared are the JAGS???..The Stephenson community is split over the coaching situation..and I believe that Stephenson really has to make a serious run at STATE this year or we mightsee some changes…Remember we have had great seasons and in the past two we were put out in the FIRST ROUND! That won’t cut it this year…But we’ll see! Right now lets win these games and get home field advantage for the PLAYOFFS!!

MUCH LOVE TO SWD AND.. MLK until Oct 16!!..LOL

GO JAGS

Say it Aint So

September 28th, 2009
9:46 am

Be careful what you wish for crash001. Douglass once a proud and strong program had only one loosing season from 1993-2007, is now 3-11 in its past 14 games thanks to the great Kenny Barrow, who started the MLK program and was run out of Dekalb Co turning up at Mundy’s Mill. Now at Douglass in his second year Douglass’ football program has been destroyed.

Dekalb football fan

September 28th, 2009
9:59 am

I know they are not ranked, but Hats off to coach Michael Carson and the Avondale Blue Devils. The second-year head coach has Avondale off to a 3-1 start, with the only loss coming to Lovett (26-20 in ot). With Buford coming into town, this will be an opportunity to put the once prominent program back on the map.. Good luck Avondale…

Griffinite

September 28th, 2009
10:10 am

To the all the region 6-AAAA homers: KEEP TALKING… I’m going to rag every one of you after the Bears steamroll to the championship. Griffin is the real deal and they will prove it in the playoffs. You guys just keep kicking the crap out of each other and we’ll take care of business down here.

Go Bears… You guys earned your #1 spot.

Griffinite

September 28th, 2009
10:13 am

I remember a few years ago when Griffin’s basketball team put a beat down on South Atlanta for the State Championship. All people talked about all year was how Griffin payed a bunch of nobodies and South Atlanta had the best player in the state (Vick something). That year, Brent Petway (former Michigan forward) lead Griffin to the championship and dropped S. Atl like they were nothing.

Once again, keep talking about Griffin playing nobodies. They took out Mt Zion-Jonesboro, they’ll beat North Clayton, and then roll right on to the State Championship.

Todd Holcomb

September 28th, 2009
10:14 am

re: Camden — Not easy knowing what to do w/ Camden, but as I said last week, Camden has played as one would expect the No. 10 team in Class AAAAA to play. None of the unranked teams would be expected to do better than 2-2 if they had played Grayson and Hoover. Are defending champions that have finished in the Top 10 virtually every year this decade given special treatment? Well, yes.

re: Stephenson — Rather than focus on being dropped, ask whether it’s fair to be ranked No. 7 given the track record. Stephenson is a team that lost in the first round last season and needed overtime to beat Newton. Northside and Newnan have been promoted for demonstrating that the ravages of graduation have not been as severe as predicted this season. And McEachern has played a pretty tough schedule week in, week out, and is rolling.

re: Northside — Thanks, SouthGARules. I had done that research a couple of weeks back. Against true road teams, Northside is unbeaten at McConnell-Talbert in regular-season games vs. Georgia teams since 1995 or 1996. Peach County was the last to beat them.

re: Chattooga — Great start by the Indians and Coach Waggoner. You can be a very good team and still be unranked. Thomasville (2-2) has played four teams that are better than Chattooga, and Thomasville has won half of them. If anything, Thomasville is underrated.

re: Hiram: I gave Hiram some thought. Unless there’s a pedigree of finishing in the Top 10, you really need to beat a Top 10-calibre opponent to be ranked this early. Hiram hasn’t beaten good teams yet. But I’ll note that Westside, SWD and even Griffin have played schedules that are rated as easier. But those teams have proven themselves in the past.

AVikingFan

September 28th, 2009
10:22 am

Fred, in response to your post in which you commented on Grayson’s stadium. I went there last year when Grayson defeated Lowndes. At least they have permanent restrooms accessible to the visiting fans. When we went to Parkview for the State Championship in 2004, there were nothing but portapots on the visitors side. They had spent tons of money on the “home side’ but the “visitors side” was one of the worst I’ve been in. In some stadiums, like Ware County, the metal visitors stands are not solid, and things like jackets, binoculars, purses, etc can fall right thru, and you can’t get under the stands to retrieve something that falls. Grayson has come a long way in a short period of time.

To you Camden bashers in Region 5 and 6, do you honestly think any of your teams, with the possible exception of McEachern, could beat Camden County? And that’s what polls are for. To pick the best teams. Besides, those region six teams are just passing time getting ready for baseball. (And they’re dadgum good at baseball, soccer, and girls softball.) Don’t get me wrong, Lasseter will go far in the playoffs, but beat Camden? Nahhh!!! Ain’t gonna happen this year!)

YO, the NSWR folks sure are quite this week for a team with such an impressive winning streak at home. Where is REESE, EAGLENATIONRIZING, AND NORTHSIDEDAD?

And YO, I don’t think mrga229 is a Lowndes Fan. And Gary, I’ve heard that Tomberlin is OUT unless he wins “a playoff game” this year. That’s sad, because he has proven (ala Washington County) that he can coach. Valdosta just isn’t the same place it once was. Gangs in the school, booster support not the same, etc. etc. And if they keep changing oaches every three or four years they’ll never get their tradition back. I can remember that after two or three years the fans were screaming to fire Nick Hyder. Charlie Green was fired after going 18-2 in his only two regular seasons. Mike O’brien, now at Woodstock, was fired a year or two after winning a state championship at Valdosta. Then they brought a hotshot up here from Orlando, FL and fired him after three years, which included a 1/4 final loss to MLK. I’ve heard that Rick Tomberlin put more players in college when he was at Washinhgton County than our whole Region 1AAAAA did during that time. But yes, he’s probably on the chopping block. Something’s not right with that. This Lowndes fan was glad to see Valdosta win Saturday night in Warner Robins.

Bear_Backer

September 28th, 2009
10:33 am

ALL ABOARD!!!
HEY to Bearman, Griffinite, gbpier! Great to see fellow Bears on here. I concur wholeheartedly with all of your comments. I enjoy going to check out other teams, especially if they play on a Saturday. I’ve scoped out N. Clayton already, they are quick and well coached. It will be a test come Friday week. We landed our bye at the PERFECT time this year. Guess who I think is the sneaker team in our region?….Dutchtown. they have a nice size senior class this year, and are under the radar. GRIFFIN BEARS EARNED THE NUMBER ONE SPOT and now have an AXE TO GRIND, so yeah, 6AAAA, like Griffinite said “You guys just keep kicking the crap out of each other and we’ll take care of business down here.” GET ON BOARD THE GRIFFIN AIR-BEAR EXPRESS!!!

Decatur 4 Life

September 28th, 2009
10:37 am

Griffinite

It wasn’t really a beat down against S. Atlanta that year at GT. You guys pulled it out but S. Atlanta made some crucial mistakes down the stretch of that game to lose. Griffin had a good team and they weren’t overmatched at all going into that game. Vincent Banks was the guy from S. Atlanta and although he didn’t have a good game him fouling out in the fourth quarter changed the game.

All of that has nothing to do with the fact that your football team won’t win state this year. Your team is fast and physical but what happens when they meet a team just as strong and fast. In AAAA there are quite a few teams with those characteristics and even though Griffin is tough I don’t think they can make it.

Todd Holcomb

September 28th, 2009
10:55 am

I think it’s smart business to have bleachers that don’t catch things from falling. That’s how some schools tax others. They gather all the stuff that falls through – binoculars, watches, candy, little children – and pawn them to buy inflatable tunnels.

dtw

September 28th, 2009
10:55 am

Still no love for the Grady High…best football team in the city of Atlanta…yall will c sooner than later

Tell The Truth

September 28th, 2009
11:15 am

14. Todd, your argument on Stephenson is very weak. What has changed your mind from the beginning of the season to now after one bad performance in rain with several starters out. As I pointed out last week, Stephenson has not lost to a bad opponent, especially in the playoffs. Yes, they have been knocked out in the first round the last couple years, but to Coffee and East Coweta by a combined six points. Their other playoff losses have come to Lowndes three times, Collins Hill and Peachtree Ridge. Twice Lowndes went on to win state and once to champion Peachtree Ridge. Since 2000, they own playoff wins against Coffee, Tift, East Coweta, Parkview, Newnan, Roswell, Harrison, Sequoyah and South Gwinnett (twice). We all knew coming into the season that Newnan was going to breeze through a weak region (Chapel Hill, Lovejoy, Creekside and Morrow). You keep harping on Stephenson’s past, so honestly, what has McEachern done in the past to warrant this respect. They have only one playoff win since 2000. I am not affiliated with Stephenson, but fair is fair.

cane fan

September 28th, 2009
11:19 am

avondale armuchee???????? region 1AA 5th place team can beat you all.

SouthGARules

September 28th, 2009
11:35 am

Dekalb football fan: Thanks for the update on Avondale. I remember a short time ago the AJC did a story on Avondale about how things had really gotten bad with the football program. I know Avondale has a long history with such players as Charlie Dudish & Cliif Austin as well as state titles, but the drop off since the last playoff apperance in 1989 is shocking. A 10-3 record & a loss on the quarterfinals to Cartersville in 1989 to only 34 wins in the next 19 seasons with no winning records. Hopefully they can find a coach that can stay for awhile.
Todd: You forgot to mention matrix boards as well.
A Viking Fan: Very good points. Valdosta has always been very impatient. They remind me of the Crimson Tide. Why they did not fire Nick Hyder after he went 3-7 his first year was surprising, but that was one of the best decisions never made. BTW, the guy from Orlando was Rick Darlington. He came from Apopka HS.

Grayson Student

September 28th, 2009
11:59 am

Fred, good points… To expand on what you were saying about how gwinnett county doesnt fund athletics as much as others. The ONLY thing that was funded were the light poles

Region 6AAAA

September 28th, 2009
12:34 pm

Bear Backer,

“Keepin it real” is not me. I am my own person. I am proud of who I am and where I come from so there is no reason for me to change my name IDIOT!! And, unless you went to an Ivy League dont try to insult my School. Dont hate because you didnt go to SAMFORD. Dont know anyone from Griffin to have gone there. Now maybe if you went to Eagles Landing High or something you would have got in. I’m from Stone Mountain, we are 4-1 headed into a bye. I promised not to talk anymore junk, especially after our OT scare with Lithonia, so Congrats on your number 1 ranking, but remember ITS JUST A RANKING FROM AJC, who thought LAKESIDE (DEKALB) was one of the most improved teams in the state, so stop acting like its the BCS. All talking will be done on the field from here on out. I won’t blog anymore so have fun blogging until the playoffs.

Northside Observer

September 28th, 2009
12:43 pm

All of you Viking fans know this is not 2008 when NSWR had a much more competitive team in 1AAAAA. We really were expecting to go in the range of 6-4 for the season and wait for next year to start talking. You guys and Grayson are the class of the state- so a lost against either is no big deal. Just don’t become complacent in taking any team for granted. If you or Grayson do not win state, it will be a surprise. We will be glad just to make the play-off. I do have one concern i.e. with a new Veterans High School playing in 2010 out student population will drop us to AAAA. The school board wouldn’t let any school add a wing(s) onto thier school like so many other counties. Jsut a question(?) How is it that Lowndes Student body is so much greater than Valdosta’s? Aren’t there more students in the city than in Lowndes County. .