Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: Grayson makes move in national rankings

Lowndes’ hopes of a national title evaporated with a loss to Northside-Warner Robins, but another Georgia team is now in position, the GHSF Daily staff notes.

Grayson, the new No. 1 team in Georgia’s Class AAAAA, jumped 12 places to No. 3 in the RivalsHigh 100 released Monday. Grayson is No. 10 in the National Prep Poll and No. 15 in three other national rankings.

Northside, which beat Lowndes 10-7 last week, entered three national rankings but remained behind Lowndes in two polls, including USA Today.

RivalsHigh 100
3. Grayson (+12); 21. Northside (un); 38. Lowndes (-35); 58. North Gwinnett (-18); 68. Gainesville (-13); 79. Peachtree Ridge (-13)

MaxPreps Xcellent 25
15. Grayson (+3); 18. Lowndes (-14)

ESPN Fab 50
15. Grayson (+3); 35. Northside (un); 45. North Gwinnett (-1)

National Prep Poll
10. Grayson (+8); 21. Northside (un)

USA Today
15. Grayson (+1); 25. Lowndes (-16)

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180 comments Add your comment

wolverine fan

October 6th, 2009
10:40 am

EP must have just missed the national ranking……

SanityRules

October 6th, 2009
11:06 am

The RivalsHigh 100 puzzles me . How does Peachtree Ridge give up 51 points and wind up on anybody’s top national poll and after watching Gainesville,there are at least 20 schools in Georgia better than them. I was not impressed.

SportsFan31313

October 6th, 2009
11:31 am

I believe Grayson well deserves the recognition….

Wolverine2Blazer

October 6th, 2009
11:39 am

Wolverine fan, this is the TOP teams in the nation, not the bottom. EP made the other one, no worries. ;) haha

eagleforlife

October 6th, 2009
12:42 pm

Ok,I do not get it at all. I know that these rankings mean NOTHING, but I need some type of logical explanation… Why is Grayson getting attention? I just looked at their schedule and the only thing that even somewhat impressed me was tha they beat Camden County (by only 4 points) who is ranked #10. They have not played anyone else who is even ranked. NSWR plays and beats the #4 team in the nation… and We are ranked below them… Ok.. I guess it isn’t for me to get.. and it really doesn’t matter anyway. The playoffs determine the rankings not the AJC or the AP.

Football Fan

October 6th, 2009
1:02 pm

Eagles for life stop hating… Give the kids the recognition they deserve.

Looking 4 the Wolvrines

October 6th, 2009
1:25 pm

I am looking for the wolverines on the list but don’t see them on any of them

eagleforlife

October 6th, 2009
1:37 pm

I am not hating. I just don’t understand how they deserve it. I am just asking for someone to explain it to me.

Searching for VikingDAD

October 6th, 2009
1:38 pm

I am looking for VikingDad… I haven’t seen him since Friday morning….

You Have to Be Kidding

October 6th, 2009
1:43 pm

High school football rankings are a joke. I follow Grayson closely when home but, because of work, the last two weekends I had to chance to attend four games in the metro Houston, TX area. And if you’re wondering, I am a high school football junkie. Of the eight teams I saw play at least six would easily defeat Grayson and the other two would be toss-ups. I learned of the eight teams only one was ranked in the top 10 in Texas. We play good ball in Georgia but still lag behind the top high school football state.

Lissa

October 6th, 2009
1:45 pm

Meh. It’s nice for Northside to be ranked in a few of the national polls, but they don’t mean anything just yet. We’re not even into the playoffs. I know this because I’m not yet freezing my butt off!

Per the previous thread – Hey Slalom1 & SouthGARules :) I’ve been hiding under a rock, dodging floods (phew! no damage!), and generally up to no good.

Ok Cherokee folks – remind me again – Who am I supposed to cheer for in my adopted city? Etowah or Woodstock? Why those two schools are practically on the same street is beyond me. And here I thought Northside and Warner Robins were close together! (Distance from NHS to WRHS is 2.2 mi; from Etowah to Woodstock is 1 mi.) Etowah would be easier since they are the Eagles and then I’d have one less mascot to remember. :P

BulldawgBite

October 6th, 2009
1:48 pm

eagleforlife
deserve it? haha they beat the defending state champs and your excuse that camden is only # 10 is a weak one. they have lost only to grayson and Hoover who is also ranked top 50 in the nation. grayson is a shoe in to win their region. they beat lowndes last year in the playoffs as well. They dont ever win pretty but they have a good formula to winning at the high school level. control the line of scrimmage. they have a solid defense and should go far in the playoffs. they may be the best in ga overall but they have significant matchup problems which will show against certain teams

eagleforlife

October 6th, 2009
1:53 pm

Like I said… They have played a very weak schedule. The fact that Camden was state champs LAST YEAR means nothing… so WHO ELSE HAVE THEY BEATEN????? WHO ELSE????

BulldawgBite

October 6th, 2009
1:56 pm

warner robins in ur beloved houston county. they have beaten South gwinnett whos only loss is to grayson. they have beaten parkview a perinneal playoff team. just as good as the eagles schedule and grayson would tear up the eagles if they played. unless the eagles quarterback can get some great protection then launch it downfield they stand no chance against grayson anywhere

wolverine fan

October 6th, 2009
2:11 pm

eagleforlife..Camden may have a weak schedule, and maybe they did last year too. But when the rubber hit the road Camden County cleaned house (by the way, they had to come from behind to beat Woodstock by 1 point)

Todd Holcomb

October 6th, 2009
2:18 pm

eagleforlife:

Are you saying Northside should be higher because Northside has played a tougher schedule? I’m sure there are many teams in the country that are undefeated and have played tougher schedules than Grayson. That doesn’t mean they are better than Grayson.

I can’t say if Grayson deserves its high national rankings, or if Grayson is better than Northside, but I can explain how Grayson is where it is:

1 – Grayson reached the semifinals last season and beat No. 1 Lowndes and has won 19 of its last 20 games, the best record of any Class AAAAA team in Georgia in that span. Its only loss was in double overtime.
2- Among the top Georgia teams last year, many felt Grayson had the best core returning. They returned at least four legit first-team all-state candidates. They included two and perhaps three major D-I recruits and a RB who ran for about 2,000 yards last season. Camden County’s Jeff Herron, coach of the defending state champs, was among those who felt Grayson was Georgia’s best team entering the season.
3 – Fueled by #1 and #2, Grayson was ranked nationally in the preseason.
4 – Grason opened by beating the defending state champions, a team that was nationally ranked in preseason.
5 – Grayson is undefeated.
6 – Georgia is a state that is highly respected by these national rankings. If you’re ranked No. 1 in Georgia’s Class AAAAA and you’re undefeated, you’re generally going to be ranked in the top 20 nationally, or top 10.

Does that mean Grayson is the No. 3 team in the nation and the No. 1 team in Georgia? No. But they are the most logical Georgia team to hold those positions at the moment.

Hoya Chuck

October 6th, 2009
2:20 pm

wolverine fan… Your comment on EP was very funny!! Thanks, I needed that!!

larry hathaway

October 6th, 2009
2:39 pm

Enter I have been a fan of North Side since 1973 when I. moved to Warner Robins. I live on the other side of town but I have always loved the passion of North Side foot ball.This year is a building year and we should not be even mentioned in the state rankings. The kids should only get better as they get experience. They try so hard and I truly believe they have a chance to win it all. It’s too bad with the new high school they will be in a lower clssification.I wish we had a play off for the top winers of each class because North Side should be the top team in the state possibly for the next two years.

RaidersAreLosers

October 6th, 2009
2:43 pm

Where is Woodstock ranked? Where is Harrison ranked? Where is Etowah ranked? Just by reading this blog I can tell those are three of the best schools in the state and any one of them would go through that soft 1-AAAAA schedule undefeated. That’s NSWR’s problem. People are starting to figure out how OVER RATED 1-AAAAA is so one mediocre team beating another (like NSWR winning for the 2nd time only because their opponent can’t kick a field) doesn’t mean much and certainly doesn’t deserve a high national ranking. Forget the rest of the country, there’s four schools in 5-AAAAA that would wipe the field with NSWR or Lowndes.

RAIDER FAN

October 6th, 2009
2:44 pm

I agree with Hoya Chuck, good one wolverine fan. I myself get a kick out of alot of the hype our fans talk but that also goes for a lot of other teams. I love it when our team wins but in the end it is just a game and I just want to see a good one. And congrats to Grayson.

Decatur 4 Life

October 6th, 2009
2:46 pm

SanityRules

Are there really 20 schools in GA better than Peachtree Ridge? I doubt it.

RAIDER FAN

October 6th, 2009
2:46 pm

B.T.W. on that “good one” comment, fri. night wasn’t one. :-)

Grayson Supporter

October 6th, 2009
2:50 pm

Eagles, don’t be haters. Where were you last year when Grayson was in the Semi-Finals. They deserve to be ranked where they are. Just pray that you don’t have to run up against them. I am a WRHS Alumni, but my kids attend Grayson High School. Good luck against the Demons this year, because you are going to need it.

larry hathaway

October 6th, 2009
2:58 pm

Enter your comments here I agee with the feelings of many high school foot ball fans. We will never know if a lower clasifacation team is better with out some sort of play off.. I realize school comes first, so we will never know for sure, but we can always have our opinions.

TJ

October 6th, 2009
2:59 pm

Todd, good explanation of the ranking. Makes sense and agree with you. Playoffs will sort out the number 1 team. What I like about Grayson is the coaches focus one game at a time. Nice for the kids to get recognition but they are on a whiteboard or watching film worried about beating Brookwood as I type probably. I have watched Grayson, to beat them you need air attack with protection for the quarterback and a stout defense. Grayson has new found depth at running back….all Sophmores too. Hope to be having this same conversation next year. So live with it all, they will not get knocked out until or if they lose, which on any given Friday can happen, to include this one.

Reeze

October 6th, 2009
3:19 pm

Eagleforlife………Don’t sweat rankings ,they mean nothing…The are only opinions of sports writers ,where the majority never suited up and played a lick of ball and wouldn’t know the difference between a jock strap and a pair of panties……..Grayson is the most likely candidate to rep the state right now,Lowndes lost so the are out of the national hunt and Grayson is 19-1 over the last two..I don’t think it will last long,because South Gwinnet and Parkview laid down the blue print for the rest of the State on how to beat the Grayson defense……Even though Northside(un ranked nationally before the Lowndes game) defeated a top ten nationally ranked team , you can’t expect to jump Grayson or any other any other top 20 nationally ranked team………It’s hard to understand Ms Eagleforlife ,it’s all BS anyway…….Don’t worry ,we are doing pretty well right now and we are still a year out from running the State once again.

trail06

October 6th, 2009
3:20 pm

(RaidersAreLoser) I don’t know if you know anything about football or not but most people believe that defense wins games. Check out Northsides schedule and see how many points they have allowed this year so far.

grayram

October 6th, 2009
3:40 pm

Grayson has played Camden, South Gwinnett ,and Parkview. All good teams.
Who has Northside played? Lowndes and thats it. Perry? an 0-3 in region 1-5 overall team in AAA or Carver another AAA team? Valdosta? not waht they used to be. Maybe Houston County 0-3 in their region.

Reeze

October 6th, 2009
4:01 pm

Grayson supporter…………Any team can be beaten ,If you are really from Warner Robins you should know this better than anyone…I don’t think Eagleforlife is hating on Grayson, the rankings don’t make sense to her…….Most football geeks here in Warner Robins have seen Grayson on the field and know they are a good running and defensive team……I don’t think they are as good as the 2008 squad ,but still good….I think they’ll be beat this year…….If you think no one took notice that Parkview put up over 300 yards passing against Grayson ,think again……

RaidersAreLosers

October 6th, 2009
4:06 pm

trail06 – I know shutouts are common in that soft region. Your best teams battled to a 10-7 score, not because the D’s are so good but because those ancient wing T O’s are pitiful. That’s why your #3 and #4 teams got shut out in the 2nd and 3rd rounds of the playoffs last year 42-0 and 38-0 because the plowboys are a bunch of creampuffs!!!!! I stand by my statement, Woodstock would go undefeated in that region and would probably shut out 4 of 5 of the teams.

GHS#22

October 6th, 2009
4:07 pm

Grayson fan here……..but TX born. I agree with the comment about Ga being behind TX when it comes to HS football, but it is what it is. Right now Grayson is on top. The wins are not always pretty but wins never the less. What sets Grayson apart is the coaching. last week they had a chance to run up the score, but intergity set in. 34-0 at halftime and the second team played the rest of the game. LOWNDES, and a host of other teams can’t say that.
The Grayson coaches are teaching their boys more than just football.

Just a H.S Fan

October 6th, 2009
4:08 pm

Kidding – The last time I checked Shoulda, Woulda & Coulda were not listed as teams in Ga & TX…

As for the National Ranking, they are good & bad.
The Good- They give the Grayson’s, Camdem’s, NSWR exsposure. Thats it
The Bad – Not a a darn thing. That’s why we have playoffs to determine the Champion, unlike CFB.
Mythical Champions and ranking are only opinions, thats it.

Playin it on the field is it!!!

BROOKWOOD MOM

October 6th, 2009
4:09 pm

Hey TJ: Come and root for my BRONCOS Friday night. The game is going to be intense. Hopefully not a nail biter, but if is as long as we win that’s all that matters!! I heard Berkmar and Meadowcreek and Collins Hill and Duluth are playing on Thursday night since the kids are out of school on Friday.

All you Grayson haters out there come cheer on my BRONCOS!! WHOOO HOOOO GO BRONCOS!!!

slalom1

October 6th, 2009
4:15 pm

BoDog, Going back to a previous post of yours, I was not “piling on” prior to the BIG game. Admittedly, I predicted Lowndes 41 Northside 7. However this prediction was based upon the opinions of REEZE, not YO. Guess I deserve the DA of the week award. Last time I will get into a poker game with REEZE.lol. Congrats to Northside. I believe that Coach Nix and his staff have proven once again they are the finest in the state of Georgia.(and they suffered through an enrollment disadvantage of about 900 kids.) LOL!!

GHS#22

October 6th, 2009
4:16 pm

Reeze
you can put up a 500 passing yards and it means nothing unless you score. Grayson see it’s weakness just like everyone else does, and you can bet they are adjusting to it. OH yeah nevermind the front 4 D-1 players on the D-line. if you can’t stop them then quarterbacks will get tired of throwing.

slalom1

October 6th, 2009
4:19 pm

DROCK09, Guess that you and I should get out of the business of prognosticating. Rest easy. Your prediction of the upset of Whitewater over Sandy Creek was not nearly as bad as my prediction of Lowndes over Northside. lol. On a more serious note, I have a question: How is the Newnan offense coming along? Have not seen the Cougars since the LaGrange game.

Reeze

October 6th, 2009
4:33 pm

Raidersarelosers………Do you really think that anybody is worried about Region 5 ?……….You talk about playoffs…….Tift lost to Newnan and Coffee lost to Ptridge……Your #1 seed last year lost to a #4 seed…..No team in your region has done anything……..Finally a good team from your region (Machern) has seperated themselves from the rest of the average teams….. Be happy with that……..Most of the teams in your region has wallowed in mediocrity so long you guys don’t know the difference between a good team and a contender……Win some meaningful playoff games then we will talk.

slalom1

October 6th, 2009
4:34 pm

BoDog, Sorry about that last post of mine. It was intended for Northside Observer. So, Northside Observer, please read. BoDog, here is what I had for you: As for Region 2AAA, I will agree the region has become a sick joke. 2AAA is totally owned by Carver, LaGrange and Troup. The rest might as well be JV. Having said that, the non-region schedules for Carver, LaGrange and Troup are respectable. The only losses suffered by Carver and laGrange were to Northside(21-12) over Carver and Newnan(26-15) over LaGrange. Troup has played a brutal non region schedule as well. Keep in mind that Region 2AAA was not established until 2004. Since that time LaGrange has 1 state title(2004) and 2 additional trips to the semi finals.(2005 and 2008) Carver has 1 state title(2007) and 1 additional trip to the semi finals(2008). During this span Shaw also has a state runner-up to their credit (2006).

slalom1

October 6th, 2009
4:44 pm

REEZE, You have gotten mean in your old age and you still have not apologized for leading me down the wrong path when it comes to Northside.”weak team. rebuilding year. No chance this season, not the Northside team that we are accustomed to seeing.” LOL. Brother, when are you gonna come clean?! Truthfully, I am tickled pink for Northside along with your 2009 strategy of “laying low” with the predictions. LMAO.

Reeze

October 6th, 2009
4:46 pm

Slalom 1……..I’m not the one playing poker here . It is Nix and his crew…….I still think that we are a year away right now because of our offense ,but I have my fingers crossed…..Lowndes I think can go all the way………But I really think it will be MaCeachern ,I don’t think you’ll find a more balanced offense in the state…….Oh , and watch Peach County this week.

reality..

October 6th, 2009
4:46 pm

I totally agree with “You have to be kidding”. I played football in Texas at the high school, college and professional (USFL) and this Ga. High School football has to be the worse thing I’ve witnessed in all my days. Brookwood Broncos don’t compete.. they just hang around…cause senior start unless of course you are a coaches son. We all know Kent Rollins would have beaten out Ben McClane for Quarterback. Ben sucks. The best running back is probably number #32, followed by #17 then number 20. You have to allow competition to know who’s going to have the heart to win out on the field. You just don’t give someone a position because he’s your son. #12, #19, little crews last year…Brookwood has beaten Grayson every year until last year… the first year of the coaches son’s.. think about it… competitions stirs growth… no competitions and you might get beat down….sorry crews but u and your staff sucks…

RaidersAreLosers

October 6th, 2009
4:48 pm

Reeze – Same to you, the only meaningful games you guys win are against each other! Last year you went 6-4 in the playoffs and the losing games were by a combined 125-27, pitiful. Lowly 5-AAAAA was 4-4 losing by a combined 75-51. East lost to Grayson by the same score Lowndes did and Woodstock gave Camden a much better game than NSWR. We’ll talk when any team in your region wins a meaningful game. I repeat, Woodstock will beat any team from your region that lasts that long.

GHS#22

October 6th, 2009
4:55 pm

Raidersarelosers
I know you don’t remember but Machern loss to Grayson in the dome last year.

slalom1

October 6th, 2009
5:04 pm

LISSA, Great to see you’re back and supporting your Northside alma mater. Even though I am not from the WR area, I feel connected to the spirit of the town.
Gotta go and rebuild some transmissions. lol.

BROOKWOOD MOM

October 6th, 2009
5:18 pm

reality… If you can do a better job coaching then get your resume in the mail! Kent probably would have been the better quarterback no argument there, but don’t be putting down the rest of my broncos! We only lose to Grayson last year by 3 points and that’s because the refs cheated over there!

Fred

October 6th, 2009
5:37 pm

BROOKWOOD MOM – Refs cheated?!?!?! Is that the best you can do? :)

Fred

October 6th, 2009
5:38 pm

BROOKWOOD MOM – I seem to remember your coach wouldn’t shake hands after the game with Coach Conn. :(

Pecan

October 6th, 2009
5:45 pm

I’ve been a Bronco for 25 years but now have another team as my favorite. I am afraid the Broncos just do not have it anymore like they used to. It’s just a fact that the powers in Gwinnett are no longer going to Brookwood and Parkview.

BROOKWOOD MOM

October 6th, 2009
5:46 pm

Fred: Really?? Well my if my memory serves me correctly, Coach Conn was too busy on the field squawking about how he finally got the monkey off his back! His number one goal was to beat Brookwood, he was too busy running his mouth he didn’t see my coach trying to shake his hand! It’s gonna be a little bit different this Friday night!!!

BROOKWOOD MOM

October 6th, 2009
5:49 pm

Pecan: Like I said before, only one person stays at the top and we all know who he is!!