Will Grayson hold onto No. 1 ranking after another close call?

Michael Carvell

Michael Carvell

Will Grayson, the newly-crowned No. 1 team in the state’s largest division (Class AAAAA), be able to hold onto the top spot after surviving yet another upset bid on Friday?

Grayson clung to a three-point lead against Brookwood before a touchdown with six minutes left made the final score 22-12, nowhere near indicating how close the Rams were to losing their first game of 2009.

Do “style points” or winning by a large margin count for anything in the high school rankings like they do at the collegiate level? If so, Grayson might be in trouble. In five of the team’s seven wins, they either trailed or held a slim lead in the fourth quarter.

However, here is the bottom line on Grayson: All they do is win.

In other words, the Rams may not win any beauty contests along the way with how they do it. But they still do it.

This week, there will likely be a large contention of high school fans to the South calling for No. 2 Northside of Warner Robins to overtake Grayson for the top spot.

Who do you think deserves the No. 1 ranking? Grayson or Northside? Or other high-profile undefeated teams, such as North Gwinnett, Newnan, M.L. King and Stephenson? One notable high school football expert said last week that he feels like Lowndes is still Georgia’s best team, despite the loss to Northside. What’s YOUR vote?

A few more notes on Grayson: With the win against Brookwood, the Rams have virtually clinched an undefeated regular season and the Region 8-AAAAA championship. Grayson’s remaining three games are against teams which have a combined record of 1-18. Therefore, barring any politicking with the rankings, Grayson will carry the treasured No. 1 into the state playoffs.

What’s the most important thing for Grayson to accomplish over the next three game? Without a question, work on its passing game. In the playoffs, Grayson will see the same effective scheming it witnessed against the defenses of Brookwood and South Gwinnett. Other teams will stack the line of scrimmage with all defenders in an effort to have anyone but Grayson All-State tailback Ean Pemberton beat them.

In the long run, Grayson will only go as far as quarterback Patrick Santry’s arm will take it. Santry completed only 6 of 15 passes against Brookwood, but two were homerun balls, either accounting for or setting up crucial scores. Santry appeared much more comfortable in the pocket and threw it as well as he has all season. However, he still needs to improve on avoiding eyeing his primary target as soon as he gets the snap, and also on exhibiting more patience in looking for his secondary and third WR options. Brookwood’s defense was superb on Friday, but Grayson will see a parade of elite defenses in the playoffs.

Considering Grayson’s brutal schedule over the season’s first seven games, it gets my endorsement for No. 1. However, I wonder one thing: Grayson has won all the close games like a champion. I wonder what will happen if the Rams ever fall behind by a couple of touchdowns early. In your opinion, do you think they have the type of high-octane offense and breakaway stars (other than Pemberton) to rally back from a huge deficit?

And, of course, back to the BIG QUESTION: Which team do you think deserves the No. 1 ranking in Class AAAAA?

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MarkB

October 9th, 2009
11:13 pm

Lowndes is still the best even with the loss to NSWR. Watch when the playoffs come.

Fred

October 9th, 2009
11:42 pm

The game tonight was a good game. The rain shower came and went right after kickoff and I think the high humidity was affecting both teams some. Humidity that high makes it very hard to cool down as your sweat doesn’t evaporate. I have mixed feeling about how the game went. Yes, Grayson benefited from some early Brookwood mistakes. Brookwood got what appeared to me to be most of their yards from a few long pass plays. The Grayson D looked good down in the trenches and the offense put up a more varied play mixture than I have seen before. Once again, the defense heald and the offense played ball control.

I’m sure much will be made about the closeness of the score. Once again, Mickey Conn showed a lot of class and did not run the score up at the end. With the ball around the Brookwood 10 yard line, he chose to run the clock out instead of taking the easy field goal or possibly going for the TD. I was proud to see the players from both teams come together at mid-field after the handshake and those that chose to appeared to have a common prayer while the others waited and then congratulated each other. A lot of these kids know each other and I was told that the Grayson QB Santry and RB Pemberton grew up with a lot of the Brookwood players and know each other well. Even there was some serious hitting going on, there was good sportsmanship exhibited by both teams. Great game guys!

By the way, the Brookwood band is large and GOOD!!!

SouthGARules

October 9th, 2009
11:57 pm

Fred: Agree about the band. I have been to games where BOTH bands combined were smaller than Brookwood’s. Grayson does not get a lot of style points, but all they do is win. The Pemberton run was a back breaker for Brookwood. A stop there & Grayson is punting to Brookwood & who knows what happens. An argument could be made for North Gwinnett as well. I have not seen the others play so I can’t really say about them.

Brazilia120

October 9th, 2009
11:59 pm

Have to agree with MarkB. Lowndes has the best overall team, even with the loss. I’d take NSWR 2nd, and maybe Grayson 3rd. Newnan, MLK, Stephenson, and N.Gwinnett are light years behind those three teams.

Five- O

October 10th, 2009
12:05 am

Northside-Warner Robins

Northside 24

October 10th, 2009
12:17 am

If Wants be the best you got beat the best like NORTHSIDE EAGLES we only one good games left is our Rival Warner Robins Demons.when lowdnes play Camden County in kinglands,GA.

It's time

October 10th, 2009
12:20 am

I think Lowndes and NSWR are two of the best teams and I would have to say North Gwinnett is right there with them. I think North Gwinnett would beat Grayson with their balanced spread offense attack and their very solid defense.

THEHILLISREAL

October 10th, 2009
12:30 am

I’ll checkout Newnan next friday, when they come to SWATS to play Westlake. I think right know Hillgrove are the best of class in 4A, Peach CTY 3A, Fitzgerald/Buford 2A, Wesleyan/Charlton Cty 1a.

MAYS DEFENSE SEE WHAT DOUGLAS CTY DID TO ALEXANDER, IF YOU DON’T MAKE THE PLAYOFF BLAME YOURSELF. PLZ DON’T SAY REF, MADE BAD CALLS. THE GAME SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT CLOSE.

MAYS HIGH TIL I DIE

DystopianDeity

October 10th, 2009
12:30 am

I’m not a Grayson fan, but good teams take care of business when it matters most. Lowndes can beat everyone else by 50 points, but when it came down to the clutch, they came up short. That’s why they have a loss and Grayson doesn’t. The playoffs will determine if Grayson is ultimately the best team in the state, but until they have that big L in their record, they are number one.

Geoff

October 10th, 2009
12:42 am

Until they lose, Grayson is going to e #1. There are about 10 teams in the state that are really good that could all have the #1 spot, winning the close games definitely gives the Rams an advantage in the playoffs, ecause they know they can do it. Most playoff games are decided by a touchdown or less, so the fact they they have 3 or 4 wins like that definitely plays into their hands. Home field advantage in the playoffs don’t hurt either.

EagleNationRising

October 10th, 2009
12:46 am

I find this chatter about Grayson falling out of first place insane. Hey, it is a good conversation. Nonetheless, Grayson beat the defending state champions to open the season. When most teams were padding their schedule, the Rams were playing Camden County. Say what you want about the Wildcats of Kingsland being young. They are still Camden County! If there are any questions, simply ask Groves HS, who just got beat by Camden County 76-0.

I have said this many times before. Grayson appears to be having some issues on offense. Nonetheless, defense wins championships. Grayson beat Warner Robins 10-0. At the end of the day, Grayson played non-region games against two of the most storied programs in Georgia football history. I respect that. Grayson clearly gets my nod as the #1 team in the state, until they lose. We were close against Grayson, does not count. That is a storyline for the school newspaper. The Rams won…again. The Rams remain #1. End of story.

Mark B: Lowndes County #1 in the state. They are not even #1 in their region. I am a little lost.

Suwanee 0wnz

October 10th, 2009
12:59 am

Mark B, a team that cannot kick a field goal or complete passes has some serious weaknesses. Looks like they have an awesome defense, but ….

Suwanee 0wnz

October 10th, 2009
1:03 am

And North made a number of defensive mistakes this evening against an inferior team, before a hostile crowd, and some unfriendly refs. It remains to be seen whether North can beat a quality team on the road. I am not sure I would put them in the same class as the top 2 teams, yet.

yo

October 10th, 2009
1:04 am

Northside is the best as long as they can hide in the Mac.

EagleNationRising

October 10th, 2009
1:05 am

The team in the polls that is highly SUSPECT has to be Peachtree Ridge. If a person can ask if Grayson deserves to be ranked #1, that same person has to have a challenging time justifying Peachtree Ridge being ranked. There is no team in the top ten that has played a softer schedule than Peachtree Ridge.

The Lions played like kittens in Valdosta and were VIOLATED by Lowndes County 51-17. They really have not faced a team with a prayer of reaching the 2nd round of the playoffs, if that. Look at P-Ridge’s SOFT schedule. Someone (MICHAEL CARVELL, I believe it was you) posted that Martin Luther King or Stephenson would go 1-2 in a Gwinnett region. The region that Peachtree Ridge is in is filled with lightweight competition. Mill Creek? South Forsyth? Duluth? North Forsyth? Norcross? Northview? Seriously?

You might say that P-Ridge faced a usually tough Harrison Hoyas program. They lost to 0-4 Kennesaw Mountain last Friday night and got beat by Woodstock at home 27-15. There is NO way that P-Ridge is a top 10 Georgia program. NO WAY! They are posing as the ninth ranked team in Georgia and a top 100 program in America.

What were you thinking Michael? Do us a favor MC. Please put Peachtree Ridge and the biggest Lion bandwagon fan in this state, Todd Holcomb, on “Upset Alert” next Friday night. Peachtree Ridge had one real game this year. The Lions gave up before they got off of the bus. Now, they face a 6-0 Collins Hill team, with an extra day of rest/preparation. Collins Hill played on Thuesday night. My prediction is the Lions quit again.

EagleNationRising

October 10th, 2009
1:10 am

Yo, there is a little crow on the left side of your mouth. Shoot it to me straight. Is Rick Tomberlin done at Valdosta HS? Randy McPherson must not like the guy. If the coach of Warner Robins HS’s storied program went 1-9, then two years later went 5-5, and then was sitting at 4-3 (1-3 in the Region with the one win coming off of a 70+ yard fumble recovery to win it) that coach would be meeting with a realtor on Saturday morning. I am serious. Nothing is like Valdosta, even we Lowndes County and Northside fans have to admit. The closest thing that I have ever seen is Warner Robins. If this was happening at Warner Robins, a search committee would already be in place.

How is Rick Tomberlin hanging on?

B-Nasty

October 10th, 2009
1:10 am

Grayson is a good team, however, Lowndes and NSWR are GREAT teams. Like all the others say, Playoff sare the biggest measure of a teams heart and desire to win. I think NSWR is looking to prove themselves in the 5A playoffs after last years defeat by Camden County. Camden isn’t looking to hot this season. My 5A top five ranks as 1) NSWR, 2) Newnan, 3) Lowndes, 4) Grayson, 5) North Gwinnet…im not big on gwinnet county teams but North has shown to be a contender. You just can’t beat good old south GA football. Stephenson and MLK are great athletically but terrible playoff teams. Im saying NSWR ends up in the finals.

EagleNationRising

October 10th, 2009
1:21 am

What has happened at Harrison High School? Come on Hoyas posters! Give up the inside information. Either this is the worst 7 day stretch at one of the true rising programs in metro Atlanta, or something is wrong. No disrespect to Woodstock, who is 4-1, and should be 5-0.

Last Friday:
Kennesaw Mountain, (0-4), 17 at Harrison, (3-1), 14

Tonight:
Woodstock, (4-1), 27 at Harrison, (3-2), 15

Harrison still plays at East Paulding, at McEachern, and hosts Etowah. I do not know how it works in Cobb County. However, you are not going to reach the state playoffs with 5 Region losses in Region 1-AAAAA. Heck, you have no prayer with 4 region losses. What is going on at Harrison? Was this expected? Harrison may only win one more game this season. I would NEVER imagine Harrison sitting at 4-6 as the state playoffs started. Crazy!

EagleNationRising

October 10th, 2009
1:35 am

B-Nasty, Northside has proven themselves as a AAAAA program many, many times. No large classification program has won more games than Northside over the past decade. It is not even close. Northside hosted the second AAAAA State Championship game ever played in Georgia in a 12-7 loss to Parkview in 2001. I am a little lost with WILD chatter about Northside proving themselves. Prove what? The AAAAA classification started in 2000. Since 2000, Northside is 114-12. What exactly does Northside need to prove?

Northside is 8-5 in the playoffs in AAAAA. Northside has NEVER lost in the first round in AAAAA and have lost in a AAAAA State Championship game. Furthermore, Northside played for decades in the highest classification (AAAA and AAA before that). Northside has won almost 71% of our games in just under 50 years of football. There are only a handful of Georgia programs with a higher winning percentage than Northside-Warner Robins. Northside has more than proven ourselves.

Either way, Grayson is #1 and more than deserves it.

89viking

October 10th, 2009
2:51 am

lowndes fans will admit we have a defeat and that as long as we have a defeat,,,grayson or NS can have the #1 ranking,,,, BUT,,,,,we still like our chances, however all this talk about “lowndes chokes in the big game”,,,, 5 state title game appearances,,,5 state championships,,,,thats not choking folks. while theres lots of football to be played still….i dont think anyone is gonna be thrilled to see us coming or thrilled to be coming to us.

pity poor monroe area

October 10th, 2009
2:58 am

PRidge was less than impressive against a Mill Creek team that struggled to get first downs most of the night. PR clearly had the Hawks outmanned, but the game should have come with a hefty supply of No-Doz. Except for Brad Roby, who had three TDs, (INT return, 38-yard TD reception and a 30-yard run), da Ridge was da Disappointment. Did not live up to its hype at ALL.

pity poor monroe area

October 10th, 2009
3:00 am

Lowndes, Lowndes, L:owndes. Puh-LEEZE. All I have to say is 10-7. You Grayson haters harp about everything from friendly ref calls to Mickey Conn’s hair, but the Rams WIN week in and week out, no matter WHO they are playing. They’ve only been tested twice, by an overachieving Parkview and by a very-good-but-not-quite-the-same-caliber South Gwinnett.

pity poor monroe area

October 10th, 2009
3:02 am

And my beloved Purple Hurricanes made it 16 straight (0-10 in ‘08, 0-6 so far this year), losing 48-41 to Winder -Barrow. Looks like another winless season, Tonight was the Hurricanes’ best chance to earn a win. Someone please stop the agony…..

scott

October 10th, 2009
7:02 am

Hey guys Grayson number one for a reason, they are winning the big games period. That’s what they look at in the polls and we’ll see in the playoffs in a couple of weeks. In the mean time go rams.

gary

October 10th, 2009
7:21 am

Did anyone take alook at the whupping Valdosta took from Lowndes. Tomberlin needs to be fired immediately. I looked at the history of Valdosta football.That was the worst loss I could find. Just 15 years ago Valdosta was the best in the NATION!! Time for heads to roll.

James

October 10th, 2009
7:47 am

DON’T FORGET ABOUT THE POWERHOUSES IN STEPHENSON & M L K…

Gwinnett Fan

October 10th, 2009
7:54 am

Peachtree Ridge is a top five team. Good coaches and good players. They have a very solid defense. Lowndes may want to play them again but no one else in the top ten wants to see them in the second or third round.

Peachtree Ridge over Collins Hill 21-7 next week.

Frank

October 10th, 2009
9:09 am

I have watched Brookwood football for the past five years. Each time its virtually the same plays. There is no variety in their playbook and team are able to be effective against them because they are limited. Furthermore the coach does not like throwing the ball much.To win you have got to have an arsenal of weapons, especially when one is not working.
As far as Grayson being #1, that remains to be seen during the playoffs. right now Grayson seems to have what it takes to win and they keep on winning.

SouthGARules

October 10th, 2009
9:26 am

Next week shall be interesting. Peachtree Ridge & Collins Hill meet @ Peachtree Ridge. This will answer questions. One, is Collins Hill for real? Schedule has not been tough & their best wins are Parkview on the road & Dacula at home. They do not play North Gwinnett, so unless they stumble against a winless South Forsyth & Mill Creek, they will be at worst a #4 seed in Region 7, even if they lose to Norcross & P’Tree Ridge. Collins Hill needs to win to validate their season & to be taken seriously in Region 7. P’tree Ridge has some work to do as well, finishing with Norcross & North Gwinnett as well as Collins Hill. I see both teams, along with North Gwinnett & Norcross coming out of Region 7. All that is left to be determined is the seedings.
On another note, congrats to Dacula & Norcross for winning last night in a very emotional week for the Maloof brothers.

Uncle Johnny

October 10th, 2009
9:27 am

I think it’s a crying shame that so much pressure is placed on boys 15 to 18 years old. School spirit is good for memories when you are old and player achievment is good to open doors to college, but the over emphasis on school football standings is a product of the hype created by the news media.

lhsvikes

October 10th, 2009
9:28 am

Lowndes should be number one again after the game they played last night!!!

Lowndes-57
Valdosta-15

GO VIKINGS!

James

October 10th, 2009
9:41 am

The Vikes need to be at least three….not sure about number one yet. But my did they dust them Cats off last night in prime fashion. Hmmmmmm…….I do believe Mr Tomberlin is done, hopefully they will go head and let him finish the season out.

kerri

October 10th, 2009
9:52 am

Grayson remains number one until they lose. Northside is a very close second. I don’t think Northside is the best team statistically, but they find a way to win. I wouldn’t bet against either team. After last night, I’d take Lowndes at #3. I wouldn’t take them above Northside or Grayson because they have a loss. Granted, they were a few yards from beating Northside…but, they didn’t. You have to win the close ones.

decatur where it is greater

October 10th, 2009
9:56 am

Mr. Carvell,
Let me start by saying I’m not writing about whether Grayson should be #1 or not I am writing about how you rate the teams. Stephenson started the season at 4 or 5 and every week we have dropped because of wins against what you consider lesser talented teams. Parkview and brookwood took grayson to the wire and these are not good teams, but all i see on the blog the championship teams find a way to win close games. that was not the case when stephenson beat a good newton county team in OT. we branded for allowing them to compete with us but now that the same thing happens to grayson we get a whole different view point you are biased and this entire blog theme is a sham. If you are going to view the teams and evaluate do it fairly and accurately. I know your next comment will be to validate how good gwinnett teams are. but brookwood and parkview are not elite teams brookwood took beatdowns from mckeachern and n gwinnett and parkview got beat by dacula. i will end this by saying if stephenson can’t have a bad night and win why can grayson have two and not move in the polls. Gwinnett County don’t get offended just making a point!!!!!

crash001

October 10th, 2009
10:07 am

EagleNationRising – I agree that Northside has a good program but they just moved bak up to 5-A last year. Tucker actually beat NS in the cahmpionship game in 2007 but Tucker head coach lost the game as he has lost other games in the past maybe that why the loser is at Peachtree Ridge now.
NS has a great program with excellent coaches but not the best in GA. The year Northside struggle with Tucker says a lot. Tucker plays in Dekalb County in 4-A classification but plays Stephenson in pre-season each year. Stephenson has won all of those games except one and domaineted the one they lost 17 -14. Tucker loses to Marist and will lose to Southwest Dekalb this year. We all know in the past Stepehnson has not done much in the play-off, all I am saying is Northside is not all that.

K

October 10th, 2009
10:20 am

B-Nasty – How can you say MLK is a horrible playoff team? I am well aware that there are State Championshipsr over in Lithonia, but for a school whose 1st Varsity year was 02 and made the playoffs in every season since 03…how can you make that statement. 03 quaterfinal loss @ TCC…lot of history there….04 semi in the dome v Lagrange…once again no shame…05 upset Carrolton in Carrolton..lost in 2nd round @ Hart County by 4pts…06 loss to Houston( agreed that this is a bad loss)..07 quarterfinals to Walton on last second FG…08 1st rd loss to Tift( another bad loss)….I am not sure how many teams on your list that have not won a State title since 03 can boast that track record. Sure MLK has to find a way to get over the proverbial hump…but they are not a terrible playoff team…stop regurgitating what you hear….speak what you know….I guess the teams MLK loss to were just horse poo in those years…Based on your assessment…any team that doesn’t reach the finals and win had a bad year and are terrible playoff teams…REALLY! Stop disrespecting everybody dude!

UnderDawg

October 10th, 2009
10:27 am

Grayson hasnt lost so they can have #1….until they make a early exit from playoffs. NSWR#2 until they leave the Mac in semis.(they will run tables next year in 4A…you heard it here first)NG#3 till they play a south GA team. Lowndes#4..may run table like the 2005
team. Newnan#5…only time will tell if they are posers or the real deal
BTW…Valdosta has a search commitee out looking for a new coach..never should have let go of O’brien

K

October 10th, 2009
10:45 am

crash001 – Just for clarity sake the Tucker coach in 07 is the same “loser” that led Tucker to the 08 State Championship. Ballard has been at PTR since 07 and that “loser” led PTR to the finals last year. Just to be clear!!!

Telvin Smith = Beast

October 10th, 2009
10:59 am

Lowndes is still the best team…the loss only made them more fired up…last night against valdosta, they looked possessed, the only thing stopping them from winning a state title is terrible referees…GO VIKINGS GO!!!!!!!!!!!

AJC Sports

October 10th, 2009
11:14 am

decatur — Michael Carvell doesn’t rank the teams. The Georgia High School Football Daily’s Todd Holcomb handles that. So you might want to take your argument to him. Thanks.

K

October 10th, 2009
11:16 am

IMO Valdosta needs to leave Tomberlin alone. Unless there are some behind the scenes issues let the man coach. We all know that he can coach, but it is obvious that Valdosta no longer gets the studs that it used to. In town with 2 schools u are going to have cycles. Is Valdosta one of the city schools that you can pay out of area tuition to attend? Valdosta may never when another state championship regardless of who the coach is? Valdosta may when 5 more…but before you Wildcat fans blow the man out for the next Messiah, remember that the rest of GA has caught up and no matter what you do your going to have some competition. The years you are trying to reclaim ended in the mid to late nineties…its time to focus on what you are teaching the kids and focusing on what kind of young men you are producing. You have a great history, but it cannot and will not be relived no matter who you hire and fire.

sportswoman

October 10th, 2009
11:47 am

I think they are the best right now because no one executes better. They are well coached and most importantly, they play fundamental football. The offensive line is strong and they follow the play through each down. The RB follows his blocks not trying to do it all on his own. The weak spot is they have no real passing attack and they don’t have a defense that can really cover a team that can pass the ball. If they play a team that can pass the ball down field. They could be in trouble.

realitycheck

October 10th, 2009
12:06 pm

If Brookwood had a coach with some b***s Grayson would have been defeated last night. First of all, Brookwood’s mistakes gave Grayson the first 12 points they scored. Brookwood’s run defense totally shut them down, if they had any coverage guys playing for Brookwood they would have won the game. Ask Crews what happened to Martrez Ogletree, Lavon Hooks, Leon Spann… looks like you have a great tight end, (hooks), free safety, (Ogletree) and great corner (Spann). Oh but I won’t stop there…What happened to Kent Rollins ( a real quarterback) not some lookin for his friend to throw the ball to kid that doesnt understand the game… oh hes daddy’s little boy…. come on Crew any other team would have benched him by now… He cost Brookwood the game… man open on a two point conversion.. but he’s looking to throw the ball to 19 another coaches son that couldn’t get across the goal line.. doesn’t that suck when u have a big back in your backfield like Marvis or even a big bodied possesion receiver like DJ Johnson whom he refuses to throw to…. oh but lets get to the facts… looks like number 11 was wide open in the endzone.. why didn’t you throw it to him.. Ben.. are you freaking blind…. Grayson will be beat.. that team isnt as good as Mcchearn nor North Gwinnett but they are well discipline….and if Crews wasnt such a sellout to his coaches son and the Mcclane family….

He would have a team that would win it all….

after this year… finished with BROOKWOOD football…….

CAMDEN COUNTY WILDCAT!!!!!

October 10th, 2009
12:21 pm

O.K IM NOT GOING TO LIE, GRAYSON DOES DESERVE THE NUMBER ONE SPOT…THEY EARNED IT BUT IT ALL DEPENDS ON HOW YOU FINISH. YOU CAN BEAT EVERY TOP NOTCH TEAM IN THE STATE AND BARELY WIN WHAT CAN YOU SAY DEFENSE!!! AND THEY HAVE A RGEAT DEFENSE AND THAT IS WHAT WINS CHAMPIONSHIP’S BUT I BEEN SEENED THE WEAKNESS’S IN THEIR DEFENSE AND THATS THEIR SECONDARY..AND IF A TEAM CAN PUT THE BALL IN THE AIR ON THEM AND CALM THAT VERY AGRESSIVE DEFENSE DOWN, YOU WILL HAVE THEM ON THEIR HEALS THAN BECAUSE THAT WILL OPEN UP THE RUN GAME ON THEM…I WATCH GRAYSON AND WHEN PLAYOFF TIME COMES YOU BETTER HOPE NO TEAM WILL DO THAT…BUT THAT WAS THE ONLY TEAM THAT I CAN SAY THAT REALLY DOMINATED CAMDEN COUNTY BECAUSE WE WAS YOUNG AND HAD TO FIND OUR TEAM GOING INTO THIS REBUILDING YEAR…BUT LIKE I SAY THEY CAN BE BEAT ON ANY GIVING NIGHT BECAUSE YOUR DEFENSE ISNT ALWAYS GONNA BE BAILING YOU OUT WHEN YOUR OFFENSE ISNT ROLLING…BUT I PUT MY HATS OFF TO THEM AND HOPEFULLY TO SEE THEM IN THE END BECAUSE ANY TEAM THAT BEATS CAMDEN, THAT LET ME KNOW THAT THEY ARE REAL GOOD BECAUSE WE STAY WITH TALENT AND A OUTSTANDING PROGRAM, BUT WITH OUR COACH HERRON WITH THE PLAY CALLING I DONT EXPECT US GOING FAR IF HE DOES GET HIS MIND RIGHT.

THE LOST’S WE HAD WAS DUE BECAUSE OF COACH HERRON WITH HIS PLAY CALLING AND I KNOW BECAUSE THE NATION WITNESS THAT WHEN WE PLAYED ON ESPN!!!! WE HAD A 2 TOUCHDOWN LEAD AND HE WANTED TO PLAY CONSERVATIVE SO MUCH AND ALL IT IS DOING IS MAKING HIM LOOK BAD IN THE END BECAUSE THE SCORE BOARD WILL SAY THAT WE LOST!!! WHAT HE DONT UNDERSTAND THAT TEAMS IS TRYNA RUN UP THE SCORE BOARD ON US CAMDEN BECAUSE THEY HAVE A POINT TO PROVE THAT WE IS NOT A GOOD TEAM FROM THE SOUTH!! SO I BELIEVE THAT IF THE COACHING GET RIGHT FOR CAMDEN COUNTY I EXPECT TO SEE MY BOY’S ON THE BLUE TO BE IN THE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME THIS YEAR!!! BUT WE HAVE A TEST AND IN THE SECOND ROUND AND ITS OUR RIVAL LOWNDES!!! AND YOU ALREADY KNOW WE GOT BAD BLOOD WITH THEM…THEY VE BEEN OWNING US FOR THE PAST 2 TIMES WE PLAYED!!! BUT WE WILL WELCOME YALL TO THE WILDCAT DEN SO LOWNDES FANS BE PREPARED FOR A GOOD ONE!!!

EagleNationRising

October 10th, 2009
12:44 pm

CAMDEN COUTY WILDCAT!!!: Do not worry. I informed this board just over a week ago about how SUSPECT Lowndes County football is on the road. Luckily the game was online with Georgia Public Television. If I had told the story, Lowndes County posters would have lied. Randy McPherson looked like a first year coach at the MAC. He and the Lowndes County Vikings will get intimidated and underperform at the Wildcat Den in Kingsland, as well.

The Vikings were EXPOSED last season by Grayson. If you are Lowndes County and you have Greg Reid, who is arguably the most dynamic football player to come through the Peach State in years, you should win a State Championship. Not only did Lowndes fail to reach the State Championship, the Vikings did not even reach the semifinals. They can not beat a program like Grayson on the road. What do you think will happen to those guys at real home fields like McConnell-Talbert Stadium against Northside or facing Camden County in the Wildcat Den.

What Lowndes County has shown me is they will not compete at the same level on the road, as they do at home. I was SHOCKED to see the Valdosta Wildcat players just quit at the MAC in 2008. I saw Lowndes roll over last Friday. Lowndes may get “Peachtree Ridged” in Kingsland. The Viking coaches and player UNDERPERFORM and are very SUSPECT on the road.

TJ

October 10th, 2009
12:45 pm

OUCH! Brookwood turning on their coach! Guys, Brookwood will return to glory. My recreation league friends tell me that they have many greats comming up the line, squeeze out the coaches kids next couplke of years and all will be well. Looks like Brookwood will make it to the playoffs thanks to Grayson knocking out Parkviews QB for the season with broken jaw. Parkview looks really average now. Can not wait to see Brookwood versus South Gwinnett now to see who will be second seed. Grayson’s season is uneventful now until playoffs.

EagleNationRising

October 10th, 2009
12:56 pm

Crash001: Tucker did not beat Northside. Tucker has NEVER beat Northside. In 2007, Northside’s quarterback was a senior named Marquez Ivory. During his junior season Ivory was the State’s Offensive Player of the Year. He broke his leg early in the season and Northside played an untested junior named Joe Scott.

When Northside played Tucker at the Georgia Dome, Joe Scott was starting and Tucker took at 28-7 lead as Scott struggled, Northside’s defense stayed on the field and Tucker ran wild. At the beginning of the 2nd half, Ivory, who had missed 6 weeks, came out of the tunnel like Willis Reed of the NY Knicks. Even after that, Northside fumbled the ball in Tucker territory giving Tucker the chance to go up 35-7. Northside’s defense held Tucker. Instead of trying a field goal, Tucker went for a 4th down conversion and Ivory took over. He completed an almost 70 yard TD and the Dome was getting louder and louder. The Tucker band stopped dancing and Northside did what we always do.

Tucker posters and DeKalb posters can blame it on the coaches. The bottom line is the best Offensive Player in the State stepped on the field and the Georgia Dome went nuts because the Northside crowd was so much larger than the local Tucker team. Ivory made it look easy. Northside DOMINATED. It was not even close. Tucker had a lead because Northside had a backup quarterback in the game.

Tucker was NEVER close to Northside. Northside did not lose a game in 2006 or 2007. By the way, with all of your chatter about AAAA versus AAAAA, take a look at the 2006 season. Lowndes County won the State Championship in 2005. They went 14-1. The one loss that Lowndes County had was versus Ware County. Ware County was the State Runner-Up in AAAA. They lost to the 2006 AAAA State Champion Northside Eagles. Explain that to me.

DemonFan

October 10th, 2009
1:22 pm

EagleNationRising: You are right about the Northside-Tucker game. I was there. Northside came back and beat Tucker. Marquez Ivory came in and it was done. They were a totally different team second half. The offense and defense played better. It wasn’t even close. Tucker could not compete. There were a lot of Demons in the dome cheering Northside on as well.

Northside Observer

October 10th, 2009
1:46 pm

As a Lower Country guy that lives in Warner Robins, the question keeps coming up about Camden County playing weak coastal area teams. The solution to this shouldn’t come from Camden County bcause the Savannah schools will vote against moving out of AAAAA. That forcing Camden County to keep playing them. The Georgia Athletic Association should refused the Savannah Schools from playing 2 to 3 classifations above their student population.

Todd Holcumb, do you have any influence to voice some opposition to this injustice?

Maybe something can be work out to ensure Camden plays no more than 4-road games per year due to long travel.