Collins Hill and M.L. King suffer first losses of season

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Peachtree Ridge knocked Collins Hill from the ranks of Gwinnett’s undefeated Class AAAAA teams with a 21-7 win on Friday, but the Lions were not really in the mood to celebrate afterwards.

As the final buzzer sounded, there were no Peachtree Ridge players jumping up and down in jubilation, and coach Bill Ballard barely cracked a post-game smile.

When asked why he wasn’t happier, Ballard shrugged his shoulders and said, “I don’t know what to say. We’ve just got to play better. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Peachtree Ridge’s Brandon Stanley scored a pair of first-quarter touchdowns as the No. 9-ranked Lions improved to 6-1. Unranked Collins Hill dropped it first game after kicking off the year with six wins in a row.

“There’s some learning moments we need to look at,” Collins Hill coach Billy Wells said. “In big games, you can’t make crucial mistakes … like turning it the ball over, and taking sacks when you don’t need to. We’ve got a lot of learning to do.”

It was a devastating loss for Collins Hill. All the Eagles had to do was find a way to get past Peachtree Ridge and they had inside track on the Region 7-AAAAA championship and an undefeated regular season. Due to a wacky conference schedule, Collins Hill does not play against still-undefeated North Gwinnett this season. North Gwinnett is ranked No. 3.

No. 1 Grayson, which is in a different region, improved to 8-0 on Friday.

So which Class AAAAA team do you think is the state’s best after the Friday games? Is it Grayson or North Gwinnett? Stephenson — which shut out MLK on ESPNU? Newnan or Northside-Warner Robins?

YOU make the call.

204 comments Add your comment


October 16th, 2009
11:17 pm

Stephenson has the total package…all phases of the game. It’s Stephenson


October 16th, 2009
11:52 pm

Obviously I have a little bias :P

But my brother got his first touchdown tonight! Go Wil Hudgins, #82 of the Grayson Rams!


October 16th, 2009
11:54 pm

collins hill was way overhyped. We have south forsyth, norcoss, and North Gwinnett left


October 16th, 2009
11:58 pm

I have said from the start of the season that Lowndes is the team to beat & I still think that although they lost one already. Definitely a south Georgia team!

cane fan

October 17th, 2009
12:12 am

colquit county packers is gonna be the sleeper this year, i wouldnt count them out.


October 17th, 2009
12:16 am

Top 5 Rankings IMO should be:

1. Grayson
2. Northside
3. North Gwinnett
4. Newnan
5. Stephenson

In my opinion Northside and North Gwinnett are better than Grayson this year though.

But you asked who is the best team in the state and that is with out a doubt still Lowndes.

Newnan Five-O

October 17th, 2009
12:20 am

Lowndes,Grayson,Stephenson,Newnan and Northside-Warner Robins are the top five teams in 5A and all of them is capable of winning it all. It all will shape up in 6 weeks. Please note the left side of the play-off bracket if loaded.

NHS Five-O


October 17th, 2009
12:54 am

Yo- your post made No seÑse.. Sooo, is it me, or did u coNtradict yourself three times iN a matter of 3 seNteNces? Lol!


October 17th, 2009
1:18 am

It’s the Jaguars all the way.


October 17th, 2009
1:22 am

Man, No love for either of the R5 teams.


October 17th, 2009
1:38 am

eaglesforlife…it’s you. ;-)


October 17th, 2009
1:43 am

yo is just sayin that lowndes should not be ranked over some undefeateds because they have lost a game. but he thinks that lowndes. although “without a doubt” is very questionable.


October 17th, 2009
1:51 am



October 17th, 2009
2:21 am

yea i saw camden county play or the 1st time 2nite.. im a student at savannah state and they played johnson.. quite entertainin.. 50 to 0 i believe?


October 17th, 2009
7:24 am

My top 5 would be Northside, Grayson, Lowndes, North Gwinnett, and Newnan. Newnan is flying under the radar again like their fans like to say, but like i keep saying, WHEN they face EQUAL competition, they will fold like a piece of paper. (see camden county game last year lol)!!

bib bill

October 17th, 2009
7:49 am

Peachtree ridge can knock off any off the top 5 right now? go lions.


October 17th, 2009
7:57 am

yea. except for Lowndes

bib bill

October 17th, 2009
7:58 am

true, but lowndes will not be around for the finals.


October 17th, 2009
8:14 am

Mceachern is not just undefeated they are winning big. Dont count them out.

Humble Observer

October 17th, 2009
8:17 am

Look to defense – as it consistently wins championships. Top 5 Great defenses:

Northside WR (can play with anyone)
Lowndes (Can play some D – but only one shutout
Grayson (throw out Brookwood game and they have given up less then 5 pts p/game – offense does not allow anyone else to have the ball.)
Woodstock (throw out McEachern game and they have given up less then 5 pts p/game)
Peachtree Ridge (51 of 78 pts allowed came at Lowndes.

Honorable Mention:
Newnan (4 pts a game – but – the strength of schedule is telling – one of lowest in state),
Stephenson (Holding King scoreless proves they can play – but their SOS is worse then Newnans)

union grove

October 17th, 2009
8:31 am

Lets not forget 7-0 Union Grove. They play Stephenson this week. Should be a good one!


October 17th, 2009
8:32 am

humble observer lowndes FIRST STRING DEFENSE has only allowed 33 points in seven games


October 17th, 2009
8:53 am

Yeah. P ridge had only allowed 14 points since that game at lowndes

Humble Observer

October 17th, 2009
8:59 am

Plowboy: That is somewhat a silly statement. Every team on my list have given up late scores in “silly time”. Lowndes is quite good – I think we all know that – did you notice I put them in Top 5?

Grayson, in my opinion, may have the best defense simply due to their ball control offense! They make a 48 minute game a 20 minute game! But, Lowndes explosiveness counters that.

What I cannot forgive is that Lowndes gave up a 60 yard play that allowed NSWR to take that game. Regardless, I think Lowndes was the best team on the field that night.

Any of the five top teams I listed can win the state – but – I think the top 3 are Grayson, Lowndes and NSWR (in that order).

Woodstock is way under the radar and can play with anyone – and they are very much a dark-horse to win it all. They caught my eye last year with their run in the playoff’s last year! Everyone forgets that baring a late mistake they beat Camden and most likely win the State.

I thought it would be a rebuilding year for them – but – Coach O has a bunch of Juniors playing great football! They dominated McE for 30 minutes. Some bad calls, silly mistakes, unfortunate luck and immaturity cost them in the 2nd game of the season.

I want to point out: I have no loyalty to any team! I have no kids playing ball (anymore) and I am just a big HS fan – and call them like I see it.

Old Hurricane

October 17th, 2009
9:01 am

Camden is coming!


October 17th, 2009
9:02 am

Nothside-WR has been on top for years. They’re my pick. Go Eagles!


October 17th, 2009
9:34 am

Union Grove, do you really think that we stand a chance with Stephenson and if so why?

Rick Christie

October 17th, 2009
9:43 am

No one give Newnan any credit, IMO this team wins state. They impose there will on whomever they play. I sound football team. A 20-0 victory last night just reaks of domination. When will this team start getting credit?

Panola Road's Finest

October 17th, 2009
10:01 am

They are the team we love to hate, but Stephenson is definitely flying under the radar this year. I underestimated them and I feel that someone else will too in the playoffs. They have the most talented running back unit since Kregg Lumpkin ran for them. 11, 15, and especially 25 were capable of taking it to the house at anytime. And this was a good MLK defense too. Their d-line is excellent, their qb rarely makes serious mistakes like MLK’s QB… We on the MLK side did not even get upset at the outcome because we were simply outplayed.

If Stephenson took every game seriously like they do against MLK, their is no doubt that they will go deep in the playoffs and make state.


October 17th, 2009
10:19 am

Heres my top 5. Grayson, Northside, NG, Lowndes, and Newnan. these teams look like the best teams now. Stephenson is good but i would like to see how they perform against a proven team


October 17th, 2009
10:24 am

GO UG—Union Grove has a great chance against STEPHENSON. I WATCHED them play last night (vs) MLK…and to tell you the truth…I was not impressed at all! You mean to tell me , you had a national televised game… and thats all they brought to the table…their mouths! HOW does this team or MLK expect to truly COMPETE with the LOWNDES, CAMDENs or NORTHSIDES…for that matter NEWNAN! I was very dissappionted in what I witnessed! I cant see either one of them giving ROSWELL,NORCROSS, NORTH GWINNETT or WALTON a serious battle! I really, really believe GRIFFIN and NORTH CLAYTON from the 4AAAA, could beat these teams! THE LEVEL of play is HORRIFIC!


October 17th, 2009
10:24 am

And the teams no one likes to play in playoffs are gonna be PTR, woodstock, and Camden. these teams seem to play better in the postseason so watch out


October 17th, 2009
10:58 am

k-man we can tell u never played football

Stephenson alumni

October 17th, 2009
10:58 am

Stephenson still underated? I think NOT!. Union Grove was in the same situation last year undefeated and their homecoming game! final score stephenson blew them out by atleast 21 points. What makes this year any different?

Grayson Student

October 17th, 2009
10:58 am

ya newnan 5-0 i noticed the same thing left side is LOADED


October 17th, 2009
10:59 am

Union Grove can’t play as badly as they did against Luella if we wanna stand a chance vs Stephenson or MLK in our upcoming games…7-0 is pretty good though


October 17th, 2009
10:59 am

Grayson-North Gwinn- Stepenson co#1s
Northside WR #1 in AAA

Hoya Chuck

October 17th, 2009
11:02 am

Top 5 IMO

1. Lowndes
2. Newnan
3. North Gwinnett
4. Peachtree Ridge
5. Camden County


October 17th, 2009
11:06 am

walton are you serious they lost last night to a bad cenntinnel team last night! give me a break.


October 17th, 2009
11:15 am

Warner Robins last 3 ballgames are
Colquit Co.

highschool football fan

October 17th, 2009
11:32 am

The Stephenson vs MLK was dissappointing. Many excellent athletes, very poor and sloppy team play. With all the hype on MLK it obviously was not deserved. Stephenson is still yet to play a decent team.
Peach Tree Ridge, NSWR, Newnan, Camden, Grayson,Lowndes, are still the teams no-one will want to play in the playoffs. Fortunately for others,many of these will elimenate each other.


October 17th, 2009
11:49 am

What about woodstock where would then stand? the are 6-1 and the only lost was to Mceachern.

Humble Observer

October 17th, 2009
12:11 pm

Newnan will get credit when they beat a good team. No knocks on them, but, Strength of Schedule matters – and they are extremely low in that regard! Dont trust me – look at Maxpreps.

Woodstock did not lose to McEachern they beat themselves. Or, the would be ranked 4th in the state.

Northside Observer

October 17th, 2009
12:17 pm

Without a doubt–Lowndes in the best AAAAA team. NSWR is coming on stronger like Newnan, Camden County, etc., teams that are heavily loaded with sophmores and juniors but will being playing a grade higher during play-off time due to their experince in combat. If you review the rosters of these teams, there may be many seniors but I bet most don’t play– so it’s the younger players carrying the load..

Hornet Nation

October 17th, 2009
12:25 pm

Where is the love for a team like Roswell at 7-0?

randy prosen

October 17th, 2009
1:01 pm

Lowndes is the best team. Its to bad we can;t have Camden and Lowndes showdown in the dome.

The Grove

October 17th, 2009
2:02 pm

GO UG I think we have the talent to beat any team in this state if our coach, and I did not say coaches will put his personal business on the side for at least 5 to 6 more weeks and concentrate on these boys and the tasks at hand. It is no way that we should have struggled to beat a 2-4 team with the talent we have. There were many questionable personnel moves as well as play calling. Even some of the boys on the team are getting frustrated with the same plays being called every series and not what they practice all week. Again I say put the best 11 on the field on both sides of the ball and put the ball in the hand of your play makers and STOP playing DADDY BALL! This team is loaded with talent and this is not the same team from last year contrary to the belief that I have been hearing stephenson people saying. This is not parks and recreation. With all of that being said, yes we stand a very good chance against Stephenson.


October 17th, 2009
2:29 pm

pridge is gonna beat north gwinnett. mark my words!

Dawg Gone

October 17th, 2009
2:52 pm

Stop with the “Lowndes is the best team” stuff. They lost to NSWR.
They may end up winning the State Championship, but for now they are 2nd best (at best).

Gwinnett Fan

October 17th, 2009
3:26 pm

There is a lot of football to play. Any of the top ten teams can win it all.

Home field advantage will likely play a big role in who makes it to the dome. This puts Lowndes at a disadvantage.

I like NSWR, Peachtree Ridge, Newnan and North Gwinnett. Grayson is over rated.