Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: RivalsHigh 100 moves Grayson to No. 2

Grayson and Newnan made big splashes Tuesday in the national rankings.

Grayson, Georgia’s No. 1-ranked team in Class AAAAA, is positioned for a possible national championship as it made an unexpected jump to No. 2 from No. 6 in the RivalsHigh 100, compiled by Dallas Jackson.

Grayson leaped four teams that won last week – Don Bosco Prep of Ramsey, N.J.; Byrnes of Duncan, S.C.; Skyline of Dallas; and DeMatha of Hyattsville, Md. The No. 1 team is St. Thomas Aquinas of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“The thought was that New Jersey is very down this season, and so Don Bosco – despite the wins over Prattville and DLS – should not be the No. 2 team,” Jackson said. “Byrnes has two ‘test games’ on their schedule. One they lost to Aquinas; the other against Dorman was an unimpressive win. Texas’ best team will probably end the season above whomever wins Georgia unless they do it impressively, and right now there isn’t a clear No. 1 in Texas so I can’t justify a No. 2 team [Skyline of Dallas] from a situation I don’t feel good about. DeMatha [of Maryland] could take that No. 2 spot eventually, but when we saw them against good counsel, they looked good but not great.”

RivalsHigh has seven Georgia teams ranked.

“There are just so many good teams in [Georgia] at the top level, and the depth is there,” Jackson said. “It is pretty easy to see a handful of good teams from the highest level, but when the state has true depth you can find elite teams in the lower classes, and Georgia has both.”

Newnan, previously unranked, landed at No. 67 after posting its fifth shutout of the season in a 26-0 victory over Pebblebrook. It was Newnan’s 13th shutout in two seasons.

Here is a look at Georgia teams in the various national rankings:

ESPN Fab 50
14. Grayson; 35. Northside (+1); 44. Lowndes

*Massey
16. Lowndes (-4)

*MaxPreps Freeman Rankings
18. Northside

MaxPreps Xcellent 25
11. Grayson (+3); 24. Northside

National Prep Poll
9. Grayson; 14. Northside

RivalsHigh 100
2. Grayson (+4); 16. Northside (+3); 25. Lowndes (+3); 45. North Gwinnett (+2); 67. Newnan (un); 69. Gainesville; 79. Stephenson (+2)

USA Today
14. Grayson (+1); 22. Lowndes (+2)

*Computer rankings

69 comments Add your comment

grayram

October 27th, 2009
9:49 am

There are alot of great teams in Georgia this year. Maybe more teams like Grayson and Newnan or Mceachern or Stephenson or several others could start playing some top teams from other states. I know North Gwinnett beat a team from Alabama this year but maybe someone other than Central Gwinnett could play Byrnes SC. I think Camden and Lowndes play some out of state games, does anyone else?

SportsFan31313

October 27th, 2009
10:08 am

Greetings Grayram,

Yes there are a lot of GHSA Teams that play out of State and it’s not just limited to the normal Perrinial Powers in each Class. Example: I am a Fan Of Region 3-AAAAA Bradwell Institute. They have played South Carolina Schools before and have beaten them. So it’s not just limited to the Camdens, or North Gwinette, or the Valdosta’s, but they are a lot of teams in this State that play outside of the State.

AVikingFan

October 27th, 2009
11:00 am

Congratulations GREYSON!!!!!!!

GHS#22

October 27th, 2009
11:29 am

Grayson 56 MeadowCreek 0
I’m one of Grayson biggest fan and biggest critic……..
I’m not a proponate of running the score up on a defenseless team, and neither is Coach Conn of Grayson,
last Fridays win over MeadowCreek was a true test of depth. The starters were taken out of the game halfway through the 2nd quarter when the score was 34-0.
The second team and JV scored the rest. Now I have to ask myself, Should I me upset at the score? I think not this time…..Coach Conn did what he could to try and even out the match, but those boys (some getting in the game for the first time) felt differently. They played as if no team is a match to even Graysons Z team.

Grayson Student

October 27th, 2009
11:53 am

first of all byrnes actually contacted grayson about a possible matchup instead of central… conn wanted to but warner robins refused to let us out of the contract. These rankings are funny tho, i mean ya its cool to say your number 2 in the nation but lets be honest… why dos a 56-0 win over loley meadowcreek warrant the rams to jump 4 spots over great teams. dont get me wrong i think we are a great team but everyone knows that it is almost impossible to truly know whose the best team in america

Armond Williams

October 27th, 2009
12:09 pm

I think that alot of thee rankings have to do with history as well as the present. I am from Valdosta(Go VIKES)and I am stationed here in Oklahoma and I have had a chance to see Jenks out of Tulsa and a couple of AAAAAA & AAAAAA teams play and to be honest they are no where on the level of GA FOOTBALL. They look alot like our AAA schools. So you have to look at where they play at like those teams out of Sout FLA are for real. And a couple out of TX and CALI are real but every where else is suspect.

BulldawgBite

October 27th, 2009
12:17 pm

no doubt that grayson is a great team. but its sad that a 56 point win was what moved them up. any of the top 6 teams in GA would kill competition in that region. im hoping more GA teams schedule the powers out of the state like NG and Buford do.

grayram

October 27th, 2009
12:20 pm

Grayson Student:
I agree with you, there is no way to really know. It’s going to be hard enough to prove they are in the top 5 in Georgia.
do you know the status of the players who were injured like the big linemen #61 and the Tight End #20?

grayram

October 27th, 2009
12:23 pm

BulldawgBite

Did Buford play an out of state team this year? If so how did they do?

Grayson Student

October 27th, 2009
2:32 pm

grayram, 61 Joseph Champaign is rehabbing everyday and the same goes with 20 Nick Benzor. They both seem to be fine and are walking normal… Decided to delay surgery till after the season and both should be back for the playoffs.

big j

October 27th, 2009
3:30 pm

The biggest difference I see between teams is overall team speed I just don’t see it outside the south also union grove played vigor from down near mobile and they had some size but overall not athletic enough

grayram

October 27th, 2009
4:21 pm

Maybe the AJC could post a record for all Georgia teams vs out of state competition for the year or maybe last couple of years.

MikeB

October 27th, 2009
4:44 pm

I’m happy for Grayson. They have a good program and deserve their fair share of recognition. From the fans and the ranking authoritities………. The referee’s on the other hand really need to improve their accuracy.

I have seen it time and time again in Gwinnett County (I won’t name the team I support, but they did get beat by Grayson this year) where:

1. Ref’s coach the players on the field with unneccesarry bias comments, and crtiticisms……Totally unprofessional. Let them play. They don’t need that kind of distraction.

2. When close to OB plays go to the established team’s side of the field, the play nets a positive result especially when the opposing team is considered a longshot to win……..
3. Every time a long shot team gets a little momenteum or threatens to close the gap. Gwinnett Referee’s feel compelled to call a penalty to stem the tide. This is so frequent its criminal…….

If teams like Grayson are so good ( and by the way, I think they are), they do not need a ref’s help to win. Ref’s need to show some “field integrity” on the gridiron in Gwinnett County.This has been a big problem in Gwinnett County for years. Its like the White Elephant in the room.

All high school football players deserve the opportunity to compete with honor, and without a referee’s interference.

EagleNationRising

October 27th, 2009
5:22 pm

Grayson is very deserving of their high ranking. If a team is the top rated school in the state of Georgia and does not dodge competition, we should all pull for them in the national rankings. As posters from programs like Warner Robins and Lowndes County can testify, there is a certain Middle Georgia program that has made a habit of beating “supposed” National Champion contenders. Contenders usually become pretenders against the Big Blue of Northside.

Congratulations to Grayson. You, along with every team in the state will need it. It is a wonderful time of year. Georgia football will not disappoint this season. The competition appears relatively balanced and their are many rising programs. November and December are going to be fun!

The focus of all of the city of Warner Robins will be on the Big Game on Friday night. Northside against Warner Robins at the MAC. There is nothing like Spirit Week prior to the City Championship. It is great to be a Northside Eagle!

Again, congratulations Grayson. You all have to be proud of how the program has progressed in a very short period of time. I, for one, am very impressed.

BulldawgBite

October 27th, 2009
5:26 pm

grayram, im not sure about this year? but i know recently they have traveled to texas or ohio to play big time competition. i mean whether or not the even win isnt what its about. its about trying to have the best ga teams represent this great state. this year NG played prattville but we got killed by them 2 years ago in alabama. last year we almost beat the nations #1 byrnes and were ahead at halftime. all the top GA teams are as good as anyone else

goober

October 27th, 2009
5:56 pm

Georgia should be represented highly in any national rankings, so congrats to Grayson, Northside and the others for making Georgia prep football known around the country.

ENR: Peace out, bro. I’ve been lobotomized.

sick of ENR

October 27th, 2009
6:28 pm

ENR shut up for god’s sake!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jcwfalcon

October 27th, 2009
7:37 pm

Amen ENR. I cant wait for Friday night Eagles vs Demons. I expect a battle. How do you see it playing out? I certainly dont feel overly confident. I think it helps WR lost last week. Their morale has to be low. I see Northside having quite a bit more weaknesses this year than in previous years…and I think if the national pollsters actually watched the games, they would be hesitant to rank Northside very high on the national scale.

How is it I see several of these rankings have Lowdnes but no Grayson or Northside? Do you think they know Grayson has played great and is undefeated…and that Lowdnes has a loss to none other than Northside? If they know, and want to argue Lowdens just had one unlucky game and that if played again at a neutral site Lownes would roll, then OK, I can buy that a little. Just seems odd though…almost like they dont really pay attention. Not that any of these rankings count for squat anyway, but I guess they are fun to tout if you are in them, fun to declare if you beat a nationally ranked team, and fun to argue for us loser fans.

He Said So

October 27th, 2009
8:02 pm

Well Grayson, you are legit now, because the self-anointed great EaglesNationRising has said so. Pretty soon all his groupie bloggers will second it once their head come out of the clouds since their blogging god has written his divine words.
Seriously, this is great for Grayson as they carrying on the Gwinnett tradition.

HomeFieldAdvantage

October 27th, 2009
9:56 pm

I just made a post on Todd Holcomb’s blog in which I explained how Lowndes can still win 1st place in Regiuon 1-AAAAA. If Colquitt can beat Northside in two weeks, and score 10 or more points, Lowndes is region champs with our region’s tie breaker system. It’s a long shot, but it’s possible. The fact Northside has to play Warner Robins this week might help Colquitt next week.

Greyson, Newnan, Camden and McEachern have their regions wrapped up already. The next two games are the same as playoff games for a lot of teams!

jcwfalcon

October 27th, 2009
10:36 pm

That sounds like a pretty funky tiebreaker system. So if Colquitt beats Northside 10-7, Lowndes would win the division. But if Colquit won 7-3, Northside wins?

Sounds like the system needs some work lol.

jag count

October 27th, 2009
10:53 pm

Congrats to Grayson and all of the ranked georgia teams

68 viking

October 27th, 2009
10:53 pm

to ENR true enough your eagles got by the vikes. They played way above thair heads that night, cant take anything away from them. That being said, I cant find any eagles fans that want another shot at the vikings thisw year. prehaps we will be able to meet again in the playoffs. And I would bet my last dollar the Vikes will open a can of good ole south ga whoop ass on them. Thats my story and Im sticking to it

HomeFieldAdvantage

October 27th, 2009
11:17 pm

jcwfalcon – when three teams are tied in Region 1-AAAAA, the tie breaker is the points allowed by each team in their match ups with the other two teams. Lowndes gave up a total of 16 points to Colquitt and Northside. Northside gave up 7 to Lowndes. If Colquitt beats Northside and scores 10 points or more, Northside would have given up a total of 17, thus Lowndes is 1st place. Since Lowndes put 31 on Colquitt, they pretty much would be out of contention for 1st place,

TJ

October 27th, 2009
11:25 pm

I am happy for recognition, but there are a lot of ifs for Grayson in the playoffs. That bracket puts them in harms way early. Wonder if their run in with all the ACL injuries will hamper them going to the end. They have depth but replacing a D 1 D-end is rough. He is going to try to be back, but how back can you be from ACL tear?? ACL braces only do so much. One thing about those coaches, they will have some guys stepping up for sure. Good luck Rams!

jcwfalcon

October 28th, 2009
5:29 am

Thanks HomeField. Sounds like it makes the BCS sound kind of good. I would think margin of victory would be more important than points allowed. I guess the bottom line is dont finish tied and you dont have to argue.

yo

October 28th, 2009
8:31 am

jcwfalcon I imagine they went away from the margin of victory in order not to encourage teams running up the score. Just my guess though.
I do suppose it proves 1AAAAA is a defensive minded region.

yo

October 28th, 2009
9:45 am

Congrats!! Grayson…..question.

How heavy are those bulls eyes on your back and chest getting?

AVikingFan

October 28th, 2009
9:50 am

jcwfalcon and yo – Before this current 3-way tie breaker system in Region 1-AAAAA was used, we counted the total AAAAA wins in non region games as tie breakers. But most Region 1-AAAAA teams could not afford to pay Atlanta area AAAAA teams to come south to play non region games so the tie breaker format was changed. (BTW, Lowndes opposed the change.) Points allowed was used instead of margin of victory to discourage running up the score, as YO said.

AVikingFan

October 28th, 2009
9:54 am

Yo – Greyson seems to be handling the bulls eyes somewhat better than we did. But like Camden, one has to wonder how good their competition really has been! I bet Northside and Colquitt could give both of’em a good game!

grayram

October 28th, 2009
10:14 am

Yo:
I think South Gwinnett was the toughest game Grayson has played this year. Camden will be strong by playoff time as they always are but Grayson played them early and they had trouble moving the ball. Parkview passed the ball really well and if their QB is healthy they could be tough.

ps If you keep writing “Greyson” It’s going to be “Lowndes County High School”:)

Grayson Student

October 28th, 2009
12:19 pm

yo, id say conn does an excellent job of keeping his players focused on one game at a time without looking at rankings

goober

October 28th, 2009
12:35 pm

To AVikingFan and HomeFieldAdvantage: I don’t doubt you guys on the 1-5A tie-breaker, but there still seems to be some uncertainty about the precise method. So can you guys cite or reference the authoritative source of this info, and better yet, even document it or tell us where it is actually documented? I assume since each region has the right to determine their own tie-breaker methods, it must have been voted on and actually documented somewhere, maybe in the region secretary’s office. Just curious because the method does seem unusual, and it varies from the past method which called for best record against all class 5A competition.

goober

October 28th, 2009
12:41 pm

Grayson fans: Does Grayson have all of those big-ole country boy offensive linemen back from last year? You know, the ones that Pemberton hid behind before taking the ball and sprinting downfield like he did so well against Lowndes? That was a very good offensive scheme and fit the personnel perfectly.

SportsFan31313

October 28th, 2009
12:55 pm

Dematha Catholic School has a good football program. (For Maryland) I have seen them play in person. They wont stand a chance against a lot the Class AAAAA Teams in Georgia.

SportsFan31313

October 28th, 2009
12:56 pm

In fact, I believe a team such as Marist, South West Dekalb, Griffin, etc. in AAAA could beat Dematha.

SportsFan31313

October 28th, 2009
1:02 pm

If I had the capital, and if I could get a legitimate sponsor, I would try to schedule every ranked team from USA Today, and Massey Rankings to play against the Georgia Teams. I believe Georgia Football Teams in numbers, and Classifications will dominate Nationally.

Back From Texas

October 28th, 2009
1:47 pm

Just returned from a 5 week project in Texas. Watched a number of their AAAAA teams play and Grayson could NOT compete with most of them. It’s a whole different game and atmosphere out there. You have to see the volume of their high school talent to believe it.

Reeze

October 28th, 2009
2:21 pm

Good for Grayson I feel that they are very well coached , and deserve the ranking ,can’t think of many teams can match up with them on the offensive and defensive lines…….they’ll have their work cut out for the when the Playoffs rolls around…….Round 2 vs Lassiter , Roswell or Collins Hill ( Lassiters QB Hutson Mason could put it to them ,IF Grayson’s pass defense is really suspect , could be a shoot out) .Round 3 vs Newnan , MLK ,Valdosta or Warner robins……One hell of a semi vs either Lowndes , Northside ,Colquitt , ,Camden , MaCeachern ,NG or Pridge…..Can’t wait to see how it plays out.

randy prosen

October 28th, 2009
2:34 pm

Grayson enjoy the spotlight now. The playoffs are coming and what I’ve seen of Grayson, they won’t be there in the end.

TJ

October 28th, 2009
3:27 pm

Yes, Grayson has that big ol line for the most part. Offense is better than last year in my opinion because they have a passing game now…..beware! Defense has taken a step back however. They lost a outside linebacker to another school, and the six man rotation they had on the D Line is lacking depth they had but a few are stepping up, to include a freshman. Key area they are week is covering the spread offense. So how deep Grayson goes will depend on matchups. If Grayson faces a team like North Gwinnett, it will pose issues. Bring on teams like Lowndes! Run defense is stout. Deep passes will get picked off by D 1 prospect safety. Soft point is passes in the middle. But any given Friday, someone can win. Good year for high school football. I would not put money on any team that is on left side of bracket, rough road to the dome.

Sportsfan31313

October 28th, 2009
4:18 pm

Back From Texas,

Maybe you haven’t visited, and seen the way many of these Georgia Football Teams play. Who ever you have seen in Texas, you can, and will definitely see the same or better talent here in Georgia.

BulldawgBite

October 28th, 2009
5:24 pm

really though these ga teams can compete with anybody. i understand the arguement that texas quarterbacks are better because if you look at who they have produced recently its obivious (stafford, bradford, mccoy) but here in ga we have great athletes too.

Newton Co.

October 28th, 2009
7:58 pm

WHAT? If Grayson wins a mythical national title this year, it will be quite a story. It will be because they won the state title. Look, if this is the SECOND BEST team in America, then there going to beat my Newton Rams for the title! I haven’t seen Grayson in person, but there region is dreadful. Parkview and Brookwwod, long the flagship schools for the Gwinett dominated regions, are down. Dacula down. The best teams in Gwinnett dont play in their region. I dont understand the hype. I can’t see this team as the 2nd ranked team in America. Ive followed high school football since before I got to high school, Ive never seen a team get so much hype from accomplishing so little. All the big wins have been at home, someone give me a BIG game Grayson has won anywhere besides the Dome or at home. I don’t hate Grayson I love GAHS football. But I bet anyone in the TOP 5 thrashes Grayson in the playoffs, Stephenson too if there not in the Top 5.

Newton Co.

October 28th, 2009
8:08 pm

Back from Texas, AND so what you saw talent in Texas, WOO HOO. Anyone who visited LA, OH, CA, FL, PA, etc, etc would say the same. Didn’t Buford destroy some team from Texas last year IN TEXAS? What is your point? Weve got tremendous talent in here in GA. Matter fact Texas is like 3 times bigger than GA, their supposed to have talent. Buford is a AA school; I heard the team they beat doubled their enrollment. What a crock dude.

grayram

October 28th, 2009
8:36 pm

Newton Co
I hope Newton does well but honestly don’t think they will make it past the first round. Newton would not make the playoffs in Gwinnett.

TJ

October 28th, 2009
8:41 pm

Newton Co., I was about to argue your point about Grayson but honestly can’t convincingly do so. Who knows until the playoffs. Same thing was said about Grayson last year and they lost in double overtime in semis. If a team can pass well they can beat Grayson. You can not run on them. Then you have to stop that offense from grinding out clock and yards. Grayson would have trouble and would probably lose to 2 teams in top 5 that pass well, they can compete with other 3. It is all about matchups in the playoffs that will determine the state champs. And Georgia can compete with any state.

highschool football fan

October 28th, 2009
8:51 pm

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HomeFieldAdvantage

October 28th, 2009
10:47 pm

Grayram – This Lowndes High School fan will try to spell Grayson correctly from now on. As I told Sportsfan31313, it’s the same great great team either way you spell it.

yo

October 28th, 2009
11:46 pm

“Back from Texas” that great talent you saw in Texas must have been that team from Utah beating up badly the #1 ranked team in Texas by the name of Katie. Sorry “bft” but the Utes invaded Texas and ruined all Texas is greater arguments for decades to come. Must have been something to know your #1 ranked team in Texas lost to a team from such a power house state of football. Utah….fofrofLOL