Georgia High School Football Daily Spotlight: 1-AAAAA making case again as strongest region in state

Region 1-AAAAA has re-emerged as the No. 1 region after a year in which that claim was called into dispute. Warner Robins or Valdosta figures to be the best team in the state that does not make the state playoffs.

Here’s the GHSF Daily’s ranking of the best regions in the state by classification. We used the Maxwell Ratings as a guide. It’s based 50 percent on region depth and 50 percent on the top four teams.

The teams we list aren’t necessarily our projections of the seedings for those regions.

Class AAAAA
1 – Northside, Lowndes, Colquitt County, Valdosta
7 – North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, Collins Hill, North Forsyth
6 – Lassiter, Roswell, Walton, Kell
8 – Grayson, South Gwinnett, Dacula, Brookwood
5 – McEachern, Woodstock, Etowah, Marietta
2 – Stephenson, M.L. King, Union Grove, Newton
4 – Newnan, Westlake, East Coweta, Chapel Hill
3 – Camden County, Windsor Forest, Bradwell Institute, Jenkins

Class AAAA
4 – Griffin, North Clayton, Mount Zion, Alcovy
7 – Hiram, Dalton, Northwest Whitfield, Sequoyah
5 – Sandy Creek, Banneker, Mays, Starr’s Mill
1 – Thomas Central, Westside, Bainbridge, Harris County
6 – SW DeKalb, Marist, Tucker, Chamblee
8 – Apalachee, Clarke Central, Rockdale County, Loganville
2 – Ware County, Brunswick, Glynn Academy, Statesboro
3 – Lakeside, Evans, Hephzibah, Richmond Academy

Class AAA
7 – Gainesville, North Hall, Creekview, Flowery Branch
1 – Peach County, Cairo, Monroe, Crisp County
3 – Baldwin, Washington County, Liberty County, Burke County
6 – Carrollton, Ridgeland, Ringgold, Cartersville
2 – Carver, LaGrange, Troup, Northside (Columbus)
5 – St. Pius, Dunwoody, Grady, Towers
8 – Eastside, Hart County, Elbert County, Franklin County
4 – Jackson, Woodward Academy, Woodland, Spalding

Class AA
1 – Fitzgerald, Thomasville, Brooks County, Early County
6 – Lovett, Buford, Westminster, Avondale
3 – Jefferson County, Swainsboro, Vidalia, Dublin
7 – Calhoun, Armuchee, Chattooga, Pepperell
2 – Charlton County, Appling County, McIntosh County Academy, Brantley County
8 – Jefferson, East Jackson, North Oconee, Riverside
5 – Callaway, Manchester, Heard County, Lamar County
4 – Northeast, Putnam County, Henry County, Greene County

Class A
2 – Twiggs County, Wilcox County, Hawkinsville, Irwin County
3 – Savannah Christian, ECI, Johnson County, Treutlen
7 – Lincoln County, Wilkinson County, Washington-Wilkes, Warren County
6 – Darlington, Bowdon, Bremen, Trion
4 – Greenville, Chattahoochee County, Brookstone, Marion County
8 – Wesleyan, Commerce, Athens Academy, Social Circle
1 – Miller County, Clinch County, Seminole County, Pelham
5 – Holy Innocents’, Eagle’s Landing Christian, Landmark Christian, Whitefield Academy

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194 comments Add your comment

yo

November 3rd, 2009
9:38 am

I don’t want to be first, to post a comment that is.

1AAAAA #1 region? You mean that is even a discussion? ;-)

AVikingFan

November 3rd, 2009
10:08 am

Yo, Warner Robins lost to the 1st place team in the state, Grayson, something like 10-0 (don’t know actual score) and beat the University of Northside 21-20, but they won’t even make the playoffs in our region. Yeah, region 1-AAAAA is the toughest.

For the people knocking region 3 AAAAA, I bet as a region they could beat regions 2 and 4 in a roundrobin playoff. Especially this year.

SWDGRAD

November 3rd, 2009
10:08 am

These rankings are a joke. Lets see how far each of these teams go into the playoffs. I guarantee 6-AAAA is underrated.

yessir

November 3rd, 2009
10:20 am

AVikingFan that opportunity is coming in the first round of the playoffs. Region 3 is awful!!! Region 2 will go 3-1 against them.

blu eagle

November 3rd, 2009
10:33 am

Yes SIR! You know 1-AAAAA is toughest, I would like to see how many teams Warner Robins could have knocked off being the 5th seed from this storied region!

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
10:43 am

Greetings AVikingFan,

Region 3-AAAAA is very weak with the exceptions of Camden County, and Bradwell Institute. This year I did predict that all of Region #-AAAAA will be one and done this year with the exception of Camden County. If Bradwell Institute didn’t have all of the injured players, I would include Bardwell Institute advancing into the 2nd round this as well. Bradwell Institute have proven themselves to contend with other Regions. In the playoffs, they have beaten Region 1 Warner Robins, Region 1 Valdosta, Region 4 Newnan, Region 2 Carver Of Columbus, Region 4 East Coweta, Region 4 at the time, Baldwin County. For those to just talk about Region 3-AAAAA they need to read a little more. This I do know, out of Region 2-AAAAA If Bradwell Institute did not have all of those injured players, (12 starters, 5 out for the season) I would say Bradwell would more than likely beat Union Grove or a Martin Luther King. But because of that, and being very honest about it, they more than likely not. That is THE ONLY reason why Region 2-AAAAA will more than likely go 3-1. And again, for those NON-Believers thinking that Newton Count will Camden County, you better get off the drugs….. Newton County couldn’t carry Camden County’s water cooler. That should settle it all.

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
10:44 am

Where the # is, there should have been a 3 for Region 3-AAAAA.

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
10:47 am

Again sorry for the typos. For those NON-Believers thinking that Newton County will beat Camden County, this year in the first round of the playoffs, you all had better get off the drugs….. Newton County couldn’t carry Camden County’s water cooler. That should settle it all.

1bighammer

November 3rd, 2009
10:53 am

Region 5AAAA rated above Region 6AAAA? I’m a Region 5 guy and I would not put us ahead of Region 6. Let Region 5 make some noise in the playoffs and MAYBE you can put them ahead of 6 but not now.

Region 6AAAA

November 3rd, 2009
10:53 am

You know Region 6AAAA goes right up there with 1AAAAA. In football 1AAAAA comes close, but in ALL SPORTS Region 6AAAA is supreme. Last year our Region won at least 15 STATE TITLES in the various sports. FOOTBALL, BASKETBALL and TRACK to name a few. Girls and Boys as well.

big j

November 3rd, 2009
10:57 am

Sports fan 31313 tired of hearin about bradwell injuries the only thing your sayin is they have no depth bottom line not good enough this year

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
11:04 am

big j,

With all the small letters. There are no excuses but there is a reason. But had you also read my comments, you would have read that I said, more than likely Region 2-AAAAA will go 3-1 against Region 3-AAAAA. Besides if you are tired of hearing about Bradwell Institue injuries, then don’t LISTEN….. Simple as that Sir. By the way, what team are you a fan of in Region 2-AAAAA.

ImaTitleTownBaby

November 3rd, 2009
11:09 am

Region 1-AAAAA…who would’ve known?

Bob the Builder

November 3rd, 2009
11:16 am

Why even bother with these crap ratings?? Every region has good teams, every year good teams get knocked off in the playoffs, every year a good team wins the championship. Thank goodness for the playoffs – someone has to win a bunch of games to be the champion and that’s it. Drop all other made-up ratings based on opinion!

big j

November 3rd, 2009
11:16 am

Sports fan where is bradwell gonna finish in the weakest region 3rd so I don’t care about injuries. Every team has them it just stinks that a team from up here has to travel that far to play a sorry windsor forrest

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
11:35 am

big j,

You never answered my question. Again, what Region 2-AAAAA are you a fan of? Are you saying Martin Luther King? That are the third seed from your Region. Why are you complaining? You can’t afford to drive down to Savannah Georgia to see the game? What is your valid complaint. These are the rules set forth by GHSA. You either live with it or you don’t have to participate with it at all. No one else on the blog are complaining about this but you. Does Martin Luther King have any State Titles in it’s School History? How about a Region Title? Does any team from Region 2-AAAAA have a State Title in it’s School History In Football? Please answer that question? Now that you are speaking with loose lips, I certainly hope that you are a Martin Luther King Fan, and I certainly hope the Windsor Forest beat Martin Luther King. It is a very long shot, but it is possible. I would love to hear from you if Windsor Forest does beat Martin Luther King.

grayram

November 3rd, 2009
11:40 am

1AAAAA has teams from Macon to Valdosta. Gwinnett could have a region with
North Gwinnett
Peachtree Ridge
Grayson
South Gwinnett
Collins Hill
Brookwood
Parkview

All in the same county.
The best football overall is in Gwinnett!!

big j

November 3rd, 2009
11:45 am

Sports fan its not a done deal that mlk will be 3 windsor forrest has no chance against whatever team is sent down there from this region

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
11:57 am

Well since you are gloating about MLK I will be pulling for Windsor Forest. You have opened up a can of worms. I said that it will be a long shot, but I am hoping for the upset now that you are talking about the weak Region 3-AAAAA.

Now I looked up ML King. ML King won the Region in 2007, and that is your ONLY Region Title. I can honestly say that in Region 3-AAAAA Bradwell Institute has one State Title, and several Region Titles. Camden County has State Titles, and several Region Titles.

big j

November 3rd, 2009
12:06 pm

Sports fan chances are mlk will host bradwell first round windsor forrest will host union grove now I see why you predected 1st rnd losses enough of the history lesson all you gotta say is there not good enough just like region 2 wasn’t good enough last year

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
12:10 pm

big j,

While you saying how weak Region 3-AAAAA is. Isn’t it funny that in 2008 (last year) in the first round, “EVERY TEAM’ In Region 2-AAAAA was one and done in the first round of the playoffs. Need a reminder? Okay. Here it is.

2008 Region 2-AAAAA !st Round Of the Playoffs Results
Stephenson lost to Coffee County 17-14
Luella Lost to Lowndes County 41-13
Union Grove lost to Northside Warner Robins 24-7
ML King lost to Tift County24-14

2008 Region 3-AAAAA 1st round Playoffs Results

Region 3-AAAAA Camden County beats Region 4-AAAAA Creekside 49-0
Region 3-AAAAA Bradwell Institute beats Region 4-AAAAA East Coweta 19-6
Region 4-AAAAA Chapel Hill Beats Region 3-AAAAA Windsor Forest 23-12
Region 4-AAAAA Newnan Beats Region 3-AAAAA Johnson Of Savannah 55-0

Region 2-AAAAA 0-4 Region 3-AAAAA 2-2 First Round results……

Which Region was the weakest Region?

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
12:14 pm

big j,

How do you figure that? I don’t think that ML king would beat a Union Grove this year thereby giving union grove the number 2 seed and ML King being the number 3 seed. if ML King lose to Union Grove, they will have to travel to Savannah Georgia to play against Windsor Forest of Savannah.

goober

November 3rd, 2009
12:16 pm

Todd: Do you have records of which region the state champs (and runners-up) in each class came from, and where they were seeded going into the playoffs … let’s say going back to when we expanded to five classes? This might be a quantitative, objective way to make a good argument for which region is strongest, at least in the last 10 years.

Bob the Builder: Now, now, Bob. Don’t criticize the ratings or the “raters” or the forum which allows YOU to post your own opinion … after all, it was interesting enough to prompt you to send in a post, wasn’t it. This is fun stuff — no rocket science here.

I predict this will be the first year in the history of the football universe that all five classes will have all #4 seeded teams in the final four.

little boy

November 3rd, 2009
12:21 pm

Omg…who cares what a team has done in the past, its 2009 and a start of new playoffs…people always want to look up stats and history and feel special and think they know something about football. Have any of yall actually seen all of these teams play before..(THE ANSWER IS NO!!) …I gurantee a lot of these teams with state titles, their athletes are doing nothing…but who cares since they have a pretty ring and varsity jacket….
Everyone wants to get mad when a person brags about their team. MLK, Stephensen, or Union Grove may not have state titles, but they are putting A LOT of players into college.

goober

November 3rd, 2009
12:26 pm

grayram … Lowndes is 9-2 vs. your proposed super-gwinnett region since 2004, including three state titles.

Newton Co.

November 3rd, 2009
12:26 pm

Sportsfan, AJC has Region 3 last out of all regions. You are fan of this region? This the worst of all AAAAA regions. To think that MLK will lose to Windsor Forest, CMON dude. That just hate. King will beat Union Grove this weekend, give credit where credit is due, They beat a SWD team that no one else has really competed with. WINDSOR FOREST LOL. Would they beat Union Grove? At home in the playoffs? We will see. Yeah King aint won no state titles true enough. But look into the history a little further, this school has probably won more games in the same span they have been open as your beloved Windsor Forest. MLK has played in GA Dome for the semifinals before(AAA), that year they beat Carrollton, Peach Co. consecutive weeks on the ROAD in the playoffs. Didn’t see that in your search did you, history buff? Can’t believe your trying to belittle MLK, with region 3 teams no less. PREDICTION: MLK, STEPHENSON, and UNION GROVE roll 1st round, we all know who they are playing. And who cares about Bradwell winning state titles region titles, Union Grove and MLK will roll this team, hollaback afterwards sportsfan.

big j

November 3rd, 2009
12:29 pm

Hey sports fan ill quit messin with you iam actually a union grove supporter and hope your right about us beatin mlk I honestly have no problem comin down to play give me excuse to getaway so we have not been able to step up and beat a so called better team 16-4 over last 2 yrs 2 losses to stephenson 1 to mlk and last year in playoffs we are on the rise but not there yet

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
12:30 pm

big j,

You know, I have to give you an apology…. I have studied ML King statistics, and noticed also that Union Grove have not beaten ML King since being in Region 2-AAAAA. But I do know that Union Grove is playing very well this year. They will have to travel to ML King to play you all. I believe they will pull the upset on you all this year. Ml King players are small and I believe that Union Grove players are larger. I just don’t know about the speed, and depth.

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
12:44 pm

Newton County,

AJC has been WRONG several times this year. Heck, My record of predictions have been better than AJC. But have you really read my comments? I said the region 3-AAAAA will be one and done except for Camden County. I don’t care who ML King has beaten at this point. but I will say that Union Grove will beat ML King this year. If ML King plays Windsor Forest they will beat them, and they should be lucky, and fortunate.

Newton County, I am a Region 3-AAAAA Bradwell Institute Fan. This year, I am being realistic, and due to the injuries that Bradwell Institute have, they wont go any farther than the first round. Unless those players come back for the playoffs. I hear that 5 of the twelve starters that are injured are out for the season. I have never seen anything like this before. But if it was not for that, Bradwell Institute would beat ML King this year no matter where they played. Some of the same Schools you have mention example Peach County, Bradwell Institute has beaten them. As a matter of fact, Peach County have never beaten Bradwell Institute.

As far you ML King roll any team, they had better try to roll Union Grove in which I don’t believe they will this year. So, you all pack your lunch for a six hour ride to Savannah, Georgia.

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
12:49 pm

big j,

Let me make one minor correction.

Bradwell Institute won several Region Title Titles when it was AAAA, the state highest classification at the time.

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
12:51 pm

big j

I wish we were playing against Newton County. They are even worthy of polishing Bradwell Institute cleats. The score would have been 28-0 at the half. :-) :-) :-) :-)

Newton Co.

November 3rd, 2009
1:09 pm

Good deal. Bradwell Institute is a consistent program and Ive heard of them being a consistent playoff team throughout the years. But what AJC speaks of in this particular article is based on how the collective regions have done this year. Pretty factual to me. Also you posted stats of what the respective regions did last year in the playoffs, OK. Good stuff Region 1 vs 2( strong vs decent) 3 vs 4( weak vs weak). Region 3 and 4 couldn’t have gotten a better draw for first round matchups. Region 2 got Region 1, considered the strongest region in the state. No comparison. Also about Newton Co. please stay sleep on us, this aint your daddy’s Rams. They will come to play we aint scared of Camden Co.

big j

November 3rd, 2009
1:27 pm

Sports fan we just played newton and to be honest they aren’t bad if iam not mistaken they haven’t clinched a play off berth yet please correct me if iam wrong

grayram

November 3rd, 2009
1:32 pm

Goober, I wasn’t taking anything away from Lowndes. Thay have proven it many times now. Just saying that if the strongest teams in Gwinnett were not split up it would be a tougher region top to bottom.

Some Sense

November 3rd, 2009
1:43 pm

Lots of 1 v. 4 games will have running clocks by halftime.

Still don’t know how Lowndes is even allowed to play after the disgraceful incident at Grayson last year.

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
1:45 pm

Newton County,

Okay, You have Region 3-AAAAA. The majority of teams are from Savannah Georgia with the exception of Camden County and Bradwell Institute. What do you want us to do? We don’t align the Regions, GHSA does. We take what is handed to us and we play. How many people on this blog ask that Camden County be assigned to region 1-AAAAA? Lots of them. There are by laws that was voted on and must be adhered to. We all know that the football Programs in Savannah is terrible with hardly any support financially or morally. A lot of the Savannah Schools should be playing down in Class AAA and AAAA.

I do agree with the assesment of AJC this year commenting about the Regions and how they will fare as the outcome of the playoffs. Heck, I am the first to say this about Region 3-AAAAA being one and done this year with the exception of Camden County. As a matter of fact, Bradwell Institute will travel down to Kingsland Georgia to play Camden County this Friday. I hear that some of the injured players moved from being injured to just plain hurt. At Bradwell Institute, the saying is if you are hurt, you can play. If you are injured, then you can’t play.

Now as far as Newton County goes, No one expects you all to be afraid of Camden County. But just expect the inevitable. Camden County will trounce all over you. I can tell you better after this Friday when we play against them.

Also, In Region 2-AAAAA, I give you all a lot of respect. Stephenson, ML King and Union grove are a very good football team, no doubt about it. That is why said what I said. Region 2-AAAAA may very well go 3-1 after the first round.

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
1:46 pm

big j,

I are the number four seed….. They will have to travel to Camden County, and play against them.

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
1:47 pm

big j

Sorry for the typos. Newton County I believe is the #4 seed.

Newton Co.

November 3rd, 2009
1:50 pm

WOW sportsfan put the bottle down dude no one has scored 28 on us this year in a GAME let alone a half. Be for real.You guys got rolled by Houston Co. by three touchdowns, we have allowed 3 TD’s in a game ONCE this season. Union Grove scored a season high 21PTS against our defense in the 2nd to last game of the year. Stephenson beat us 13-7 OT. MLK beat us 15-8. Alcovy beat us 17-8. Union Grove 21-19 over us. Four playoff teams. Your beloved Bradwell has lost to 2 teams that will be sitting home when the playoffs next week. Jenkins and Houston Co. Are a combined 6-12 this year. Looking at your schedule, we would be at least 9-1 against your schedule. But you guys will be 6-4 after you play Camden next week. Get out the past homie Bradwell aint worth the print THIS YEAR. Win games your supposed to win first. Lets focus on that. Then lets stop blaming injuries for why your team loses to subpar teams. A 3-6 Houston Co. team that outscores teams from your region 67-28. CLASSIC.

BulldawgBite

November 3rd, 2009
1:51 pm

If both roswell and lassiter played real preseason games then they wouldve lost. thus their region would move to the 5th best

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
1:54 pm

Also big j & Newton County,

I am also a Fan of Region 3-AAA Liberty County. I don’t agree with with this Region being ranked 3rd. I believe that this Region 3 is the toughest in Class AAA. They had 3 teams from that Region that was ranked in the top ten this year. Three out of the Four teams out of Region 3-AAA will do fairly well in the first round of the playoffs.

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
2:06 pm

Newton County,

Have Newton County ever played against Houston County? That was the beginning of the injuries of our starters when we played against them, spiraling us downward into the regular season. If Newton County only allowed 3 touchdowns per scored against them, then that tells me that the Region is very suspect. Newton County is the bottom rung team for the Playoff Region.

Houston County is in Region 1-AAAAA. Bradwell Institute lost to two non contending teams in the regular season as I have already explained how and why. But I will agree with you Newton County. That was last year when you all went 0-4. Region 3-AAAAA have not done that. LOL…. You all got a large goose egg last year. This year Newton County plays bottom rung Luella. You had better hope that Newton County wins or else you all will be sitting at home until next year. LOL…. If Bradwell Institute loses, we are still in.

Last, Newton County, My Bradwell Institute 6-4 record will be better than Newton County’s 6-4 record if they lose this Friday. :-) :-) :-) :-)

SportsFan31313

November 3rd, 2009
2:07 pm

Newton County,

I’m just poking fun with you. Thats all. I wish your Region well when the playoffs arrives. Good Luck to you and your Newton County Rams…..

MhsRaider09

November 3rd, 2009
2:19 pm

I would love for the MLK Lions to pull out a win over Union Grove, but at the same time, being in Savannah as a college student with no football team to root 4( Savannah State is 2-6), I would love to see MLK in action this season.. my cousin plays for MLK and i promised that i would come to one of his games.. but still Union Grove and MLK should be a good game.. and EVERYBODY knows Newton will fall to Camden County… must we keep reminding them of it?

Grayson Student

November 3rd, 2009
2:32 pm

goober, correct me if im wrong but i believe the discussion was on who is the best region in the state… not lowdes overall record in the past but hey if you wanna live in the past you will remember a score of 17-7. I digress, gwinnett county has the top 2 teams in the state right now and if we did have a large region it would be the best but since that is fictional i dont have a problem with region 1 being number 1, they are great top to bottom for the most part

VikingsOnAMission

November 3rd, 2009
2:37 pm

Some Sense apparently was NOT actually at the Grayson/Lowndes game last year or he would not still be crying about “mean old Lowndes.” Name me a team that has never scuffled at some point during a football game. You’d think the Lowndes’ players had pulled out guns and knives and started a full-blown war!?! I remember days of traveling to schools and having to get dropped off the bus on the 50 yard line and then picked up on the 50 yard line directly after the game to keep from getting hit by a brick. We are talking about football, not water ballet!

Mike

November 3rd, 2009
2:40 pm

Of course South Georgia has the best teams. The only reason Parkview and metro Atl won so many championships a few years ago is that Atl money bought off the GHSA to make a 5A divisions leaving most of the South Georgia teams in division 4A because they were too small. Notice how metro Atl hasn’t won too many championships since the 1AAAAA teams have worked their way back up to enough enrollment to be in 5A. The only reason metro ATL has won some titles since then is because the teams in the little SEC (1AAAAA)are so beat down from playing in that divison they are hurting too bad in the playoffs. If metro Atlanta wants to win more titles in the biggest division they are going to have get their schools boosters and daddies money to buy the GHSA off and make a division 6A (AAAAAA), so they can out enroll the South GA schools again.

yo

November 3rd, 2009
2:53 pm

grayram let me put this in perspective. How many good football teams might we have in Lowndes county if the county was as populated as Gwinnett?

The same might go for Houston co.?

yo

November 3rd, 2009
2:55 pm

VikingsOnAMission but Some Sense likes ballet better.

yo

November 3rd, 2009
2:56 pm

That is why Some Sense always has his/her (its) feelings hurt.