Too close to call: Class AAAAA has many contenders

Got rankings, got draws, got predictions, got it all.

Let’s go class by class:

AAAAA: The first round is a snooze, but the second round will be the most exciting I’ve ever seen, headlined by Lowndes vs. Camden County. Check it out below. I’m picking Lowndes to win the title, but I’m probably going to be wrong. Just too many good teams, too many realistic possibilities, to hook your wagon to one horse. I can see the Gwinnett County vs. Region 1-AAAAA rivalry heating up. It might be played out in the final (Lowndes vs. North Gwinnett or Northside vs. Grayson). Or we could see a Lowndes-Northside final. Or Grayson-North Gwinnett. Then there are the four teams that I don’t feel great about individually, but love them as a group because at last one figures to break through. Those are Lassiter, McEachern, Newnan and Stephenson. Note that Lassiter or Stephenson will make the semifinals if there are no upsets.

AAAA: No. 1 Griffin and No. 2 Southwest DeKalb have separated themselves, IMO, and I see them settling it in the final.

AAA: No. 1 Gainesville and No. 2 Carver of Columbus have separated themselves too, but can’t meet in the final because the draw is not set up that way. And unlike AAAA, this class has major third wheel in Peach County. Gainesville should face Peach in the quarterfinals and Carver in the semifinals. The coin flips for home-field advantage when those region champs meet will be big. Meanwhile, Baldwin is a hot team with a nice draw to the final. Not so high on St. Pius after last week.

AA: No. 1 Calhoun vs. No. 2 Fitzgerald in the quarterfinals? Wow. … A coin toss would decide which is the home team. Meanwhile, Buford has a sweet draw despite getting only the #2 seed in Region 6-AA. The only game I could see Buford losing until the final is a semifinal at Jefferson County, which has a great player in BJ Bostic.

A: No. 1 Wesleyan has a much better draw than No. 2 Savannah Christian. Look for Twiggs County to make the final.

Predictions … I’m putting asterisks by upsets that I couldn’t quite bring myself to predict.

Class AAAAA

Northside (Warner Robins) d. Chapel Hill
Union Grove d. Windsor Forest
McEachern d. Brookwood
Peachtree Ridge d. Kell
Newnan d. Valdosta
ML King d. Jenkins
Grayson d. Marietta
Roswell d. Collins Hill
North Gwinnett d. Centennial
Woodstock d. Dacula
Camden County d. Newton
Lowndes d. East Coweta
Lassiter d. North Forsyth
South Gwinnett d. Etowah
Stephenson d. Bradwell Institute
Colquitt County d. Westlake

Northside (Warner Robins) d. Union Grove
McEachern d. Peachtree Ridge*
Newnan d. ML King
Grayson d. Roswell
North Gwinnett d. Woodstock
Lowndes d. Camden County
Lassiter d. South Gwinnett
Stephenson d. Colquitt County*

Northside d. McEachern
Grayson d. Newnan
Lowndes d. North Gwinnett
Stephenson d. Lassiter*

Grayson d. Northside
Lowndes d. Stephenson

Lowndes d. Grayson

Class AAAA

Thomas County Central d. Alcovy
Glynn Academy d. Richmond Academy
Sandy Creek d. Loganville
Tucker d. Dalton*
Griffin d. Harris County
Ware County d. Evans
Apalachee d. Starr’s Mill
Marist d. Sprayberry*
Hiram d. Chamblee
Banneker d. Rockdale County
Lakeside (Evans) d. Statesboro*
Westside (Macon) d. Mount Zion (Jonesboro)*
Southwest DeKalb d. Northwest Whitfield
Mays d. Clarke Central
Brunswick d. Hephzibah
North Clayton d. Bainbridge

Thomas County Central d. Glynn Academy
Sandy Creek d. Tucker
Griffin d. Ware County
Marist d. Apalachee
Hiram d. Banneker*
Westside (Macon) d. Lakeside (Evans)
Southwest DeKalb d. Mays
North Clayton d. Brunswick

Thomas County Central d. Sandy Creek
Griffin d. Marist
Westside (Macon) d. Hiram
Southwest DeKalb d. North Clayton

Griffin d. Thomas County Central
Southwest DeKalb d. Westside (Macon)

Southwest DeKalb d. Griffin

Class AAA

Peach County d. Spalding
Washington County d. Troup
Baldwin d. Northside (Columbus)
North Hall d. Ringgold
Jackson d. Monroe
LaGrange d. Liberty County
Eastside d. Towers
Carrollton d. Creekview
Gainesville d. Lakeview-FO
Dunwoody d. Elberty County
Cairo d. Woodland (Stockbridge)
St. Pius d. Franklin County
Ridgeland d. Flowery Branch*
Hart County d. Grady
Carver (Columbus) d. Burke County
Woodward Academy d. Worth County

Peach County d. Washington County
North Hall d. St. Pius
LaGrange d. Jackson
Carrollton d. Eastside
Gainesville d. Dunwoody
Baldwin d. Cairo*
Ridgeland d. Hart County
Carver (Columbus ) d. Woodward Academy

Peach County d. North Hall
LaGrange d. Carrollton
Gainesville d. Baldwin
Carver (Columbus) d. Ridgeland

Peach County d. LaGrange
Carver (Columbus) d. Gainesville

Carver (Columbus) d. Peach County

Class AA

Fitzgerald d. Greene County
Swainsboro d. McIntosh County Academy
Callaway d. Riverside Military
Westminster d. Armuchee
Cook d. NE Macon
Appling County d. Vidalia
Jefferson d. Heard County
Buford d. Pepperell
Calhoun d. Avondale
Lamar County d. North Oconee
Jefferson County d. Tattnall County
Thomasville d. Henry County
Lovett d. Chattooga
East Jackson d. Manchester
Charlton County d. Dublin
Brooks County d. Putnam County

Fitzgerald d. Swainsboro
Westminster d. Callaway
Cook d. Appling County
Buford d. Jefferson
Calhoun d. Lamar County
Jefferson County d. Thomasvile*
Lovett d. East Jackson
Charlton County d. Brooks County*

Fitzgerald d. Westminster*
Buford d. Cook
Calhoun d. Jefferson County
Charlton County d. Lovett

Fitzgerald d. Buford
Calhoun d. Charlton County

Fitzgerald d. Calhoun

Class A

Clinch County d. Marion County
ECI d. Hawkinsville*
Holy Innocents’ d. Social Circle
Wilkinson County d. Bremen
Greenville d. Pelham
Wilcox County d. Treutlen
Wesleyan d. Whitefield Academy
Bowdon d. Washington-Wilkes
Lincoln County d. Trion
ELCA d. Athens Academy
Savannah Christian d. Irwin County
Miller County d. Brookstone
Darlington d. Warren County
Commerce d. Landmark Christian
Twiggs County d. Savannah Country Day
Seminole County d. Chattahoochee County

Clinch County d. ECI
Wilkinson County d. Holy Innocents’*
Wilcox County d. Greenville
Wesleyan d. Bowdon
Lincoln County d. ELCA
Savannah Christian d. Miller County*
Darlington d. Commerce
Twiggs County d. Seminole County

Wilkinson County d. Clinch County
Wesleyan d. Wilcox County*
Savannah Christian d. Lincoln County
Twiggs County d. Darlington

Wesleyan d. Wilkinson County
Twiggs County d. Savannah Christian

Wesleyan d. Twiggs County

Rankings:

CLASS AAAAA
1. Grayson (10-0)
2. North Gwinnett (10-0)
4. Newnan (10-0)
4. Lowndes (9-1)
5. Stephenson (10-0)
6. McEachern (10-0)
7. Northside, Warner Robins (9-1)
8. Camden County (8-2)
9 Lassiter (10-0)
10. Woodstock (9-1)

CLASS AAAA
1. Griffin (10-0)
2. Southwest DeKalb (9-1)
3. Sandy Creek (9-1)
4. Hiram (10-0)
5. Thomas County Central (9-1)
6. Apalachee (10-0)
7. Marist (8-2)
8. Westside, Macon (9-1)
9. North Clayton (8-2)
10. Tucker (8-2)

CLASS AAA
1. Gainesville (10-0)
2. Carver, Columbus (9-1)
3. Peach County (10-0)
4. St. Pius (10-0)
5. Baldwin (8-2)
6. Jackson (10-0)
7. North Hall (8-2)
8. LaGrange (8-2)
9. Washington County (9-1)
10. Ridgeland (9-1)

CLASS AA
1. Calhoun (10-0)
2. Fitzgerald (10-0)
3. Buford (9-1)
4. Jefferson County (10-0)
5. Charlton County (9-0-1)
6. Lovett (9-1)
7. Jefferson (10-0)
8. Swainsboro (9-1)
9. Westminster (7-3)
10. Chattooga (9-1)

CLASS A
1. Wesleyan (10-0)
2. Savannah Christian (10-0)
3. Lincoln County (9-1)
4. ECI (9-1)
5. Twiggs County (9-1)
6. Greenville (10-0)
7. Wilcox County (8-2)
8. Holy Innocents’ (9-1)
9. Wilkinson County (8-2)
10. Bowdon (9-1)

589 comments Add your comment

Valdosta Dawg

November 8th, 2009
5:37 pm

Well hang on to you underwear Todd but Valdosta will upset Newnan this Friday. We are not going to let Coach Tomberlin go out with a first round loss, GO CATS!

Callitlikeitis

November 8th, 2009
5:38 pm

I do not see Buford making it to the finals this year. I saw them in a game this year and usually see them every year. And the Buford team this year is the weakest team that I have seen in years. They will get tripped up in probably the 2nd or 3rd or 4th round of the playoffs.

Callitlikeitis

November 8th, 2009
5:44 pm

Valdosta Dawg, I feel that Valdosta can beat Newnan if they bribg their A game. They were competitive with Northside Warner Robins and should have beat them. That game gave me great insight into Valdosta’s potential. Newnan plays in a weak region but they are still a good football team. I think Valdosta will upset Newnan.

randy prosen

November 8th, 2009
5:48 pm

Give me a break CAMDEN COUNTY is going back to the DOME

Come on Kevin

November 8th, 2009
6:04 pm

Valdosta wont beat Newnan.

Summit Dawg

November 8th, 2009
6:23 pm

I thought with my old Alma Mata, E.C.I. losing all those great players, Ealey, Lanier, and Moody, they wouldn’t do well this season. Well, I was wrong, and glad to be. Coach Turner is showing he is a terrific coach, and I understand there’s another Ealey there.
That being said, I believe Wesleyan will take it all in A….They looked awsome in the Dome last year, but………..Washaun was only about 65% in that game!!!! Go E.C.I. “DAWGS”!!!!

BulldawgBite

November 8th, 2009
6:25 pm

Valdosta will get no more than 7 points against newnan.

Again no love for the Chee

November 8th, 2009
6:42 pm

I don’t care if it is Rec ball or HS going undefeated playing teams like Clarke Central, Loganville, Rockdale and Winder Barrow, ok maybe not Winder Barrow, you must have a good team. Don’t fall in love wtih SWD and Griffin or you just might get surprised!!!

Creekview (Not Creekside) dad

November 8th, 2009
7:30 pm

Hey, what attention to detail. I don’t thank Creekside made the playoffs for AAA. Show some respect and report the right team. ITS CREEKVIEW, they are ranked 9th in AAA in AP poll.

Dshep

November 8th, 2009
7:43 pm

Valdosta will be lucky to score against Newnan. I cant figure out what kind of Koolaid you people have been smoking. Just like last year>>>people say they are in weak region but they wind up in title game.

Dshep

November 8th, 2009
7:43 pm

studentofthegame

November 8th, 2009
7:44 pm

The Playoffs are here time for the GRIFFIN BEARS to show and prove!!!!!

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LHS

November 8th, 2009
7:53 pm

Lassiter may be the one to take State this year…we’ll see. It’s hard to stop a freight trane of an offense.

Callitlikeitis

November 8th, 2009
8:07 pm

When Newnan goes against a good south georgia team, they choke..like last year against Camden County. That game was over with in the 1st quarter..I was at the game.

cj

November 8th, 2009
8:16 pm

I think that Peach County can beat Gainsville, because they have a grind it out offense. Even though their fans cry when they lose I think that Lagrange can beat Baldwin. But no one will beat Carver. The offense and defense are clicking. Too, many good players and great coaching.

TNGADAWG

November 8th, 2009
8:22 pm

Based on his rankings for AAAAA, Todd is obviously a North Georgia Yankee. Wow is that top heavy with NGA teams or what? Also he has Lowndes ranked much higher than a team that beat them. You can just throw out that one loss Northside/WR has. That is always a bloody war in Warner Robins and can go either way. Don’t be surprised if there is at least 3 teams in the semifinals from 1-AAAAA, and maybe even all four !! Todd, you should have gone with your upset in the 2nd round. No way Stephenson beats Colquitt Co’s Packers. There’s your sleeper right there, flying in under the radar.

NorthStarsDave

November 8th, 2009
8:38 pm

Come on….Lassiter vs. Colquitt in the Quarters….Coach Lindsey vs. Mentor, Coach Propst…Call MTV!!!

NorthStarsDave

November 8th, 2009
8:40 pm

Hey LHS…it’s T-R-A-I-N as in freight….T-R-A-N-E is an air conditioner….doof!

HomeFieldAdvantage

November 8th, 2009
8:46 pm

I just hope Lowndes beats East Coweta this Friday. My crystal ball is too cloudy to see beyond one game at a time. But I do appreciate Mr. Todd’s confidence for picking us to win the title (THANKS), well not really confidence because he went on to say we’d probably get upset. But still, he did pick us to win.

I agree with the person who said Valdosta could also win this Friday in Newnan. They lost to Northside 16-13, missed three field goals and one extra point when their kicker had a hip pointer, and defeated Warner Robins at the MAC. I think they are very capable of beating Newnan. Like EagleNationRising is so famous for doing, I am putting Newnan on upset alert.

Other possible upset are Windsor Forest vs Union Grove, Colquitt vs Westlake and Etowah vs South Gwinnett.

SanityRules

November 8th, 2009
8:51 pm

Some of these south Georgia people are getting silly with this superior 1-AAAAA talk. Valdosta will not beat Newnan. Let’s take a look at Valdosta’s schedule. They beat 2 weak teams out of 3-AAAAA. They beat a 2-8 Jonesboro team. They lost every game against a winning team except for Warner Robins who didn’t make the playoffs. You talk about a weak schedule. They’ll face a real team Friday and it won’t be close.

SanityRules

November 8th, 2009
8:58 pm

I rather be a strong team in a weak region than a weak team in a strong region. It worked well for Camden County in 2003 and 2008.

BulldawgBite

November 8th, 2009
9:01 pm

look for south gwinnett to beat lassiter in round two. this is a very good team no one is talking about. their only loss is to grayson and they had 2 touchdowns called back and they were on the road. they have an outstanding offense led by kent rollins. round 2 will be a shootout between those two teams.

Chattoogatrion

November 8th, 2009
9:21 pm

Why, after all of these weeks, do you finally put Chattooga in the top 10 when you are picking them to lose in the first round? That makes absolutely no sense.

inthatrenches

November 8th, 2009
9:34 pm

Valdosta Dawg Ask Tift about coming to Newnan last year they got some undue (region1) respect up till halftime then the wheels fell off
Camden came here with the weak region argument you region 1 guy’s always make and took Newnan down on the way to the Championship the region vs region argument should be squashed Most regions have 1 dominant team you guy’s have two (Lowndes and NSWR) that really is the only difference the other teams are respectable but very beatable Congrats to Valdosta they are very respected and I am sure the Newnan faithful and team know this but when kickoff occurs all bets are off and it will be like any other Friday night football game in Georgia….

BEARMAN

November 8th, 2009
9:49 pm

CARVELL’S PICKS, HE LIVES OUT ON 285 AT ATLANTA REGIONAL HOSPITAL! GOOD JOB!

BEARMAN

November 8th, 2009
9:57 pm

CARVELL PAID HOLCOMB OFF! GOOD LUCK TOO BOTH.

mr sinclair

November 8th, 2009
10:10 pm

todd,,,you dont have to be scared..those yellow jackets from sprayberry are dangerous…2 losees to undefeted teams,total of 8 points and lost to dalton by 4….hmmmmmm i said they would destroy sequoya,,,and upset marist…that game wont be close…watch and tell….ill see you there and then we will talk about the matchup against griffn…

BlackAngel

November 8th, 2009
10:16 pm

Let it be known that I have seen Stephenson High School play football and that will be a tough task for any team to elimante them. That is talented group of football players Offensively and Defensively. TNGADAWG… ARE YOU SERIOUS ABOUT YOUR SLEEPER? COLQIUTT CO.?

LionsMom4Ever

November 8th, 2009
10:27 pm

OK, Lions, I’m not giving up on you! You’re just gonna have to shake off the loss from Friday and get your heads back into the game! Your fans all know that you CAN do it!

lowndesvikes011

November 8th, 2009
10:37 pm

GO VIKINGS GO!!!

hustle boi ceo

November 8th, 2009
10:42 pm

Im on this website from my phone so i will get straight to the point. Every 1-AAAAA will win this friday night, the only close game will be the newman-valdosta game IF the valdosta players stop getting into trouble. Oh and uh, im lookin forward to the rematch between lowndes-northside warner robins and lowndes-grayson.

fan

November 8th, 2009
11:07 pm

grayson R.B is very good and fast no one stop them this year.

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indianman

November 8th, 2009
11:31 pm

vidalia will beat appling county

GainesvilleALLTHEWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 8th, 2009
11:42 pm

gainesville will win state in AAA…

dirty

November 9th, 2009
12:05 am

carver columbus will win state in AAA. Best RB in state I. Crowell

War Lodge

November 9th, 2009
12:13 am

I think the Chattooga Indians will be better than a one and done team. it’s hard to get respect outside the metro areas.

Big Picture

November 9th, 2009
12:25 am

St. Pius is overrated. A very young Dunwoody team held them in check and exposed them for what they are Overrated. You remove them from their home stadium and they are done for the season. Dunwoody will play the same amount games as the number 4th ranked team in the state. LOL

Todd Holcomb

November 9th, 2009
12:53 am

”Why, after all of these weeks, do you finally put Chattooga in the top 10 when you are picking them to lose in the first round? That makes absolutely no sense.”

Chattoogatrion: I’m picking the No. 6 team in the state to beat the No. 10 team in the state. Why doesn’t that make sense?

“I don’t care if it is Rec ball or HS going undefeated playing teams like Clarke Central, Loganville, Rockdale and Winder Barrow, ok maybe not Winder Barrow, you must have a good team.”

Apalachee is a good team. We agree about that. I just don’t expect them to beat Marist.

“Based on his rankings for AAAAA, Todd is obviously a North Georgia Yankee. Wow is that top heavy with NGA teams or what?”

Class AAAAA is top heavy with NGA teams overall. The rankings reflect that.

“I think the Chattooga Indians will be better than a one and done team. it’s hard to get respect outside the metro areas.”

Do you notice who Chattooga is playing?

Calhoun is from Chattooga’s neck of the woods. They are ranked No. 1. This has nothing to do with where your school is located. It has to do with qualify of wins and history of success. I don’t think anyone outside of NW Georgia is picking Chattooga to beat Lovett.

Todd Holcomb

November 9th, 2009
1:02 am

Sorry about the Creekview thing. … These new schools need to be careful not to sound so much like existing schools! I do like the nickname Grizzlies, though. : )

UGASlobberknocker

November 9th, 2009
1:04 am

Im thinking Sprayberry all the way

TNGADAWG

November 9th, 2009
1:14 am

TO BLACKANGEL: Serious as a heart attack !! Just ask Northside/WR, after last Friday night. DO NOT be surprised if CCHS beats Stephenson. Of course they have to beat Westlake first, but that is a given, even if CCHS is a lower seed. Lower seed in a strong region beats a higher seed in a weak region.
TO TODD/AJC: The fact that NGA has more AAAAA teams should have no bearing whatsoever on the rankings. It should not be based on quantity, but QUALITY. Please tell me you don’t do that???

Old Gold

November 9th, 2009
1:39 am

Calhoun take the crown this year…

BLACKGOLD

November 9th, 2009
1:52 am

EVERTHING MUST COME THROUGH FITZGERALD THIS YEAR GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!

Smartguy

November 9th, 2009
1:52 am

Todd,

I’ll buy you dinner if Lowndes OR North Gwinnett makes the state finals.

JAMES HOLLAND

November 9th, 2009
2:18 am

Valdosta has a NEW QB the past two weeks, who replaced the original starting QB that got himself into a tad of “DISCIPLINARY PROBLEMS”, whic in turns out has been a golden find for the Wildcats. It turns out that for the second week in a row, senior quarterback Chad Prain was the Wildcats’ offensive leader. He has been playing other positions, but in a pinch called upon to take over as QB and is performing in an outstanding manner. It is a shame he was not the STARTING QB since the beinning of the season, otherwise the VAALDOSTA WILDCATS RECORD would possibly be 10-0. But Cats can live with Spilled Milk and mak of the rest of the Season with this fine unselfish young man. Just you all take note again: His name is “Chad Prain”. On sat. Nov. 7, 2009 Prain completed 9-of-13 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown, while rushing for 75 yards and two touchdowns on 11 carries. Not bad for his second outing asz a Quarter Back folks.

BLACKGOLD

November 9th, 2009
2:40 am

AA IS THE SEC OF HIGHSCHOOL FOOTBALL

GainesvilleALLTHEWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

November 9th, 2009
2:46 am

gainesville will win AAA.best receiver..best qb..best defense…best everything..gainesville will win…