Georgia High School Football Spring Preview AJC 30 In 30 Series: Peachtree Ridge Lions

I thought No. 10 was the best prospect/player in the entire state of Georgia last year. People laughed at the time, because he was committed to Vanderbilt. Brad Roby got the last laugh, as the big-time schools charged hard toward the end, including heavy interest from UGA. He signed with UGA. Too bad for Peachtree Ridge, he has graduated (AJC)

I thought No. 10 was the best prospect/player in the entire state of Georgia last year. People laughed at the time, because he was committed to Vanderbilt. Brad Roby got the last laugh, as the big-time schools charged hard toward the end, including heavy interest from UGA. He signed with Ohio State. Too bad for Peachtree Ridge, he has graduated (AJC)

(This is part of the AJC’s “30 in 30″ series — with quick hits on top high school football teams across the metro area and state during spring football practice. We’re doing 30 football teams in 30 days. Click here for a master list. Hey AJC, what about spring sports? You know, the non-football sports? Go here)

If you can count on one thing in recent years, it’s that Peachtree Ridge will be among the best teams in Georgia’s largest classification (Class AAAAA).

The Suwanee school has won 10 or more games in three out of the last four years, including two appearance in the state championship.

What about next year? Peachtree Ridge will have some opponents seeing double, as it will be led by wonder twins — Tanner and Tyler Botts.

The Botts brothers are both 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, and they will be three-year starters. Tanner is a returning All-State linebacker, while Tyler is an All-Region defensive end. They will be counted on heavily to be the team leaders for next year.

Peachtree Ridge suffered heavy losses to graduation, losing 14 of 22 starters. A major objective of the spring is to find a new QB. The team’s best offensive lineman, Alex Jauregui (6-6, 285), will miss the spring with an undisclosed injury.

The Lions are expecting big things out of a couple of newcomers, RB Rahim Dixon (5-10, 210) and DL Tony Porter (5-10, 210).

Team: Peachtree Ridge

Spring Game: May 22

Spring practice dates: May 10-22

Last year’s record: 10-2

Starters lost: 14

Head coach: Bill Ballard

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33 comments Add your comment

SportsFan31313

May 3rd, 2010
1:05 pm

I believe that Peachtree Ridge will have their hands full this year inside their very own Region.

chris

May 3rd, 2010
1:15 pm

Wouldn’t a pair of twins be four players?

PR #!

May 3rd, 2010
1:28 pm

I’m sick of hearing about overrated teams like Grayon and North Gwinnett, who always find reasons to fall apart in the playoffs. Booo hoooo.

Peachtree Ridge is REAL DEAL.

Jay212033

May 3rd, 2010
2:42 pm

“Peachtree Ridge is REAL DEAL.”

LOL sure they are.

BR

May 3rd, 2010
4:21 pm

@Sportsfan31313…I agree with you.. it will be hard to replace 14 starters out of 22.

Jack

May 3rd, 2010
7:35 pm

What a pathetic caption in that picture. If morons laughed at Roby for being committed to Vanderbilt, then they are fools. They are also fools for championing Roby at Ohio State cause he’ll likely never see the field to his RS Senior year there. I’m convinced there are fools that cover high school football in this state.

Michael Carvell

May 3rd, 2010
9:44 pm

Jack: Thanks for your opinion. Everybody is entitled to one. That was mine. We’ll see if Roby makes on the field before he is a “RS Senior.” Thanks again for posting.

THEHILLISREAL

May 3rd, 2010
9:59 pm

I guess this will be the first year NG, will feel some comfort in there region schedule.

BR

May 3rd, 2010
10:25 pm

@Jack…why are you so bitter and what do you know about the Roby kid since you say he will not see the field until is RS senior year? I have no idea why grown people post stuff tearing down these kids instead of building them up…These kids need our support…

6AAAA FAN

May 4th, 2010
10:06 am

@THEHILLISREAL you may be right about the NG schedule; but I see no comfort for your Mays team in region 6AAAA

Mays Ride

May 4th, 2010
11:47 am

Its not going to be an easy road to the playoffs but I guarantee we will make it and be in the running for the #1 seed from Regin 6AAAA

cougarfan

May 4th, 2010
12:41 pm

peachtree vs newnan sept 10 2nd game none region. should be a good game. both taking big hit to graduation. p/r on offense and newnan on defense. it will be a good test for both teams before they start their region games. good luck to all this year.

Terry

May 4th, 2010
1:06 pm

I wouldn’t rule Peachtree Ridge out of the running next season especially with so many students to choose from. Their dome game should be a good test and when they come to Newnan on Sept. 10 will give us an idea how good they will be.

Terry

May 4th, 2010
1:20 pm

Cougarfan, I think Newnan’s offense will be better than the Russell Powell led offense of ‘08. The defense biggest needs may be in the secondary. A lot of athletes but in need of playing time but should be ready to roll mid season.

Northside Observer

May 4th, 2010
1:47 pm

Peachtree Ridge against Newnan should be a great game. Northside Warner Robins played them last year and won by a margin with both. Peachtree Ridge had the best defense we played while Newnan was very balance on both sides of the ball. Sorry, we dropped down to AAAA for the next two years.

SouthGARules

May 4th, 2010
3:51 pm

Don’t worry about the Ridge. They will still be a playoff team in Region 7-AAAAA along with North Gwinnett, Norcross & Collins Hill. The region gets weaker with Chattahoochee, North Forsyth, Northview & South Forsyth gone & Meadowcreek & Mountain View coming in. Throw in Mill Creek & Duluth and there is a difference between the haves & have nots.
Agree with Terry: Newnan-P’tree Ridge game should be a good measuring stick for both schools.

SportsFan31313

May 4th, 2010
4:19 pm

Greetings BR,

Yes i do believe that P-Ridge will definitely have their hands due to so many graduates leaving this year. How ever; some ot the other team that region are also experienceing several losses as well. This will be a very interesting year for the Ridge…..

Terry

May 4th, 2010
5:29 pm

What do you guys think of the new region lineups in AAAAA this year? 1-AAAAA is still tough but they don’t have many teams. 2-AAAAA could possibly be right up there with region 1 with additions of Newnan, Westlake and East Coweta. Too bad Camden County couldn’t hook up with region 1.

cith slicker

May 4th, 2010
8:38 pm

THANKS TERRY GO TO THE SOUTH GWINETT ARTICLE/BLOG AND JOIN MY AGRUMENT

Camden Alum

May 4th, 2010
11:06 pm

lol cith slicker.. still at it.. terry dont join his side. thats one thing we always wanted. i would have loved to play in region 1. i know it would have been a dog fight, but i have no reason to believe that we wouldnt have still won 9-10 games year in and year out in regular season play. you think we like beating up on smaller teams all year? honestly its not even fun beating those savanna teams.. i get a kick out of beating the breaks off of teams from atlanta who are “the elite talent.”
smh.. when will yall get it? camden owns GA, not just region 3.. speaking football of cource. i tip my hat to the other sports, were not there, yet. but as far as hs football goes.. to get on our level youll need a space shuttle or a ladder thats forever.. the wins add up. i mean the non region wins. and the amount of kids that play on the next level. see everyone forgets. to win a state championship 8 games our of 15 are non region. that means more than 50% of games played in the last two seasons, (and we can throw my senior year in, which was 7 out of 14, bringing the total to 3 years) were non region games. tell me the excuse for the other 23 teams that arent in our region from the past 3 seasons respectivly.
the list includes but is not limited to:

Warner robins
Aiken (SC)
Grayson
Tift
PTR
NSWR (twice)
Lowndes

thats just a few of the many teams that year in and year out are among the elite talent.. but camden still gets no respect. i just dont get it. it baffles me. camden will beat anybody they line up against 9 out of 10 times. take that to the bank with you..

Camden Alum

May 5th, 2010
2:11 am

Not to mention going to Newnan and beating them on their own field in 08, or going to north gwinette and playing freshman by the mid 4th quarter in 09.. im just sayin..

cougar fan

May 5th, 2010
10:20 am

camden alum the problem is and i think everyones complaint is all of the teams that you face in the playoffs have had a tough schedule all year. our kids are beat up we have injuries to our starters and then we have to play camden who is healthy because they play weak teams all season with a simple schedule. the 08 year you refered to we played tift county and north gwinnett before we played camden. so no we dont play a weak schedule. this year are schedule is tougher with the ridge, mlk,stephenson woodstock,newton,westlake,lagrange,east coweta. if any of these teams make it to the play offs they earned it.

Camden Alum

May 5th, 2010
1:08 pm

cougar fan, i understand that part. i agree our schedule is rather easy as far as region play. but camden seeks the best competion possible in our 3 non region games at the beginning of each season. and by the time the state championship rolls around, a months worth of opponents (round 1-4) are the best teams left in the state. so going 5-0 in the last one third of the season is a big deal, and should get us some respect. do you realize camden had to play these last five games to win a state championship last season:

Newton
Lowndes
North Gwinnete
Colquitt
Northside WR

Can you even draw up a tougher five games than that? all played in a row. 5 consecutive weeks. hands down the hardest path to the state championship last year. there is no questioning how tough those kids are every year. that is a grueling schedule that i dont think most teams would make it threw..

SportsFan31313

May 6th, 2010
4:21 pm

Colquitt County is the team to watch this year.

RealityBites

May 7th, 2010
1:47 pm

Interesting to see that the majority of posters are looking right past PTR’s opening opponent in the dome, McEachern. I think they will give PTR more than just a test. I don’t think you will have to wait for the Newnan game to use as a measuring stick…

SportsFan31313

May 8th, 2010
11:33 am

RealityBites,

I don’t think everyone is looking past P-Ridge, but I must say that as much as I like P-Ridge, they are in a rebuilding year. They lost a lot of great starters. This is not a Camden County where they have a dep depth chart. This will be an interesting year for the Ridge.

SportsFan31313

May 8th, 2010
11:34 am

Sorry for the typo. I was trying to say a “deep” depth chart.

Quinn of the Ridge

May 17th, 2010
4:12 pm

Greetings all, I’ve noticed that a few country bumpkins haven’t missed a beat in wanting to bash North GA teams while they prop up and promote their own team(s) on a conversation about Peachtree Ridge. Do we have the veterans we had last year? No. But, we do have a more motivated bunch this year. Our focus this year should be trying to stay focused, and playing quality football every week. To make a run at a title, we will need to be more creative on offense than we have been, and not allowing big plays on defense which allow the other team back into the game. I look forward to a good year in Peachtree Ridge football, and can’t wait until the Newnan game, not to mention the revenge we want against Roswell and North Gwinnett.

cougar fan

May 19th, 2010
1:53 pm

quinn, you are in the same position newnan is in rebuilding mode. we are loosiing alto off defense to graduation and we have a tough schedule this year. it will be a real chalenge to win our 5th region title in a row, there are alot of good programs that can beat you at anytime. our first test will be lagrange they are always tough even for a 4-a team.no one should over look them thay have always been a good program. i am not sure but i think mlk and stephenson both lost alot of talent to grad. this year as well. newton i no nothing about i will have to research them.

prAndNorthGA fan

May 23rd, 2010
8:02 pm

PR may have lost a lot of seniors who were starters last year, they got some kids who may be better and are just waiting on the wings. Ballard is in the top 5 coaches in GHSF and knows how to get his kids ready to compete. Stay tuned!!!

True Blue Fan

June 3rd, 2010
12:25 pm

Ahhhh Yeah! Im so pumped for this season. We have the best lineman possibly in the counrty, definitely in the state, in Casey Harrison. He is going to be a sophomore. He is soo good its insane. You watch him and you are like “Is that Michael Oher?” then youre like no, that kids white. But GOD IS HE GOOD. I heard he is already talking to LSU, UGA, and Southern California. SO you better be looking for Casey Scott Harrison in 2010, or he’ll kill you

Boo

June 16th, 2010
2:00 pm

@PRNandNGAFAN:What players does PR have waiting in the wings? they lost alot of starters from last year and are in a rebuilding mode.The cupboard isnt bare,but there are only 10-15 seniors compared to over30 last year. The majority of this years seniors played Junior Varsity, which went undefeated and a few other “would be” seniors didnt return this year. Alot of the top Incoming Freshman have enrolled at other schools like Buford,and Duluth(with Coach Jarvis from MLK). It will be interesting to say the least, but I think they have enough to finish in the top half of there region.

BR

September 15th, 2010
9:48 am

Good job PR for starting the season 3-0…Go LIONS!!!!