It’s the great debate every year: Which of Georgia’s five classifications has the best football? The big boys of Class AAAAA? They usually get the nod because of the sheer size of schools that provide a bigger talent pool of athletes.
Can Georgia’s smaller high schools compete with the state’s biggest programs in football?
Last week, there were some David vs. Goliath-like results that turned heads: Then-unranked Cook of Class AA had a 15-9 win over then-No. 5 Colquitt County of Class AAAAA, which advanced to the state semifinals; Fitzgerald (AA) also knocked off Tift County (AAAAA) 40-26.
Jess Simpson is coach of Buford, the three-time Class AA state champions. “Class AA is dadgum tough. We lost an outstanding program in Charlton County (dropping to Class A) but gained another great one in Carver-Columbus (dropping from Class AAA). Yes, look what those two teams — Cook and Fitzgerald — did last week. I don’t know, but that will get your attention. Class AA is pretty salty. You take the top 10 teams in AA and they will compete with most teams around the state. The top 10 teams in Class AA, I’m not saying they will win every game, but they would be competitive in most every game against any team from any classification on Friday night.”
Jeff Herron is coach of Camden County, the two-time state champions of the state’s largest classification (AAAAA). “There are several AA and AAA and maybe an A team that compete with a lot of teams, especially when it’s an one-night thing. We played Charlton County my first four years … and we were fortunate to win [in the two road games], and one of those years we went to the state semifinals. I didn’t read a whole lot into [the upsets] this early in the year. Certainly, you’re talking about some good schools. Cook and Fitzgerald has some good players and good coaches, they could compete with anybody. Now could they go into Region 1-AAAAA and win it? No, I don’t think so. Could they beat anyone in that region on a given night? Yes, it could happen.”
Now it’s YOUR turn: Which of Georgia’s five classifications is the strongest? And what is your best memory of a David beating a Goliath over the years? Please post below.