Newton (4-0) is ranked for first time since 1995

Newton is ranked for the first time since 1995, entering the poll at No. 10 in Class AAAAA place of idle Grayson.


That was a tough call because some will say that beating Newnan (1-3) doesn’t mean what it used to, and that Newton didn’t look that great in doing it. Newton committed six turnovers, and Newnan was without its top running back.


But I try to ignore that stuff because it’s a slippery slope of subjectivity. Bottom line is that Newton is unbeaten against a similar schedule that Grayson (3-1) has faced, so in go the Rams. They’ll have to validate their ranking against East Coweta (4-0) this week.


One thing I like about ranking Newton (although it had no factor in the decision) is that it sheds light on an interesting story over in Covington. Newton fired its coach, Nick Collins, just before the season and promoted Cortez Allen to replace him. The team has persevered.


Also, there’s a running back named Akeem Hunt who has been perhaps the state’s best back that nobody talks about. He rushed for 133 yards in the win over Newnan, scored the winning TD in overtime and also ran a kick back 96 yards to get Newton in the game after it trailed 15-0 in the third quarter. …


Other rambling thoughts …


Warner Robins is 0-4 for the first time since 1966. That’s also the year that Northside beat Warner Robins for the first time ever, and it game in Warner Robins’ fifth game. Warner Robins plays Northside. …


Kell has beaten five straight unbeaten teams. All five – Etowah, Woodstock, East Paulding, Hiram and Grayson — still would be unbeaten if not for losing to Kell. Next for Kell? Unbeaten Pope. That’s pretty cool. …


Camden County has called off school Friday so that students and staff can travel to Fort Lauderdale to see the Camden-St. Thomas Aquinas game. Win that one and Camden is a serious threat to win some sort of national title. …


Congrats to Marion County (5-0), which is ranked for the first time ever this week. Only one in 187 Georgians can find Marion County on a map.


Valdosta beats Brunswick 64-62, and Lowndes beats Ware County 3-0. Weird.


Cook plays Fitzgerald in a big one Friday in Region 1-AA.


More big games that I haven’t mentioned …


Valdosta (5-0) at M.L. King (3-1)

Brookwood (4-1) at South Gwinnett (4-1)
Wesleyan (5-0) at Pace Academy (4-0)
Eastside (4-1) at Sandy Creek (4-0)


1. Camden County (4-0)

2. North Gwinnett (5-0)

3. Peachtree Ridge (5-0)

4. McEachern (3-1)

5. Lowndes (5-1)

6. Stephenson (4-0)

7. Norcross (5-0)

8. Valdosta (5-0)

9. South Gwinnett (4-1)

10. Newton (4-0)


Class AAAA
1. Northside-Warner Robins (4-0)

2. Clarke Central (4-0)

3. Tucker (5-0)

4. Kell (5-0)

5. Griffin (5-0)

6. Marist (4-1)

7. Flowery Branch (5-0)

8. Thomas County Central (3-1)

9. Chattahoochee (4-0)

10. East Paulding (4-1)


Class AAA
1. Peach County (5-0)

2. Sandy Creek (4-0)

3. Cairo (5-0)

4. Carrollton (5-0)

5. Baldwin (5-0)

6. St. Pius (4-1)

7. Eastside (4-1)

8. Woodward Academy (4-0)

9. Gainesville (3-1)

10. Cartersville (4-0)


Class AA

1. Carver-Columbus (4-0)

2. Buford (4-1)

3. Calhoun (4-0)

4. Cook (4-0)

5. Dublin (4-0)

6. Thomasville (4-1)

7. Westminster (2-2)

8. Fitzgerald (4-1)

9. Swainsboro (4-0)

10. Lovett (2-2)


Class A
1. Charlton County (5-0)

2. Wesleyan (5-0)

3. Clinch County (5-0)

4. Savannah Christian (4-0)

5. Wilcox County (4-1)

6. Lincoln County (4-1)

7. Eagle’s Landing Christian (4-0)

8. Johnson County (5-0)

9. Darlington (4-1)

10. Marion County (5-0)

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September 26th, 2010
3:03 pm

Go Rams!!!

September 26th, 2010
5:50 pm

I was at the Newton vs. Newnan game and that Akeem Hunt is for real. He carried the Rams on his back. They will be tested the next 3 games though with East Coweta, Stephenson, and ML King. WOW, what a region!!!

raider brigade dad

September 26th, 2010
5:50 pm

About time east Paulding gets some respect, thanks AJC


September 26th, 2010
5:58 pm

Both Newton and Eastside ranked in the Top Ten of classes
AAAAA and AAA respectively.
Let’s hear it for good ole Covington


September 26th, 2010
6:03 pm

I know Northside WR and Clarke Central are always good teams, play in tougher divisions and blah, blah, blah. But neither of them have played anyone good yet this year. I’m not trying to take away from their undefeated record, but I don’t think they deserve the top 2 spots in AAAA until they show us what they can do against another team that can win.

team—————————opponent record
Northside WR —————– 4-13
Clarke Central —————– 5-13
Tucker ————————— 10-15
Kell ——————————- 19-5

It’s almost like the debates on BCS rankings that everyone makes in college football. Boise State plays awful teams year long and goes undefeated. If Alabama goes undefeated playing top teams, no way anyone is going to pick Boise State of them. Forgetting about what the teams have done in the past, NSWR and Clarke Central are the Boise State here and Kell is the ‘Bama.

I don’t know what a team like Kell would do against any of the teams ahead of them (we won’t know until playoffs), but what team has done what Kell is doing this year? Wish I had the time to do the research, because I don’t think there are teams that have gone undefeated with a schedule like their’s in a long time.

Once again, all of these teams are great. They are undefeated because they know how to play good football. But the rankings should be about the now, not past opinions of a team. Maybe I’m a biased Kell fan, but if you looked at the numbers without knowing which team it was then a team like Kell would easily be the top pick.

SWD fan

September 26th, 2010
6:13 pm

I can’t believe that SWD and Parkview are having tough seasons this year. They are normally ranked every year. I guess everyone has a down year. Hopefully they can bounce back next year.

The Cannon Rules!

September 26th, 2010
6:27 pm


Kell has Pope, Sprayberry, Osborne & North Paulding left on their schedule…even IF Kell loses one of these 4 games and EAST wins out KELL still wins the Region…after seeing North Paulding friday night no way they beat KELL, and not yet seeing Sprayberry (EAST plays at Sprayberry this week),
or Pope it appears one of these two teams have the best shot at an upset win over KELL…

of course KELL can always let OSBORNE beat them, that would make their season!!!

So yeah I will go ahead a call KELL the REGION 5NAAAA Champs “in waiting”!!!

I think it’s looking like EAST at #2, HIRAM #3, North Paulding (for now) #4…Pope & Sprayberry may have something to say about the #3 & #4 spot!!!



September 26th, 2010
7:05 pm

Hiram will be ranked again at the end… We Will win out…..if we stop senseless penalties…..Too many penalties…..Hiram will battle EAST for #2… Kell will go undefeated…..and I hope North claims #4…..

Legend of Len Barker

September 26th, 2010
7:06 pm

Clinch will run the table until the last week of the season. Charlton should do the same, though playing in Rochelle against Wilcox could be interesting (Clinch had them in Homerville). Last game of the regular season is between the two and that could be your state championship right there … pending a rematch in the playoffs.

I saw Clarke Central play week one. They were a little bit loose. If they’ve gelled a bit since then, they’re going to be pretty tough.

I believe the Marion County figure is a little high. Perhaps one in 187 Georgians has heard of Marion County. About one in 5,233 can find it. One in 10,724 can properly pronounce ‘Buena Vista.’

blu eagle

September 26th, 2010
7:14 pm

Kell is the new team on the block and you are already proclaiming them champions. Puleeze,get a grip on reality, you haven’t won state championships, haven’t been in grueling playoff runs to prove yourself. NSWR deserves top ranking after winning arguably the toughest region in the state last year, going long into the playoffs,and have back the core of that team that is even better. The only thing that is correct is that they haven’t played anybody.They would hand Kell their head in a basket count on it!


September 26th, 2010
7:18 pm

You’re ignoring George Walton Academy in Monroe at your own risk. You’ll have egg on your face by the end of the season

hsfb fan

September 26th, 2010
7:28 pm

kell Longhorns!

s. hudson

September 26th, 2010
7:45 pm

@ legend of len barker:
I am from marion county and yes we are 5-0!….our boys are doing a great job this season considering that one of their teammates died on the field during practice last year. I believe they are doing this for him! We have a great squad and an amazing bunch of boys…’And for ya’ll that don’t know ‘Buena Vista’ is spanish for ‘Beautiful View’ and that it is! And after this season, everybody will have heard of Marion County High School! Go Eagles!


September 26th, 2010
7:52 pm

These rankings shows how AAAA is better than AAAAA
1. Camden County vs Northside Warner Robins… Camden
2. North Gwinnett vs Clarke Central… North Gwinnett
3. Peachtree Ridge vs Tucker… Tucker
4. McEachern vs Kell… Kell
5. Lowndes vs Griffin… Griffin
6. Stephenson vs Marist… Marist
7. Norcross vs Flowery Branch… Flowery Branch
8. Valdosta vs Thomas County Central… Thomas County Central
9. South Gwinnett vs Chattochee… South Gwinnett
10. Newton vs East Paulding… East Paulding

AAAAA has to watch out for MLK who has a great offense but a horrible defense
AAAA has to watch out for Mays who knows how good they really are until they play Tucker on OCT 8

Mr. Johnson

September 26th, 2010
8:24 pm

I won’t be surprised if MLK beats Valdosta next Saturday… They are so explosive on offense and if they can get a few stops on defense they will be in the top 10 by next Sunday.


September 26th, 2010
8:27 pm

Joe, Your an idiot.comparing 4A to 5A, look at all of them and Buford will kick your butts.

We Drink This State

September 26th, 2010
8:27 pm

Valdosta should be ranked ahead of Lowndes County at this time.

Tommy Watson

September 26th, 2010
8:34 pm

Everyone one is forgetting about my team Upson-Lee down here in Thomaston ga. This friday night we gone smash Whitewater and show them how we run the veer. We going to the State. Our Quarterback is being recruited by CMR.


September 26th, 2010
8:36 pm

Blu Eagle, you are completely missing my point there. It’s a new year. Shouldn’t the rankings be of what a team has done on the current season, not the past? Players graduate, teams change. It’s a new season.

I’m not ready to crown Kell champs. What the rankings say now is not the state champion. My view is that they say who looks the best right now. We’ll crown the state champs when someone wins that game.

The Cannon Rules!

September 26th, 2010
8:38 pm

blu eagle…

My post concerning KELL is that they are positioned to win the REGION 5N AAAA Championship…at this point NOTHING else as we still have a LOT of football left to play!!

So far KELL has proven themselves by beating Grayson on a neutral field in the Dome, then winning 2 at home and 2 away all against previously unbeaten teams! You may not like it but until someone beats KELL they deserve the ranking and the playoff talk.


September 26th, 2010
8:50 pm

Goldenglove002…….Congrats to Kell with their early success , yes Kell has defeated 5 undefeated teams . But have you checked Etowah , Woodstock ,Grayson , EP and Hiram ’s opponents.. ?

Lowndes 96

September 26th, 2010
8:56 pm

Im not sure what your drinking, but im sure if you take a look at your opponents win loss ratio you will see that you are lucky to be in the top ten at all. I mean your offence only scored ten points against an 0 and 4 team friday night. The defence is the only reason the score looked respectable, and that was a home game!! You will travel for the first time friday… you will get a chance to show your worth then. You wont be ranked ahead of lowndes untill you beat us, see you in two weeks…. Ya’lls door mat scedual is over!!!!


September 26th, 2010
9:08 pm

Cannon Rules……The problem with your region is you guys don’t get around the state much in Non-region play…….Hiram went undefeated last season and got shut out in the 3rd round by Clarke..No ones really knows how good or bad region 5 teams are until the playoffs……Your region beats up on each other every year and then Flame out in the playoffs each year……NSWR and Tucker are established champions with rings , winning traditons and numerous region championships between them……Why should Kell jump either because of a handful of wins over a few average teams……..Kell will have the playoffs to prove themselves ..If they are region champs ,they’ll have a good 2nd round matchup win either Flowery Branch or Clarke cent……..Then we can go from there.


September 26th, 2010
9:14 pm

Reeze, if you want to look at things like that than here are each of Kell’s opponents – opponents records:

Team—————————Opponents Records
Etowah —————————- 15-10
Woodstock ———————- 8-15
Grayson ————————— 11-11
East Paulding ——————- 13-10
Hiram ——————————- 10-14


September 26th, 2010
9:46 pm

Carrollton lost their best lineman last week in practice to a broken ankle. He plays both ways but primarily on offense. He’s a huge asset on defense where he is a three year starter. He should be back for the playoffs but I’m concerned about our next three region games (Troup Co., Lagrange and Shaw). Trojans win those three the way they’ve won their first five and we may be looking at 2010 AAA state champs. Oh by the way here are those scores from the first 5 games:

Carrollton – 43 Oxford (AL) – 21
Carrollton – 35 Westminster – 7
Carrollton – 49 Centennial – 14
Carrollton – 49 Woodland(Stockbridge) – 6
Carrollton – 46 Haralson Co. – 0

That’s an average score of 44-9


September 26th, 2010
9:46 pm

goldenglove002…….Gime me a break the only notable team either Etowah , Woodstock , Grayson ,EP or Hiram has faced this season is Woodstock vs Newnan , and Newnan is 1-3.


September 26th, 2010
10:40 pm

Whoa there on the AAAA vs. AAAAA. Kell was lucky that Grayson was banged up by North Gwinnett and win was a fluke due to injury of starting QB. also, Kell was just AAAAA as was Northside Warner Robins. Kell could probably beat up about 90% of all AAAAA teams. Overall I think if there was a State tournament open to all clasifications there would be no AAAA teams left in the final 8.


September 26th, 2010
10:41 pm

Joe your AAAA/AAAAA comparison obviously shows your AAAA bias. The only AAAA winner I see in that head to head comparison might be
Northside (surprised?) and East Paulding. But I would have strong
doubts on both.


September 27th, 2010
12:20 am

Joe you’re crazy. Griffen probably won’t come within 24 points of Lowndes, and Valdosta runs TCC over almost annually for their scrimmage game. Get real guy….


September 27th, 2010
3:12 am

I like the rift between Reeze and GoldenGlove002. -Both of you guys make good points. First I’ll make the point for Clarke Central. I saw their scrimmage game against Buford and left thinking, they were not a top 5 team. 2 weeks later I saw them in rival game vs a very very subpar Cedar Shoals team but what I saw was improved play at the very spots Buford kicked their tail at….the line. Clarke central still being #2 is a surprise to me but they are playing in a region where they will face Apalachee and the offensive machine in Flowery Branch. Central is pretty good and with the trio of QB Mattox, RB Watson and WRs Gartrell and Williams they are solid.

Now on the Kell tip, I’m sold! Kell has played pretty good but have yet to “pull away” and the national guys are waiting for them to do just that. Kell can hang with NSWR and the rest of 4A hands down!

Now onto the author Michael Carvell- yep Camden is poised to win the state (only North Gwinnett or McEachern can hang with them right now) but a win at St Thomas Aquinas is only going to put them more in the conversation of a national title. A sweep in the playoffs against the highest seeds possible and your then your talking. S. Panola (MS), Trinity(TX), Grant(CA), Don Bosco(NJ), and Phoebus(VA) are just a little bit more stout nationally than Camden, although I think Camden could beat 3 or those 5, so I like those odds. Keep in mind it took them having to win vs Miami Central to even get in the USA Super 25 and St. Thomas just entered last week (a sign of disrespect).

Also don’t want to sound crazy but has anybody noticed Alpharetta? Looking like at least a 2nd Round playoff team.

In 2A NO WAY Jefferson County should be out especially with Lovett being #10. Sorry I can’t by that. On top of that Dublin is suspect. Jefferson Co must have gotta hit after blowing that 24-7 lead but Swainsboro is no joke. Jefferson Co will be a factor so long and QB Stone and RB Broadus are still there. Sorry Lions fans that #10 spot belongs to the Jefferson County Warriors.


September 27th, 2010
3:24 am

Joe I feel where your coming from but um McEachern is better than Kell (and I like Kell). McEachern’s problem (they don’t call it that but it is) is the 2QB thing. Dondre Purnell should be the QB hands down. It;s voiced on the sidelines time and time again and if Purnell isn’t in the game on the last drive vs Lowndes, McEachern doesn’t win. Griffin over Lowndes, nah can’t buy that either. Marist over Stephenson I can go for because of the overall coaching (or lack of in Dekalb Co.) vs the fundamentals of Marist. TCC and Valdosta you’ll just have to flip a coin. I’m biased because TCC should have beaten Cairo and didn’t, therefore I’ll lean towards Valdosta but I’ll see them this weeknd vs ML King. Oh and on the ML King tip, please don’t drink that koolaid, although I agree with you defensively. In watching them yesterday they have a lot more work to do. Get them in a 20-17 game and they may wind up with the 17.

Suwanee 0wnz

September 27th, 2010
4:36 am

I am not sure I agree that 4A teams are actually better then the 5A teams, but I think the 4A divisions and brackets are much more interesting this year. That does not mean they are better teams, just more interesting matchups and games coming up.

I think school size really does matter in football. There is a greater talent pool to draw from. So the teams have fewer spots on the field with a weak player. And among the better programs, kids seem to just show up for the exposure and coaching. I am reminded of a strong player at North. A really big, fast kid showed up in the district and the guy lost his starting position and playing time. He got a transfer to P Ridge and did very well there. He went on to earn a full scholarship at a Div 1 school in Mississippi. (Deliberately trying to keep the details vague). That larger talent pool makes the kids just a little bigger, a little faster, a little hungrier – and across all positions.

Smaller schools are just more likely to have a weakness in some position. I am reminded of last year’s Red Elephants from Gainesville. Few observers knew they did not have a kicker until the weakness was exposed in the Championship game.

Kell and NSWR do not really fall into a group of “smaller schools” since they just moved down. They already drew from the larger talent pool, and when new schools were built, those 5A kids elected to stay at their current school rather than move to a new program. Flowery Branch is more like a 5A school but for a different reason. They are growing so fast that they effectively outgrow their division before realignment. Add in the fact that they are drawing athletes who are relatives of the falcons and the falcons staff, and they just do not have a typical 4A student body as their talent pool.

There are some really interesting games yet to play in all divisions. Since there are fewer total 5A teams, there are not quite as many critical matchups left: Valdosta v Lowndes, P Ridge/Norcross/North Gwinnett, among others. There is still plenty of football left to play, with some great games to go. Personally, I am really interested to see how things resolve themselves in 4A this year. What a great state for football fans!

I do not want to belabor the point, but I think Lowndes loss to McEachern and the 3 – 0 win over Ware shows this is not the same sort of Lowndes team that won State Championships. I’m sure Lowndes still has a very good team, just not quite “there” this year.

I also believe that Grayson is going to be a factor in the playoffs. I think they are still the likely champion in div 8AAAAA.

Good luck to Camden! Win or lose I know your players, fans and coaches will represent Georgia with grace and class. You’ve earn your title shot for the heavyweight championship, now go do us all proud.

Jeff Holcombe

September 27th, 2010
6:52 am

Thanks for finally recognizing Norcross. Their DEFENSE will carry them to a 7-AAAAA title this year. Two huge games left @ North Gwinnett and home vs. Peachtree Ridge. GO BLUE DEVILS!!!!!!

Warriors' Fan

September 27th, 2010
6:59 am

I agree totally JHillsman!!! Jefferson Co. should be #10 with a record of 3-1-1. How does Lovett be in the rankings with a 2-2 record and everyone else has 1 loss or less!!! True enough, we took a big loss in the Swainsboro game, but as you will see later on this season, Swainsboro is not all that!!!! The Warriors ran up and down the field on their so called “monster defense!” The Warriors just made a couple of mental mistakes and let Swainsboro back in the game. We get no respect, and we play in one of the toughest regions in Class AA, if not in the state! But they will see JHillsman, later on in the season, that Jefferson Co. is a force to be reckoned with!!!! Go Warriors!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 27th, 2010
7:26 am

As I sat in Memorial Stadium on friday before the teams took the field, I had flashbacks of last year when Lowndes ran through us. As the teams started to come onto the field, something struck me, Lowndes was not the Lowndes of last year or two years ago. The size that we had become accustomed to was not there. As the game got underway and I watched as both defenses controlled the game. Both offenses were just that, offensive. If the Gators could have generated any type of offense, the results of this game may have been different. The Gators defense matched Lowndes defense. Lowndes first few possesions, they never crossed the 50. They had poor field position throughout the first half. Lowndes could never get their offense in gear, the speed sweep did not exist. The off tackle run had some reults. The passing game was not there. Special teams had a long run called back by a penalty. There was some hard hitting going on though. This game can be viewed in two ways I guess, 1. The defenses were outstanding. 2. The offenses were horrible, either way both teams have some work to do, The Gators need a QB who can generate offense, the Vikings of 2010 have to find themselves an identity. The Vikings are 5 games into the season, if those “young players” have not grown up by now, there will be issues. The region will be hotly contested in 1-AAAAA. There are only 5 games to win or lose.


September 27th, 2010
7:43 am

Trojan56 they have no idea how good we are this year. They have no idea that we have a state championship track team on the field. they have no idea that we go 2 and 3 deep at every position. The only way they will ever know is to play, some of these teams in the playoffs and even then those teams better hope they never play us at home where we dontlose, only one loss in three years at grisham stadium.


September 27th, 2010
8:33 am

Ware county is a AAAA thats not even ranked..and look wat they just did against yall so called AAAAA power house…..3-0 doesnt look good for AAAAA!

Mr.William Todd Ivey

September 27th, 2010
8:47 am

still waiting for Grady to crack that top 10 in AAA…

The Cannon Rules!

September 27th, 2010
8:51 am

The AAAA vs. AAAAA question is a good one and a good example of it is EAST PAULDING…the school experienced the huge growth Paulding County had in the late 90’s and up until 06 or so. County wide the NEW student population was growing at an astounding 2,200+ students anually.

EAST brought in the new coaching staff and started on its current winning teams, going from the county whipping post with losing seasons the norm to having winning teams every year, making the playoffs, being REGION CHAMPS with an UNDEFEATED season and even playing in the dome!

With the student growth seeming a constant and enrollment growing the “obvious” move was to go to AAAAA. They did this for the last two seasons and became on of the smallest school in AAAAA but still playing McEachern, Harrison, Woodstock, Etowah and meeting Milton & Grayson among others in the playoffs.

But with the economy tanking and half empty subdivisions everywhere the student growth came to a grinding halt. This year expected county wide growth is going to be in the 300+ range. Combine this with the opening of North Paulding High just a few miles up the road and suddenly you have a EAST PAULDING with a student enrollment that falls to low 1,600 but is playing at the AAAAA level. The move back to AAAA was needed.

The point here is can schools at this enrollment compete with say the Gwinnett schools with 3,000+ students, one game maybe? on a consistent basis? I know there are schools that should be A or even AA that “play-up” but is this the same as a student population spread in AAAAA of 1,200 or more kids?

Just curious what others think…


September 27th, 2010
9:02 am

Your are right on with the importance this week of the Cook vs Fitz game. The winner could well be on their way to a state championship. I am putting my money on Cook.


September 27th, 2010
9:31 am

Thank God Parkview is dead and buried


September 27th, 2010
9:39 am

I love this Kell talk. The program has won one playoff game in their school’s history and people are proclaiming that Kell is top ranking in the state of Georgia material. This kind of talk from metro Atlanta football fans embracing every Johnny Come Lately is what drives football fans from outside of the metro area crazy.

Look, Kell is ranked fourth. What more do you want? Kell trails three undefeated programs that have proven themselves year after year. Kell has only won one playoff game…EVER. #4 is the ceiling for a program like Kell. Until Kell beats one program that has a State Championship banner, the Longhorns are not going to ever be ranked about nationally ranked programs like Northside, Clarke Central, or Tucker.

What is going to happen is Kell is going to reach the playoffs, travel south of the Gnatline (or play a program from south of the Gnatline) and get violated just like every other Cobb County school does when they finally play someone. Beating Grayson, 2 Cobb County schools, and a couple of Paulding County programs is not reason to earn ranking above “real programs.” FYI: Grayson is not special. They are a one season wonder that got lucky a couple of years ago against Lowndes County. You Atlanta posters are funny (and a real silly). I doubt Kell gets the football past the 50 yardline against defenses like Northside and Ware County.

highschool football fan

September 27th, 2010
9:41 am

Enter your comments here


September 27th, 2010
9:46 am

Suwanee Ownz: Northside is half the size (enrollment) of a school like Camden County. How is Northside not a smaller school? I am a little lost. Northside is signficantly smaller than huge Gwinnett high schools like Collins Hills. You guys have no clue. If you have 2500-4000 students, you have a signficant advantage above a school with 1800 students. For that matter, Kell is a smaller school.

Colquitt County made a run last season and will again in AAAAA. They were violated by a very small school. Lowndes County could not separate themselves from Ware County, certainly a smaller school. Large schools should have an advantage. The truth of the matter is AAAAA schools have underperformed this season. You pick the AAAAA school, not named Camden County. I can put 10 smaller schools in a hat: Northside, Carver, Ware County, Tucker, Peach County, Clarke Central, Sandy Creek, Griffin, Cairo, Baldwin. You pick the school. That school can play with ANY AAAAA program in this state. That is a clear sign that AAAAA is WAY DOWN.

highschool football fan

September 27th, 2010
9:47 am

Cannon Rules, keep in mind when you refer to the Gwinnett schools and their size,you have to remember there are alot more schools as well. Not just students. Take N.Gwinnett for example, you have 4 schools less thyan 10 miles away. Pridge is 6-8 miles south,Buford is 4-5 miles, Collins Hill 6-8 miles, and the new Lanier 3-4 miles away?


September 27th, 2010
10:02 am

RonO – An George Walton has beaten who! Has played who? Play somebody and we will think about it.


September 27th, 2010
10:06 am

Any Warner Robins HS poster: Who is going to lead the committee to find a new coach at your historic program? Will you guys make a mid-season announcement that Bryan Way’s contract is not going to be renewed in the same manner that Valdosta handled Rick Tomberlin? Come on Big Red posters. Come out of hiding. Let the high school football community know what is going on with second greatest program in the history of Georgia football.

The Demons should place their entire support group and Big Red community on “Blowout Alert” Friday night. I expect Northside to shut out Warner Robins. One of the greatest rivalries in Georgia is going to be very one sided. Northside 56, Warner Robins 0.

GHSF Daily

September 27th, 2010
10:14 am

“I know Northside WR and Clarke Central are always good teams, play in tougher divisions and blah, blah, blah. But neither of them have played anyone good yet this year. … But the rankings should be about the now, not past opinions of a team.”

Goldenglove002: It would be fine to rank teams with identical records based on strength of schedule, as you are suggesting, but I choose not to penalize teams for weak schedules provided that those teams take care of their weak schedules the way I’d expect based on their ranking. Notice that Kell has jumped Griffin because Griffin has struggled against weaker teams. But the three you mention – Northside, Clarke Central, Tucker – have won the way I would exect them to win. But what Kell has done is very impressive, and I don’t think there is a wrong way to rank those top four. (Also, in the Boise-Alabama analogy, do you believe Boise should jump Alabama after beating Virginia Tech? And then have Alabama re-jump them after beating Penn State and Arkansas? I think some benefit of the doubt is justified.)

GHSF Daily

September 27th, 2010
10:14 am

SWD fan: SWD is not necessarily having a down year. Losing to Marist and Tucker was expected. It’s early. As for Parkview, they haven’t won a playoff game in 4-5 years. And except for last year, when SWD was in the rankings all season, neither team has been a regular in the Top 10 for a while.

“One in 10,724 can properly pronounce ‘Buena Vista.’

You’ve got me curious. How do you pronounce that? I know that Josh Gibson is from there.

“You’re ignoring George Walton Academy in Monroe at your own risk. You’ll have egg on your face by the end of the season.”

We almost pulled the trigger on George Walton but ranked Marion instead because I think Marion’s win over Hawkinsville is better than any win that George Walton has to this point. But GWA is now the favorite in 8-A w/ Athens Academy’s loss to Prince Ave.

“Co. should be #10 with a record of 3-1-1. How does Lovett be in the rankings with a 2-2 record and everyone else has 1 loss or less!!!”

Good question. I struggled w/ that one. Perhaps the nod should’ve gone to JeffCo, but we treat Buford and Carver as schools that are going to blow out almost everybody, so that Lovett loss is not that significant. The other loss was 13-11 at Thomasville, the #6 team. I think JeffCo could just as easily be ranked as Lovett.

“still waiting for Grady to crack that top 10 in AAA…”

Grady lost to a AA school that probably won’t make the playoffs. I don’t expect Grady to be ranked this season.

GHSF Daily

September 27th, 2010
10:17 am

AAAAA vs. AAAA – The gap has closed this year mainly because of two things: The GHSA raised the enrollment divider to 1,900, which bumped some teams down, and the opening of new schools has made others smaller and moved more down. This year, there are about 90 AAAA schools and only 60 in AAAAA. And about 8 of those AAAAA schools are in Savannah and don’t count. Due to those numbers, I’d say that a AAAA all-star team probably would beat the AAAAA all-star team. Class AAAA has more elite recruits. But having said that, I think AAAAA’s best 10 teams are still better than AAAA’s best 10.