Saye it ain’t so: Top 10 surprises from last week’s football games

GHSF Daily’s Chip Saye ranks the most surprising results of the weekend. Unlike past weeks, these aren’t necessarily upsets, but they are significant results in their own way:


1. Prince Avenue Christian 28, Athens Academy 7: Prince Avenue recorded its first victory in five tries against its Athens rival, which won five region titles in the previous nine seasons.


2. Shaw 39, LaGrange 35: Shaw got its first victory this season, while LaGrange has lost three regular-season games for the first time since 2005.


3. Newton 35, Newnan 32: The surprising slide for Newnan, which was ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA in the preseason, continues with its third consecutive loss. Newton is 4-0 for the first time since 1995.


4. Houston County 7, Warner Robins 3: Houston County beat Warner Robins for the first time since 2001 and dropped the Demons to 0-4 for the first time since 1966.


5. McIntosh 28, Northgate 17: Northgate was on track to be tied with Starr’s Mill for first place in Region 3-AAAA Division B, but McIntosh prevented that with its first victory in four games this season.


6. Sequoyah 13, Rome 12: Sequoyah recorded a crucial victory in the Region 7-AAAA playoff race, knocking off the previously unbeaten Wolves.


7. North Oconee 28, Hart County 16: Hart County was No. 8 in the Class AA preseason rankings, but North Oconee now seems on a collision course with Elbert County for the Region 8-AA South championship.


8. Washington-Wilkes 21, Oconee County 20: Washington-Wilkes started the season 0-3 against a difficult schedule but could still be a factor in Region 7-A.


9. Johnson County 31, Emanuel County Institute 24: Johnson County’s overtime victory ended a four-game losing streak in the series and put the Trojans in the driver’s seat in Region 3-A West.


10. Veterans 10, Central, Macon 0: The new school in Houston County picked up the first victory in the program’s history.

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5 comments Add your comment


September 27th, 2010
4:17 pm


So Chip…




September 27th, 2010
4:49 pm

This board was forewarned by me that Warner Robins was going to lose to Houston County. It was a borderline joke that you guys called Warner Robins one of the best 2+ loss teams in the state. Look, I understand the love for Warner Robins. They are a storied program. However, Bryan Way has lost his handle on this program. This may be the worst Warner Robins team ever!

I told you guys that no Warner Robins team has scored fewer points in over 45 years! No Warner Robins team has opened the season being shut out twice in four decades. As I told you guys last week, Warner Robins HS is in a full blown STATE OF EMERGENCY.

Warner Robins’ opponent Friday, Northside High School. I hope someone puts Warner Robins on “Blowout Alert,” because it is going to get real ugly for the Demons after the dancing around last season. Payback is going to be a “bear.”


September 27th, 2010
5:14 pm

Greetings EagleNationsRising,

If Warner Robins is in a full blown State Of Emergency, then Bradwell Institute is in a Catastrophic Disaster. The fans and supporters who normally supports Bradwell Institute Football Program have begun to close their wallets and purse. They want the Head Football Coach, and Athletic Director gone after the season is over. I agree too.

a trojan

September 27th, 2010
7:18 pm

beware houston co. lee co. trojans will bring it saturday night with a high powered air attack !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 28th, 2010
10:19 am

I think fans are beginning to see what I said earlier about Newnan not looking so hot now that they have been put into a better region. I have said for years their old region was on a level par with Camden’s region. Not taking anything away from the really good teams they have had in the past – last year’s team was exceptional – but like Camden they had the luxury of not going into the playoffs after fighting through a tough region schedule, which usually means more bumps bruises, and players out with injuries. But unlike Camden, they were not able to take advantage of that. The flip side to being in a weak region is a team’s starters have a hard time maintaining game conditioning. Again, Camden doesn’t seem to have a problem with that, perhaps Newnan did.

We will certainly know more about the Valdosta Wildcats and how they compare with Lowndes after the next two weeks. This week Valdosta is going up to MLK on Saturday. And,the team they played two weeks ago (64 to 62) Brunswick is playing Ware County, who held Lowndes to 3 points last week. Then on Oct 8th Lowndes and Valdosta meet at Valdosta’s Cleveland Field.

We’re in midseason and it still looks like Camden, North Gwinnett, PRidge, and McEachern are the top teams in AAAAA. As I have said all season, South Gwinnett may have an upset or two in their bag, and it looks like Grayson, Brookwood, and Norcross are pretty good too. The Lowndes Valdosta winner will be up there with that last four at year end.

Northside WR still looks to be ruling the roost in AAAA and should win that title this year, something they’ve never been able to do in the state’s highest classification.