Rankings: Brookwood moves to No. 4

Brookwood was the big mover this week in the rankings, moving to No. 4 after its victory over Grayson that probably will give the Broncos’ the title in Region 8-AAAAA.

Random thoughts as we move ahead …

Before anyone complains about Lowndes dropping only to No. 7 or ranking theee-loss Collins Hill over Woodstock, does anyone really have a handle on AAAAA? I don’t. 

You rank Camden and North Gwinnett 1-2. Either order is fine. You rank Stephenson, Brookwood and McEachern 3-5. Any order is fine. After that, just pick ‘em from a hat.

On to our top story … Region championship games. These are fun. Who remembers the era from about 1975 to 1989 where almost every region held a region championship game in the 12th week of the season? Nowadays, 10 regions give us region title games in week 10.

This is the schedule I’ve got -

3-AAAA (Griffin vs. Starr’s Mill)
7-AAA (Allatoona vs. Ridgeland)
6-AA (Buford vs. Westminster)
5-A (ELCA vs. Wesleyan)
 8-AAA (Gainesville vs. White County)
2-AAAA (Brunswick vs. Statesboro)
3-AAA (Thomson vs. Burke County)
5-AAA (Cedar Grove vs. Grady)
7-AA (Calhoun vs. Rockmart)
8-AA (Elbert County vs. Fannin County)

Also, we have these regularly scheduled games that will decide titles:

Clarke Central at Flowery Branch (8-AAAA)
Baldwin at Peach County (2-AAA)

1. Camden County (8-1)

2. North Gwinnett (9-0)

3. Stephenson (9-0)

4. Brookwood (8-1)

5. McEachern (8-1)

6. Valdosta (8-1)

7. Lowndes (8-2)

8. South Gwinnett (7-2)

9. Etowah (8-1)

10. Collins Hill (6-3)


Class AAAA
1. Northside-Warner Robins (9-0)

2. Clarke Central (9-0)

3. Tucker (9-0)

4. Kell (9-0)

5. Flowery Branch (9-0)

6. Griffin (9-0)

7. Chattahoochee (9-0)

8. Starr’s Mill (9-0)

9. Thomas County Central (7-2)

10. Lovejoy (9-0)


Class AAA
1. Peach County (9-0)

2. Sandy Creek (9-0)

3. Cairo (9-0)

4. Carrollton (9-0)

5. Baldwin (9-0)

6. Gainesville (8-1)

7. Ridgeland (8-1)

8. Burke County (7-2)

9. Grady (8-1)

10. Allatoona (8-1)


Class AA

1.Carver-Columbus (9-0)

2. Buford (8-1)

3. Calhoun (9-0)

4. Cook (9-0)

5. Swainsboro (9-0)

6. Westminster (7-2)

7. Jefferson County (7-1-1)

8. Fitzgerald (8-2)

9. Thomasville (6-3)

10. Elbert County (8-1)


Class A
1. Clinch County (9-0)

2. Wesleyan (9-0)

3. Wilcox County (8-1)

4. Lincoln County (8-1)

5. Charlton County (8-1)

6. Eagle’s Landing Christian (9-0)

7. Johnson County (9-0)

8. Darlington (8-1)

9. Emanuel County Institute (7-2)

10. Marion County (9-0)

436 comments Add your comment


October 31st, 2010
5:21 pm


October 31st, 2010
5:22 pm

GO Valdosta Wildcats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


October 31st, 2010
5:24 pm

The Newnan Stephenson game was great! No doubt about it, Stephenson is TOUGH! Coming from a Newnan Cougar both teams are very good and showed a lot of class.Region 2 can play with ANYONE in the state! The playoffs should be very interesting. Is Stephenson for real this year?..We shall see! Good luck to the Cougars, Jaguars, Indians, and Lions. Represent region 2 well!


October 31st, 2010
5:34 pm

Well said Football Fan. I agree with you…what a hard fought game between, in truth, fairly equal opponents. I thought it showed great sportsmanship of Newnan at the end of the game…quite a site…both teams gathered as near as I’ve ever seen to listen to their respective coaches post game talks. Newnan has a great program and are very nice hosts to visitors – win or lose.


October 31st, 2010
5:35 pm

payback is a b**** toona. Ridgeland is about to whip that A**


October 31st, 2010
5:38 pm

Go McEachern Indians!!!! We won the 4-AAAAA region title. Looking forward to our first home field matchup in the playoffs. Anybody looking for a bandwagon to ride to the GA Dome, you are welcome to jump on the bus.

Billy Jack is actually from the Ville

October 31st, 2010
5:45 pm

Milledgeville……Balwain vs Peach will be a darn good game…..it aint metro Atlanta but those boys can play….


October 31st, 2010
5:47 pm

If anybody wants to know how to beat Mceachern, just get the Harrison and MHS film. Harrison contained them on defense, and had many opportunities to complete passes on the Mceachern Defense. Harrison just doesnt have the athletes the Indians do. No way Mceachern makes it far this year.


October 31st, 2010
5:51 pm

Hey you forgot about americus-sumter and cairo are playing for a region title friday.

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
5:59 pm

Brookwood deserves that ranking. They have done a complete turn around and BROOKWOOD IS BACK fellas. Jamaal Cole and Nick Tomkins are electric and lethal in open space. Ben McLane is a Senior this year as a 3 year starter and knows how to win. Not to mention he has Andre Sims to throw to lol….Look i know Newnan is big but Brookwood pumps out MONSTERS over in Snellville. Every player looks like a grown man with a wife and three kids. Their Denfense, which is anchored by D-1 bound Cameron Lynch, swarms to the football. I love watching how fast this team is and the new found swagger they play with. VERY VERY deserving.


October 31st, 2010
6:00 pm

Griffin Griffin Griffin Griffin…..Get em Bears…..The city is behind you

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
6:06 pm

I would advise anyone who disagrees with their ranking to check out their website with their game highlights.

http://www.hudl.com/team/2530 <<<<A very impressive archive.

From Where I Sit

October 31st, 2010
6:10 pm

Lambert could be the dark horse of AAAA.

Tyler McWebb

October 31st, 2010
6:12 pm

Good stuff, Todd. But who is No. 6 in Class A? I am assuming it is ELCA, as they were there last week.

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
6:22 pm

Calling it right now. Brookwood is AAAAA’s sleeper team hands down.

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
6:24 pm

Forgot to mention their kicker that kicks off with both feet. Can boom a field goal from 50 plus and this is his first year ever playing football.

North Cobb STILL OWNS Kennesaw Mountain

October 31st, 2010
6:24 pm

Week after week and year after year Hahahahahahahahaha!


October 31st, 2010
6:25 pm

Agree with the rankings. Also 1 and 2 could switch. Would not count the Vikings out though. The Jags are playing the most focused football right now in AAAAA. Brookwood looks good. Camden seemed to have regained some focus. NG has chip on their shoulder from last year exit. Valdosta is scary good. Maceachern has the team to compete. The top 7 in AAAAA could all win it all. The bottom 3 has the potential, but I don’t see any cinderellas at this ball. No disrepsect to Etowah, Collins Hill or South Gwinnett, with the exception of Maceachern, 6 of the 7 are playoff tested tried and true. I have a feeling that whoever has defensive dominance will hoist the trophy.

North Cobb STILL OWNS Kennesaw Mountain

October 31st, 2010
6:25 pm

I mean absolutely owns them!


October 31st, 2010
6:27 pm

man there are some good football games next weekend. cedar grove and grady should be a good one.

Touchdown T

October 31st, 2010
6:31 pm

So let me get this straight, Brookwood moves up 3 slots because they beat an unranked Grayson team. WOW! Everyone in the rankings but Brookwood got BEAT by a currently Ranked team, correct! The only logic I figure out is Gwinnett Love, geez. Think PPL!

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
6:47 pm

Touchdown T…Hey check out Brookwood before you run your mouth. Their just rankings and after Lowndes lost to Tift, they deserve to be where they are. It is a week by week poll that means nothing but is fun to look at.

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
6:50 pm

and Camden, NG, and Stephenson have not lost to anyone in the state of Ga. yet. So obviously your logic is messed up.

Touchdown T

October 31st, 2010
6:52 pm

I’m actually in the disctrict and I have checked them out so I guess I can continue to run my mouth. Just because you don’t see the Valdosta or McEachern teams play means they get punished in the rankings. I’m obvisoulsy a Valdosta fan and I always think a team should not get dropped or not moved up because of a bye.

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
6:57 pm

Deserving so let it go. Valdosta has not played a harder schedule than Brookwood. Look it up on Massey. Hung close with Valdosta and beat a good offensive MLK team. But it does hurt 1-AAAAA teams in rankings win all you have to do is win one game and your in. I would be mad too but the facts are facts.

The Fighting Hockmans

October 31st, 2010
6:58 pm

Hey AJC keep dropping McEachern in the polls. Meanwhile the AP poll, which is legit, they’ll be at #3 like they should be.

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
6:59 pm

*with Lowndes

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
7:01 pm

The Fighting Hockmans… yeah i agree cuz my team is # 1 in the AP, but Camden is still number 1 until they get beat in reality. So realistically not so legit.

wolverine fan

October 31st, 2010
7:06 pm

Woodstock should be #10………..

The Fighting Hockmans

October 31st, 2010
7:17 pm

AP poll before this weekend. Nothing will change in top 4 Bulldog.

1. Camden County (6) 7-1 95 1
2. North Gwinnett (4) 8-0 94 2
3. McEachern 7-1 75 3
T4. Stephenson 8-0 67 5
T4. Lowndes 8-1 67 4
6. Valdosta 8-1 45 7
7. Etowah 8-1 28 9
8. Norcross 7-1 27 10
9. Brookwood 7-1 21 NR
10. East Coweta 7-1 10 8

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
7:21 pm

AJC apparently felt Newnan was a better opponent than Harrison. It just is what it is..IDK what to tell ya

The Fighting Hockmans

October 31st, 2010
7:24 pm

Yeah, not even sure why they have polls or even discussed. Only one that matters is after the championship games.

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
7:25 pm

@Wolverine….only thing i can guess as to why they ranked Collins Hill over Woodstock is because Collins Hill just beat a ranked team 42-0, and beat Peachtree Ridge when they were ranked. Woodstock beat Newnan back when they were ranked but have not beat a ranked team since, like Etowah for example.

Touchdown T

October 31st, 2010
7:26 pm

Well these are just rankings so in the end it doesn’t matter. But it does reflect on how our region is viewed. I’ve seen several games between the two teams and I think Valdosta is the better of the two. That’s my opinion just like the rankings.


October 31st, 2010
7:27 pm

where town is starr mill’s high in

cane fan

October 31st, 2010
7:29 pm

Fitzgerald will have 2 weeks to prepare for the playoffs……probably will play dublin and they will have to come to the eye of the storm……I dont think even the luck of the irish will help them.

Bulldawg 15

October 31st, 2010
7:31 pm

Well only time will tell Touchdown T. Just judging by scores, it looks like Valdosta does not have a deep playoff run defense.

The Fighting Hockmans

October 31st, 2010
7:32 pm

McEachern should work out their offensive woes next Friday night vs Kennesaw Mtn. If they dont, it will be another early playoff exit.

About to die laughing

October 31st, 2010
7:47 pm

ELCA not ranked in single A. That is some funny stuff. I guess the AJC really knows high school football. Oh well rankings don’t mean crap anyway.


October 31st, 2010
8:07 pm



October 31st, 2010
8:12 pm



October 31st, 2010
8:14 pm

McEachern will be lucky to play 3 more games. What have they done to be ranked higher than 5th? Lost to an unranked PR and beat an ok over rated Lowndes. Anyone who would rank a Cobb 5A team higher than 5th doesn’t know GA. highschool football.


October 31st, 2010
8:27 pm

Hey AAAAA will come down to Camden and North Gwinnett. I give the slight nod to Camden.

this just in

October 31st, 2010
8:28 pm

Hey AJC,
How about a top ten ranking next week without regard to classification?


October 31st, 2010
8:29 pm


Fair Play Fan

October 31st, 2010
8:31 pm

I believe Starrs Mill is in Peachtree City (Fayette Cty).

Sandy Creek had one of the best QB I have seen in 2010 via running or passing. They had to go with a freshman QB against Fayette Cty High, a team they should have beaten easily— but struggled to a 10-0 score. I heard he is done for the season based on an infraction.

Does any one know the story?

Indian Chief

October 31st, 2010
8:35 pm

@PSIndian First let me say congrats to Harrison for a hard fought game. They showed heart and determination as they fought for their playoff lives. Its funny when I see on this blog about how to contain or stop the Indian offense. Last time I checked losing by 18 isn’t what I will called stopped or contained. I guess its a credit to how well McEachern has played on offense this year. I assume that if they don’t put up their average of 40 plus on you then you have now contained them? The word CONTAIN means nothing to me unless followed by the word WIN! Great teams know there will be games that you won’t blow every team out. Great team always get the best competition. Great teams aren’t being scheduled on their opponents Homecoming! Good luck Harrison this week.


October 31st, 2010
8:37 pm

wow NORCROSS laid an egg this weekend

Indian Chief

October 31st, 2010
8:38 pm

@TD So where would you rank McEachern? And who do you feel is better?


October 31st, 2010
8:41 pm

GHSF Daily- Your missing the region 5AAAA championship game between Kell and South Paulding, though if common sense is correct, Kell should handily beat an opponent that was outscored 88-14 by 3 opponents that Kell outscored 105-50.

Be watching for a very interesting playoff match-up in Round 2. Either Flowery Branch or Clarke Central will be coming to Kell for a match up of top 5 teams