With history as a guide, expect two preseason No. 1 teams to win state

Six teams are ranked No. 1 in the GHSF Daily/Atlanta Journal-Constitution preseason rankings (click here to view and comment on the rankings). If history serves, expect two of those to win state championships.

Below is a list of the 209 teams that have been ranked No. 1 in preseason since 1971 in the AJC, Atlanta Journal or Atlanta Constitution polls. The Journal and Constitution had separate rankings until 1982, when the editorial staffs merged.

Of those 209, 65 went on to win state titles.

Here are a few more interesting facts about historical preseason polls:

*Calhoun, Grayson and Savannah Christian are ranked No. 1 in the preseason for the first time ever this year.

*Only twice in history has there been more than two preseason No. 1 teams to win state titles. Those were 2001 (Parkview, Statesboro, Buford) and 2006 (Peach County, Charlton County, Lincoln County).

*Lincoln County has been ranked No. 1 in preseason six times under Larry Campbell. Each time, the Red Devils won a state title. Lincoln’s arch-rival, Washington-Wilkes, has been ranked No. 1 in preseason five times since 1971 but didn’t win the title any of those years.

*Valdosta has been ranked No. 1 in preseason 11 times, the most of any school. Buford is next at 10.

*Buford’s streak of being ranked No. 1 in preseason ended this year at five.

*The first preseason rankings in Georgia were published in 1967 by the Atlanta Journal. In 1971, the Atlanta Constitution began doing preseason rankings. The Constitution was doing weekly rankings as early as 1952, but for nearly 20 years did not release a preseason poll. It waited until a few weeks into the season for its first poll.

*The Associated Press has been ranking teams since at least the 1980s, but its history has not been documented completely.

Adairsville (1971-ac, 1974-ac)

Americus (1975*, 1976-aj, 1981-aj, 2002)

Armuchee (1994)

Avondale (1979)

Bainbridge (1982*)

Bowdon (1992*, 2002)

Brookwood (2011)

Brown (1976-ac)

Buford (1977-aj, 1978*, 2001*, 2003*, 2004, 2007*, 2008*, 2009*, 2010*, 2011)

Cairo (1984, 1999, 2008*)

Calhoun (2012)

Camden County (2004, 2006, 2010)

Carrollton (1973, 1974*, 1991, 1998*, 1999)

Carver-Columbus (2009)

Cartersville (1978, 2000)

Cedartown (1978-ac, 2000)

Central-Carrollton (1987*)

Chamblee (1980-ac)

Charlton County (1995, 1997, 2006*, 2010)

Clarke Central (1979*, 1983)

Claxton (1979-aj)

Clinch County (1981, 1988*, 1991*, 2003)

Colquitt County (1997)

Commerce (1977, 1999, 2000*)

Dalton (1977, 1980-aj)

Dougherty (1993)

Duluth (1972-ac, 1975-ac, 1980)

Eagle’s Landing Christian (2011)

Early County (1990)

East Rome (1979-ac, 1987)

ECI (2008)

Elbert County (1995*)

Fitzgerald (2001, 2005)

Gainesville (1974-ac)

Grayson (2012)

Greenville (1980*, 1985)

Griffin (1977, 1981, 2006)

Hart County (2007)

Hawkinsville (2004*, 2005)

Hogansville (1974-aj, 1976-aj)

Irwin County (1976)

Johnson County (1979*)

Josey (1996)

LaGrange (1986, 2002, 2004*)

Lakeside-Atlanta (1971-ac, 1974-aj)

Lincoln County (1977*-ac, 1986*, 1989*, 1990*, 1993*, 2006*)

Lovett (1971)

Lowndes (1980*, 2000, 2005*, 2008, 2009)

Macon County (1996)

Marist (1998, 2004)

Mary Persons (1983)

Mitchell-Baker (1983*, 1993)

Moultrie (1972)

Mount de Sales (1971*-aj)

North Springs (1973, 1975-aj)

Northside-Warner Robins (2007*, 2010)

Palmetto (1982*, 1983*, 1984)

Parkview (1998, 2001*, 2002*, 2003)

Peach County (2006*, 2012)

Perry (1978-aj)

R.E. Lee (1982, 1988*)

Rockmart (1972-aj)

Roswell (1971, 2007)

Sandy Creek (2010*, 2011, 2012)

Savannah Christian (2012)

Savannah Country Day (1976-ac)

Screven County (2003)

Shaw (2000*)

Southeast Bulloch (1972*-aj, 1973*, 1975-ac)

Southwest DeKalb (1978-aj, 1995*, 1996, 2009)

St. Pius (1972-ac)

Statesboro (2001*, 2002)

Stephens County (1988, 1992)

Thomas County Central (1986, 1994*, 1995, 1997*, 2003)

Thomasville (1973*, 1974*-ac, 1975, 1976, 1989)

Thomson (1985*)

Trion (1975*-aj)

Tucker (2011*, 2012)

Upson-Lee (1994)

Valdosta (1971*-aj, 1978*-ac, 1984*, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990*, 1991, 1992*, 1993, 1999)

Villa Rica (1987, 1992)

Warner Robins (1982, 1989, 2005)

Washington County (1994*, 1997*, 2005)

Washington-Wilkes (1986, 1989, 1996, 1998, 2001)

Ware County (2008)

Waycross (1981*-ac)

Wesleyan (2009)

West Laurens (1991)

West Rome (1971-aj, 1981, 1984*, 1985*)

Westminster (1971*-ac, 1972-ac, 1974-aj)

Wilcox County (2007)

Worth County (1990)

*Won state championship

-ac: Ranked No. 1 in Atlanta Constitution poll only.

-aj: Ranked No. 1 in Atlanta Journal poll only.

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5 comments Add your comment

sportsnut

August 20th, 2012
7:14 am

I hope we are one !

sportsnut

August 20th, 2012
7:15 am

Could not be. We will be ranked No. 2 if we win.

Camden74

August 20th, 2012
10:58 am

Glad Camden’s not ranked #1! :-)

Camden74

August 20th, 2012
10:58 am

Enter your comments here

dontgothere

August 20th, 2012
7:30 pm

I don’t live there and don’t necessarily like the way they do business (too much “undue influence), but GHSA may as well go ahead and engrave the AA trophy – with Calhoun as state champion. They won’t even break a sweat in region, and I doubt through the season. Since Buford and Carver-Columbus moved up, there is no real competition for them at AA.