When a school wins its first state championship, people give that team its due. When that team starts dominating the headlines, the goodwill begins to evaporate.
Mickey Conn built Grayson from scratch in 2000, and years of work and patience paid off in 2011 with a championship. On Friday, Grayson plays Miami Central in a game that will televised on ESPN and discussed nationwide. That’s because Grayson is ranked No. 1 by ESPN, while Miami Central is No. 1 in USA Today. Georgia has never had a game played quite like that.
Meanwhile, Robert Nkemdiche is the No. 1 college recruit in the country. He’s got his own Wikipedia page. There’s no more famous high school football player in the country.
Which brings me to this –
Are you pulling for Grayson on Friday? Is this a case of Georgia fans pulling for one of their own, or is there a growing faction of those who are sick of Grayson’s new-found fame and want to see them knocked down a notch?
Which brings me to this -
What are the most hated teams in Class AAAAAA? I’d say the state, but this is the AAAAAA blog.
Is it Grayson? Colquitt County? Valdosta? Brookwood?
In 2011, I would’ve said Stephenson is the most polarizing team in Georgia. The Jags dropped down.
Who is the most polarizing team in the big class now?
I don’t think it’s Grayson – yet. As a fan of Georgia high school football, I’m backing the Rams this week against Central.
How about you?