By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
Six of the Top 10 in Class A went down in Week 3 (Game 2 for most teams). Look for Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy – a 47-20 winner over Clinch County — to become the third team this season (Savannah Christian and Lincoln County were the first two) to be dubbed No. 1 when the new rankings come out on Sunday.
No. 1 Lincoln County (1-1) lost the 75th version of the Highway 378 War, falling to Washington-Wilkes, 21-6. The Red Devils trailed 21-0 before they finally scored in the fourth quarter. Lincoln had won nine of the last 10 meetings. But the Red Devils will pick up a nice amount of points from the game, as the AA Tigers (2-0) look as if they will win a lot of games this season.
No. 2 Wilcox (1-1) lost to AAAA Monroe (1-1), 28-14, but will earn significant points for the game. They earn six for playing a team three classes higher and Monroe looks like it will at least match last year’s regular season win total of six.
No.5 Charlton County (1-1) lost to AAAAA Ware County, 31-0. Even though they can’t feel good about getting blown out, the Indians can take solace in the points they will earn – eight for playing a AAAAA school and possibly at least eight more for the wins the Gators will most likely earn.
No. 8 Emanuel County Institute (1-1) lost by four touchdowns to AAA No. 8 Washington County, 48-22. But the loss could still yield lots of points because it looks like the Golden Hawks (3-0) are back to their dominant selves in 2012.
No. 9 Landmark Christian Academy (1-2) was whipped by No. 4 Wilkinson County (1-1), 41-10. The War Eagles have been outscored in their three games this season 76-62.
No.10 Savannah Christian (0-2) lost to Prince Avenue Christian (2-0), 28-12, in a rematch of one of last year’s state semi-finals. The defending champion Raiders will drop out of the Top 10, while PAC will most likely crack the rankings this week.