Class A: Six of Top 10 go down Friday, including No. 1 Lincoln County

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.

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how 'bout

September 8th, 2012
7:55 am

how 'bout

September 8th, 2012
7:57 am

…this is closer to a roundup than the roundup actually is…

BIG NAIL 72

September 8th, 2012
9:15 am

You missed the #3 AA Brooks Co. @ #9 AAAAAA Valdosta Game. 28-24 BROOKS!

John

September 8th, 2012
10:01 am

Note to Big Nail: This is the Class A blog. Neither Brooks County nor Valdosta is in Class A.

F-Ball Fan

September 8th, 2012
10:13 am

How the heck did Valdosta lose to Brooks Co?

brookstrojan7031

September 8th, 2012
10:29 am

brooks county brought the hammer to the wildcats last night. the defense was very good. valdosta defense did not look good at all… they need to work on the pass and conditioning.. brooks had players playing both sides of the ball yet valdosta looked tired in the 4th

S. Thomas Coleman

September 8th, 2012
10:30 am

@John and @Big Nail: I just put “Class A” in the headline. I guess it was a bit misleading. Sorry about that! But hey, now you know a little more about the teams in the state’s smallest classification, which don’t get as much love as they should — both public and private. Thanks to both of you for reading!

S. Thomas Coleman
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S. Thomas Coleman

September 8th, 2012
10:30 am

@how: Thanks for the love!

S. Thomas Coleman
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S. Thomas Coleman

September 8th, 2012
10:45 am

@F-Ball: Here’s how … Brooks is pretty dang good! Since Coach Maurice Freeman took over in 2008, the Trojans are 40-14 (counting this year’s 3-0 start) and have advanced to the semis once, the quarterfinals once and the second round twice. Look for them to be a real player in late November/early December. Good stuff going on down there in Quitman!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

Commerce9iron

September 8th, 2012
11:25 am

Look for the Commerce Tigers to slide right into the top 10! Legit team, awesome coaching staff (the new defensive coordinator is the real deal), and a community that is ready for a winner! Big W’s so far over higher classified Jefferson and East Jackson.

Sopwith Camel

September 8th, 2012
11:37 am

Check out Trion (single “A” school) beating LaFayette (”AAAA” school) like 31-6. They’ve also beaten a “AA” school (Armuchee) and beat another “AA” school (Chattooga) in a scrimmage. Congrats!

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BehindEnemyLines

September 8th, 2012
3:38 pm

No mention of Aquinas over GWA? Not technically a top 10 game nor an upset I guess but definitely a playoff caliber matchup in the early season. You could have creatively found a way to reference it somewhere ;)

Question is, what did we learn from it (if anything)? GW played without their starting QB & held the stud RB under 80 yds. Aquinas didn’t stop the stud RB on the other side, but they managed to win anyway.

Washington Wilkes Tiger for LIFE!

September 8th, 2012
4:13 pm

Nice win Washington-Wilkes Tigers over Lincoln Co Red Devils! 21-6.
That score could’ve been alot worse!

Augustaballer

September 8th, 2012
5:31 pm

We learned that Aquinas and GW are both very good Class A teams. GW was able to contain Douglas on offense, but they could not stop their other RB, sophomore Reuben Garnett. Williams is an incredible RB who I don’t think any Class A team will be able to completely shut down, but Douglas was a better football player as he played every snap and was all over the field on defense. I know GW was missing their QB, but Aquinas was missing their best O-lineman which makes a big difference also, and was on the road. It was a very exciting football game.

Cliff Hines

September 8th, 2012
9:36 pm

How about Dooly County…..they beat AAAA Crisp 21-0 Macon Co. 21-20 and AAAA Americus Sumter 21-12 so i think at least number 5 or better

Camden74

September 8th, 2012
11:07 pm

Just flip a coin why don’t cha! :-)

moto

September 9th, 2012
1:03 am

Great wrap-up, S. Thomas. Thanks for the Class A love! This is a wide-open class, so should be exciting. The initial rankings from points earned should also be very interesting. Whom a team scheduled makes all the difference.

S. Thomas Coleman

September 9th, 2012
1:26 am

@Commerce: I think the Tigers might slide in. The win over Jefferson is impressive; the one over E. Jackson, not so much. But I look for Commerce to make a run. Not sure they’re on the same level as Lincoln, Wilcox or Wilkinson, but we’ll see.

Thanks for reading!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

September 9th, 2012
1:30 am

@Sopwith: Lots of tradition at Trion but the Dogs haven’t been really good in a while. Though they are from larger classifications, neither LaFayette nor Armuchee is very good. But it would be great if Trion could return to its better days. We’ll see.

Thanks for reading!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

September 9th, 2012
1:33 am

@Behind: You’re right. The Aquinas-GWA game should have been mentioned but I was focusing on the Top 10 teams that lost. Look for Aquinas to make a jump in the rankings. Not sure if they’re ready to play with ELCA, which is clearly the best private school and arguably the best team period in Class A, but time will tell.

Thanks for reading!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

September 9th, 2012
1:37 am

@Augustaballer: Thanks for the info. I’ll try to get in touch with Coach Lezotte for an update on this year’s team.

Thanks for reading.

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

September 9th, 2012
1:46 am

@Cliff: And they have the best pure defensive tackle in the state in Montravius Adams, the second year in a row that the best DT has been in Class A (DeAngelo Brown, Savannah Christian, now at Louisville). I think Dooly’s primed to be that No. 4 team in the mix for the public title with Wilcox, Wilkinson and Lincoln.

Thanks for reading!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

S. Thomas Coleman

September 9th, 2012
1:49 am

@moto: Yes, and the best model seems to be to schedule a team from a higher classification and take your lumps if you have to. But time will tell because you get more points for scheduling a very good Class A team than you would from a 1-2-or-3 win team from a higher class. Should be a lot of fun watching this all play out!

Thanks for reading!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

Swamp Lizard

September 10th, 2012
1:08 pm

I’ll throw my .2 cents in on all this ( just MY opinion ) ….. I think hands down ELCA is the best Class A team in the state Public or Private. As far as coming up with a really good Top 10 right now would be nearly impossible …. you have your traditional powers, Lincoln, Wilcox, Charlton, ECI, etc … & then you’ve got teams like Dooley, Prince Ave, Trion, Aquinas, Calvary Day, Marion that look strong now. It’s going to take about six or seven games to get a good take on who’s beat who to weigh it all out. In the meantime we will just have “opinions” …. like mine now. We ( all Class A fans ) are lucky to live in a state with this many GOOD Class A teams.

Swamp Lizard

September 10th, 2012
1:30 pm

….. as far as the points system for the Class A playoffs ….. we are going to have 7-3 teams sitting at the house come playoff time with 6-4 or maybe even 5-5 teams in the playoffs. We all know that is going to cause an uproar. I’m sure we’ll have a Top 10 team that will be a low seed and playing on the road to a lesser opponent too ….. it’s going to be very interesting how it plays out. In some ways I think the points system is “rewarding”, but on the flip side could be used to a lesser teams advantage to just accumilate points. I seen a great article on how it would have played out with last years teams … wish I still had it to pull information from now. Time will tell !!

Cliff Hines

September 10th, 2012
2:13 pm

Well I see Dooly got up to number 8 and is undefeated and some others that were beaten are still up there in the top but we will see how good Wilcox is when we tear them to peices in a few weeks

jad

September 10th, 2012
8:21 pm

The past week’s games went as expected.. Thomas how about more information on the class A playoff details. I am of the opinon that the 2 top teams in each region should advance. Don’t penalize a team because of scheduling which seems to encourage teams to play the much larger schools. I am not in agreement with that at all.

John

September 11th, 2012
8:09 am

Is Southwest Atlanta Christian actually going to play this week? I don’t ever remember a Georgia high school forfeiting its first two games by simply not playing and then deciding to play the rest of the schedule.

bucket

September 11th, 2012
10:26 am

Big news on David Boyd being forced to resign @ Milton. The GHSA needs to take a look at another school near Monroe that found some refugees from Barrow and Apalachee.

Sam Roney

September 11th, 2012
11:41 am

Aquinas defeated both Wilkinson Cty. and Wilcox (by a blowout) in last season’s playoffs. This year
they beat AA East Laurens (say what you wish, but E. Laurens is 2-1 now. This week, they beat a good George Walton Academy, on the road 28-21 in OT. Walton was in playoffs last year. This is a
good Aquinas team, with not only Brenden Douglas(possibly the best Class A player this year), but
also Reuben Garnett. Douglas scored 2 TD’s. Garnet ran a kickoff back near 100 yrds. to take it to OT. They’re better than some of the teams ahead with losses. Ratings are skewed this week, as it
appears AJC has favored local teams somewhat..

Swamp Lizard

September 11th, 2012
1:32 pm

Sam Roney …. I agree with you that Aquinas is good, but I don’t think they’re the #1, #2, or even #3 team in the state. I think #5 is very nice. They might be the #3 team in Region 7A …. You’ve got Lincoln Co & Wilkinson Co back to back weeks … you beat those two and I’ll give you all the love in the world !! Aquinas will be a player in the playoffs this year, and y’all beat a very good George Walton team ( without the starting QB ). I do wish y’all well this year and I do think you’ll be a quality playoff team.

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