Poll Talk: Grayson out of the rankings

It’s not the first time that a No. 1 team lost and flew out of the rankings. It happened to Roswell in 2006, and Roswell came back and won the state title.

Now it’s Grayson’s turn. The Rams are out of the Top 10 after a 22-7 loss to Parkview.

Is that too harsh?

Couple of points to remember. One is that it’s just a Top 10, not a Top 25. It wouldn’t be shocking to see a No. 1-ranked college team in early season lose to an unranked team and fall to the 11-15 range.

But perhaps more pertinent is the idea that rankings are not predictions of what teams can and will do. They are reflections of how they’ve done.

Losing 22-7 to an unranked team is not playing like a Top 10 team.

So why are North Gwinnett, Colquitt County and Lovejoy ranked when they’ve lost, also?

They lost to higher ranked teams. It’s expected that No. 3 will beat No. 7. Norcross, which beat North Gwinnett 31-21, defeated Parkview 20-0. Colquitt lost to North Gwinnett 16-14. Lovejoy lost to Colquitt 14-7 in Moultrie. That does not contradict the rankings.

As of this week, Parkview is a ranked team, too – at No. 10. There’s no room for the team that lost to No. 10. Not this week, anyway.

But stay tuned.

Summary –

AAAAAA – North Cobb, Parkview in; Grayson, Walton out
AAAAA – Allatoona in; Kell out
AAAA – Riverdale, Washington in; Cairo, Eastside out
AAA – Morgan County, Woodward Academy in; Pierce County North Hall out
AA – Bowdon in; GAC out
A – ECI in; Dooly County out

1. (2) Camden County (4-0)

Last week: Beat Beach 48-12. J.J. Green scored two touchdowns, and Marcus Jordan returned an interception 46 yards for a score. Next: Sept. 28 vs. Valdosta (2-1)
2. (4) Lassiter (3-0)
Last week: Beat Kell 42-13. Eddie Printz was 13-of-16 passing for 305 yards and four touchdowns, all to Willie Police (for 196 yards), all in the first half. Next: Friday at Cherokee (1-2)
3. (9) Norcross (3-0)
Last week: Beat North Gwinnett 31-21. Kevin Mouhon’s 86-yard interception return gave Norcross a 24-7 lead, and this time the Blue Devils held on after blowing a 22-0 lead in the 2011 game against North Gwinnett. Joseph Wilbert threw TD passes of 29 and 30 yards to Clinton Lynch. Alvin Kamara had 92 yards rushing on 19 carries. Next: Friday vs. Duluth (1-2)
4. (6) Lowndes (3-0)
Last week: Beat Windsor Forest 38-0. Lowndes led 3-0 at halftime and ran only 35 plays. The leading rushers were Nick Burgman (68 yards) and Jordan Williams (66 yards), who scored two touchdowns apiece. Lowndes allowed only 87 yards in total offense Next: Friday vs. Hardaway (2-1)
5. (8) West Forsyth (3-0)
Last week: Beat Starr’s Mill 63-14. West Forsyth scored on all nine of its possessions. Next: Alpharetta (1-2)
6. (NR) North Cobb (2-0)
Last week: Beat Walton 49-17. Xavier Borishade returned the opening kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and the Warriors never trailed against the previous No. 3 team. Borishade also had TD catches of 78, 4 and 38 yards and finished with eight receptions for 173 yards. QB Tyler Queen was 11-for-17 passing for 195 yards and three TDs and rushed 13 times for 56 and two scores. North Cobb held Walton’s Tyren Jones to 172 yards on 34 carries after he had averaged 317.5 yards in the first two games. Next: Friday vs. Kennesaw Mountain (1-1) Next: Friday vs. Kennesaw Mountain (1-1)
7. (5) North Gwinnett (2-1)
Last week: Lost to Norcross 31-21. The loss ended North Gwinnett’s streak of region victories at 22. QB Michael Haynes passed for two of North Gwinnett’s touchdowns and ran for the other. Next: Friday vs. Meadowcreek (0-2)
8. (7) Colquitt County (3-1)
Last week: Beat Carver-Columbus 33-0. Colquitt managed only 65 yards rushing on 31 carries, but quarterbacks Cole Segraves (9-of-15, 145 yards, touchdown) and Daniel Mobley (9-14, 151, touchdown) were enough. Carver had only 106 yards of total offense. Next: Sept. 28 vs. Lowndes (3-0).
9. (10) Lovejoy (2-1)
Last week: Beat Alpharetta 43-24. Leading 22-17, Lovejoy made a goal-line stand, then drove 97 yards for a clinching touchdown with 1:50 left in the third quarter. RB Travis Custis rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns on 38 carries. Alejandro Bennefield was 10-of-16 passing for 271 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday at East Coweta (1-2)
10. (NR) Parkview (2-1)
Last week: Beat Grayson 22-7. Parkview took advantage of four Grayson fumbles, one by Robert Nkemdiche that was recovered in the Parkview end zone to stop a drive, and turned a 7-6 deficit late in the third quarter into a victory over the previous No. 1-ranked team. With the score 15-7 in the fourth, Justis Rosser stripped a Grayson receiver of the ball at the Grayson 36, and Parkview cashed it for the clinching touchdown. Next: Friday at Archer (2-1)

1. (1) Northside-Warner Robins (3-0)

Last week: Beat Westside, Macon 42-18. Keshun Hill rushed for 124 yards on 13 carries, and Northside took a 42-12 lead in the third quarter and held on. Westside’s Noah Grayer had 318 yards passing, and Shannon Smith had 10 catches for 207 yards. Next: Sept. 28 at Lakeside, Evans (0-2)
2. (2) Tucker (3-0)
Last week: Beat Arabia Mountain 39-20. RB Dallas Rivers rushed for 181 yards and a touchdown on 26 carries for Tucker, which had over 397 yards rushing yards as a team. RB Joseph Farrar had 86 yards and two touchdowns. Dominique Sanders had 77 yards. QB Juwan Williams chipped in 54 and two touchdowns. Next: Friday at Dunwoody (0-3)
3. (4) M.L. King (3-0)
Last week: Beat Mays 29-23. Next: Saturday at North Atlanta (0-3)
4. (5) Stephenson (2-0)
Last week: Beat Dunwoody 40-7. Next: Friday at Lakeside, Atlanta (1-2)
5. (7) East Paulding (3-0)
Last week: Beat Paulding County 52-0. East Paulding led 42-0 at halftime. Marcus Gilbert scored on a 60-yard reception and 70-yard reverse. Mitchell Webb had a 93-yard TD pass to Lorenz Suttles. RB Kamani Thomas pushed his season rushing total to 472 yards on 29 carries. Next: Friday at New Manchester (2-2)
6. (8) Thomas County Central (3-1)
Last week: Beat Cairo 39-13. Central led 29-0 in the first and 39-0 in the second. QB Adam Choice scored four touchdowns and passed for another. Next: Friday at Tift County (2-1)
7. (9) Gainesville (2-1)
Last week: Beat Winder-Barrow 69-0. DeShaun Watson was 18-of-18 passing and threw for seven touchdowns and scored one. Next: Friday vs. Apalachee (1-1)
8. (6) Warner Robins (1-1)
Last week: Lost to Peach County 29-24. DeAnthony Mack rushed for 152 yards and had six catches for 56 years, and Warner Robins had the edge in total yards 435-340, but the Demons couldn’t overcome a 29-21 halftime deficit. D.D. Wright also had 152 yards rushing on 22 carries. Next: Friday at Douglas County (1-2)
9. (NR). Allatoona (3-0)
Last week: Beat Rome 39-17. T.J. Herron scored four touchdowns for Allatoona. Next: Friday at Lithia Springs (0-2)
10. (10) Heritage, Conyers (3-0)
Last week: Beat Salem 21-7. Heritage forced five turnovers, three on interceptions, two by FS Braxton Morton, and allowed only 151 yards in total offense and a touchdown in the fourth quarter against reserves. LB Chase Alford had 19 tackles, a forced fumble and a recovery that he returned 45 yards for a touchdown. Next: Friday vs. Cedar Shoals (2-1)

Class AAAA
1. (1) Sandy Creek (3-0)

Last week: Beat East Coweta 38-7. Cole Garvin was 12-of-19 passing for 258 yards and two touchdowns. Sandy Creek led in total yards 394-135. Next: Sept. 28 vs. Fayette County (0-3)
2. (2) Marist (2-1)
Last week: Beat Lovett 24-16. QB Myles Willis rushed for 138 yards and was 4-of-5 passing for 132 yards as Marist rallied from a 16-7 halftime deficit. Michael Toner and Greg Taboada each had two tackles for losses. It was the first-ever meeting between these metro Atlanta private schools. Next: Friday vs. Therrell (0-3)
3. (4) Griffin (3-0)
Last week: Beat Jonesboro 34-33. Griffin trailed 33-21 late in the third quarter but scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns, one a 24-yard pass from Jaquez Parks to Devonta Freeman for 24 yards and another from Parks to Darquavious Mangham for 17 yards. Next: Friday at Woodland, Stockbridge (1-2)
4. (6) Statesboro (3-0)
Last week: Beat Tattnall County 30-8. DeQuan Daniels rushed for 109 yards and two touchdowns on nine carries. Statesboro led 3-2 at halftime but scored 20 in the third quarter. Next: Friday at Burke County (2-1)
5. (8) Burke County (2-1)
Last week: Beat Coffee 33-21. QB Donquell Green rushed for 246 yards on 28 carries and threw for 113 yards and had a hand in all five of Burke’s touchdowns. Coffee led 21-20 early in the second half before Burke took control. Next: Friday vs. Statesboro (3-0)
6. (7) Stephens County (3-0)
Last week: Beat Hart County 49-39. RB Chaz Thornton carried 40 times for 241 yards. WR Tomas Colbert had eight catches for 180 yards. QB Dakota Mitchell had 334 yards passing for Hart. Next: Friday vs. Walnut Grove (1-2)
7. (3) Carrollton (1-2)
Last week: Lost to Calhoun 46-35. Trey Chivers rushed for 264 yards and three touchdowns but lost a fumble on a fourth-quarter kickoff that led to Calhoun’s winning touchdown. Carrollton led 35-32 on Chivers’ 64-yard TD run with 4:50 left. Carrollton led in total yardage 543-507. Next: Sept. 28 vs. Columbus (0-2)
8. (9) Jonesboro (2-1)
Last week: Lost to Griffin 34-33. Jonesboro lost a heartbreaker for the second straight year against Griffin. The Bears beat the Cardinals 47-43 in the first round of last year’s playoffs. Next: Friday at Eagle’s Landing (0-3)
9. (NR) Riverdale (3-0)
Last week: Beat Grady 28-14. Ti’Keem Cooper and Trey Sanders returned kickoffs for touchdowns. Fred Ward converted a scoop-and-score after a blocked punt. Kahmad Magwood scored Riverdale’s only offensive score on a 1-yard run. Next: Friday at Dutchtown (2-1)
10. (NR) Washington (3-0)
Last week: Beat Mount Zion, Jonesboro 43-13. RB Frank Barthelemy rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries. Washington led only 12-7 at halftime. Washington is ranked for the first time since 2005. Next: Friday at Stone Mountain (1-2)

Class AAA
1. (1) Peach County (3-0)

Last week: Beat Warner Robins 29-24. Peach led 29-21 at halftime. The only score from there was a Warner Robins field goal. Tyler Gibson’s 98-yard kickoff return and Demarus Robinson’s 67-yard TD reception from Greg Williams were key plays for Peach. Next: Friday at Macon County (0-2)
2. (5) Thomson (3-0)
Last week: Beat St. Pius 21-14. Thomson fumbled the second-half kickoff, which led to a 14-7 deficit, but scored two touchdowns in the third and held on to win. Chris Jordan rushed for 130 yards on 12 carries. William Bussey had an interception, a fumble recovery and 33 yards rushing. Torrie Battle’s 6-yard TD run with 3:43 left in the third was the game-winning score. Thomson is ranked as high as No. 2 for the first time since 2006. Next: Friday at LaGrange (1-1)
3. (6) Washington County (4-0)
Last week: Beat Baldwin 22-14. Melvin Hill (89 yards rushing, 12 carries) scored on runs of 14 and 45 yards in second half for Washington County, which trailed 14-8 at the break. Baldwin scored on two long TD passes from Tajhea Chambers in the second quarter. Next: Friday vs. Laney (2-1)
4. (3) Buford (2-1)
Last week: Beat Hancock Central 43-0. RB Dontravious Wilson rushed for 131 yards and three touchdowns. He missed the Gainesville game, Bufor’s only loss, with an injury. Next: Sept. 28 at Banks County (1-2)
5. (2) St. Pius (2-1)
Last week: Lost to Thomson 21-14. St. Pius’ three turnovers to Thomson’s one was criticial. QB Jack Spear (6-of-17 passing for 93 yards) and RB Ryan Braswell (73 yards rushing, 23 carries) were limited. Next: Friday vs. Lovett (2-1)
6. (4) Carver-Columbus (2-1)
Last week: Lost to Colquitt County 33-0. Carver held Colquitt, a ranked AAAAAA team to 65 yards rushing on 31 carries, according to the Moultrie Observer, but managed only 106 yards of total offense. Next: Friday at Tri-Cities (2-1)
7. (7) Dodge County (3-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Bleckley County (1-1)
8. (10) Cartersville (3-0)
Last week: Beat Rockmart 38-6. Brooks Barden was 9-for-17 passing for 162 yards and three touchdowns, and Cartersville took a 24-0 lead by halftime. RB Tiamon Pennymon, called by coach Frank Barden the best freshman running back he has coached, was lost for the season with a leg injury on the first series of the second half. He finished the game with 108 yards on five carries and his season with 227 yards on 22 carries. Next: Friday at North Murray (3-0)
9. (NR) Morgan County (3-0)
Last week: Beat Putnam County 39-16. RB Morgan Gray scored four touchdowns, all in the first half, as Morgan took a 39-0 lead. Next: Sept. 28 vs. Oconee County (1-2)
10. (NR) Woodward Academy (2-1)
Last week: Beat Woodland, Stockbridge 28-13. Woodward trailed 7-0 but took the lead for good in the third quarter on Jollyce Myrick’s second touchdown, a 3-yard run in the third quarter. Carter Johnson returned a fumble 15 yards for another touchdown. Next: Friday vs. Westminster (2-2)

Class AA
1. (1) Calhoun (3-0)

Last week: Beat Carrollton 46-35. WR Josh Barnes caught 18 passes for 204 yards. QB Taylor Lamb was 38-of-55 passing for 465 yards and four touchdowns. He also scored two touchdowns. Calhoun became the first team in state history to win three straight games while allowing 35 or more points. Next: Friday at Dade County (0-3)
2. (2) Brooks County (3-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Mitchell County (1-2)
3. (4) Cook (3-0)
Last week: Beat Dougherty 42-14. K.J. Edwards scored five touchdowns, all runs inside the Dougherty 5-yard line, and Jeremy Walden scored on a 73-yard run. Next: Sept. 28 vs. Thomasville (1-3)
4. (5) Lovett (2-1)
Last week: Lost to Marist 24-16. Willie Chandler was 18-of-26 passing for 279 yards and two touchdowns. Three passes went to Grant Haley for 105 yards. Craig Rollins had six catches for 94 yards. Alex port had two tackles for losses. Lovett was scoreless in the second half after leading 16-7. Next: Friday at St. Pius (2-1)
5. (7) Vidalia (3-0)
Last week: Beat Long County 40-16. Juan Foster rushed for 182 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Vidalia finished with 494 yards in total offense. QB DJ Mincey had 132 yards passing, 73 rushing. Vidalia is ranked in the top five for the first time since Sept. 25, 2005. Next: Friday vs. Benedictine (3-0)
6. (9) Washington-Wilkes (3-0)
Last week: Beat Warren County 46-0. The Tigers are 3-0 for the first time since 2000, when they reached the Class AA final. Next: Friday vs. Riverside Military (0-2)
7. (3) Fitzgerald (2-1)
Last week: Lost to Monroe 35-28 in overtime. QB Romarius Gaulden was stopped less than a yard short of a first down on fourth-and-4 on the final play of overtime. Gaulden had scored on a 4-yard run with 1:49 left to force overtime. Next: Friday vs. Charlton County (2-1)
8. (8) Early County (2-1)
Last week: Lost to Bainbridge 14-12. Early County failed on a two-point conversion attempt in the final seconds. Jacori Taylor rushed for 137 yards on 20 carries and was 10-of-20 for 179 yards and a touchdown passing. He scored on a 16-yard run late and threw a 79-yard TD pass to Martavius Allen in the first quarter. Next: Friday at Calhoun County (1-2)
9. (10) Lamar County (2-0-1)
Last week: Beat Pike County 44-7. Lawrence Austin rushed for 142 yards on 10 carries and threw an 81-yard TD pass to Quay Searcy.
Next: Sept. 28 at Taylor County (2-1)
10. (NR) Bowdon (3-0)
Last week: Beat Kendrick 34-14. Bowdon trailed at halftime 8-6. Junior HB Jarod McKey scored four touchdowns. Next: Friday at Chattahoochee County (2-1)

Class A
1. (1) Eagle’s Landing Christian (3-1)

Last week: Beat Hapeville Charter 56-14. QB Dalton Etherige had a hand in seven touchdowns – four passing, three rushing. He rushed for 128 yards and passed for 175 in 2.5 quarters. ELCA led 42-0 at halftime. Next Sept. 29 at Holy Innocents’ (2-2)
2. (2) Wilcox County (2-1)
Last week: Beat Dooly County 28-14. Johnathan Howard had 13 receptions for 211 yards and two touchdowns. The score was 14-14 in the fourth quarter when Wilcox broke it open. Dooly County was held to five first downs, according to the Cordele Dispatch. Next: Sept. 28 at Charlton County (2-1)
3. (3) Prince Avenue Christian (3-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Glascock County (1-3)
4. (4) Wilkinson County (1-1)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Irwin County (1-2)
5. (5) Aquinas (2-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Josey (1-2)
6. (6) Calvary Day (3-0)
Last week: Beat Montgomery County 49-13. QB Jake Clemens threw for 170 yards, and Jordan Walker caught two TD passes. Calvary led 35-0 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Treutlen (1-1)
7. (7) Marion County (2-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Miller County (2-1)
8. (9) Lincoln County (2-1)
Last week: Beat Ninety Six, S.C. 41-21. Lakeith Lockhart returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown and a 35-0 lead in the final minute of the first half. Mike McIntyre rushed for 169 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Next: Sept. 28 at First Presbyterian (1-1)
9. (10) Charlton County (2-1)
Last week: Beat Bradwell Institute 12-0. QB Trae Harrington scored on two 4-yard runs in the second quarter and Charlton held Bradwell to 135 total yards and forced five turnovers. Harrington rushed for 81 yards and passed for 105. Next: Friday at Fitzgerald (2-1)
10. (UR) Emanuel County Institute (2-1)
Last week: Beat Jenkins County 42-15. QB Caleb Pressey was 7-of-9 passing for 143 yards and a touchdown and scored a touchdown. Greg Purcell rushed for 98 yards. Michael Sutton rushed for 91 and scored two touchdowns. Jenkins was held to 106 total yards. Next: Friday at Claxton (2-0)

189 comments Add your comment


September 16th, 2012
3:07 pm

wow how can a team or teams that won drop in the rankings???


September 16th, 2012
3:09 pm

better yet how can grayson n walton drop all the way out the top 10???/ dang


September 16th, 2012
3:12 pm

congrats 2 nc,,n p-view 4 making the top 10

Dekalb County Guy

September 16th, 2012
3:37 pm

I think it is too harsh to drop Grayson out of the ranking. Sure they lost to a well coached team, and results are what determines rankings, but c’mon, you still got to consider them a Top 10 team. Maybe drop them to 5 or 6.

And congrats to Washington High,as an APS alum, its always good to see an Atlanta Public School team ranked.

Dekalb County Guy

September 16th, 2012
3:39 pm

Interesting……Jonesboro lost and moved up a spot.


September 16th, 2012
3:46 pm

TCC……getting back to respectability one week at a time.


September 16th, 2012
4:09 pm

After 3 games, Washington has played only one team with any wins. Are they really the 10th best team in 4A?


September 16th, 2012
4:14 pm

You have to factor in the way in which they lost. Grayson lost to a non ranked team that got blown out the week before. Plus they were the #1 team that lost in the way they did. That’s why they dropped out the top 10. When Colquitt Co., North Gwinnett, and Lovejoy lost, it was to a ranked team so they dropped a few spots. Walton and Grayson lost to unranked teams and lost very poorly. That’s my opinion….


September 16th, 2012
4:19 pm

Don’t know about Lowndes being at the #4 spot?? Very disappointed on how they played in the first half on Friday – But they showed out in the second half….


September 16th, 2012
4:23 pm

LOL….At Dekalb County Guy….


September 16th, 2012
4:26 pm

Congrats to Allatoona for cracking the top 10. EP will see you Nov 9th. My guess both will be 9-0 at the time.

Bird dog

September 16th, 2012
4:31 pm

Congrats to poll makers you got it right ,in AAA , time to fix AAAA. Next week . Come to game of week in AAAA at bear den we have some good food in waynesboro

Tyler Volz

September 16th, 2012
4:34 pm

How can a team get beat 33-0 and still be ranked over undefeated teams? Rankings are so dumb.


September 16th, 2012
4:36 pm

I just want to know why when Grayson was in the #1 spot the rankings mattered…then Grayson falls out and now the rankings… “are not predictions of what teams can and will do.” So, is it safe to assume when Grayson was at #1 no one expected them to remain #1 this season?? Exactly, you did! And, now that they screwed up and lost (as unusaal as it may seem) they are still worthy of “Now it’s Grayson’s turn.” Why don’t you stop focusing on all the GRAYSON talk and remember that there are many other teams who did NOT lose last week and are still in the top 10…just a thought!!

Dekalb County Guy

September 16th, 2012
4:38 pm

@ War Eagle

I will take up the case for Washington. Actually, they did beat Tri Cities who is 2-1 and is a 6A school and probably will make the playoffs. And Mt Zion is a 5A school and they beat them pretty handily it seems. So I will give them the benefit of the doubt they are a Top 10 team.

Bird dog

September 16th, 2012
4:42 pm

Can you post the sats from Burke vs coffee game?


September 16th, 2012
5:00 pm

Actually Lassiter defected Kell 42-13, Sprayberry was last week.

border dweller

September 16th, 2012
5:01 pm

High school ball has playoffs, so these rankings mean almost nothing.

Black & Gold24

September 16th, 2012
5:16 pm

How can Colquitt which shut out a ranked opponent, drop a spot in the ranking? Who cares right? That is why there is the state playoffs.


September 16th, 2012
5:20 pm

Wow. I guess Grayson has fallen from grace. I think they will use this as an US against the World type motivation, and that Nobody believes in them type of thing. OAN: Region 1SixA still has 3 teams in the top 10 that nobody is talking about. But I forgot, Rankings do not mean anything. September 28, Valdosta GA, 8pm. We know that you guys will get up to play us.

BullDawg Rick

September 16th, 2012
5:28 pm

Get yer panties outta ur krack!!!

The rankings mean NOTHING!!!

Grayson will make the playoffs…

& defend their state championship…

Golden Isles Fan

September 16th, 2012
5:29 pm

I cant wait for the playoffs Buford will get slaughtered by some of the more respectable teams………they will get that chip knocked offffff……should be 4A even 5A…..simpson will go 0-10 again…..the highschool assct would probably put them in a easy region……..

Golden Isles Fan

September 16th, 2012
5:31 pm

I believe Brooks will be a force to be reckoned with………………………maybe brooks will be on the other side of calhoun……..

Golden Isles Fan

September 16th, 2012
5:42 pm

If Buford wants BIG TIME recognition they need to be in a BIG TIME region!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dragstrip Road

September 16th, 2012
5:56 pm

See ya at…………….\\\THE BONE YARD\\\

tightend 81

September 16th, 2012
6:06 pm

Monroe Tornadoes of Albany should get consideration in AAAA. Lost on a last minute play to 2nd ranked AA Brooks Co. Defeated #2 Class A Wilcox Co. and defeated #7 Class AA Fitz in overtime..
They should handle their region now that they are in the region schedule

Golden Isles Fan

September 16th, 2012
6:13 pm

monroe barley lost to aa brooks beat a wilcox beat fitz aa and you think they will handle 4a comp?????


September 16th, 2012
6:14 pm

A pleasant surprise from the pollster. Maybe there is hope. For those of you who think the polls don’t matter, consider that in the end, overall records do play into playoff seeding. Ranking has much to do with overall records. Go undefeated and stay in your stadium until you face a team that was higher seeded than you and go to them. If no higher seed still is in play, you get home field throughout. What team would not want that? Tell me again why rankings don’t matter ? I would much rather play at Twelve Oaks than Lowndes and I’m sure that Colquit would like to be home for 4 playoff games. Are you catching my drift ?


September 16th, 2012
6:31 pm

AJC…… How about a little PIXIE DUST to go along with your guesses in the ranking game! No team should go from # 1 to being totally out of the top ten because of one loss! Is this not the same team that was ranked # 1 in the nation and state just 3 days ago? You guys are cutting off your proverbial nose to spite your face. How is anyone supposed to have confidence in your rankings/predictions after this fiasco? :-)


September 16th, 2012
6:36 pm

Where the heck are the Coffee and former 2A Bullies posters? Are you really this quiet, this early in the season? Come on back guys, the bitter taste of CROW doesn’t last long when eat it quickly! :-)

Middle GA Football Fan

September 16th, 2012
6:41 pm

Northside-Warner Robins beat Westside-Macon 42-18.


September 16th, 2012
6:52 pm


There has been little mention about Camden for some reason or another.


September 16th, 2012
7:33 pm

Grayson was over rated and believed all the hype about being # 1 in nation.It takes more than showing up at the stadium and walking out with the trophy.

high school high

September 16th, 2012
7:41 pm

told you last week that Walton defense was atrocious and the qb was a stiff.

Todd Holcomb

September 16th, 2012
7:41 pm

”wow how can a team or teams that won drop in the rankings??? … better yet how can grayson n walton drop all the way out the top 10???/ dang”

The walton/grayson thing was addressed in the story. As far as winning and falling, I don’t believe in the rule that you fall only if you lose. It’s kinda like if you make $100,000 a year and were the 6th-highest paid employee. Somebody just got a raise of $10,000 and is making $105,000. You’re no different, but you dropped in the rankings.

Todd Holcomb

September 16th, 2012
7:45 pm

”Monroe Tornadoes of Albany should get consideration in AAAA.”

They got it. Good team, and excellent quarterback in Stafford, or so I hear.

Todd Holcomb

September 16th, 2012
7:46 pm

”High school ball has playoffs, so these rankings mean almost nothing.”

At least you said ”almost” nothing. That means something!

Todd Holcomb

September 16th, 2012
7:47 pm

”Can you post the sats from Burke vs coffee game?”

Burke QB Donquell Green rushed for 246 yards on 28 carries and threw for 113 yards and had a hand in all five of Burke’s touchdowns. Coffee led 21-20 early in the second half before Burke took control.


September 16th, 2012
7:51 pm

@sportsnut — no, I am not catching your drift. Playoff seeds are based on region finishes, not on rankings. AJC rankings are nice, but in high school they have nothing to do with playoffs. Sure, nice to be ranked highly because your teams doing well, but that’s all it is.

Todd Holcomb

September 16th, 2012
7:52 pm

”Interesting……Jonesboro lost and moved up a spot.”

Jonesboro was ranked No. 9. Lost to No. 4 Griffin by one point. Three teams ahead of Jonesboro lost.

Todd Holcomb

September 16th, 2012
7:54 pm

Thanks for the corrections on Northside and Lassiter. Fixed.

We’ll have game summaries up shortly.


September 16th, 2012
8:18 pm

Golden Isles Fan let me tell you how Monroe should be ranked sense you so worried that had some close calls against smaller classification teams. Fitzgerald beat AAA Jefferson and just as easily beaten AAAA Monroe. Brooks beat a mighty 1AAAAAA team in Valdosta and eke out a last minute victory over Monroe. Monroe could have very easily beaten Brooks county and their fans would tell you the same. AA Cook county has beaten 3 straight AAAA teams and Early county just barely lost to a Bainbridge team that just recently took Cairo to the woodshed, only because they failed to convert their extra points. In other word’s, there are some teams in region 1AA that could give any AAAA school a run for their money. Monroe has decent size, very good speed and a lot of good looking athletes and when they hit you they do so with bad intentions. You will see soon enough.


September 16th, 2012
8:18 pm

What is it going to take for Commerce to get ranked in A? We have beated three higher classified teams handily (Jefferson AA, East Jackson and Banks Co. AAA). And Jefferson beat North Hall this week…


September 16th, 2012
8:19 pm

“Beaten” sorry

Mighty Mighty Wildcats

September 16th, 2012
8:25 pm

Grayson AND Valdosta9we lost to Brooks)would stomp north Gwinnett…..talk about some homer rankins…that region 7 is a laffing stock and NGHS has already dropped one…..comon man.


September 16th, 2012
8:54 pm

How does Marist, who is (2-1, 0-0), ranked above Griffin, who is (3-0, 1-0), in class AAAA? That doesn’t make any sense at all. Todd, please explain this to me.

BullDawg Rick

September 16th, 2012
8:57 pm

WarEagle – You beat me to the punch, thanks for straightening out Nut…. He’s uninformed as to how the playoffs are setup…

Record within your region is the tell all.. There have been teams that finish 5-5 yet are 5-2 in their region and teams that are 7-3 and are 4-3 within their region. Tie goes to the team with the better record…

Also, the brackets are already set up as to what region & seed plays each other… It’s all “fill in the blanks” once the regular season is over as to who plays who…

You’re welcomed


September 16th, 2012
9:10 pm

@Todd Holcomb “They got it. Good team, and excellent quarterback in Stafford, or so I hear”
It’s either you know of the quaterback or don’t. I am a Westover alumnus and also a GHSA football referee, but the metro ATL bias has to stop. He is a good qb. Todd Holcomb, leave the I-75, I-85, and/or I-285 sometimes and you will see some great football played.


September 16th, 2012
9:13 pm

@Camden74 – I’m here dude. And still feeling good about Coffee. Sure we lost to Burke County last week. But believe me. They would give Camden one hell of a run for your money. Don’t feel bad about that loss at all. The Coffee team now knows it can make just about every miscue possible and still be in the game with a quality program down to the last few minutes. What does Camden know about that? Coffee has also handed Cook, Ware and Whitewater their only losses and Cook is holding its’ own against 4A teams and, mark my words, Ware will be ranked in a week or two.

So… I’m still here big guy and looking forward to the start of region play. There is new site in the state that is filled mostly with 1-6a posters and the site gives you the ability to post your own topics. Been spending most of my time there with a lot of the other 1-6A posters that you don’t see much on here anymore. It’s a civil, analytical site without all the trash and bashing. Look it up. You would be welcome.


September 16th, 2012
9:22 pm