Class A: Three public Top 10 teams fell Friday night

S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

Here’s a look at how our Top 5’s fared in Week 5. There’s sure to be a shake up in the rankings on Sunday as three Top 10 public schools went down.

(Note:  Charlton County lost to the No. 7 team in AA, Fitzgerald, so it would be tough to penalize them for that.)


1. Wilcox County (2-1, No. 2 overall). Off this week. Next: Friday at No. 9 Charlton County (2-2).

2. Wilkinson County (1-2, No. 4 overall). The Warriors lost 41-34 to Irwin County (2-2). Next: Friday at Georgia Military (3-0).

3. Marion County (2-1, No. 7 overall). The Eagles lost to Miller County (3-1), 20-7. Rod Williams (8 yards) and Jacolby Jones (25 yards) had rushing touchdowns for Miller County, and Marvin Grant scored on a 40-yard pass from Algin Merritt. The Pirates’ defense held Marion to 112 yards total offense. Next: Friday vs. Greenville (2-1).

4. Lincoln County (2-1, No. 8 overall). Off this week. Next: Friday at First Presbyterian Day (2-1).

5. Charlton County (2-2, No. 9 overall). The Indians lost to Fitzgerald (3-1), No. 7 in AA, 37-0. Next: Friday vs. Wilcox County.

Look for Commerce (4-0), an 18-17 winner over AA Rabun County, to jump into the Top 10, along with Miller County and Emanuel County Institute (3-1), a 14-7 winner over Claxton.


1. ELCA (3-1, No. 1 overall). Off this week. Next: Saturday at Holy Innocents (2-2).

2. Prince Avenue Christian (4-0, No. 3 overall). The Wolverines beat Glascock County (1-3), 41-7, as quarterback Zach Graham hit on 6-of-8 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns, while Bryce Huff ran for 90 yards on 5 carries, two for touchdowns. PAC piled up 441 yards of offense and held Glascock to just 135. Next: Friday at Athens Christian (1-3).

3. Aquinas (3-0, No. 5 overall). The Irish beat AA Josey (1-3), 42-0. Next: Friday vs. Twiggs County (1-2).

4. Calvary Day (4-0, No. 6 overall). The Cavaliers beat Treutlen (1-2), 27-18, as senior quarterback Jake Clemens ran for 175 yards, 121 in the second half, on 17 carries, including an 11-yard touchdown. The Caves led the Pirates just 14-12 at halftime. Next: Oct. 5 at Savannah Country Day (1-2).

5. George Walton Academy (3-1, unranked). The Bulldogs beat Warren County (1-2), 37-0, as Nick Waters had an interception and two touchdowns – on rushing (7 yards) and one receiving (35 yards). Next: Friday vs. Commerce (4-0).

Athens Academy (3-0), a 10-7 winner over Our Lady of Mercy (3-1), could crack the Top 10 this week.

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September 22nd, 2012
9:42 am



September 22nd, 2012
2:31 pm

Watch out Charlton Co. you still have alot of games left and already have two losses next week a must game.

The Dogfather

September 22nd, 2012
3:09 pm

Check out highlights of Aquinas’ Brendan Douglas.

Swamp Lizard

September 24th, 2012
11:05 am

TCDOG25 ….. I was kind of shocked at how Charlton Co lost ( 37-0 ) ….. I know Fitzgerald is good, but thought Charlton would pay them tough. Big game coming up this week for the Indians against Wilcox Co …. need a big win to stay in the think of things ( playoffs ).

Swamp Lizard

September 24th, 2012
11:12 am

The Dogfather ….. Aquinas is looking “tough”. Have some big games remaining ….. Lincoln Co ( Oct 11th ) & Wilkinson Co ( Oct 19th ) …. that’s two mean games back to back.

Swamp Lizard

September 24th, 2012
11:14 am

Congrats to George Walton for making the Top 10 ( #8 in the state rankings ). Big game with #9 Commerce this coming Friday night ….. hope to be there myself!


September 24th, 2012
11:41 am

Prince is so blessed to have 2 coaches the caliber of Mark Farriba and Richard Bell (former UGA, SC, and Air Force DC) leading the offense and defense respectively. The team has also held it together after losing 4 of their best players right before the season started and they have endured a couple of devastating injuries to starters after the season began. Without that attrition they might have been the best team in Class A public or private. They are still a very good team and it will be interesting to see how they stack up in one of the toughest regions in Class A with games coming against ACS, Athens Academy, George Walton, and Commerce.

Swamp Lizard

September 25th, 2012
7:38 am

Bucket …. I agree with you …. they have overcome a lot this year. No doubt that PAC will be a “player” in the run for the championship.