AAAA blog: Knock, knock, knocking on rankings’ door

Fans are forever questioning how rankings are put together, especially when their team(s) are victims of a perceived slight.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say anyone was slighted in this week’s AAAA rankings. After the top five, things get quite muddied.

From Georgia High School Football Daily’s Todd Holcomb, who puts together the rankings the AJC uses:

“If you want me to go out on a limb, I’ll say this — except for Sandy Creek and Griffin, the 4-0 teams in AAAA are unproven, Monroe Area and Washington included. I don’t think I’d bet against Cairo, Baldwin or LaGrange in the first round, maybe even Perry, against any of the 4-0 teams except Sandy Creek and Griffin. If those teams are 9-1 or 10-0 in November, it might be different.”

It’s really hard to disagree with that. For instance, 6-AAAA has four unbeaten teams and No. 3-ranked Marist (3-1). There isn’t much of an argument to be made against Marist; that loss was to Thomas County Central. The unbeaten teams – Chamblee, Carver-Atlanta and South Atlanta, are lacking signature wins.

Still, I do think there are some teams that are worthy of discussion. The college rankings have “others receiving votes.” I’ll submit a handful under the heading “others on the radar,” teams that, if their current arc continues, are knock-knock-knockin’ on rankings’ door (to enhance the experience, cue some Guns ‘N Roses or Bob Dylan …)

Dutchtown: The Bulldogs have won three straight, outscoring those three opponents by a combined score of 108-16. In the one loss, to now-No. 2-ranked Griffin, Dutchtown led 16-7 before things fell apart. Bulldog coach Jason Galt took it as a learning experience, but he also felt that game served to show the potential of his team. “Griffin’s got a chance to maybe play for a state championship this year. They’re that talented. And we stayed with them for a half.”

Cairo: The Syrupmakers’ two losses – to Class AAAAA schools Bainbridge (17-14) and Thomas County Central (39-13) are no cause for shame, and Cairo appears likely to re-enter the rankings.

Westside-Macon: The Seminoles are 3-1, the lone loss coming to Class AAAAA Northside-Warner Robins. The ‘Noles face a test Friday in West Laurens, one of three teams in AAAA allowing less than 10 points per game. (West Laurens

Cass: The Colonels are 3-1 after going 0-10 in 2011. That doesn’t necessarily put them into the classification’s elite, but they’ve already beaten one team (Northwest Whitfield) they lost to in 2011.

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September 25th, 2012
1:09 am

As probably the biggest Dutchtown backer, I’m okay with it. We had our shot to beat Griffin, had ‘em for a half and melted down. They beat us. They are a very good football team. We’ll just keep winning, that takes care of everything. There are a lot of very good football teams in AAAA and we think we are one of them.


Tiger Fan

September 25th, 2012
8:38 am

I feel that stockbridge will win that side of the region, we also have one lost, and that was to a very good class 5 team MLK, and if you were at that game we had our chances to win. Be very careful of Stockbridge going down to Griffin.


September 25th, 2012
10:07 am

Some times you just get tired of hearing about Sandy Creek who is just barely a AAAA team…


September 25th, 2012
10:52 am

And sometimes we (Sandy Creek) get tired of watching everyone get clobbered including the 6A teams we play. Some competition from anyone would be nice to see,


September 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

@Momamoon… FTE numbers put 54 other schools ahead of Sandy Creek in AAAA…so how exactly are they “barely” a AAAA school?

@Yawner….really? Show some class. I would have thought before the season that Newnan and East Coweta would be great wins for SC but they just are not the teams they’ve been in the past. So the wins over them aren’t exactly marquee wins.

Be careful… you may get what you asked for.

That Dude Says...

September 25th, 2012
2:18 pm

@ 1Bighammer…

Your right about Newnan and East Coweta this year. Both are usually playoff teams year in and year out. I was excited to see them on Sandy Creek’s schedule. Especially since they are both close to SCHS. East Coweta lost 32 seniors from last years team. I thought Newnan would of played SC closer but it wasn’t even a game. I think Yawner is probably just tired of people hating on Sandy Creek. It does get a little boring watching SCHS beat the brains out of teams week in and week out.

Panther Pride 1

September 25th, 2012
2:40 pm

I understand all this analysis. However, I also think that naturally those schools with a history of winning get a nod over those that might acutally be having a better year but don’t have the history to back it up. Of all the teams listed above there are not many that had 5 players or more on the all state watch list. So Carver must have something. That being said, when looking at wins in the box score it doesn’t show that teams put there JV in the 4th quarter (twice). Also when looking at scores in the paper it doesn’t show the intagibles of never quiting and battling back.

Carver can only play whose is on there schedule. By the Authors standards we won’t have a signature win until the playoffs. The bottom line is this is why games are played on the field and not left up to writers or supporters.


September 25th, 2012
3:59 pm

@Yawner…Like @1Bighammer said, show some class and beware what you wish for. I believe Griffin has a lot to show this season. And if it comes down to it, I believe Griffin could toast SC in the dome in December. SC isn’t everything they used to be. As a matter of fact, East Coweta should have beaten SC earlier this season. So I will say it myself, beware what you wish for when it comes to wanting competition. Because Griffin will bring it and more.


September 25th, 2012
4:54 pm

@GoBears2012…although I cautioned Yawner…I take it back now

Thanks to YOU the rest of AAAA is fair game now! Let ME be PERFECTLY clear.

The Griffin Bears don’t want ANY of the Sandy Creek Patriots!

As for East Coweta beating SC…we played the WORST game we’ve played all year and still crushed them. Our best football is still to be played.

That Dude Says...

September 25th, 2012
5:54 pm

@ GoBears2012

You believe griffin would toast Sandy Creek in the Dome come December???? Somebody needs to take a drug test. Not saying griifin couldn’t beat SC but toast them? Doubt it.

If your basing it off the East Coweta game then you are highly mistaken. East Coweta only scored once and threatened one other time. SC kept shooting themselves in the foot. If they didn’t have all those penalties it would of been ugly. Your logic though EC should of beat SC when SC beat them 31-7. Uh OK…Trust me Sandy Creek can play and hang with anybody in the state. Like 1Bighammer said SC played their worst game against EC. You keep on thinking Sandy Creek isn’t everything it used to be? You just keep on thinking that.


September 25th, 2012
6:35 pm

what about those REAL bears out of Burke County!!!!


September 25th, 2012
10:41 pm


Patriot Power

September 25th, 2012
11:02 pm

Yes, Sandy Creek IS barely AAAA . . . instead of AAA. We scheduled two AAAAAA teams on our non-region schedule and tried to schedule Buford. No doubt Griffin is good, but they were good in 2009 as well. That being said, until we play Carrollton in week 9, we really do not have much of a challenge.


September 26th, 2012
1:58 pm

@Sandy Creek fans, if you wanted competition than you should have scheduled games against Lownes, Valdosta, or some class AAAAA teams that would have given you a real test, like North side Warner Robins, Stephenson, MLK etc. Do not brag about beating two 6A teams. Dutchtown beat a 6A team as well but you do not see them bragging about it because it was not a challenge for them.


September 26th, 2012
6:14 pm

@1bighammer….. You know that BEAR team that Lownes did’nt want to play again this year because they almost lost last year. The ones that won AAA crown. Oh how we forget!!!!


September 27th, 2012
12:36 am

hey SANDY CREEK fans, i heard that theirs a GATOR on the way back to the dome holla at me if he meets up with ya……, beware , he lead his team to the AAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIP last year….


September 27th, 2012
3:03 am

I was at the sandy creek/newnan game and and the team I saw could give a team like camden co a run for they’re money


September 27th, 2012
3:16 am

Patriot power I’ll agree with you we might be yalls only challenge of the regular season this year.
. To me it looks like newnan and east coweta gave up after creek went up by double digits on them. We may or may not beat y’all this year but at least we know carrollton want give up


September 27th, 2012
8:12 am

@trojan94….I know Burke won the AAA crown last year…but how good were they really.


September 27th, 2012
9:10 am

Cool story Jay. I suppose Dalton will be ranked after their huge win against Cass this week. Lol, AJC kills me.

Patriot Power

September 27th, 2012
9:51 pm

@ME Are you bragging about Dutchtown’s not bragging? Lowndes and Valdosta are consistently overrated, resting on their laurels from the past. Stephenson? MLK? How many state championships do they have? NSWR? Haven’t seen much from them since their shellacking by Camden in the Dome in 2009.


September 30th, 2012
4:53 pm

Westside has one the best High school QB- I have watched play in the last 15 years. they have great team speed, and a couple of great receivers. Best team Northside has played all year no doubt.


October 1st, 2012
2:23 pm

ouch…looks like the Griffin Bears didn’t want any of the Staockbridge Tigers either!

Just a Fan

October 3rd, 2012
9:14 am

Patriot Power-Carrollton will not be your test this year-big losses to graduation along with numerous injuries(including the starting qb was too much.I am a fan but not blind-the defense is weaker than normal-SC will be a 3or4 td favorite.Sorry.