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.