Class AAAA games to watch

The deeper we go into the season, the more topsy-turvy Class AAAA looks, particularly if you follow the rankings. No. 1 Sandy Creek has been a constant, but a couple of upsets last week prompted a shuffle among spots 2-9.

Which brings us to this week’s games. Among the ranked teams, four face opponents with one or no wins while four others play teams that have one loss, giving potential for a rankings jumble again this week. If I were doing the rankings, I’d make sure I had a coin handy.

Here are the top games to keep an eye on this week:

No. 6 Washington (4-0) at South Atlanta (3-1), Lakewood Stadium: This is the 6-AAAA Division A opener for both schools.Washington is one of three 4-0 teams in the region, while South Atlanta is one of three teams at 3-1, which lends the impression that this is a really deep region. Washington has won all 10 games between the two schools, the last of those a 45-0 win in 2005.

No. 9 Griffin (4-1, 1-0) at Riverdale (4-1, 1-0), Tara Stadium: Griffin suffered its first loss last week and now hit the road for a key matchup in 4-AAAA Division B. The Bears and quarterback Jaquez Parks have scored 177 points in their five games, and they can seize control of the sub-region race with a win. A Riverdale win would complicate things considerably.

Locust Grove (4-1) at Dutchtown (4-1): This one is the sub-region opener for both teams, and the winner will have a significant advantage in the sub-region race. Locust Grove and Dutchtown have each won four straight since dropping their season openers. Behind dynamic skilled players Keenan Wise and Cortez McDaniel, Locust Grove has won a pair of tight games over Spalding and North Clayton the last two weeks.

Mary Persons (4-1, 2-0) at Westside-Macon (4-1, 2-0): Given the way 2-AAAA has progressed so far, with three teams off to 2-0 starts in region play, this could very well be an elimination game. Mary Persons visits the DeFore Sports Complex in Macon having allowed just ninepoints over their last three games, but Westside averages 41 points per game and poses a big-time threat.

A couple of others:
No. 2 Marist (3-1) at Columbia (2-2): In a battle of Eagles, Marist is 9-1 all-time against Columbia according to ghsfha.com, but the two teams haven’t played since 2007.

No. 3 Burke County (3-1) vs. Wayne County (2-2-1): In a 3-AAAA crossover game, Wayne’s record might be a little deceiving — they’ve lost to a AAAAAA school and a AAAAA school and tied one of the better teams in AAA. What’s not deceiving is Burke’s Donquell Green, who has run and thrown wild in the Bears’ four-game winning streak.

25 comments Add your comment

WarEagle

October 4th, 2012
8:19 am

Marist is the War Eagles, not the Eagles. Big difference!

In The Wrong

October 4th, 2012
9:19 am

Monroe Area / Stephens play October 12th. This is a bye week for both teams.

HEYWarEagle

October 4th, 2012
9:40 am

Marist are the Eagles, cuz y’all are scared to play St. Pius!! When you start scheduling games with Pius (again) you can be the War Eagles again. Sissies!!!

HEYGoldenLion

October 4th, 2012
10:22 am

Seriously? Sissies. What does St. Pius have to do with this column. Nothing. They’re in AAA. What is it with you Pius fans…you just can’t get over the fact Marist didn’t accept you. Dumbass.

HEYWarEagle

October 4th, 2012
11:12 am

Didn’t accept me?? Didn’t apply! Too many queers and sissies like you….. Dumbass? That’s the best ya got?

HEYWarEagle

October 4th, 2012
11:35 am

Hey Dummy

October 4th, 2012
2:16 pm

25-4-1: Marist record vs. St. Pius in last 30 games. ‘Nough said. Now run along back to the 3A blog St. Pius fan.

Silly Silly Boy

October 4th, 2012
2:35 pm

Thanks for the old AJC article link, St. Pius dude. After reading the last paragraph, I can see your point: “Marist has dominated this rivalry. The War Eagles own a 30-15-3 advantage in the series and have won 25 of the past 28 meetings, but St. Pius snapped a 13-game losing streak at Marist on Friday.”

HEYWarEagle

October 4th, 2012
4:40 pm

HEYWarEagle

October 4th, 2012
4:43 pm

Put up or SHUT UP – crybaby

HEYMaristBoy

October 4th, 2012
4:47 pm

You’re probably some old ass alumni who never played a down, with a fat and ugly wife who is doing the neighbors laundry. Can you believe how fat her ass got in just a few years? Now, go back to scratching your balls. YA SISSY, QUEER

WarEagle

October 4th, 2012
9:45 pm

This is getting pretty old, and you are embarrassing your fine school.

Burke Man

October 4th, 2012
9:59 pm

Man, why are these St Pius kids even on the 4A board. Get lost suckers, and stop crying.

HeyWarBeagleNBurppeBoy

October 4th, 2012
10:31 pm

Why are you fat losers on an AJC blog? Don’t you have sumptin better to do? How you know I’m not the Easter Bunny? BurppeBoy – you lickin his crack or sumptin?

HeyWarBeagleNBurppeBoy

October 4th, 2012
10:33 pm

We be on dis board lookin for Marist to man-up and schedule a game – a real game. You looked at their weak ass region lately?

WhoCares

October 4th, 2012
11:16 pm

The pride of St. Pius. Thanks for visiting.

WhoCares2

October 5th, 2012
8:26 am

Our pleasure. Now – go back to plowing those fields…….L-O-S-E-R!

DeKalb Follower

October 5th, 2012
10:48 am

I’ve always respected both Marist and St. Pius programs, and I continue to do so, but the St. Pius bloggers sure have been childish (to be kind) — name calling, calling out particular kids who used to attend St. Pius, and showing general disrepect to everyone has no place here.

Sugarbear

October 5th, 2012
10:53 am

Washington High School (Atlanta) 26
South Atlanta 21

It was a dogfight, but the Bulldogs came out on top! 5-0 !!!!!!!!!!!!

St. Pius Alum/Parent

October 5th, 2012
11:00 am

I am a St. Pius alum and parent. I apologize to the people on this blog for the comments above and in other posts I have seen. Our rivalry with Marist should be good-spirited, consistent with our school’s values. Both schools should act that way, and in my experience, most of the students, parents, and alumni do so. Of course, at each school, some students and some parents/alumni go too far. The people claiming to be St. Pius fans on this blogs have gone too far.

Southside

October 5th, 2012
11:04 am

@ Sugarbear Washington Benefited from the worst coaching job in APS history by South Atlanta. 3rd and 1 on the 1 to go up 8 with 1 minute left and they sweep. Then after being stopped on 4th down and turn the ball over they run man defense in the secondary when Washington had no timeouts and had to go 95+ yards to win. Tragic but hey you guys took advantage of their stupidity.

Just a Fan

October 5th, 2012
11:07 am

The truly ingnorant among us will always identify themselves in one way or another.If you dont have a valid argument just resort to personal attacks.If you have to be disgusting please do it somewhere else!

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October 5th, 2012
3:43 pm

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Sugarbear

October 5th, 2012
5:58 pm

A win is a win! Go BTW!!!!

BTW1985

October 5th, 2012
9:11 pm

South Atlanta who? Go BTW Bulldogs!!!!!!!