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.