Poll Talk: Stephenson moves up in AAAAA, but is MLK top team in Dekalb?

The Stephenson-Tucker game used to be called the greatest rivalry never played in DeKalb County.

Stephenson and Tucker – each with seven region titles since 2001 – finally played each other last week. Stephenson got the win 13-7, ending Tucker’s 20-game winning streak.

But M.L. King – which has beaten Stephenson the past two seasons – remains the highest-ranked DeKalb team at No. 3.

There were few upsets last week or changes in this week’s rankings. Newly ranked this week are Cairo for Washington in AAAA, Jefferson for Benedictine in AA and Wilcox County and Irwin County for Calvary Day and Clinch County in A.

The only game this week between ranked teams is No. 9 North Oconee at No. 10 Elbert County in Region 8-AAA, but several critical regions games are on the schedule.

Here are some of them -

Grayson vs. South Gwinnett
Lowndes vs. Coffee
Lassiter vs. Milton
McEachern vs. North Cobb

Tucker vs. Southwest DeKalb
Flowery Branch vs. Heritage (Conyers)
Gainesville vs. Clarke Central
East Paulding vs. Rome
Thomas County Central vs. Lee County

Baldwin vs. Westside (Macon)
Stockbridge vs. Dutchtown

Elbert County vs. North Oconee
St. Pius X vs. Cedar Grove
Cartersville vs. Gordon Central

Cook vs. Jefferson County
Early County vs. Thomasville
Westminster vs. Wesleyan

Aquinas vs. Wilkinson County
Wilcox County vs. Clinch County
Dooly County vs. Marion County

The new rankings …

1. (1) Camden County (7-0)

Last week: Beat Tift County 47-0. Kalverez Bessent rushed for 112 yards and two touchdowns on seven carries, and J.J. Green added 90 yards rushing and a touchdown on nine carries. Camden’s average score in Region 1 games is 43-6. Next: Oct. 26 vs. Brunswick (3-3)
2. (2) Lassiter (6-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Milton (5-1)
3. (3) Norcross (7-0)
Last week: Beat Collins Hill 35-23. RB Alvin Kamara rushed for 312 yards and three touchdowns, and DE Lorenzo Carter had four sacks for Norcross in a game between the remaining unbeaten teams in Region 7. Jaquan Simpkins returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Next: Friday vs. Mountain View (2-4)
4. (4) Lowndes (7-0)
Last week: Beat Valdosta 17-14. Gustavo Gonzales kicked a 40-yard field goal on the final play as Lowndes rallied from a 14-6 deficit in the fourth quarter. Lowndes had tied the game on a 14-play, 90-yard drive in the fourth. RB Nick Burgman rushed for 139 yards on 20 carries. Lowndes QB Alex Stephenson, formerly of Valdosta, was 6-of-7 passing for 132 yards. Lowndes led in total yards 352-189. Next: Friday vs. Coffee (5-2)
5. (5) West Forsyth (6-0)
Last week: Beat Johns Creek 37-16. West Forsyth dominated after trailing 16-3 in the first half. QB A.J. Erdely rushed for 141 yards and was 7-of-9 passing for 136 yards. RB Jake Wieczorek rushed for a season-high 187 yards and a touchdown and caught a TD pass. The victory left West Forsyth as the only unbeaten team in Region 6. Next: Friday at North Forsyth (3-3)
6. (6) Parkview (5-1)
Last week: Beat Dacula 26-21. Chris Carson scored all four of Parkview’s touchdowns and rushed for 169 yards. Dacula got within five in the final three minutes but never threatened to lead. Next: Friday vs. Shiloh (3-4)
7. (7) Grayson (6-1)
Last week: Beat Berkmar 62-0. Wayne Gallman rushed for 168 yards, and Grayson forced four fumbles, blocked a punt and led 42-0 at halftime. Grayson had more than 400 yards rushing. Next: Friday vs. South Gwinnett (5-1)
8. (8) North Gwinnett (5-1)
Last week: Beat Mill Creek 47-28. QB Michael Haynes was 19-for-29 passing for 253 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 116 yards. Mill Creek’s Jacorey Lewis rushed for 227 yards, but Mill Creek had four turnovers, one an interception by DL Dante Sawyer that was returned 10 yards for a touchdown that gave North Gwinnett a 40-28 lead. Next: Friday vs. Habersham Central (1-6)
9. (9) Lovejoy (6-1)
Last week: Beat Morrow 50-0. Travis Custis scored four touchdowns and rushed for 98 yards. Brandon Davis returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown. Morrow was held to 32 yards of total offense. Next: Friday at Luella (1-6)
10. (10) Colquitt County (4-2)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Brunswick (3-3)
1. (1) Northside-Warner Robins (6-0)

Last week: Beat Grovetown 56-14. Northside held Grovetown to 131 total yards and five first downs. Keshun Hill rushed for 115 yards on six carries and caught three passes for 48 yards. He scored three touchdowns. Next: Friday at Jones County (4-2)
2. (3) M.L. King (6-0)
Last week: Beat Dunwoody 40-17. M.L. King trailed 17-13 in the third quarter before getting into gear. Monquavious Johnson threw for 284 yards and four touchdowns. Dexter Polite-Bray had five receptions for 144 yards and TD receptions of 73 and 35 yards. Next: Saturday vs. Lakeside-Atlanta (1-5)
3. (4) Stephenson (5-0)
Last week: Beat Tucker 13-6. Stephenson took a 13-0 lead in the third quarter on Justin Holman’s 15-yard TD pass to Taylor Henry and held on. Tucker was held to less than 175 yards rushing. Next: Saturday at Miller Grove (5-1)
4. (2) Tucker (5-1)
Last week: Lost to Stephenson 13-6. Tucker got within 13-6 in the fourth quarter on a shovel pass from Juwaan Williams to Dallas Rivers for 21 yards. Tucker had one more chance but fumbled at the Stephenson 35. Tucker had won 20 consecutive games. Next: Friday at Southwest DeKalb (4-2)
5. (5) East Paulding (6-0)
Last week: Beat Hiram 56-30. East Paulding scored the final three touchdowns after Hiram got within 35-30 in the third quarter. TB Kamani Thomas rushed for 242 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries and topped 1,000 yards rushing for the season (1,034). FB Kyler Neal rushed for 197 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. WR Marcus Gilbert scored on an 87-yard reception and 99-yard kickoff return. Mitchell Webb threw two TD passes. Next: Friday vs. Rome (5-1)
6. (6) Thomas County Central (6-1)
Last week: Beat Northside, Columbus 56-0. Thomas Central held Northside to 127 yards in total offense. RB Deondre Cooksey (138 yards) and QB Adam Choice (136) had the biggest chunks of Central’s 397 yards rushing. Next: Friday at Lee County (6-0)
7. (7) Gainesville (6-1)
Last week: Beat Salem 49-6. QB Deshaun Watson threw for 212 yards. Gainesville led 35-0 at halftime.Next: Friday vs. Clarke Central (3-3)
8. (8) Warner Robins (5-1)
Last week: Beat Greenbrier 52-13. Warner Robins had 404 yards rushing and 104 passing without a rusher over 100 yards. Next: Friday vs. Houston County (2-4)
9. (9) Allatoona (6-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Villa Rica (3-3)
10. (10) Kell (6-1)
Last week: Beat Osborne 34-7. Kell led 27-0 at halftime after Brendan Langley scored on a 22-yard run and 29-yard reception. Khalil Bell rushed for 89 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Next: Oct. 26 at Sprayberry (2-4)
Class AAAA
1. (1) Sandy Creek (6-0)

Last week: Beat Shaw 51-26. Mitchell McMillin made a 55-yard field goal in the final minute of the first half to give Sandy Creek a 31-12 lead. Shaw got within 31-26 early in the fourth quarter before Sandy Creek got two TD runs by Eric Swinney. Khari Lain returned an interception for a touchdown. Shaw QB Chandler Whittlesey had three TD passes and more than 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing. Next: Friday at Alexander (0-6)
2. (2) Marist (5-1)
Last week: Beat Lithonia 40-14. Marist trailed 14-7 in the second quarter but turned the game on Gray King’s 71-yard run. King rushed for 139 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Next: Friday at Redan (1-5)
3. (3) Burke County (6-1)
Last week: Beat Richmond Academy 38-7. Burke County had 363 yards rushing – 153 by QB Donquell Green – and didn’t allow points until the final three minutes. Donqual Young rushed for 69 yards and two touchdowns on 10 carries. Next: Friday vs. Glenn Hills (2-4)
4. (4) Carrollton (4-2)
Last week: Beat Troup 38-7. RB Tre Chivers rushed for 91 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Troup was held to 135 total yards and five first downs and lost four fumbles. Next: Friday vs. Shaw (3-3)
5. (5) Statesboro (6-1)
Last week: Beat Liberty County 19-0. Statesboro outgained Liberty County 176-90 in a defensive struggle, according to the Statesboro Herald. Statesboro forced four turnovers and scored its three touchdowns on drives of less than 50 years. Next: Oct. 26 vs. South Effingham (4-2)
6. (7) Monroe Area (6-0)
Last week: Beat Stephens County 21-17. Monroe Area trailed 17-7 in the second half. QB Stanton Truitt rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries and was 8-of-16 passing for 97 yards. Truitt scored on a 17-yard run late in the third quarter to make it 17-14, and Kwan Brooks scored the game-winner on a 24-yard run at the end of an 80-yard drive with 8:22 left. Next: Friday at Walnut Grove (1-5)
7. (8) Stockbridge (5-1)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Dutchtown (5-2)
8. (9) Griffin (5-1)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. North Clayton (1-6)
9. (10) Jonesboro (5-1)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Spalding (1-4-1)
10. (NR) Cairo (4-2)
Last week: Beat Worth County 42-0. Worth committed turnovers on two of its first four plays, and Cairo cashed in both for touchdowns and led 35-0 at halftime. P.J. Davis scored three first-half touchdowns. Next: Friday vs. Albany (2-4)
Class AAA
1. (1) Peach County (6-0)

Last week: Beat Jackson 34-13. RB Keyshawn Lowe rushed for 202 yards on 27 carries, and QB Greg Williams was 11-of-22 passing for 221 yards and four touchdowns, three to WR Demarcus Robinson. Peach led only 6-3 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Central-Macon (2-4)
2. (2) Thomson (7-0)
Last week: Beat Swainsboro 57-20. Thomson had 505 yards rushing, led by Chris Jordan (17 carries, 184 yards, three touchdowns) and Torrie Battle (6-123-2). Next: Friday vs. Dodge County (4-3)
3. (3) Washington County (7-0)
Last week: Beat Jefferson County 57-14. RB Melvin Hill rushed for 100 yards and scored three touchdowns on 10 carries. William Walker was 8-of-11 passing for 142 yards and rushed for 90 yards on 10 carries. Washington County led 57-0 in the third quarter. It was Jefferson County’s worst loss since 2001, when Washington County also was the opponent, winning 70-20. Next: Friday vs. Swainsboro (3-3)
4. (4) Buford (5-1)
Last week: Beat White County 49-14. RB Dontravious Wilson rushed for 212 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries. Buford had 359 yards rushing. Next: Friday vs. Dawson County (4-2)
5. (5) St. Pius (5-1)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Cedar Grove (5-2)
6. (6) Carver-Columbus (5-1)
Last week: Beat Henry County 47-0. Carver held Henry County to 112 yards in total offense and led 35-0 two minutes into the second half. QB Torrance McGee rushed for 56 yards on six carries and was 5-of-7 passing for 159 yards and a touchdown in limited action. Brandon Thomas scored on runs of 23 and 17 yards. Next: Friday at Southwest-Macon (1-6)
7. (7) Cartersville (6-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Gordon Central (6-0)
8. (8) Blessed Trinity (5-1)
Last week: Beat Decatur 28-14. Spencer McManus completed 7 of 12 passes for 112 yards and scored on a 1-yard run. Blessed Trinity led 21-0 at halftime and intercepted three passes. Next: Friday at Towers (0-7)
9. (9) North Oconee (5-1)
Last week: Beat Franklin County 28-13. Tate Adcock (4-of-6 passing, 79 yards) threw three TD passes, two in the second half after North Oconee led only 14-13 at the break. Zantravious Shields had two of the TD catches. Also playing quarterback was Nick Colvin, who was 6-of-8 passing for 76 yards and rushed for 100 yards. Next: Friday at Elbert County (4-2)
10. (10) Elbert County (4-2)
Last week: Beat Morgan County 29-22. Next: Friday vs. North Oconee (5-1)
Class AA
1. (1) Calhoun (6-0)

Last week: Beat Pepperell 45-13. Calhoun led 21-7 at half, then used a 67-yard kick return by Tydus Curtis to open the second half and take full command. Curtis scored on an interception return in the first half. QB Taylor Lamb threw for 179 yards and ran for 61. RB Alex Urbano ran for 90 yards on 11 carries. Josh Barnes had nine receptions. Next: Friday vs. Murray County (0-6)
2. (2) Brooks County (7-0)
Last week: Beat Fitzgerald 27-24. Deric Herring returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown with 18 seconds left for the winning margin. Herring returned a kickoff 88 yards for get Brooks within 24-21. Brooks had only 22 yards in total offense in the second half, according to the Tifton Gazette. Next: Friday at Pelham (1-5)
3. (3) Vidalia (6-0)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday vs. Bryan County (1-5)
4. (4) Fitzgerald (5-2)
Last week: Lost to Brooks County 27-24. Fitzgerald took a 24-14 lead on Deonvis Bonner’s 3-yard run with 4:22 left in the third quarter but failed to hold it as Brooks County won the game on a 68-yard punt return in the final minute. QB Romarius Gaulden rushed for 70 yards for Fitzgerald. Next: Friday at Berrien (2-4)
5. (5) Cook (5-1)
Last week: Beat Pelham 42-10. QB Ross Pickle had a hand in five touchdowns – three rushing and two passing. He was 17-of-24 passing for 210 yards and rushed for 66 yards. WR Zack Williams had six catches for 134 yards, his second straight game topping 100 yards. Next Friday vs. Jefferson County (3-4)
6. (8) Greater Atlanta Christian (5-2)
Last week: Beat Westminster 30-0. GAC won its Region 6-AA opener easier than expected as QB Rafe Chapple was 10-of-16 passing for 198 yards and RB Kyle Scales ran for 138 yards on 16 carries. It was GAC’s first shutout since 2007. GAC beat Westminster 49-10 last season but failed to make the playoffs while Westminster did. Next: Oct. 26 at Hapeville Charter (2-4)
7. (6) Lamar County (5-0-1)
Last week: Beat Monticello 56-13. Lamar County led 30-0 in the first half. Lawrence Austin rushed for 129 yards and scored touchdowns on an 88-yard run and 43-yard pass. Jimmy Fletcher rushed for 122 yards on seven carries. Freshman QB L.J. smith started in place of Lance Austin, who was ill. Monticello scored its touchdowns in the fourth quarter, one on a kickoff return. Next: Friday at Putnam County (2-4)
8. (7) Heard County (6-0)
Last week: Beat Manchester 28-21. QB Jonathan Hunt scored on a 2-yard run in overtime, and Ta Freeland intercepted a Manchester pass to clinch it. Hunt also scored on a 24-yard run and a conversion with 7:47 left for a 21-21 tie. Heard County RB/LB Daranta Dunson rushed for 91 yards (his first time under 100 this season) but had 70 yards receiving and made 15 tackles. Next: Friday at Jordan (0-7)
9. (NR) Jefferson (5-1)
Last week: Beat Rabun County 55-7. Jefferson scored six second-half touchdowns after leading only 13-7 at halftime. QB Bryant Shirreffs rushed for 152 yards and three touchdowns. Wesley Simonton had 14 tackles and one interception. Jefferson also scored on a 40-yard fumble return by Rufus Whitfield and an 85-yard interception return by Trent Sorrells on the last play of the game. Next: Friday vs. Oglethorpe County (4-2)
10. (10) Lovett (2-4)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday Hapeville Charter (2-4)
Class A
1. (1) Eagle’s Landing Christian (5-1)

Last week: Beat Mount Vernon Presbyterian 62-0. Dalton Etheridge was 4-for-4 passing for 58 yards and touchdowns to D.J. Curl, Jevius Terry and Davis Carrandi. LB Josh Shockey had an interception, a fumble recovery and a touchdown in the first half. Next: Friday at Our Lady of Mercy (4-3)
2. (4) Emanuel County Institute (6-1)
Last week: Beat Treutlen 50-6. ECI had three runners with more than 100 yards rushing in Greg Purcell (12 carries, 170 yards, two touchdowns), James Brown (7-101-0) and Michael Sutton (11-102-3). Next: Oct. 26 at Johnson County (5-1)
3. (6) Athens Academy (6-0)
Last week: Beat Pinecrest Academy 27-7. Taylor Allen rushed for 116 yards and scored three touchdowns. Austin Schulte (7-of-9 passing, 141 yards) hit Jordan Lawson (4 catches, 129 yards) on an 87-yard TD pass. Next: Friday vs. Commerce (4-3)
4. (8) Prince Avenue Christian (6-1)
Last week: Beat Commerce 30-0. Bryce Huff rushed for 167 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, and Carl Mattox had 113 yards rushing on 13 carries. Commerce, which was missing starting QB Drew Whitfield for the second consecutive game, was held to 63 yards in total offense. Prince Avenue led 24-0 at halftime. Next: Friday vs. Hebron Christian Academy (1-5)
5. (7) Lincoln County (5-1)
Last week: Beat Aquinas 20-13. Ben Turner threw a 14-yard TD pass to Zireycus Letman with 49 seconds left for Lincoln County, which trailed 10-0 at halftime. Lincoln County scored two third-quarter touchdowns, one on a short drive after an interception, the other on Jamar Norman’s 26-yard return of an Aquinas fumble. Lincoln County drove 73 yards in five plays for the winning touchdown. Next: Friday vs. Georgia Military College (4-2)
6. (2) Aquinas (5-1)
Last week: Lost to Lincoln County 20-13. Aquinas outgained Lincoln County 268-138 and held Lincoln County to six first downs but failed to hold a 10-0 halftime lead. Brendan Douglas rushed for 153 yards on 28 carries. Next: Friday at Wilkinson County (4-2)
7. (9) Savannah Christian (4-2)
Last week: Beat Calvary Day 21-20. Freshman QB Chase Marini threw an 18-yard TD pass to Jalen Myrick on fourth-and-8 with 3:15 left for the tie, and Logan Tovar made an extra point for the game-winner. Myrick also scored on a 36-yard run in the third quarter. Calvary QB Jake Clemens scored three touchdowns but was intercepted twice. Next: Friday vs. Jenkins County (4-2)
8. (5) George Walton Academy (5-1)
Last week: Off. Next: Friday at Pinecrest Academy (3-2)
9. (NR) Wilcox County (4-2)
Last week: Beat Turner County 38-0. Wilcox shut out Turner for the fourth consecutive season and allowed only 22 yards of total offense. A week before, Turner had won 38-6 against Charlton, a team that had beaten Wilcox. Wilcox QB Makail Grave threw for 340 yards on 24-of-32 passing. Johnathan Howard had seven catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns. Next: Friday at Clinch County (3-3)
10. (NR) Irwin County (4-2)
Last week: Beat Clinch County 26-15. Irwin County was left as the only unbeaten team in region play out of 1-A by ending Clinch County’s 15-game home winning streak. Irwin County had more than 300 yards rushing. Irwin County is ranked for the first time since 2006. Next: Friday vs. Lanier County (2-5)

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October 14th, 2012
2:46 pm

Golden Isles Fan

October 14th, 2012
3:20 pm

To those of you that have experienced the Camden wildcats…….respect them and or step aside..

support region 1/6A

They are for real……to me the qb is a better kicker….very good athlete ….they have sooooo many weapons….will be hard to figure out.

Swamp Lizard

October 14th, 2012
3:23 pm

@ TODD & STC …. Guys, I do appreciate your coverage of high school football, but I can come up with a better … & more accurate Top 10 in Class A football. Are these Top10’s just Todd’s or is this a panel of writers ( AJC & around the state )? I understand that there is still a lot of “opinion” in these polls, but we’re getting late in the season and some of these teams are getting no love for their body of work … ( LINCOLN CO ). They win 49-6 and drop two spots in the poll, then they beat the #2 team ( accroding to the AJC ) and only move up two spots? They are better than your #2 team this week for sure. Who has ECI beat? …. they have gone from #6 to #4 to #2 this week. George Walton didn’t play Friday night & they drop 3 spots …. from #5 to #8 …. WHAT? Prince Ave goes from #8 to #4 for beating Commerce? Even though they are 4-2 … Sav Christian is for real, at least they are proving it on the field. They beat #3 in the state & move two spots?
OK … I’ve beat up on you enough! You did good bringing in Wilcox Co ( #9 ) & Irwin Co ( #10 ). ;) I’ll do my own SWAMP LIZARD TOP 10 in our Class A blogs later on ( maybe tomorrow ). On a serious note, the Maxwell Ratings are starting to take shape on the best teams … at least in Class A.

Thanks Guys !!

Golden Isles Fan

October 14th, 2012
3:28 pm

Irwin co. will choke…..they probably have 30 players on their team….they are pretenders!!!!

cartersville on up will BEAT bUFORD………

the top 4 in regon 1/6A will manhandle other regions in the playoffs….


October 14th, 2012
4:27 pm

Go ECI tnats all i have to say, hi swamp lizard.


October 14th, 2012
4:28 pm

Go ECI thats all i have to say, hi swamp lizard.


October 14th, 2012
5:04 pm

SWD doesn’t have enough depth and to inconsistent to compete. Tucker wins big coming off their loss to Stephenson.


October 14th, 2012
5:22 pm

The only way Lovett is legit @ 10 is when they beat GAC, so this is what you are selling eh? If so you may as well rank them above them. 4 losses ?


October 14th, 2012
5:29 pm

Really Golden Isles? Shows how much you know about Irwin Co. Ask our opponents if we are pretenders.

Golden Isles Fan

October 14th, 2012
6:34 pm

@bill…….wait untill the second half of the season if they make it that far……the playoffs will separate the contenders and the pretenders….hard to do that with 30 players and they only use 12-15 of them the entire game IRWIN SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!and their whole coaching staff!!!!

Golden Isles Fan

October 14th, 2012
6:43 pm

Irwin could not beat anyone in the top 9……the team you have played have a record of 5-16!??????


October 14th, 2012
6:50 pm

I believe Valdosta, which has a better running game, will defeat Colquitt. The game will be a “home” game for Valdosta in a couple of weeks. I also believe Colquitt will give Camden all it can handle in Moultrie on Nov 9th. Colquitt may well pull the upset, although my common sense says they won’t. I have no predictions for the Nov 2, Camden vs Lowndes game to be played at Lowndes High’s Martin Stadium, aka the Concrete Palace. Camden should win, could win, and might win. BUT!!!!!!!! I’ll let our friend bksmith14 do the predicting with that one!

This week Coffee comes to Lowndes, and for us that is the most important game on our schedule. I sincerely hope the young man from Coffee who was injured last Friday recovers and plays again. If anyone has an update on his condition please give it to us.

Valdosta travels to Tift. Sorry Tift but Leonards Losers, Tift. Colquitt travels to Brunswick. Remebert what I said previously about our region being strong from top to Brunswick? Leonard’s loser, Brunswick. Camden gives the region a much needed rest this week.


October 14th, 2012
7:07 pm

It is all starting to take shape. The next 2 weeks will determine a lot.


October 14th, 2012
7:09 pm

Can someone please inform me as to the condition of the tight end from Coffee that was injured on Friday. Anyone?

Swamp Lizard

October 14th, 2012
7:12 pm

@ TCDOG25 ….. I hear ya Man !! I still think ECI is overrated at #2 …. I still think Lincoln Co would beat ECI …. I still think your biggest win is over Claxton …. & I still don’t think ECI will be tested again until you play Sav Christian in the Region 3 play-in game. As I’ve said, I still think you’ll be 8-1 going into that game. I think Region 3 has three good teams ( Sav Christian, Calvary Day, & ECI ) but I don’t think anyone knows just how good they are …. Sav Christian has proved more.
It’s so hard to get a read on a team ( or Region ) that doesn’t play at least two or three “quality” teams without seeing for yourself … & I haven’t made it down there to see with my own eyes. That’s just my take on the whole thing … & as I’ve said, I’ll be here to take it like a big boy if you ( ECI ) can give it back to me. Wish you & ECI the best … I really have no hard feelings.


October 14th, 2012
8:14 pm

How does Benedictine drop from the rankings after a quality win? Not only do they drop but they go from #9 to NR while the #10 team stays the same.

Carver Panther 1

October 14th, 2012
8:25 pm

How many more multi loss teams are going to be ranked ahead of undeafeated Carver and Chamblee. Are we really going to have to run the table to get respect?


October 14th, 2012
8:30 pm

Tucker is overrated. Only 1 win against a team with a winning record, and that team (Cedar Grove) padded its record with wins over losing teams. Tucker is down this year.

Dekalb Co Guy

October 14th, 2012
8:34 pm

I know MLK was ranked ahead of Stephenson, but considering Stephenson beat the No.2 and MLK struggled with winless Dunwoody, I thought for sure Stephenson will leap frog them, but doesnt matter since they all play each other and it will be sort it out on the field.

I also agree with CarverPanther1, seems like Carver or more ideally Chamblee should be ranked ahead of a 4-2 Cairo team.


October 14th, 2012
8:36 pm

Carver has not played a team with a winning record. Beat someone good and that might help. Probably have to wait for BTW and Grady games.

Bobby Joe Hill

October 14th, 2012
8:45 pm

This has to be a joke. Chamblee is 6-0 and beat a Columbia team 34-0 ON THEIR HOMECOMING. (27-0 at halftime) and Marist struggles to beat them and wins 16-0 an Chamblee STILL isn’t ranked?! Washington has yet to play a quality team and barely beat South Atlanta by 5 and Chamblee beat them by 22. Goodness gracious, the team is unbeaten and has played a few quality teams. They have proven to be one of the most underrated teams in the star and have made a complete turn around with outstanding coaches and several D1 players. It amazes me how people continue to sleep on this team.

Bobby Joe Hill

October 14th, 2012
8:53 pm

Plus, Carrollton and Cairo have two losses each. How does that even make sense. Chamblee has proven to be a top notch team after Fridays win. They completely dominated the entire game and they play lights out swarm to the football defense. Do not be shocked with an upset against Marist on 11/2…

gwinnett fan

October 14th, 2012
8:54 pm


No region championships for Mill Creek. Losses to Norcross and North. Playoff brackets look favorable though. Much tougher road for region 7 #1 and #2 seeds.

Camden is strong favorite to win championship. Brice Ramsey is the difference maker.

Coffee Proud

October 14th, 2012
9:00 pm

The injured Coffee player walked out of the hospital yesterday in a neck brace. He has a cracked vertebrae in his neck. He is home recovering from his injury. God answers prayers! And thanks for asking.


October 14th, 2012
9:14 pm

Comparing scores is dumb — Chamblee beat Redan by 14 and then Redan gets crushed by Stone Mouuntain, but nobody thinks Stone Mountain is better than Chamblee. Bulldogs should be 8-0 with their weak schedule when they play Marist, and then we’ll how good they are.


October 14th, 2012
9:44 pm

Great news Coffee Proud!!

I am not a golden isle fan

October 14th, 2012
9:59 pm

You seem to have insight into the coach @ irwin. Such hostility you have. Pour quoi? Maybe it some more of that camden love. Haha… As a AAAAAA person why do you feel like your class A opinion really matters to us. furthermore what dawg do you have in this fight, with the exception of some worthless relationship with the head coach. Please, allow us to bask in our glory of being the #10 ranked team of class A. It is so important. Not….Certainly not as important as being #1 in AAAAAA. The poll is meaningless anyways. They only mean something in the BCS. Tell me how that has worked out. That’s why we have the playoffs. I think you need to listen to ole willy bil ;) . He has always been the bigger man his whole life. Mamma always said,”if you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothin at all”, but someone else used to say that an opinion is like……you know how that one goes because in the words of mamma” it takes one to know one”. Cya later golden isle. Maybe one day Camden will play irwin. I know that is below your standards, but one never knows. Do they?


October 14th, 2012
10:04 pm

WOW! I see AJC got a lot of respect for Tucker, they loose to Stephenson and are still ranked number 4. But I do agree (ALL) three Dekalb county teams should be ranked 1, 2, & 3, respecfully behind each other, just don’t agree with that #1 spot in NSWR…


October 14th, 2012
10:21 pm

The class 2a poll is a joke maybe #1#2but after that its a joke


October 14th, 2012
10:33 pm

@JAB get to the finals and EARN the number 1 spot by winning the TITLE. Until then……….


October 14th, 2012
10:48 pm

@ Golden Isles Fan. Teams that Irwin has played has a 23-15 record. According to Maxpreps, Irwin has 57 players on their roster.


October 14th, 2012
11:47 pm

N-SIDE we did …the biggest game played in 5A was play this friday and the team who won should have taking the number one spot IMO.. but its cool i think stephenson HAS to make a point this year and after we BEAT MLK we should be ranked number one and if we our not the ranking are BS to me…i mean think tucker should have been ahead of MLK just because they lost a close game and mlk had problems with druid hills ..

HSFB Follower

October 15th, 2012
12:07 am

The talk here is more proof of how deep the state of Georgia is AT ALL levels. Camden is the most complete team in the state pound for pound. As an Atlanta resident I’ve made the drive to Kingsland to see them in person this season in addition to them playing in the Dome, yes they are solid but anybody can be beat on any given night and Camden knows that (ask them about that 2pt conversion vs Colquitt last season). This maybe the best Camden team since Herron took over but w/o a title is doesn’t mean anything since they have 3 already in the past 10 or so years.

ML King is pound for pound better than Stephenson. The difference this season for ML King is they can control the ball more with a solid rushing game that features speed and power with a combo of four backs and can still air it out with the best in the state. Yes they had a sluggish first half against Dunwoody (a game that everyone happen to see so that is what is sticking in peoples mind).

Chamblee will get their due they are still on the clock with many people including myself, we just have to see more. They’ll get tested against Marist and then in their region play-in game. 4A is loaded and all ranked are deserving of their rankings, this week.

McEachern and North Cobb will both prove their worth this week in what should be an outstanding game with plenty of athletes on the both teams that can score quicker than a hiccup. North Gwinnett is laying in the woods again, don’t forget about them or Lovejoy (despite “weak” region). Lovejoy will be another team where the playoffs will be the proof in the pudding for them esp playing in a new class but they have the talent, coaching, focus and they are back healthy on the defensive side of the ball.

I’ll end it the way I started it, Georgia is stacked so please enjoy it at all levels, go out to the games, watch the games online and support the schools, players, coaches and programs because there is outstanding football in this state.


October 15th, 2012
12:08 am

Time to start making playoff plans. Are you ready? @ Stephensonfinest531 == MLK did not play Druid Hills. Druid Hills had the nerve to go where MLK did not, 6A.@ Coffee Proud, thanks for the update on Jalen and we still hold him in our thoughts and prayers.


October 15th, 2012
1:26 am

@ HSFB Follower == Thanks for the props but we are an after thought. It is the same fight for respect as it was last year. Same conversation, “weak region, you haven’t played anybody, your season ends in the first round.” We heard it all. Now, because we are in 6A, we are questioned, again. We are going to have to wait and let it come to light so all can see. We present something many top teams don’t have. We have a complete team. All three phases of the game are played and played well. We present match-up problems for many. Run, throw, it does not matter. What ever is called for at that time. Wait and see.

Monroe's First Redcoat

October 15th, 2012
4:59 am

Stephenson will roll through the regular season, but will be one-and-done, or, at best, two-and-through come playoff time, continuing a long and proud tradition…..

Monroe's First Redcoat

October 15th, 2012
5:11 am

Hey, Todd, how is it that George Walton (5-1), with a bye week, FALLS three spots??? I don’t have much of an argument with Lincoln County or Aquinas being ahead, but GWA’s only blemish is a 28-21 OT loss to Aquinas. Don’t see how a 4-2 Savannah Christian, which has struggled in its last two wins, ranks ahead of a 5-1 team which has won its last four games by an average 40 – 9.5 margin…….Got no Dog in the Bulldogs’ fight, mind you, just sayin’…..


October 15th, 2012
6:39 am

@sportsnut agreed. stephensonfinest531 outside of school enrollment, why did ya’ll choose to drop down a class. If coach Stephens was head coach of those Stephenson teams you all would have a least gotten to the semi’s almost every year and possibly a TITLE. Heck back in the day Buck would at least get a lot of his SWD teams to the quarter’s and semi’s every year without nearly as many D1 players. I haven’t seen that out of Stephenson, but you feel you should be ranked #1. Get over the HUMP first…..


October 15th, 2012
6:41 am

Northside has outscored their opponents 298- 42 carefull what you ask for maybe the best junior QB in the state with the best defense in the state so far every coach that has played against them says the same thing State Champions


October 15th, 2012
7:35 am

ROME in “THE BONEYARD” this week in another good game for EAST!!! EAST had a “wake-up call” Friday night at HIRAM…while winning 56 / 30 EAST played sluggish, sloppy, whatever you want to call it but they didn’t play up to the level EAST “D” normally does!

EAST gave the ball to HIRAM twice thru turnovers and missed opportunities of 3rd downs resulting in having to give the ball back to HIRAM’s offense. You can’t do this with ANY team much less one with players like HIRAM has and the result showed as HIRAM took advantage of these and scored 30 points on an EAST “D” that was averaging only 3.4 pts per game coming in!!!

ROME is hard to figure…they opened win a nice win against SOUTH PAULDING 34 / 15 and then beat HIRAM 21 / 0 in week two, then lost to ALLATOONA the next week 39 / 17. They then score 69 points to beat NEW MANCHESTER BUT allow them to score 35 points ?!?!?! The next week they show up strong in beating PAULDING COUNTY 49 / 7 but follow that up last week at NORTH PAULDING winning a “barn burner” 57 / 56 in OT!!

This weeks game will show if EAST is ready to take the REGION 5 AAAAA title…beat ROME and EAST goes to 7 / 0 with games left against SOUTH PAULDING, & LITHIA SPRINGS before the playoff game BEFORE the playoffs on NOV. 9th in “THE BONEYARD” with ALLATOONA!!

Should be another packed house in “THE BONEYARD”…I hope CANNON FIRE doesn’t scare wolves to bad!!! LOL!



October 15th, 2012
7:47 am

Last couple of years Northside choked, why not again?


October 15th, 2012
8:02 am

The Monroe Area vs. Stephens County game was a great game.Stephens played its heart out but the speed won out in the end.It puts so much pressure on your defense that eventually it breaks out,Monroe Area’s QB Stanton Truitt is a game changer,he has the sprinters speed with the quick moves that makes it almost impossible to tackle him in the open field.Then you throw in all the other speedsters and it is too much….(you can’t beat what you can’t catch)GO CANES


October 15th, 2012
8:20 am

Where is Tucker Dad? Oh Well….Stephenson did win, at the same time it was a close game at the end, Tucker had some chances, yet did not execute. I do feel the will continue to win, as they are a well coached and fine team. See you in the Playoffs
Go Jags!!!


October 15th, 2012
8:54 am

Lowndes Game Winning TD!! » ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=al0egPTQVDI&feature=youtube_gdata_player


October 15th, 2012
8:56 am


October 15th, 2012
8:58 am

Congratulations to the “JAG NATION”.Tucker made way too many mistakes the 1st half & then my stream went down. So I can’t say about 2nd half.


October 15th, 2012
9:01 am

All this for a H.S. Football Game?? Yep!! Only in Winnersville Baby!! » https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cdy0gExr2BU&feature=youtube_gdata_player


October 15th, 2012
9:02 am

Tucker better stop crying about the woulda, coulda, & shoulda’s & worry about Southwest Dekalb. They are a good football team that could beat any team that is down!!!!


October 15th, 2012
9:32 am

Oops, Game Winning FG!! My fault. . .

Tucker Tigers

October 15th, 2012
9:35 am

@ALL TUCKERRED UP you are on point. The Stephenson game is in the books and it’s time to move on. Southwest is trying to secure a solid playoff spot and will probably play hard Friday. But I’m looking for the Tigers to rebound this week.