Chamblee, Carver wait their turn for rankings

A few weeks back we touched on some unranked teams in Class AAAA that might merit consideration, and among those were a handful of teams in Region 6-AAAA.

Perhaps it speaks to the strength of schedules for the ranked teams that there are as many unbeaten, unranked teams in 6-AAAA (two) as there are unbeaten teams in the AAAA rankings this week (Sandy Creek and Monroe Area). The only 6-AAAA team in the rankings is No. 2 Marist, and few would quibble with that spot for the War Eagles, whose only loss is to AAAAA power Thomas County Central.

If any team in the AAAA rankings falters, a couple of other 6-AAAA teams have a case for inclusion.

Chamblee is 7-0, and the Bulldogs are solid favorites to move to 8-0 this weekend, facing a 1-6 Lithonia club.

An 8-0 Chamblee start would be remarkable for a number of reasons. Allen Johnson is the Bulldogs’ third coach in four years. They haven’t started 8-0 since 1981; even in their run to the 2007 Class AA semifinals, they lost in week eight against Westminster.

They average scoring 29.6 points per game and have one big-time recruit – defensive end Davin Bellamy, who has committed to Florida State – and they’ve won in a variety of ways. Blowouts. Nail-biters. Overtime. Comebacks. Last week, they trailed struggling Stone Mountain before prevailing 30-22. The strength appears to be the defense, which is allowing 12 points per game and is led by Bellamy and fellow defensive end James Hanley and has held four opponents to a touchdown or less.

And then there’s Carver-Atlanta, which is also 7-0. The Panthers have an explosive offense, led by running back Montavious Taylor, who has rushed for over 100 yards in four straight games, including last week’s 301-yard, four-touchdown performance. He did all that on 10 carries, or an average of 30 yards per carry.

Homecoming of sorts: Griffin coach Steve DeVoursney visits his alma mater, Upson-Lee, Friday night, with a chance to clinch the top seed from 4-AAAA Division B. The No. 8-ranked Bears have gone 8-2 against Upson-Lee under DeVoursney.

Elimination game in 5-AAAA: Fayette County started 0-5, and the Tigers were not within a touchdown in any of those five games, during which they allowed 191 points. Yet here they are, having now won two straight, facing a Troup club with an identical record (2-5 overall, 2-2 5-AAAA). The winner would be alive for what would likely be the region’s No. 4 playoff seed. The loser would be on the outside looking in. This, courtesy of Fayette’s 38-35 overtime win against LaGrange last week.

52 comments Add your comment

DeKalb D

October 23rd, 2012
10:26 am

Chamblee probably deserves to be ranked now, but if Chamblee can beat Marist on Nov. 2, which will be a tall order for them, then they absolutely should be ranked in the top 10.

sportsnut

October 23rd, 2012
10:54 am

I’ve been wondering why the aren’t ranked. I saw them against DHHS and at that moment I thought they could be a decent team. I have not seen Carver yet but would like to.Once lived in the area.

Dekalb Co Guy

October 23rd, 2012
10:58 am

Yes unfortunate that neither team has been able to get into the rankings. Both are beginning to get noticed, but no one in the rankings have been losing the last couple of weeks. I agree if chamblee could beat marist, they would be ranked for sure. but dont see it happening. Am sure Marist will be very well prepared for them.

dekalbcounty football

October 23rd, 2012
11:17 am

Good things comes to those WAIT!!!

Momamoon

October 23rd, 2012
11:46 am

Don’t worry Chamblee it took 2 years after Monroe Area came out of their slump for people to start recognizing them. And they still do not give them a whole lot of credit….. Your time will come just keep up the good work…

cvilleryder

October 23rd, 2012
1:42 pm

What happened to the AAA blog, did a Hurricane cause a glitch?

long time dekalb watcher

October 23rd, 2012
5:38 pm

Hey Jay Stone – nice to see somebody finally shout Chamblee out. I can tell you Davin Bellamy isn’t the best player on this team. He’s not even the best defensive player on this team. The best football player on the Chamblee team is RB/LB Dezmin Reed. Bellamy has missed a couple of games due to injury. Reed has missed a couple of plays due to leg cramps. Reed’s out there every play. The kid’s a beast. Chamblee’s OLine isn’t stacked with D1 athletes, but the get lower than any team I have seen all year. Their QB (Branch ?) is good too. QB missed the first half against Stone Mtn and played hurt the entire second half. He should be healthy by 11/2. Chamblee’s kicker is one of the best in the state (# 26). So, no runbacks on the kickoffs. Can they beat Marist? I doubt it, but Chamblee will come in ready to play football. They have all year long. Nobody wants to play Chamblee early in the playoffs.

Bulldog Nation

October 23rd, 2012
10:57 pm

Oh we do have a surprise for Marist, they have no clue for whats coming!

I hate ignorance!

October 24th, 2012
7:31 am

they don’t have clue? Do you think y’all are invisible? YOu think only y’all have have film? Somebody on here every week stating how wonderful y’all are and this team should be ranked! Oh, they have a clue!

WarEagle

October 24th, 2012
7:47 am

I am sure the Marist staff is focused this week only on Stone Mountain. After Friday, the War Eagles will start preparing for a good Chamblee team. Marist will expect a tough game, and will prepare accordingly. Reading the blogs the last few weeks, the Chamblee faithful have me convinced that Marist is slower, smaller, weaker, less disciplined, and more one dimensional than the superior Chamblee team. I just hope Chamblee does not mercy rule us.

Mr. reed's son

October 24th, 2012
8:46 am

Dad,I told you not to blog about me — but thanks for the shout out!

Trap

October 24th, 2012
8:56 am

Damn, Chamblee fans are all focused on Marist and making diss songs — better focus on this Fridays game first.

It's Over

October 24th, 2012
8:59 am

Chamblee 40 – Marist 0. Done. Not even a contest. Book it.

WarEagle

October 24th, 2012
10:12 am

Oh, ok. Well, for us, that is a next week issue. We’d like to try to win this week’s game first.

Metro Fan

October 24th, 2012
10:23 am

For the first time since 2008, Chamblee will put a superior team on the field against Marist in terms of talent. Chamblee is no Thomas County Central, however. Bainbridge crushed Chamblee in the preseason scrimmage and then lost to TCC a few weeks back. Chamblee beat a good GAC team on a blocked FG. Both teams have blown through the subregion, but Marist definitely played a tougher non-region schedule. Chadwick wins these games consistently becuase he has an experienced staff that will not only have their kids better prepared but will also better make the critical adjustments necessary. The wildcard for the Bulldogs could be their ability to throw the ball if Branch is healthy, because that is where they can take advantage of their athleticism against a slower and less athletic Marist secondary. Myles Willis will have his work cut out for him on both sides of the ball! Can’t wait to see who wins this and the Carver-Grady game on the other side of the region to determine the playoff seeding games…

JAYBO

October 24th, 2012
10:40 am

TCC is your 6th ranked team in the state…they are 7-1 after playing the 5th toughest schedule in the sate(all classifications)!!!!!! You guys really are not objective in your assessment of high school football in this state…you load your polls up with metro Atlanta every year. I’m just go flat out tell you, there is nooooo way E Paulding is better than TCC and you have them #3!!!!!!

HeyMetroFan

October 24th, 2012
10:42 am

@Metro Fan – For the Bainbridge PRACTICE, Chamblee didn’t even dress Reed or Bellamy. A couple of the Oline starters didn’t play either. Didn’t play Branch much at QB. Bainbridge played their starters into the 4th QTR. Chamblee only dressed like 35 kids. I can’t figure out why folks on these blogs pay attention to the scrimmages. I have to agree with everything else you said. But you left out the fact that Chamblee scored a TD on 4th and goal in OT vs. GAC. Gutsy call by the coaching staff. Coach Allen Johnson should be coach of the year!!! Marist wins a close one. Carver wins too!

WarEagle

October 24th, 2012
11:08 am

@Metro fan — sure, Chamblee is a “superior team” “in terms of talent”. See this AJC article (scroll down to where it says “Marist Is Loaded”), which does not even mention underclassmen: http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2012/08/22/insider-robert-nkemdiches-teammate-blessed-with-penn-state-offer/

But whatever, that is a next week problem . . .

JAYBO

October 24th, 2012
11:12 am

Oops, I posted on the wrong thread…should be on the AAAAA thread.

Score Guy

October 24th, 2012
11:34 am

Where’s the Chamblee fan who likes to compare scores and draw conclusions?: Chamblee 21 – Redan 7; Marist 50- Redan 0.

you flippin Score Guy

October 24th, 2012
11:47 am

I’m guessing they’re in school Score Guy. Probably comparing SAT scores with the rest of metroatlanta!! Now, get back to flippin those burgers.

Score Guy

October 24th, 2012
11:54 am

Flipping burgers? You do know that we have smart phones now and can get on the Internet from anywhere in the world?

you flippin Score Guy

October 24th, 2012
11:58 am

They have burgers all over the world too!

ridgelandpanthers07

October 24th, 2012
12:01 pm

Ridgeland is the team that should be ranked right now.

Score Guy

October 24th, 2012
12:08 pm

Uh, Good point . . .

Score Guy

October 24th, 2012
12:12 pm

Yep!! Ridgeland is the team that should be ranked right now. Yep! Yep!

Score Guy

October 24th, 2012
12:19 pm

Ha, appears the burger flippin guy is now posting using my name. No honor among thieves.

you flippin Score Guy

October 24th, 2012
12:20 pm

See, we both can be stupid

Score Guy

October 24th, 2012
12:33 pm

but only you can flip the burgers!!

Metro Fan

October 24th, 2012
12:42 pm

@WarEagle I have followed this region for long enough to be thoroughly impressed with the long line of kickers, punters, and scrappy whiteboys that cover kickoffs and punts at the next level to come out of Marist. That being said, Chamblee (and for that matter just about every public school inside of 285) has more speed and athleticism every year at their skill positions. Every few years Marist recruits a bona fide eastside stud like Myles Willis, and he stands out for reasons other than complexion on a team of otherwise very average athletes. We all know athletes, even true football players, don’t win games, though. Teams do, and Marist has put some consistently great TEAMS on the field for years despite having never fielded what I would consider a “loaded” team like Stephenson, MLK, and a bunch of other schools that don’t even approach Marist’s resume in terms of winning big games. This year Chamblee has more than just talented athletes (many of whom are now in their third year as starters) on a team with great potential, so like I said the matchup is intriguing: coaching edge Marist but talent edge Chamblee.

@HeyMetroFan I agree that scrimmages, much like early season games, have only a limited amount of relevance at this point in the season. If Chamblee’s hopes of winning come down to two players, however, whose absence you seem to suggest as some sort of excuse for getting pushed around by a more physical team, then they have no chance of defeating a team like Marist or any other TEAM that is, by definition, greater than the sum of its parts. That’s where coaching comes in. Allen Johnson has definitely impressed me so far, but the real issue is more about one staff versus another than one head coach versus another. Chadwick has a lot of help at Marist, and I ‘m not sure how much help Johnson has. I also wonder how Chamblee will look in a year or two when the nucleus of kids that were thrown in the fire against the likes of Tucker and SWD and forced to grow up has moved on…

WarDamnEagle

October 24th, 2012
1:29 pm

According to twitter Davin Bellamy (FSU committ) is out for the season with a torn labrum. I went and watched the kid versus Columbia and he was clearly the only speed rusher on their D-line. Columbia ran away from him most of the game and I guessing he didn’t play versus Stone Mountain. The defense actually looked lights out that game. If this is true Chamblee will win Saturday, then lose three games in a row. 8-3 isn’t so bad for a much improved team. However, beating us??? Common Man!!

WarEagle

October 24th, 2012
2:17 pm

@Metrofan– Appreciate your thoughts. I think you might be surprised by the speed at Marist. We’re not a track team, but there are more speedy players than in the past. We also have a bit of size on our lines, especially our D-line. No doubt Chamblee will be a stiff challenge though and agree that we often face teams who are more athletic overall.

WarEagle

October 24th, 2012
2:42 pm

If Bellamy is out, that is a big blow for Chamblee. Twitter is not always a reliable news source! I sure hope for his sake that the young man is not injured and that if he is, he has a speedy and full recovery.

@Metro Fan

October 24th, 2012
2:58 pm

I wasn’t suggesting two players make this team, but they are the best players on BOTH sides of the ball. Any team would be suspect if they chose to sit their 2 best players and a couple of other starters on any given night. In my opinion, the Chamblee coaches used the scrimmage to make some final decisions on who their key players – including back-ups were going to be – This included the decision that Branch was the QB. With that said, If Bellamy is out for the season Chamblee’s chance to play with Marist goes with him. Bellamy didn’t play vs. Stone Mountian and his back-up is a freshman who is still not ready for big-time Dekalb County football. My guess is Chamblee will have to use one or more of the Olinemen to play both ways. Marist wins this game with or without Bellamy on the field.

Us?? not really

October 24th, 2012
3:02 pm

I am always amused how these Marist guys who haven’t put on a helmet in 20 years use the term “us.” Once your playing days are over – it becomes them….. sorry but you can’t help us much from the stands

"Us" -- yes, us

October 24th, 2012
3:07 pm

I’m always saddened that at some schools there is a lack of real community, such that the use of “us” seems out of place and they prefer to use “them.”

Us?? not really

October 24th, 2012
3:30 pm

It’s not a sense of community which keeps y’all saying and thinking us. It the fact that you haven’t accomplished much since you left. Been there – Done that. Move on and GROW UP!

"Us" -- yes, us

October 24th, 2012
4:13 pm

Us?? not really

October 24th, 2012
4:24 pm

Must need/want some money from y’all. I went to “exclusive and prestigous” private school too. Be sure to bring your check book!!!!! My school has won many state football, basketball and lacrosse championships, but we recognize the kids playing NOW!!! It’s them when we are talking teams — it us when we are talking endowments and money!!!! A hundred years – just getting started, huh!! Great program for sure!!!

"Us" -- yes, us

October 24th, 2012
4:32 pm

“You can’t help us much from the stands”/”I went to ‘exclusive and prestigious’ private school too.” Which is it — are you now in school playing or are you a graduate? For some reason, I don’t care what you have to say anymore, because you seem like one of THEM who is just looking for a reason to hate. Good bye.

Serious?

October 24th, 2012
5:40 pm

Is Davin really out the rest of the season? Man, that sucks.

bulldogs

October 24th, 2012
8:01 pm

To much branch reed noisd and favors for the marist

bulldogs

October 24th, 2012
8:03 pm

Enter your comments here

Bulldog Nation

October 24th, 2012
9:08 pm

Scores? Really?

Marist-16 Columbia-0

Chamblee-34 Coulumbia 0 (ON THERE HOMECOMING NIGHT)

Yes I know you guys blew Redan out by 50, but I AM pretty sure they gave up because they have no chance for the rest of the season or playoffs at all.

Also Chamblee is a building program where Athletes are developed over the course of the 4 years. We only get the Athletes that decide to come to Chamblee and play, not like Marist where everyone has played togheter since 7th grade.

Im pretty sure this game is gonna big! Just similar to the one in 2008 where Marist came back(13-12 F), but that is history and this is 2012 Chamblee Bulldogs!!!!! So come out and see the game of the year on November 2nd at North Dekalb 7:30!!!

Are you kidding

October 24th, 2012
9:59 pm

@ Bulldog Nation I’m sorry but you can’t really knock Marist for their strong middle school programs and recruiting. Oh and by the way they start in 6th grade. If you look at most powerhouses around GA and all the private schools around ATL they all have feeder teams. All the teams in the Corky Kell classic had middle school teams and St.Pius, Marist, BT, Westminister, Woodward etc. all have teams and recruit strongly. I have said before that Chamblee needs to use the magnet program and the Charter to recruit players. Being a magnet school as well as a charter school could be a huge advantage but they don’t take advantage of it at all.

Rumors

October 24th, 2012
10:03 pm

Sorry Marist fans. The rumors about Davin Bellamy are grossly exaggerated. He had a separated shoulder earlier in the season. He probably won’t play on Saturday vs. Lithonia. You can expect to see him flying around North Dekalb Stadium on November 2nd. Count on it!!!

Kidding me?

October 24th, 2012
10:06 pm

It’s almost impossible to get into the Chamblee magnet program. This 1/3 of the school is mostly nerds and terds. Not many football players. Sure, they could use the charter program……

bellamy buster!!!!

October 24th, 2012
10:15 pm

Bring the big boy on!!!! We do not want any excuses when we give the bulldogs a real beat down!!!!

WarEagle

October 24th, 2012
11:28 pm

Glad to hear it; don’t wish a season-ending injury on anyone, especially a senior. Our team will prepare for the worst, and will expect the best.

long time dekalb watcher

October 25th, 2012
5:46 am

@bellamybuster – what position do you play? Real WarEagles are a classy bunch who win with superior coaching, team work, and conditioning. Go back and read the posts above from the real Marist folks and you will see what a fool you are. Beat down? Really. You better hope this game doesn’t turn into a street fight. If it does my money’s on Chamblee. STFU.