Who will be the new No. 1 team?

There will be a new No. 1 in Class AAA this week. But who will it be?

The spot became vacant when Peach County, which has held the position all season, was upset by Carver Columbus 26-17 in Fort Valley. That set up a scuffle for the top position going into the final week of the regular season.

Here are the three logical successors:

  • Thomson: The Bulldogs are currently No. 2 and did not play this week. They finish the season on Friday against Jefferson County. Given their aggressive scheduling — they hold a win over Class AAAA No. 3 Burke County, No. 9 St. Pius and Class AA No. 5 GAC – it makes the most sense to move Thomson up a slot to No. 1.
  • Buford: The Wolves are currently No. 3 and have lost only once on the field this year, that against Class AAAA No. 4 Gainesville. Buford has dominated Region 7 and finishes the season with a showdown against once-beaten North Hall. The Wolves began the season ranked No. 2, so there could be some sentiment in their favor.
  • Carver: The Tigers get bonus points for beating the No. 1 team, but it probably won’t be enough to vault them over two other stellar teams. That 33-0 loss to Class AAAAAA No. 10 Colquitt County seems like centuries ago. Carver finishes the season next week against Jackson.

Carver trailed 17-13 at halftime of its big showdown with Peach County, which determined the Region 2-AAA championship. Carver took the second-half kickoff and drove 80 yards in eight plays to take the lead, 19-17, on a 1-yard run by Torrance McGee. The Tigers iced it when Brandon Watt picked up a fumble caused by a quarterback sack and ran it 25 yards for a touchdown.

McGee threw the ball only five times, completed three, for 24 yards. One went to Marqui Hawkins for a 10-yard touchdown before the end of the first half.

The Carver defense did a good job slowing Peach quarterback Greg Williams. He completed only 10 of 25 for 138 yards and was intercepted twice. Peach standout Demarcus Robinson has three catches for 73, but got in the end zone via a 54-yard punt return.

In other games played Friday:

Cedar Grove 47, Woodward Academy 14: The Saints got five touchdowns from Jonathan McCrary, three passing and two running, to upset the No. 8-ranked War Eagles. Deion Sellers caught a touchdown pass and scored on an 81-yard run.

Buford 49, East Hall 6: Buford’s Thomas Wilson rushed for 98 yards on three carries, as the Wolves rolled up 325 yards rushing. Quinn Davis scored a pair of touchdowns for Buford, which lost leading rusher Dontravious Wilson in the first half with an injury.

St. Pius 24, Blessed Trinity 17: The No. 9 Golden Lions knocked off the No. 7 Titans behind the running of Branden Mitchell (105 yards) and Ryan Braswell (104 yards). St. Pius had 323 yards, all of it on the ground. Blessed Trinity was led by quarterback Spencer McManes, who threw for a score and ran for a score.

Washington County 49, Dodge County 0: The Golden Hawks bounced back from last week’s loss to Thomson by rolling up 445 yards worth of offense. Quarterback Williams Walker threw for 117 yards and ran for 43 and Jukilo Johnson, who rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns.

North Oconee 63, Oconee County 21: The No. 10 Titans rolled in the first meeting between the two county rivals. North Oconee had 567 yards on offense, with 470 coming on the ground. Sophomore Kawon Bryant rushed for 238 yards and three touchdowns and Nick Colvin ran for 173 yards and four touchdowns and threw for 127 yards and one touchdown.

24 comments Add your comment

T Town

November 3rd, 2012
6:53 am

Mr. Stan… Last week after Thomson’s win over Washington County, you said Thomson proved they are the “real deal”, when they already proved they are the “real deal” with close but great wins over Burke County, St. Pius, and GAC! Now you ask, “Who will be the new #1 team?” Mr. Stan, are you serious? Who else will or should it be? No disrespect to Carver or Buford, but Thomson has that claim wrapped up for a couple of reasons! First Thomson, per Maxwell, has played the toughest schedule in AAA and is currently undefeated! You mentioned in your article some of the teams Thomson have defeated this year (Burke County, St. Pius, and GAC), but you failed to mention Class AAA #5 Washington County in that list of great teams Thomson have defeated this year! As a WACO fan, I may feel a little disrespected! Second, outside of St. Pius, and probably even more impressive, Thomson defeated these great teams (BC, WACO, GAC) on the road! Last, Thomson has also defeated pretty good second tier teams as well such as Lagrange and Westminster!

As I stated before, no disrespect to Carver and Buford! I watched Carver play Peach County last night and seen how they dominated Peach Co. in the 2nd half! I also recognized Buford’s domination over their region and know they really are a “1 loss” team! I also recognize both of these teams losses came against great teams, but as of right now, as I see it, only 1 team can lay claim to that #1 ranking and that’s Thomson!

But either way, whether they want to give it to Thomson or not, it’s cool! If they don’t, Thomson will just have to prove by the end of the season, they are #1!! If they do, Thomson will just have to accept the new target on their back and play ball for 4 quarters!! I believe they can!!

GO DOGS!!

T Town

November 3rd, 2012
7:27 am

Oh yeah, Mr. Stan, I failed to mention in my previous post that Thomson has been ranked #2 since their win over St.Pius in week 4!!! Thomson has been waiting in line for the #1 ranking for the past 6 weeks!!! Conventional wisdom proves that Thomson should be the new #1 ranked team in AAA!!!!! Enough Said!!!

GO DOGS!!

Seen a few

November 3rd, 2012
8:14 am

T Town..I really think it’s a rhetorical question with a headline to get people to read the story. Thomson will be #1 with only Buford having a chance at a vote. Thomson is where they want to be. Great team with a wonderful chance in the playoffs. Congrats!

Trojan Sailor

November 3rd, 2012
9:21 am

T Town, I have to agree with ‘Seen a few’. There’s no question who the new number 1 team will be in AAA. But keep in mind, the press rankings don’t mean ANYTHING! It’s just something for fans to talk about. What really matters is the regional seeding and the playoff brackets. As it stands, Thomson will be on the same side with Carver and Buford while Peach will be sided with WACO, Blessed Trinity, and Callaway (as it currently stands).

There are a LOT of awesome teams in AAA this week. Reminds me of AAA in 2010 when Sandy Creek, Carrollton, Burke, Peach, and Grady were the super teams entering the playoffs. It’s gonna be fun folks so sit back and enjoy!

Son of Waco

November 3rd, 2012
11:03 am

Quit Crying….It just hard to put a team #1 who didn’t dominated all year…….Bet if we didn’t stumble against y’all, Waco would be a easy #1 lol…….

Big Fan

November 3rd, 2012
1:48 pm

SoW, jeez man. Give it a break man.

THS Dogs.

November 3rd, 2012
5:02 pm

Thomson will likely get #1 since they have been sitting at #2 for a while. I agree with Trojan Sailor that Class AAA has a lot of good teams and the state title is not promised to anyone. I think it’s good that the kids’ effort is recognized in terms of being ranked #1, but I think we all know that means nothing come playoff time, especially with the teams this year. Peach County beat Thomson 33-0 in beloved Coach Luther Welsh’s last game–not saying that Thomson wants to play one team more than any other, but that would be an intriguing playoff matchup. Big fun to come indeed.

ST PIUS fan

November 3rd, 2012
5:42 pm

It’s a no brainer Thomson is the best team thus far. Look at the record and the schedule . But I hope the Golden Lions get the second chance, we will get them next time if we get that chance.

Son of Waco

November 3rd, 2012
6:58 pm

Thomson fans are going to take a early playoff loss bad because they already talking about a championship match up with peach co……So they will have no problem with cartersville, cedar grove, Buford or carver Columbus huh!!!!!! Guess that schedule has most definitely went to their heads lol……I hope we get a shot at St pius in the 3rd round if we both make it there, so i can really judge this team….

Big Fan

November 3rd, 2012
8:12 pm

SoW….How did you judge Thomson?

THS Dogs.

November 3rd, 2012
10:03 pm

SoW, what are you talking about? I said “Class AAA has a lot of good teams and the state title is not promised to anyone.” I am a fan, not a player, but I am fairly certain that the Thomson team is taking it one week at a time. Jefferson County is next. All of the teams you named are very good, and I think this playoffs will come down to the team making the fewest mistakes. SoW, you were mildly entertaining at first but now you are just annoying. I hope that the WaCo boys don’t follow your lead by making excuses and down talking other teams without merit or foundation. I do understand your envy of Thomson since the Bulldogs have dominated WaCo over the history of the series and have defeated the Hawks (and the home cooking) in your house. Visit http://www.thomsonfootball.com. We take it seriously.

bleed black n gold

November 3rd, 2012
10:05 pm

son of waco is just hate so much on thomson. just get over it man, u are right the season is not over and championship are won on the field not on paper but realize we have beaten u last year and this year. u have been out played like everone we have face this year so it is what it is move on buddy.

T Town

November 3rd, 2012
10:13 pm

Seen a Few and Trojan Sailor… I agree with you both! Rankings are meaningless, and there a lot of great teams in AAA! It should be exciting post season! The championship is definitely up for grabs this year since not one team is the favorite!! I went a little overboard with my criticism of Mr. Stan’s article!

St. Pius fan… I have mad respect for Pius! To be honest, I don’t want to see Thomson play them boys again, but if Thomson does, they will be ready!!

Last but certainly not least, my good friend, Son of WACKO… Dam something is seriously wrong with you! You really are starting to live up to that name I gave you, Son of WACKO! I agree with Big Fan when he said “geez man give it a break”!! Did Thomson dominate WACO? Yes, but WACO still has a shot at the championship! Either that loss to Thomson is really eating you up or you upset with me because I constantly embarass you on these blogs!! I no longer have to embarass you because now you are embarassing yourself!! As I said time and time again, I have nothing but respect for WACO! I hope they represent the region well in the playoffs! Its time for you Son to respect Thomson and other teams in AAA!!

GO DOGS!!

Son of Waco

November 3rd, 2012
11:24 pm

Thomson fans be cool….I am not salty about a regular season loss, we know the mistakes we made and we moved on…..Just because we lost don’t mean i can’t comment in AAA blogs, i mean my team still play in AAA right!!!!!!!! Also what team have i put down, if you got a bunch of regular season wins and no trophies to show for it, you can’t be considered a power house program point blank………

Ps……When i think of a a team getting dominated it goes like this Waco 49 Dodge 0…..dodge with a total of 150 yards…..or Sandy creek 30 Carrollton 7….Even UGA 37 Old Miss 10…..Understand the difference between a dominate win and just a win……

An you know it

November 3rd, 2012
11:33 pm

son of waco let them talk sure the score said they beat us but we got the pain. GO WACO

T Town

November 4th, 2012
6:44 am

Son of WACO… Everybody who reads your blogs can tell you’re salty about something! Other WACO fans may have moved on, but you haven’t! You can try to spin it all you want, but the truth speaks through all your posts! Your hate and disrespect for Thomson is so blatant that non-Thomson fans on these blogs tell you to let it go and move on with your life!

But please do yourself a favor, Son of WACO, and stop embarassing yourself! The only stat that matters in football is who have more points at the end of a game! A win is a win whether its by 1 point or 30, but I can’t believe you actually compared Sandy Creek’s dominance over Carrollton to WACO’s dominant win over Dodge County!! OMG and LMAO!!! After Thomson’s win over WACO, many people by now on these blogs see your bluff! WACO only dominates teams their suppose to dominate!! But against a better quality opponent like Thomson, WACO only put up 14 points (0 points in the 2nd half by the way) in your “House of Pain”!

To other teams in AAA, if you shut down their qb Walker, you wil pretty much shut down WACO! Thats what Thomson did in the 2nd half! They brought pressure on him in the 2nd half and WACO was pretty much done! But tread softly because I give Walker some mad love! The kid is a BEAST and can carry a team to victory and possibly even deep in playoffs! If you have a decent offense, on the other hand, you should be able to score on WACO’s defense! Their defense is fast, but doesn’t tackle well! Just ask Chris Jordan how well they tackle? Lol…

Until next time…

GO DOGS!!!

ron

November 4th, 2012
3:32 pm

Son of Waco you make Sandersville/Tennille and other towns within Washington County look bad. Did you pay any attention in Ms. Brown’s english classes 9th thru 11th.

Son of Waco

November 4th, 2012
11:40 pm

When a person attacks grammar on a blog site about football, it lets me know they want to take a debate about football and turn it into a battle of personal attacks…..Don’t get me wrong i can get foul on here with the best of them but to me it’s a peaceful blog to vent until you hurt a fan feelings…..

Going by what old dude saying he forgot to mention i compared our dominate win against Dodge to UGA too lol…..How many teams would like to say if you shut down our duel threat QB you might beat us hmmm….Yeah i think 90% of football teams would think they could win any game with a star QB over a star Rb…..

To all AAA teams if you want to beat Thomson lol…………First off tell your tacklers to hit their star Rb on his legs because he is to powerful to hit up high, if you don’t have big LB…Enough leg hits will wear him down and make him move slower later on in the game….Tell your Cb to play tight or lose tight to give their Qb a small window to throw in because he is inaccurate and the Wr want make big catches but will drop a few…..Their defense runs a weak cover 3 that you can attack the seams all game and their # 1 priority on defense is to stop the run, so good play action plays will get them all game…No pass rushers so they almost have to blitz just to get pressure on your Qb…So all you have to do is limit their big plays and you should be able to keep the game close and winnable….

Seen a few

November 5th, 2012
7:46 am

You think coaches don’t know how to scheme Thomson? Having a plan and being able to physically do it are two different things SoW. You epitomize a sore loser.

T Town

November 5th, 2012
9:39 am

SOW… OMG dude you really are an idiot and an embarassment to WACO fans everywhere! Let me break this down to you in layman’s terms (”Layman’s terms” by the way means to break it down to a point where a simple-minded individual like you would understand)! The reason I didn’t compare WACO’s win to Georgia was because Georgia like WACO were suppose to win easily and dominate a less formidable opponent! Sandy Creek wasn’t suppose to dominate Carrollton the way they did!

Another thing, no one is going to take your advice! Most people on these blogs don’t take you seriously and just want you to shut up (including your own people from WACO)!! The game plan you employed to stop Thomson didn’t work for WACO, so why would others listen to your advice on beating Thomson?

Last, speaking of taking things personal, I realized that I and other Thomson fans have hurt your feelings these past few weeks! You’re trying to come at us in anyway possible! I just shake my head because you just continually embarass yourself in every way! You’re a joke and nuisance… Please get a life and move on!!

GO DOGS!!

Son of Waco

November 5th, 2012
11:48 am

So why didn’t Thomson dominate Dodge??? why was it 7-7 at halftime????…..Why did Thomson have to take the boot off their star player to win the 2nd half 14-7 with all them other weapons y’all suppose to have??????……So Dodge couldn’t have been a easy win but Waco just made it look that way….See dude you never do your homework before you speak, Carrollton lost to AA Calhoun and Sandy creek has trashed every team they have played……. So why wouldn’t it happen to a team that lacks a identity on offense ….

Dude just because a someone logs on and say they from Waco don’t mean they from Waco….We got the smartest coach in AAA,we all but dominated the 2nd hardest schedule in AAA and we are now on our 2nd bye week right before the playoffs start….Healthy and well rested for our playoff run……..

Son of Waco

November 5th, 2012
11:58 am

FOR THE RECORD…Why respond to someone who’s a joke, unless he has valid points…………

T Town

November 5th, 2012
1:55 pm

SOW… Are you talking about #1 ranked Calhoun in AA who have won 12 consecutive region titles?… WACO may have the smartest coach, but you’re definitely the dumbest fan!! Lol… But you’re right, myself and others shouldn’t respond to someone who is nothing but a joke and nuisance! Action speaks louder than words and on that night of October 26, Thomson’s actions spoke for themselves with their dominant win over WACO!! Enough said!!

GOOD LUCK TO ALL PARTICIPATING AAA TEAMS IN THIS YEAR’S PLAYOFF!! SHOULD BE EXCITING SINCE THE TITLE IS UP FOR GRABS THIS YEAR!! I REALLY DO HOPE REGION 3-AAA REPRESENT!!

GO DOGS!! “2012 REGION 3-AAA CHAMPIONS!!!”

Jefferson

November 6th, 2012
4:23 am

Calhoun would mop the floor with WACO, son.