Five hottest teams in AAA

Now is the time to be playing well. The state playoffs start next week and no one can afford to stumble. Any stagger could result in elimination.

Some teams don’t have much to worry about. They’re playing well and they’re not about to say “hasta la vista” in the first round of the playoffs.

Here are the five hottest teams going into the playoffs:

Thomson: The No. 1-ranked Bulldogs completed their first unbeaten season since 2002 by whipping Jefferson County 29-18 on Friday. Thomson has played perhaps the toughest schedule in the state and has met ever challenge. The Bulldogs’ closest call came in a 21-14 win over No. 7 St. Pius at  The Brickyard. Sizzle factor: 10.

Buford: The No. 3-ranked Wolves didn’t win the region championship because of two untimely forfeit losses. But Buford won the de-facto title by dominating first-place North Hall 45-16 Friday. On the field the Wolves have won eight straight since losing to Gainesville. During that span they’ve had four shutouts and allowed only 39 points. Sizzle factor: 9.5.

Cartersville: The No. 6 Purple Hurricanes completed their first unbeaten season since 1999. Coach Frank Barden’s team has been an offensive juggernaut, scoring no fewer than 38 points in eight of their games, including Friday’s 42-7 win over Ringgold. Sizzle factor: 8.8.

Carver: The No. 2 Tigers finished the season 9-1 after Friday’s 26-6 win over Jackson. The signature moment for Carver came two weeks ago when it rose up and beat then No. 1-Peach County on the road. Carver is athletic and plays outstanding defense (three shutouts) but it could be hurt by lack of competition in an otherwise cupcake conference. Sizzle factor: 8.

North Oconee: That 50-14 drubbing to St. Pius suffered in the season opener seems like eons ago. Since then the No. 8 Titans have won nine straight, including a 42-14win over Hart County to close the season and clinch the Region 8 title. Coach Terry Tuley’s team should be toughened by enduring a tough league schedule. Sizzle factor: 8.

34 comments Add your comment

Seen a few

November 10th, 2012
7:12 am

Good call. I would have included another team that was mentioned twice above. I like it though. Let the fun begin.

Arthur Redding, Jr.

November 10th, 2012
10:05 am

Carver is an excellent football team. They beat Peach County on the road by 9 points. I’m a Peach Co. fan–and Carver won the game soundly. Peach Co.’s TD’s came on a punt return and a fumble recovery on the 5-yard line.

No doubt about it–Thomson has been strong and consistent.

Peach Co. will learn from its loss–their coach will make sure of that–so don’t count them out in the play-offs.

But right now, Carver and Thomson look like the strongest teams.

WolvesReady2Run

November 10th, 2012
10:20 am

Thomson,Peach and Carver are tough teams but Dems wolves have a young team that has learn and grew up over this season!
#timeWillTell

kidsballcoach

November 10th, 2012
10:59 am

Stan, is really interesting that out of your 5 Hottest Teams in AAA, 1 evidently not hot team by your standard is mentioned twice: once for “drubbing” one of the hot teams and the other for almost beating the number one team. (I do believe Thomson should have been ranked 1st weeks ago. Oh and that unnamed team disassembled a talented young Decatur team last night coming off a decisive comeback victory over BT last week. It just seems the AJC has been not been very generous to the Region 6 Champions, the only region which contained 3 ranked teams all season. See you in the playoffs_ And Congrats to Thomson and all the “other” hot teams.

Buford Fan

November 10th, 2012
11:52 am

So our Wolves have to go through three of the top 5 in this article to get to the Dome this year! Assuming the favorites win and no upsets. Check the brackets left side – all of these top 5 are there. Hope the team who makes it to the dome on the right side of the bracket enjoys their easier ride! See ya there!

T Town

November 10th, 2012
12:01 pm

Here we are! A brand new season where everyone’s record is 0-0 and rankings don’t mean a thing! The best teams in the state are competing for the AAA championship which I believe is up for grabs this year since not one team is the favorite! There may even be quite a few upsets!

As for my Bulldogs, I love them, but Thomson’s achilles heel is themselves! A few of the games this year, they played to the level of competition, and the intensity just wasn’t there for 4 quarters! I hope Coach Turner and the rest of that coaching staff have them boys realize that especially with that new #1 ranking by their name, they will get everyone’s best shot! Jefferson County played one hell of a game last night and should be proud! Hopefully they head into their 1st round game against Peach County with confidence! But my Bulldogs better realize that Jackson (if that’s who Thomson is playing) is coming to win and not going to roll over for them! Hopefully Thomson come with that same intensity they had against WACO, St. Pius, and Burke County!! No disrespect to Dodge County, but if Thomson comes with that intensity they had in that game, they may possibly get upset!! I have faith them Dogs will be ready!!

Bill Cosby

November 10th, 2012
12:17 pm

Don’t sleep on the Might Carver Tigers. Led by the next Jarvis Jones, 6-6 245 DE, Mekhi Brown -Soph,Already has an offer from Nick Saban & Alabama

Cville Canes

November 10th, 2012
2:47 pm

Canes Nation is ready for the challenge. Great team chemistry and has a balance attack on offense. The defense is quick and very athletic. Looking forward to round one verses Jackson County!

Go Canes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Son of Waco

November 10th, 2012
3:20 pm

I listen to a game Fri that had all of Waco like what it could have been lol………But on to Pike co., Callaway, St. Pius and Peach co…..The only team i don’t have video on is Pike co. can anyone hook me up with a site with video over this team….Like whatever TV station cover their football team on friday nights or if the stream of their games….I watched that DE from carver when they played Peach and he is a game changer for sure…..

T Town

November 10th, 2012
5:36 pm

http://www.hudl.com/team/19181/#highlights/12155108

Try this site SOW. I believe it will give you some highlights of Pike County.

BullDawg Rick

November 11th, 2012
11:10 am

It’s Buford’s time of the year…. Where the real season begins!!!

See ya at the Dome!!

K-man

November 11th, 2012
12:45 pm

Why did Buford have to forfeit two of it`s games……what did they do illegal?

ST PIUS fan

November 11th, 2012
12:55 pm

I will mention that team that everyone knows is going to be hard to beat. St Pius has a great playoff draw. I hope we see Thomson in the Dome….. GO LIONS

Buford Fan

November 11th, 2012
1:08 pm

One player played last two plays in two games. Paperwork error, self reported by school to ghsa after found he was not put on roster. Just trying to play everyone in two blow out games and clerical error caused ghsa rules violation.

BW

November 11th, 2012
1:36 pm

Do not underestimate the BWolves. All this talk about Thomson, PC, and others while the wolves are low key and under the radar. Remember they have been to the dome 5 times lately and have come away champs 4 of those times. And IMO AA is a lot tougher than AAA.

Just Saying

November 11th, 2012
2:45 pm

Buford has always been the real deal. No one is taking you guys lightly. Hammer Woodward would ya please? AA is a lot tougher that AAA? You would need to prove that one BW.

Big Irish Mike

November 11th, 2012
8:37 pm

I am a WinkelJohn Fan.. Where is @20-14 ?
After the Presidential election I thought God was dead… But God isnt. Woodward vs Buford in the 1st round. Woodward congrats on finishing 3rd in the region I think.
Karma is like luck some good some not so good. 20-14 how is yours running? Sorry Woodward you just have a fan that ticked a few people off. What a bad draw you got. Buford is the best team in that region well in fact a lots of regions. Best of Luck to you.
20-14 hope your car doesn’t start Friday and you miss the game. Go Region 6.

St Pius Fan2

November 11th, 2012
9:07 pm

https://vimeo.com/53139356 If that Woodward dad wants to see how the region was won since he wasn’t there.

YELLERJACKETZ1

November 11th, 2012
9:40 pm

BW U R RIGHT AA IS STRONGER ALL THE WAY ACROSS THE BOARD THAN AAA BUFORD SHOULD SHOW THAT AFTER JUST MOVING UP!!! JUST SAYING

Son of Waco

November 11th, 2012
9:44 pm

T-Town thanks for the link……..Did i see a post from a St.Pius fan saying they got a great draw in the playoffs….Yeah if Waco get put out before the 3rd round…..Because i would love to see our Athletes vs y’all private school defense…

kidsballcoach

November 12th, 2012
12:15 am

WACO, just double checked your record and suggest you do the same before talking too much smack about SPX Athletes. Our athletes gave Thomson a serious scare in a 7 point loss, soundly beat Lovett and have fewer PA’s than WACO’s and a much tougher schedule. Round 3 sounds like a lot of fun to me. Let’s hope we get there.

Seen a few

November 12th, 2012
6:17 am

SOW, I think I know what an athlete is, but what is a private school defense?

Hey

November 12th, 2012
9:20 am

@Big Irish Mike — Buford plays Cedar Grove. Doubt God has anything to do with scheduling the football game or reelecting President Obama. Seriously, is that what they teach at St. Pius?

T Town

November 12th, 2012
9:40 am

No problem SOW… It appears to be a lot of overconfident fans on these blogs that are talking about 3rd round and beyond! That’s cool, but just last year Thomson was put out in the first round by Henry County! That wasn’t suppose to happen! I hope our boys learn from last year and not take Jackson lightly! As a fan, I’m going to only focus on Jackson, and if Thomson is fortunate to make it to the next round then I will either focus on Chapel Hill or Johnson-Savannah! I know its a cliche, but I really do hope our boys have a “one game at a time mentality”! I’m just saying…

Good luck to Region 3-AAA (Thomson, Washington County, Jefferson County, Dodge County)!! Hope we represent!!

T Town

November 12th, 2012
9:55 am

By the way, I love those St. Pius pregame videos!! Very professionally done!! I wish Thomson would do something like that!!

WarEagle

November 12th, 2012
9:57 am

Good luck to SPX this Friday. No disrespect intended, but I think SPX has a good playoff draw and would be surprised if they don’t make the seminfinals. But, surprises happen every year in the playoffs.

Seen a few

November 12th, 2012
12:25 pm

Hey T Town, those pregame videos are made by students. They are extremely talented young men. Good luck to Thomson. We enjoyed our trip to Thomson. Ya’ll have a great team and tradition there with the stadium etc.

Son of Waco

November 12th, 2012
1:03 pm

T-Town we in the same boat because them first round knock outs got us on the edge right now…To me Peach got the best draw, think about they on a side with 2 #1 seeds that are not on peach level on the football field….North Hall just got blasted by Buford and Pierce co. got beat by Swainsboro who didn’t win 1 game in our region…

To me a Private school defense is one that got the best coaches money can buy coaching it…Most of the time they will never have the best athletics on the field but will have the most discipline players on it…

SPX fans i make my opinions over what i have seen, not what i read…I have watched 3 of y’all games this year, so i think i got a good feel for what y’all can and can’t do…Also why haven’t St.pius played Buford in the regular season more because power programs play each other where i’m from…

T Town

November 12th, 2012
2:01 pm

SOW… We finally agree on something!! Lol… I’m a little nervous as well! We have a right to feel that way since both of our teams were upset in the 1st round last year!! But I have faith in them Dogs as I know you have faith in your Hawks!!

Seen a Few… All you fans from St. Pius are a class act!! Good luck to your boys as well! Tell those students who make those videos to keep up the great work!! It will be a great match-up if your Lions and SOW’s Hawks meet in the 3rd round!! Thomson played both teams, and with a few breaks here and there, Thomson could have lost to both teams!! With that being said, I’m not sure who would win between Pius’ ground game and WACO’s air game, but it would definitely be a great game!!

GO DOGS!!

Seen a few

November 12th, 2012
3:35 pm

Sow, Can’t argue with some of your points there. One thing I can tell you is that it’s not the money. There are more reasons than money that make some jobs in life more attractive than others. I cannot speak about scheduling. I don’t have anything to do with that. I’m just a fan.

Rizzo

November 12th, 2012
9:06 pm

@Hey: Buford plays Woodward.

THS Dogs.

November 13th, 2012
12:21 am

SOW! Welcome back. I just can’t wait to see some good football. Every team should be extra focused on the first round this year. With so many good teams “expected” to make a deep run, I just have a feeling that it may go much different than expected. I do think that our region is sending four strong teams.

Seen a few

November 13th, 2012
6:39 am

Rizzo. They made mistake. Check out GHSA’s website bracket.

bigbee

November 16th, 2012
9:56 pm

Teams like peach county and Waco are the teams most likely to go to the dome. Playing football in middle ga is the toughest in the state week in and week out, but teams north of us play in week regions and are really overrated. When they play teams from middle ga they will see the difference in speed and heart in the players, I can’t imagine playing peach county on turf, no competition. Peach County Trojans are going to be the AAA champs this year!