Class A power rankings: New system saves Charlton’s streak

Charlton County’s long streak of consecutive playoff appearances is saved by the Georgia High School Association’s new Class A points system, and Whitefield Academy is out despite defeating and finishing higher in Region 5 than another team that made it. Those are some of the controversial results from the final power rankings released on Tuesday by the GHSA, with the help of MaxPreps.

For the first time, the GHSA is holding separate state championships for Class A public and private schools. Each division will hold a 16-team playoff to determine its champion. Teams will be seeded 1-16 based on the points system, with region champions getting the highest seeds.

Schools that believe their power ratings points are incorrect have until noon Wednesday to file an appeal to the GHSA. The GHSA Appeals Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to verify the results, including appeals, and break ties. The playoff brackets will be posted on the GHSA Web site later on Wednesday.

Six teams will make it to the playoffs this season that would not have made it using the old system. They are Charlton County, Commerce, Greenville, Gordon Lee, Hancock Central and Mount Pisgah Christian.

Six teams will not make it to the playoffs that would have made it using the old system. They are Hawkinsville, Jenkins County, Mitchell County, Mount Paran Christian and Telfair County and Terrell County.

Here’s a region-by-region breakdown of how the power rankings affected the playoff lineups, keeping in mind that the results are not final until the appeals are heard and the GHSA verifies the numbers:

*Region 1-A: This region had the fewest teams qualify for the playoffs of any Class A region as only Seminole County and Miller County made it. Seminole and Miller finished tied for eighth in the power rankings, although Seminole County won the region title. Seminole will be the lowest seed of the four public school region champions. Third-place Mitchell County (23rd in the power rankings) and fourth-place Terrell County (26th) did not make the playoffs.

*Region 2-A: Region champion Wilcox County (2nd), Irwin County (5th), Turner County (12th) and Charlton County (10th) qualified for the public-school playoffs. Telfair County (21st), which finished in a three-way tie with Turner and Charlton for third place in the region and beat both during the regular season, did not qualify while the other two did. Charlton County will be making its 23rd consecutive state playoff appearance, a streak that would have ended using the old system because it lost to Telfair and Turner during the season and would have been the fifth-place team.

*Region 3-A: Region champion Emanuel County Institute (3rd, public) and private schools Savannah Christian (7th) and Calvary Day (4th) were the only playoff qualifiers from 3-A. Under the old system, Jenkins County also would have advanced after beating Johnson County in a region play-in game. However, Jenkins County finished 18th in the public-school rankings, 8/100th of a point behind the final playoff teams.

*Region 4-A: Region champion Brookstone (9th, private) and public schools Dooly County (4th), Marion County (6th) and Greenville (tied for 15th) are the playoff teams. Hawkinsville finished in fourth place in the regular season, one game ahead of playoff-bound Greenville, and beat Greenville but will not advance after finishing 22nd in the public-school rankings.

*Region 5-A: This is the only region in which the four playoff teams in the new system are the same as they would have been under the old system. All are private schools. Eagle’s Landing Christian (2nd) is the region champion and will be joined in the playoffs by Landmark Christian (12th), Holy Innocents’ (10th) and Our Lady of Mercy (15th).

*Region 6-A: Public schools Trion (11th) and Gordon Lee (14th) and private schools Walker (3rd), Darlington (6th) and Mount Pisgah Christian (16th) will advance to the playoffs. Gordon Lee lost its region play-in game against Walker and would not have made the playoffs last season. Whitefield Academy missed the playoffs by the narrowest of margins. The Wolfpack finished in second place in Division B, one game ahead of playoff-bound Mount Pisgah, and beat Mount Pisgah during the regular season but finished 1/100th of a point behind the Patriots for the final playoffs spot. It is worth noting, however, that Whitefield lost its play-in game against Trion and would not have made the playoffs under the old system, either. Division A champion Mount Zion (24th, public) also failed to make the playoffs.

*Region 7-A: The top five teams in the region advanced to the postseason. Region champion Lincoln County (1st), runner-up Wilkinson County (7th) and fifth-place Hancock Central (tied for 15th) made it among public schools, and third-place Aquinas (5th) and fourth-place First Presbyterian (13th) will be in the private-school tournament.

*Region 8-A: The biggest winner in the new system likely is Commerce, which went 1-5 in region play and finished in sixth place among the seven teams in the region. But Commerce finished 13th in the public-school power rankings and will advance to the playoffs. Athens Academy (1st), George Walton Academy (11th), Prince Avenue Christian (8th) and Athens Christian (14th) will play in the private-school tournament.

31 comments Add your comment

Mt. Zion Fan

November 14th, 2012
4:35 am

What a JOKE the GHSA has become. Got this one way wrong.. Made schedules, then MADE the rules that screwed teams from the Get Go. Wow. Sorry Charlton, Gordon lee, you did not deserve to be in playoffs, Heck Gordon Lee Lost last 4 games of season to make playoffs, what sport does that happen.(oh yeah the subb region champs MZ was one of there loses. No logic can explain that one. Lol. Try again GHSA JOKE JOKE JOKE. please try not to mess it up in Baseball and Basketball. Friday nights in Georgia used to be worth something, Ghsa has figured a way to screw that up. They should apply for jobs with College football, to help them keep screwing that up.

South ga

November 14th, 2012
7:27 am

Carlton is there because it got 17 points for one of its losses! It’s coach should get coach of the year for figuring out how to schedule!

Ol Water Boy

November 14th, 2012
7:28 am

@ Mt Zion Fan – Not much could be said but that you certainly have a point . As a fan of a team that lately plays you yearly , you certainly have a lot to be proud of over there this season with a great turnaround…hard to believe that MZ won’t get rewarded further. We beat you by 1 TD and beat GL by 3 TD…You beat GL as well and they move on…go figure .

Jefferson

November 14th, 2012
8:16 am

This was caused by privates playing with different rules.

S. Thomas Coleman

November 14th, 2012
8:24 am

@Mt. Zion Fan and @Ol Water Boy: Check out the updated Class A Blog to read comments from Coach Holloway at Mt. Zion, a real stand-up guy. There are great days ahead for the Eagles. Coach Teague and the Trojans now have company in Carrollton!

S. Thomas Coleman
s.thomascoleman@yahoo.com

Todd Holcomb

November 14th, 2012
8:32 am

Just to be clear, Mount Pisgah’s record is 6-4. We originally had that wrong.

Also, I have received some e-mail with concern that Mount Pisgah’s playoff berth is being discounted because MP would not have made the playoffs under last year’s system. That was not the point being made in this article. What we were pointing out was the fact that, under the new system, a team that can be out of the playoffs despite finishing ahead of a team that made it, which in this case happens to be Whitefield and Mount Pisgah, and it can come down to a sliver of a point.

Walker Fan

November 14th, 2012
8:38 am

There are indeed a number of skewed and strange results from this year’s system. It seems as though the results can get really strange in split regions (like region 6) and regions where there is a balance of public and private schools (like region 6). Here is something else to think about…North Cobb Christian played all varsity teams this year, but they did not play a Region schedule. As a result, any team who played them received no credit for the game. This was the downfall of Whitefield and it also contributed to Mt Zion not making the playoffs. What is really sad about that is that playing the right games against other non-region opponents contributed mightily to other teams making it, So if a team in your region plays all varsity games but does not play a region schedule, it does not count at all…while on the other hand playing a non-region team (even from another state) can count much more, I think GHSA needs to give some more thought to this thing…it bothers me that non-region games can be worth so much in the grand scheme…it diminishes the point of the region schedule.

Walker Fan

November 14th, 2012
8:41 am

What is the deal on Brookstone…did they win their region or not? Seems like they had an A beats B, B beats C and C beats A situation there…what is the tiebreaker?

Swamp Lizard

November 14th, 2012
9:06 am

….. this “system” is all manipulated by what kind of schedule you had and how you do against that schedule. Example …. Class A school “X” loses against AAAAA school “Y” ( that wins 7 games ) ….. they still get 15 points for a LOSS …… GHSA is not picking the best 16 teams, they are picking the 16 teams that “schedule” produces the most points. The only thing right about this “system” is the Region winners gets the first four seeds ….. & still, this has flaws if there are more than four region winners.

BearsFan4Life

November 14th, 2012
9:15 am

I’m glad we don’t have to play by these rules in higher classifications. The GHSA should be ashamed of themselves. Pre schoolers could have come up with a better format.

Bulldawg

November 14th, 2012
9:30 am

If GHSA is going to have a divided private and public champion, then why not just divide the schedules and regions so that publics don’t play privates and publics aren’t in the same region with privates? Then you just take the top two or four from each region like in other classifications. I understand that travel might be an issue, but many of the teams in northwest Georgia have had to travel 2+ hours in past seasons to play region games at the AAAA level.

I don’t think you’d have any less of a watered down playoff if you had smaller numbers of teams in public and private regions. If you are going to divide them, then you really need to split them up or you will never make anyone happy.

Footballfan

November 14th, 2012
10:20 am

GHSA really screwed this up it is a total joke. AYP for football.

BehindEnemyLines

November 14th, 2012
10:20 am

Bulldawg … because there aren’t enough football playing schools to go around in Class A, pretty much just like you stated.

As it is, 16 of 29 privates and 16 of 38 publics made the playoffs. Complete splits work fine in R1 & R2 territory, there’s no privates down there. Works okay in R6 too, ample number of privates & no A-sized publics in that area. The problem is guaranteeing games with reasonable travel
for the rest of the regions. Commerce, in R8, might be one of the best examples. The next closest public Class A teams to them are the R7 Augusta area schools. Brookstone in Columbus is probably the private counterpart to them, not nearly enough nearby Class A’s to fill a schedule.

BehindEnemyLines

November 14th, 2012
10:24 am

Probably worth noting here that virtually all, if not absolutely all, schedules were arranged prior to the new format being locked down. And even then the GHSA made a significant change (not counting games vs teams playing non-region schedules) after the season was underway. The schedules for this year & next year haven’t been gamed much, if at all, with the system in mind. If it’s still in use for 2013-14 cycles though … Katy bar the door. Consistently bad teams in 4A-6A are going to become the prettiest girl at the dance for a lot of decent or better Class A teams, bidding wars for games with them probably aren’t a stretch to imagine.

BehindEnemyLines

November 14th, 2012
10:26 am

re: Charlton’s 17 point game (vs 5A Bradwell) … definitely worth noting that the teams played in 2010 and 2011, well before anyone had ever even heard of the current system.

I’m no Charlton fan by any stretch of the imagination, but fair is fair.

1-AA

November 14th, 2012
10:32 am

THIS IS WHAT HAPPEN WHEN TIME COME UPON US. THE POWER RATING MAY NOT BE FAIR TO ALL—-THE PICKS WILL BRING THE TWO TITLES TO TABLE FOR THE FIRST TIME—–NOW IS THE TIME TO ORDER THE RING.

BehindEnemyLines

November 14th, 2012
11:50 am

@Walker Fan — counting the North Cobb Christian games would have hurt the power rating of Walker, ironically enough. At 3-7 (one of which was the only varsity game played by Providence Chr. btw) they would have been worth 13 power points & that’s less than you averaged. _As played_ the NCC schedule was worth 13 points, but they posted that record against only 2 teams playing competitive schedules (Walker & Mt Zion, plus SWAC forfeited to them). It was a varsity schedule in only the loosest sense of the word.

In reality, had they played an actual region schedule they would have almost certainly finished 0-10 … making them a 10 point win, which would have hurt the power rating of at least four teams from R6. And even if all games against teams playing non-region schedules had been counted, Mt. Zion would have still missed the playoffs (would have ended up 17th)

Walker Fan

November 14th, 2012
12:04 pm

Yeah…I know it would have hurt Walker. But with just one other win for NCC, at 11 points earned for Whitefield, I believe Whitefield would have made it in. Curiously SACA played a region schedule and NCC did not.

tom jones

November 14th, 2012
12:36 pm

@walkerfan… brookstone won cause they had the best point diffrence.

Walker Fan

November 14th, 2012
12:44 pm

Thanks Tom…so it would seem Brookstone will jump to the number slot for playoff seeding purposes with numbers 5-8 dropping down 1 each.

TruthSeeker

November 14th, 2012
2:06 pm

Private School = glorified JV Football. What a joke…

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb

November 14th, 2012
3:36 pm

Why not have 8 or 9 game season in A.It will cut down travel in the regular season trying drive all over the place trying to find 10 games or being mismatched by having to play a AA school..
Let everyone make the playoffs and go from there. More gate money for the GHSA. Sure you won’t make it to the Dome but what the heck. Play the final at Paulson in Statesboro or in Valdosta.
This is the Public school coaches doing, Didn’t hear the private school coaches complaing so let them all play. Everyone makes the playoffs then everyone is happy and PC.

Stu

November 14th, 2012
6:14 pm

Charlton County didn’t make the rules and have played & beat larger schools for a number of years. As a Charlton fan, I’m glad the system worked for them this year, but a 5-5 team should not be in the playoffs just like a 6-5 team should not go to a bowl game in college football. The system has major flaws without question.

Stu

November 14th, 2012
6:14 pm

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C. Bridges

November 14th, 2012
7:34 pm

This has got to be the dumbest thing the GHSA has ever done and that’s saying a lot.

Jacketaxe

November 14th, 2012
7:41 pm

T-seeker the privates were dominating, not jvs for sure. Must have been all the praying.

mike

November 14th, 2012
8:10 pm

@truthseeker oh really? considering three of the teams in the final four last year in Class A playoffs were private schools, and both of the teams that were in the championship game were private schools? looks like private schools might be a little bit more than that buddy.

mike

November 14th, 2012
8:12 pm

@ truthseeker oh really? considering the three teams in the final four in Class A playoffs last year were private schools, ELCA, Sav. Christian, and Landmark. and the champion was a private school? Sav. Christian. Looks like the private schools are little more than just JV buddy

Petl

November 14th, 2012
8:13 pm

I suspect that varsity teams playing a non-region schedule will have no schedule next year. Who will be willing to play them?

MCMBAA

November 14th, 2012
11:11 pm

@truthseeker, apparently you picked your name correctly, you are seeking the truth because you have no clue what the truth is. To help you with that, what @mike said is mostly correct except that ALL FOUR of the final single A teams were private schools. This, by the way, was the impetus that drove a few select public coaches with ego issues to attack the “old” system. The irony is, at the end of the day, the new system did very little to help the majority of schools, public or private, in any way versus what they would have had under last year’s system.

footballmom

November 14th, 2012
11:42 pm

Seriously guys, it is what it is! @truthseeker, obviously you weren’t around last year when all the uproar was going on about the FINAL FOUR being all private and their “recruiting” was why they were in the final four. @MCMBAA is correct in stating, we have a few egotistical public school coaches and GHSA for listening to them, to thank for this screwed up system. If there hadn’t been because of a few “cry babies” the system would still be working like the other divisions and all this discussion would be a mute point! Thus, you make your own bed and you have to lay in it! Bottom line….GHSA screwed up!