Ranking the regions

Now that there are only eight teams left in the playoffs, it’s a good chance too take a glance back and rank the regions. After a season full of bragging and boasting, which league really is the best?

Here’s how the quarterfinals stack up:

Thomson (Region 3) at Cartersville (Region 5); Buford (Region 7) at Carver (Region 2); Washington County (Region 3) at St. Pius (Region 6); Peach County Region 2) at North Hall (Region 7).

Three of the four games feature a team from middle Georgia against a team from Atlanta. Since there are no real south Georgia teams in Class AAA, this is as close as you’ll get to a North vs. South brawl.

Here’s how each region stacks up, from the best to the bottom:

Region 3: This little five-team region had two teams (Thomson and Washington County) reach the quarterfinals. Jefferson County and Dodge County went down fighting, too, in the first round. There’s a lot of firepower concentrated in this league.

Region 2: Carver Columbus and Peach County are still playing. Either one could win the whole thing. The rest of the league was poor, but the lack of competition didn’t bother either of the region’s two elite teams.

Region 7: North Hall won the region and Buford entered the playoffs as the No. 2 team because of two forfeits. White County showed it is making progress under new coach Bill Ballard and could be a team to watch.

Region 6: St. Pius is the only team left from the region, but Blessed Trinity put a scare into unbeaten Cartersville last week and Cedar Grove proved to be a handful for Buford in the first week.

Region 5: Cartersville is last man standing in this league after surviving a threat from Blessed Trinity. The other state contestants were all better than average.

Region 8: North Oconee might still be playing if not for two reasons: an injury to their best player and the misfortune of meeting Buford in the second round. Otherwise this was an average region this year.

Region 4: Callaway was a quality team that played hard, but the rest of the region was not very good. Rockmart’s win was the post-season surprise.

Region 1: Pierce County barely survived the first round. The biggest shocker here was Johnson Savannah winning the first state playoff game in school history. This region was definitely down this year.

What would you change about the way these regions are ranked?

McCrary sets DeKalb career mark

Congratulations to Cedar Grove’s Jonathan McCrary. He has officially become the all-time leading passer in DeKalb County history. McCrary threw for 267 yards against Buford in the playoffs, giving him 2,927 yards for the season and 9,025 yards for his career. McCrary, who has commited to Vanderbilt and will graduate from high school in December, wound up 38 yards shy of the state record for career yards held by Metter’s Zach Stanford.

20 comments Add your comment


November 27th, 2012
9:46 am

Buford should have ben disqualified from post-season play since they were found to have used ineligible players despite the forfeiture of two games.
Would love to see a match up of Peach County vs Thompson somewhere down the line, haven’t seen the brackets. If so I would travel to either site.


November 27th, 2012
9:59 am

Don’t draw too many conclusions, matchups and programs play the big part.


November 27th, 2012
10:59 am

Show-down in C-Town. Carver vs Buford , this should be a good one..

Son of Waco

November 27th, 2012
12:06 pm

Region 3 the all middle Ga region, reign supreme over the rest…..If Waco beats St. Pius that’s another region champ we can add to the grave yard at the House of Pain………..


November 27th, 2012
12:51 pm

FYI: 24 Qtr final games streaming this week. Go here..


November 27th, 2012
2:02 pm

Why should Buford be disqualifed from the playoffs? Other schools have never been banned for playing ineligible players whether it was intentional or not.


November 27th, 2012
3:35 pm

BT, h_ll, dear ole ron don’t even know who he wants Peach County to play…….I can’t find a Thompson…..but Thomson knows where Buford is…..played them at the Wolf Den and at the Brickyard(nice stadium)…very good games from the top (6A) to the bottom(1A) C-C vs. Buford will be war like Norc/CC, NG/Lovejoy, Calhoun, and on and on and on………..hopefully BHS and survive two more weeks before we get to go to our second home in December……Good luck to all

Golden Lion 2

November 27th, 2012
5:42 pm

@Son of Waco, Looking forward to welcoming you and Waco to the Jungle Friday night. Have a safe trip to from and enjoy the game in between. No predictions here but did watched your game against Callaway. Your guys look bigger and faster than us. The only thing I say is we play hard all game long. Enjoy the video……. http://vimeo.com/54334754

Seen a Few

November 27th, 2012
9:06 pm

Golden Lion 2…great video. We welcome Washington County and their fans to SPX.

BullDawg Rick

November 27th, 2012
10:53 pm

Ron – U are a loser… Cannot even state the facts correctly, son…

Was ONE player…
Played a total of 2 snaps in each game
Played in the 4th 1/4 (that’s quarter for you) of games that were 63-0 & 61-0

If you have a known fact of any other team that’s been held out of the playoffs for the same thing, state it….

Or do us all a fav… Shut your pie-hole…

That is all!

big Dan

November 27th, 2012
11:58 pm

Buford should be banned anyhow…just because they cheat period! Nobody else in the state has the advantage they do….the GHSA should make them play up in class in football…they are a recruiting factory! And to try and listen to any fan of Buford tell you otherwise is just laughable!


November 28th, 2012
8:04 am

BullDawg Ric your grammar shows your intelligence or lack of intelligence.

Moved On from Dunwoody

November 28th, 2012
8:16 am

@big Dan do you know that in DEKALB CO you can go from one school to another and don’t have to sit out? These folks move to across the street just on the advice of the “new” coach. Sometimes they don’t even bother to move they just use someones address. They say the City schools as well as the private schools recuirt? At least at the those schools most dont go looking for seniors in Dekalb everyone is fair game. It happens every year MLK,Tucker and Stephenson get players every year from the lesser schools. You will be hard pressed to find any other programs that have a REAL chance at a state title or making it past the 1st round in Football other than these 3 these days. The big schools get the these kids and some are only 2nd team all year where as if they stayed at Dunwoody,McNair, or Redan they would be front line players. I guess that is the parent’s choice. But look who is left in Dekalb in the playoffs now.


November 28th, 2012
11:01 am

Carver of Columbus v Buford. Game of the week. When the smoke clears it should be Carver and Peach County in the Dome. Region 2 AAA….Carver State Champs. Dell McGee coach of the year.


November 28th, 2012
11:33 am

McGee will not be coach of the year because he used twelve men on the field for an entire series against Peach County.


November 28th, 2012
8:26 pm

“Buford should have been disqualified from post-season play since they were found to have used ineligible players despite the forfeiture of two games.” You’re joking, right? Buford reported the incident themselves and the player played two plays in two BLOWOUT 60-0 victories. I understand hating Buford, but at least do it for a good reason rather than questioning a classy program.


November 28th, 2012
8:28 pm

“Buford should be banned anyhow…just because they cheat period! Nobody else in the state has the advantage they do….the GHSA should make them play up in class in football…they are a recruiting factory! And to try and listen to any fan of Buford tell you otherwise is just laughable!”

Why don’t you prove what nobody else has been able to prove then, Dan? Buford doesn’t cheat and no amount of hate that you have towards us will change that. EVERY school in the state has the ability to have the same system Buford does. But tell me, should Buford be banned for nothing or forced to play up a class when we’re already where we belong? Your hate is pathetic and the only thing laughable on here besides the other Buford haters.


November 29th, 2012
11:11 am

Region 5 is better than Region 6. Rinngold and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe might lose 2 games in Region 6.


November 29th, 2012
11:40 am

Ron you show your intelligence by not knowing the actual facts before you shoot off your mouth, or type in your opinionated statements.

big Dan = Loser


November 29th, 2012
6:00 pm

this guy is an idiot. how can you say the rest of region 2 is “poor”???? Jackson beat a Mary Persons team that is still playing this week in AAAA!!!!!