By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC
It’s time! Welcome back Class A heads!
High school football is back and so are the classification blogs you have all grown to love (well, most of you anyway). It’s good to be back for another season of competition in the smallest, and most underrated classification. Here’s the plan for this season:
Tuesday blog post – Divided Top 5; Outstanding performances from the weekend; This and that.
Thursday blog post – Preview of the best games on the weekend slate; This and that.
Saturday blog post – Recap of key games and top performances from the night before; This and that.
Things are always subject to change, but that’s the plan right now. We’ll start the first Divided Top 5 next week. Please send outstanding performance and any other nuggets you feel are noteworthy to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tweak to the Power Rating
Much to the chagrin of some of you, the Power Rating system in Class A is back for at least another season. Once again the GHSA has enlisted the assistance of MaxPreps to manage the process.
The biggest change from last season is the amount of points awarded to a team for playing a team from a higher classification. Last year, Class A teams received two points for each class higher in which their opponent competed, win or lose. So beating a team from Class AAAA meant a total of 16 points (10 for the win, plus six for playing a Class AAAA team). A loss to that team earned six points.
This season, Class A teams will receive just one point for each class up in which their opponent competes, if they win the game. If they lose, they will receive .5 points. So beating a Class AAAA team this season brings 13 points, while losing to that team means 1.5 points.
This change still gives Class A teams credit for competing against teams from higher classes but there is a greater emphasis on actually winning the game, as it should be. There are a couple of other “tweaks” to the system. Go to this link to review them: http://www.ghsa.net/sites/default/files/documents/football/Class_A_Football_Power_Ratings_Procedures.pdf
The Maxwell Ratings for Class A were released earlier this morning in a combined format, public and private together. Here’s the breakdown of the top 16 teams (i.e., teams projected to make the playoffs) on each side, public and private, based on Maxwell’s projections. The overall Maxwell ranking is in parenthesis.
1. Lincoln County (2)
2. Emanuel County Institute (4)
3. Wilcox County (5)
4. Wilkinson County (7)
5. Seminole County (14)
6. Dooly County (16)
7. Charlton County (17)
8. Marion County (18)
9. Clinch County (21)
10. Johnson County (23)
11. Miller County (25)
12. Claxton (26)
13. Irwin County (27)
14. Trion (28)
15. Greenville (29)
16. Turner County (30)
1. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (1)
2. Savannah Christian (3)
3. Prince Avenue Christian (6)
4. George Walton Academy (8)
5. Landmark Christian Academy (9)
6. Athens Academy (10)
7. Aquinas (11)
8. Darlington (12)
9. Calvary Day (13)
10. Holy Innocents (15)
11. First Presbyterian Day (19)
12. Brookstone (20)
13. Our Lady of Mercy (22)
14. Walker (24)
15. Mt. Paran (31)
16. Pace Academy (34)
Let us know your thoughts. Until Thursday …