Composite Rankings: Sports Writers’ poll to replace AP

GHSF Daily will run composite rankings of five polls each week.

They consist of three media and two computer polls.

The Associated Press poll, which goes back decades, has been replaced by the Georgia Sports Writers Association poll, which is a stronger version of the old AP rankings.

To vote in an AP poll, one must be a reporter for a media outlet that subscribes to the AP. A few newspapers have dropped AP, leaving fewer eligible voters. The GSWA, which comprises much of the old AP electorate, plus a few ineligibles, published its preseason poll on Tuesday with 13 casting ballots. Thanks to GSWA chief Stan Awtrey and Macon Telegraph high school sports editor Jonathan Heeter for maintaining the tradition of a Georgia sportswriters poll.

In other rankings news, Georgia Public Broadcasting will issue its first rankings next week. So we begin this week with four polls.

The rankings listed below include: AJC – Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily; GS – Georgia Sports Writers Association; GPB – Georgia Public Broadcasting; MP – MaxPreps; and Max – Maxwell Ratings):

Class AAAAAA

AJC

GS

GPB

MP

Max

Total

1. Norcross (15-0)

1

1

1

1

40

2. North Gwinnett (11-2)

4

3

2

3

32

3. Colquitt County (10-4)

2

2

5

6

29

T4. Lovejoy (13-2)

3

4

5

21

T4. McEachern (8-3)

6

6

3

8

21

T6. Camden County (11-2)

5

7

4

17

T6. Lowndes (9-2)

8

5

7

7

17

8. North Cobb (11-3)

7

8

4

14

9. Grayson (10-2)

10

2

10

10. South Gwinnett (9-3)

6

5

11. Lassiter (10-1)

9

9

4

12. Mill Creek (9-4)

10.5

8

3.5

13 Valdosta (7-4)

9

2

13. Walton (7-4)

9

2

T15 West Forsyth (10-2)

10

1

T15. Brookwood (7-5)

10

1

17. Peachtree Ridge (4-6)

10.5

0.5

Class AAAAA

AJC

GS

GPB

MP

Max

Total

1. Gainesville (15-0)

1

1

1

4

37

2. Northside, W.R. (13-1)

4

2

2

1

35

3. Tucker (10-3)

2

3.5

5

2

31.5

4. Stephenson (9-3)

3

3.5

6

5

26.5

5. M.L. King (11-1)

5

7

3

18

6. Thomas Co. Central (9-3)

9

5

3

10

17

T7. Ware County (13-2)

6

8

7

8

15

T7. Kell (10-2)

8

6

9

6

15

9. Whitewater (12-2)

7

9.5

4

12.5

10. Flowery Branch (8-3)

10

9.5

9

4.5

11. East Paulding (11-1)

7

4

12. Allatoona (11-2)

8

3

13. Warner Robins (9-3)

9

2

Class AAAA

AJC

GS

GPB

MP

Max

Total

1. Sandy Creek (15-0)

1

1

1

1

40

2. Carrollton (8-4)

2

2

2

3

35

3. Burke County (11-2)

3

3

3

2

33

4. Marist (12-2)

4

4

9

4

23

5 Stockbridge (11-2)

5

6

4

8

21

6. Cairo (9-3)

6

5

5

17

7. Griffin (9-2)

8

7

7

7

15

8. Monroe Area (12-2)

7

8

6

12

9. Ridgeland (13-2)

9

10

8

6

11

10. Wayne County (6-5-1)

5

6

T11. Baldwin (6-5)

9

2

T11. Statesboro (8-3)

9

2

T13. Monroe (8-4)

10

1

T13. Westside, Macon (9-2)

10

1

T13. Mary Persons (10-3)

10

1

Class AAA

AJC

GS

GPB

MP

Max

Total

1. Buford (12-3)

1

1

2

1

39

2. St. Pius (12-3)

2

2

1

3

36

3. Cartersville (13-1)

3

3

3

8

27

4. Carver, Columbus (11-2)

4

5

7

2

26

5. Washington Co. (11-2)

6

8

4

6

20

T6. North Hall (11-3)

5

7

5

9

18

T6. Thomson (12-1)

9

6

6

5

18

8. Peach County (11-2)

8

4

4

17

9. Blessed Trinity (9-3)

7

9

9

10

9

10. North Oconee (10-2)

10

7

5

11. Woodward Acad. (7-4)

10

8

4

12. Callaway (10-2)

10

1

Class AA

AJC

GS

GPB

MP

Max

Total

1. Calhoun (14-1)

1

1

4

1

37

2. Brooks County (12-1)

5

4

1

3

31

3. Jefferson (14-1)

3

5

2

4

30

4. Lamar County (12-1-1)

2

3

3

7

29

T5. GAC (10-4)

4

2

7

6

25

T5. Fitzgerald (10-3)

6

6

5

2

25

7. Lovett (8-5)

8

7

6

5

18

8. Westminster (5-7)

7

10.5

10

9

7.5

9. Cook (7-4)

8

8

6

10. Early County (9-4)

8

10

4

11. Vidalia (11-1)

10

9

3

12. Wash.-Wilkes (10-2)

10.5

9

2.5

13. Heard County (11-1)

9

2

Class A

AJC

GS

GPB

MP

Max

Total

1. ELCA (13-1)

1

1

1

1

40

T2. ECI (13-1)

2

5

3

4

30

T2. Lincoln County (11-2)

5

3

4

2

30

4. Prince Avenue (11-3)

3

2

5

6

28

5. George Walton (9-4)

6

4

2

8

24

6. Wilcox County (10-3)

7

6

6

5

20

7. Sav. Christian (8-4)

8

7

3

15

8. Dooly County (11-3)

4

8

10

9. Wilkinson County (8-4)

9

9

7

8

10. Athens Academy (11-1)

10

7

10

6

11. Landmark Christ. (9-4)

8

9

5

12. Calvary Day (9-2)

9

2

T13. Aquinas (8-3)

10

1

T13. Irwin County (7-4)

10

1

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8 comments Add your comment

Camden74

August 21st, 2013
10:30 am

North Gwinnett must have a REALLY good team! We’ll see come Saturday. RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

Northside Dawg

August 21st, 2013
1:08 pm

Looks like Northside has the spread option going as they were leading Peach County 17-0 at the half. Although, Peach missed a few long passes where the receiver was wide open. The game was subsequently called due to lightning.

Sportsnut

August 21st, 2013
4:53 pm

There is a lot to prove for some teams. Lofty rankings are not just given for no reason at all.

Camden74

August 21st, 2013
5:34 pm

One thing’s for sure, come Saturday, they’re going to have to back up the hype! RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D

Sportsnut

August 21st, 2013
9:13 pm

Why did they not include the rankings from GPB? Here’s their poll == Norcross
Colquitt
North Cobb
North Gwinnett
Mceachern
Lowndes
Peachtree Ridge
Walton
Hillgrove
Wheeler

Todd Holcomb

August 21st, 2013
9:23 pm

That’s not the GPB poll. I think that’s Score. We’ll probably have both next week.

Sportsnut

August 21st, 2013
9:53 pm

Todd, you are correct. My fault.

blu eagle

August 21st, 2013
10:43 pm

Well from Macon.com not only did Glenn Smith play well, with new qb ivory, they also have another beast of a running back in Willie Jordan, who is a junior.They average on the offensive line 6-2 and 290. On the defensive line they average 270 pounds. My question is for those 5A teams what is your averages, of course they have to be good athletes too.