This week’s Top 10 in Class AAAAAA features an odd fact – There are four teams from Region 1 present, but none of them is Lowndes, the program that has won five of the past Region 1 titles, not to mention three state championships in that time.
If that’s not enough to motivate the Vikings, consider this next slight.
The Maxwell Computer Ratings not only don’t consider Lowndes in Region 1’s top four, but they don’t consider Lowndes the best ‘’fifth-place’’ team in AAAAAA. (Reminds me of that ESPN commercial when Charlie Steiner ranked Evander Holyfield the 50th best heavyweight – in Georgia.)
77.94 – Collins Hill (7)
71.97 – Lowndes (1)
70.18 – South Gwinnett (8)
61.41 – Wheeler (5)
59.57 – Harrison (4)
56.47 – Douglas County (3)
56.28 – Lambert (6)
48.34 – Luella (2)
No matter how it plays out, there are going to be some prominent teams that don’t make the playoffs in Class AAAAAAA. Let’s take Collins Hill. The Eagles are 3-0. Remember that they beat Peachtree Ridge 41-10 last season, and P’Ridge comes to Collins Hill this season. So we might be getting ahead of ourselves to think that North Gwinnett, Mill Creek, Peachtree Ridge and Norcross are shoo-ins for the playoffs.
Now look at Region 8. Parkview and Brookwood are 0-3 overall, 0-1 in the region. Parkview faces Archer (3-0) this week. Parkview was 0-3 in 1998 but hasn’t been 0-4 since 1986. Brookwood plays Parkview next week.
It’s going to be interesting in November to find out which teams we thought were going to be in the playoffs, that aren’t.