Is N. Oconee’s Bryant best back in AAA?

The big news Friday was the performance of North Oconee’s Kawon Bryant, who posted his second five-touchdown game of the season in a 56-0 win over Athens Christian.

Bryant, a junior, rushed for 383 yards and five scores. He now has 751 yards and 13 touchdowns this season for the No. 10-ranked Titans.

North Oconee (2-1) also got 59 yards passing and one touchdown from quarterback Tate Adcock.

Big numbers for Washington County

No. 4 Washington County should move up in the rankings after a 38-0 win over Laney. Quarterback A.J. Gray completed 8 of 11 passes for 96 yards and ran for 68 yards. The Golden Hawks (4-0) also got 128 rushing yards and two touchdowns from Melvin Hill. It was Waco’s first shutout of the season.

Ranking scramble expected

Two of the state’s ranked teams were beaten on Friday night, which means there will be a scramble for position next week.

No. 2 St. Pius was overwhelmed 28-7 by Lovett, the No. 2 team in Class AA, is is bound to drop in the rankings. But Lovett is no paper Lion; coach Mike Muschamp’s team beat Class AAAA power Marist a week earlier. Still, St. Pius will likely drop into the middle or bottom half of the rankings.

The other loser was No. 7 Callaway, which was whipped 31-12 by Harris County. The Cavs are likely to be the team that falls out of the top 10.

So who’s most likely to move up into the top 10? Here are some educated guesses based on what happened on Friday night.

Woodward Academy beat Westminster 30-15 for its its third consecutive victory. The War Eagles (3-1) began the season the top 10, but dropped out after losing its opener to — who else? — Lovett. The War Eagles have a big-time difference maker in quarterback Terry Googer, the South Carolina committee. Googer ran 22 times for 190 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 94 yards and another score.

Decatur improved to 4-0 by pounding Clarkston 42-14. The Bulldogs are off to their best start since 2005, when they won their first five games and finished 8-2.Demetrius Harris rushed for 128 yards and Nick Bentley rushed for 85 to pace the Dogs. But Decatur’s resume of wins probably isn’t impressive enough just yet. The truth about these Dogs will be told based on how they fare against 3-1 Cedar Grove next week.Decatur hasn’t been state-ranked since 2004.

Pierce County won its fourth straight on Friday by blasting Beach 42-6.The Bears have scored 42 or more in three of its four games behind quarterback Tyler Harris. They’ll face their biggest next week when they host Tattnall County’s Battle Creek Warriors.

Others who might be given consideration might include:

  • Adairsville (3-1), which blasted Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe 49-0. Adairsville has won three straight since losing its opener at Cass. More will be known after this week’s game with Ringgold.
  • Ringgold (3-1), which hammered Gordon Central 48-8. But please answer how this team lost at home to Central Carroll? It seems impossible, but the Georgia High School Football Historians’ records say that Ringgold hasn’t been ranked since 1967.
  • Central Carroll (3-1), which beat Pike County 42-7.But please explain how this team lost to Bremen? It seems equally impossible, but the Georgia High School Football Historians’ records say that central hasn’t been ranked since 1999.
  • Towers (3-0), depending on the outcoming of its game on Saturday against Douglass. But the Titans will really know more after they have to deal with St. Pius next week.
  • Morgan County (3-0), which had the week off. The Bulldogs return to play winless Oconee County before a showdown with rival North Oconee.

21 comments Add your comment

Classic City Fan

September 21st, 2013
12:41 am

North Oconee’s Bryant is the BEST back in Georgia, forget AAA.

Canes Fan

September 21st, 2013
1:56 am

Canes should be moved up to number 2 with SPX losing to Lovett???


September 21st, 2013
5:54 am

Bryant’s good no doubt……but I would put my money on Joshua Thomas out of BUFORD. Also a Junior who has about 10 D1 offers as of right now. Plus the kids is getting looks at LB, @ 6′1″ 210lbs and runs a 4.5. Got to put Thomas up there with one of the best backs in Georgia, along with Bryant as well. Bad on Thomas, BUFORD has a stable of good RB’s and they use everyone of them. Thomas will be lucky to get 15 carries a game. Against Gainesville Thomas had 13 carries for 140 yards, 10+ yards per carry and against Gainesville. Kids a BEAST! Bryant, he is the SHOW at North Oconee and he is fun to watch. Bryant gets 25-30 carries a game, he should have GREAT numbers.


September 21st, 2013
6:55 am

I’m with Pooman on this. Not sure about Buford’s Thomas cause I don’t know his stats…. but Cartersville has been pulling its starters at around half time for quite a few weeks. IIRC, Brandon Long had over 100 yards and two TD’s for Cartersville and that was with just 4 carries. They pulled him after that. More TD’s and yards again for him this week…. before he gets pulled again. It’s nice to give a great kid and player credit…. but maybe if we wanna compare and ask question like this headline does ….. we need to look at per carry or per touch numbers. Just a thought.


September 21st, 2013
7:39 am

Both Thomas and Bryant are great talents….you must see Bryant in person to believe his strength and balance! I’ve never seen a back who can be pulled that close to the ground, break the tackle and still regain his footing for additional yards. His biggest gift, that can’t be taught, is when he sees the end zone, he gets there!
I hope Georgia keeps these two in the State!


September 21st, 2013
10:15 am

Bryant was impressive to watch. He would take one, two, three hits, be totally wrapped up and still power ahead for another 3-4 yards. Ram, do you know if Bryant has chosen a college?

Son Of Waco

September 21st, 2013
11:34 am

@Pooman it’s not hard to run behind a big O Line. so him being a unknown back is about right… Also I didn’t see any Buford players on the in the NFL list or maybe it was a misprint…. Laney wet the field before the game and had a ref in their back pocket who let them start a whole drive over after a fumble and a early whistle two plays into their drive.


September 21st, 2013
5:16 pm

Don’t get carried away guys!!!! The best back in Georgia is Nick Chubb! Check his stats!


September 22nd, 2013
10:10 am

Bryant was probably the best back I saw play last year. Thomas from Buford is good but won’t put up the Bryant kind of numbers due to the limited # of carries, and thus won’t get the recognition. I think Thomas from Buford will do better at the next level but it could be on the defensive side. As I remember Bryant was small in stature, kind of short, which made him harder to locate going through the line, but also seemed to be more prone to injury. Nick Chubb is the best RB in GA based on the numbers. I see Thomas as more of an athlete.

Canes Fan

September 22nd, 2013
1:07 pm

@Bwolves Agree that when your look at the Best Back; you have to consider what a RB does when given the opportunity. I also consider the versatility of a back a plus too, like being able to catch out of the back field and being a great blocker. We have backs like that inlude Kalin Heath, Tiamon Pennymon and Brandon Long who are backs that are dangerous each time they touch the ball. Chubb get’s 90 percent of the carries; I often wonder what our backs would do with that many carries. (smile).They will not because we have a balance run and passing attack. I would take balance over having one power back any day. Hope to see you all again in the playoffs. GO CANES


September 22nd, 2013
2:20 pm

I cant really say that Thomas from Buford is that great b/c our(Gainesville) defense probably made him look better than he actually is. Plus Buford wont play any real comp until the playoffs or until the championship game possibly. Then we’ll really see. But there lots of great backs in GA. You gotta consider the backs at Sandy Creek, Tucker, Stephenson, Monroe Area(they got 3), North Hall, etc.


September 23rd, 2013
7:51 am

What no love for TOWERS is 4-0 ? ? ?


September 23rd, 2013
10:44 am

Hands down Deion Sellers is the best running back in AAA!!! maybe the state of Ga.!!


September 23rd, 2013
12:02 pm

Yes Deion Sellers has been the best back in Georgia for at least 3 years! Everybody in the county knew that. The coaches were sooooo selfish with trying to get the GREAT quarterback stats. He tossed balls to Deion instead of letting him do him. He should have been ranked in the country by now, IF they would have played TEAM ball. How far could the team have gone with all those weapons? Now they have to run him like a mule the whole game.


September 23rd, 2013
12:30 pm

That is why I took my son away to another school 2 years ago. They had 3 awesome backs and Deion was the best. Hopefully he can bring light to his game that should have been there already.

Region 7-AAA

September 23rd, 2013
5:36 pm

NoDistrictLinesInDekalb … I somewhat agree with you about Towers. I think they deserve a little love, but at the same time they haven’t played anybody yet. The 4 teams they have faced so far have a combined 4-12 record. You’ll really know how good Towers is and can be on Friday night @ St Pius. There would be no better time that to pull off that big game. St Pius is having a little bit of a down year by what most people expected out of them with the amount of depth returning this season and after their loss Friday night to Lovett, I think they will be most vulnerable this coming week and Towers has an opportunity to pull off an upset and show what they can do.

Glenwood Park

September 23rd, 2013
7:31 pm

I agree Deion is the best back in the state he is explosive quick and a game breaker but his coach keep taking him in and out this kid can rush for 200 yds a game . He takes him out after the first half now I watch this coach leave his star qb in the game for four quarters and he got his numbers . So why don’t he leave his star rb in the game so he can his numbers smart guy .He ’s just like the kid from Burke County 5 but his coach gives him the ball . Glennwood Park has Spoke !!!!

Buford Blah Blah

September 23rd, 2013
8:07 pm

Looks like the Sellers family has gotten on here. Wow. And ANY back from Buford is good running behind multiple D-1 OL prospects. Come on guys. Can you imagine Bryant behind that Buford OL? Bryant is the best back I’ve seen. He is not small (200 poundish) He is not injury prone. He had 1 sprained ankle. To my knowledge it’s his only injury in high school. Funny how some of you come up with this stuff. injury prone….Buford…BLAH BLAH…….and thanks for the comments from the Sellers family.


September 23rd, 2013
9:46 pm

TO Hamilton’s question on Bryant committing to College? Answer: I’m not sure?
He has gotten a lot of attention from Oklahoma State since he was between his eight and ninth grade years. He attended a football camp and was considered to be top talent among all Classes.
His O line coach played at UGA and I would think will have a lot of influence on his decision.
And, to the size question I saw above…..Does Barry Sanders come to mind….

The Scout

September 24th, 2013
3:21 pm

Every kid mentioned on this blog is special and I wish them all the best but, forgive me for being bias, and saying Deion Sellers is the best back in 3A and maybe all of Georgia. Considering Friday will be game 4 and the kid has over 600 yards rushing and 7 touchdowns on probably 16 carries a game is phenomenal. Just imagine if he got 25 to 30 carries a game, he’d probably be approaching 1000 yards now. Coach Jimmy, Offensive Coordinator, since every team you will play already knows Deion is the man, why don’t you feature him, (while playing team ball), like you featured your All-American QB last year and get Deion to All-American status? The kid is dynamite between the tackles and can catch the ball out the backfield like a Wide Receiver… You got him, so use him!!!! I hope to see Deion as an All-American by the end of the year. If not, Houston we got another problem!!!! Coach, give the kid 25 touches!!!!!!!


September 25th, 2013
11:13 am

@ Region 7-AAA just checked Pius has not lost back to back since 2008 then 2005 Towers probably would of been better off if Pius won last week. Pius may be a bit mad about the prior friday night.
Although they maybe a bit overrated based on what they did last week. Not to score in the first half against Lovet and give up the amount of yards that the running backs got their lines must of lost a lot. I know they have new QB and FB but that doesn’t slow them down that much from year to year usually. Well Towers will get their chance Friday Night at Avondale lets see where the chips may fall.