Class A Blog: New Divided Top 5’s; New Top 16 in the Power Ratings; Who Fell Out, Three on the Bubble

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

As we head into the final week of the regular season (where did the time go??), here’s the AJC.com Class A Blog Divided Top 5 (overall AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily ranking in parenthesis), along with this week’s top 16 in the Georgia High School Association/MaxPreps Power Rankings, public and private, and a link to the full lists.

As always, last week’s power ranking for each team is in parenthesis. A new twist to this week’s list is “Three On the Bubble,” – three teams currently on the outside looking in, but that still have a shot at cracking the top 16. The number of power rating points behind the No. 16 spot is posted next to each bubble team.

PUBLIC

1. Seminole County (3) (9-0, 5-0). Seminole County blanked Miller County (4-6, 3-3) last week, 21-0, setting up a Region 1 championship game at home in Donaldsonville on Friday against Mitchell County (6-3, 5-0).

2. Johnson County (4) (9-0, 4-0). The Trojans blasted Wheeler County (3-6, 2-2), 43-7, and will take on Calvary Day (7-2, 5-0) on Friday for the Region 3 championship.

3. Clinch County (5) (6-3, 5-0). The Panthers beat Lanier County (2-8, 1-5), 40-12, for their fifth win in a row. Clinch, coming off its worst season in three decades, can claim its 17th region championship in front of the home crowd on Friday when Turner County (4-5, 2-3) visits Homerville.

4. Irwin County (7) (7-1-1, 5-1). Irwin County broke a six-game losing streak to Wilcox County (2-7, 1-4) with a 40-21 win last week. Irwin County will close out the season at home on Friday when Charlton County (6-3, 4-1) comes to Ocilla for a game that will have huge power rating implications. Irwin sits at No. 5 while Charlton is at No. 6.

5. Marion County (NR) (8-1, 5-1). The Eagles’ undefeated regular season bid was foiled by Hawkinsville, 14-10, last week. Marion County can still clinch its fourth consecutive Region 4 title with a win on Friday when Central-Talbotton (0-9, 0-5) comes to Buena Vista.

Another half dozen to watch: Commerce (6-3, 4-1), Dooly County (5-3, 4-1), Emanuel County Institute (5-3, 2-1), Hawkinsville (5-3, 3-2), Lincoln County (4-2, 3-1), Mitchell County (5-3, 4-0).

POWER RANKINGS

1. Seminole County (2)

2. Marion County (1)

3. Johnson County (4)

4. Clinch County (3)

5. Irwin County (5)

6. Charlton County (6)

7. Lincoln County (9)

8. Dooly County (8)

9. Commerce (10)

10. Emanuel County Institute (7)

11. Hawkinsville (13)

(Tie) 12. Mitchell County (12)

(Tie) 12. Trion (10)

14. Claxton (15)

15. Terrell County (16)

16. Turner County (NR)

Who Fell Out: Gordon Lee (14)

Three on the Bubble: 17. Telfair County (-.39), 17. Wilkinson County (-.39), 19. Treutlen (-.42)

PRIVATE

1. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (1) (8-0, 5-0). The Chargers walloped Pace Academy (4-5, 1-4), 40-2, last week. ELCA will face No. 8 Landmark Christian (8-1, 4-1) in downtown Fairburn on Friday for the Region 5 championship. It will be the fourth consecutive season the two teams have faced each other with the region title on the line, though the anticipation for the game has been dampened a bit by Landmark’s upset loss last week at Holy Innocents (6-4, 4-2).

2. Aquinas (2) (9-0, 6-0). The Irish blanked Georgia Military (3-6, 3-4), 31-0, last week and will welcome a hot First Presbyterian Day (6-3, 5-1) team to Augusta on Friday for the Region 7 title game.

3. Prince Avenue Christian (9) (8-1, 5-0). The Wolverines drilled Pinecrest Academy (5-4, 3-3), 42-6, last week to claim their second Region 8 title in three seasons. PAC will close out the season Friday against George Walton (5-4, 2-3) at home in Bogart.

4. Mount Pisgah Christian (6) (9-0, 5-0). The Patriots emphatically claimed their first Region 6 – Division B title with a 50-21 win over Fellowship Christian (5-4, 2-3) last week. Mt. Pisgah will host Mt. Zion-Carroll (4-4, 1-3) on Friday with a chance to edge Darlington (7-2, 4-0) in the race for the Region 6 championship, which will be decided by the power rating. Currently, Mt. Pisgah is tied for the top spot with ELCA, while Darlington is No. 5.

5. Landmark Christian (8) (8-1, 4-1). The War Eagles were upset by Holy Innocents (6-4, 4-2), 29-28, but still have a chance to win the Region 5 championship if they can upset No. 1 ELCA (9-0, 5-0) at home on Senior Night in Fairburn on Friday.

Another half dozen to watch: Calvary Day (7-2, 5-0), Christian Heritage (7-2, 3-1), Darlington (7-2, 4-0), First Presbyterian Day (6-3, 5-1), Holy Innocents (6-4, 4-2), Mount Paran Christian (7-2, 4-1).

POWER RANKINGS

(Tie) 1. Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy (4)

(Tie) 1. Mount Pisgah Christian (1)

3. Landmark Christian (2)

4. Mt. Paran Christian (5)

5. Darlington (2)

6. Aquinas (6)

7. Prince Avenue Christian (8)

8. Christian Heritage (9)

9. Calvary Day School (7)

10. Holy Innocents’ (15)

11. Our Lady of Mercy (16)

12. St. Anne-Pacelli (13)

13. Brookstone (11)

14. Athens Academy (12)

15. First Presbyterian Day (14)

16. George Walton Academy (10)

Who Fell Out: None

Three on the Bubble: 17. Pace Academy (-.09), 18. Savannah Christian (-.18), 18. Whitefield Academy (-.18)

93 comments Add your comment

Willie62

November 5th, 2013
6:34 pm

Pace will not get in due to the fact they are playing MVP. FPA and GWA even if they lose this week (significant underdogs) will still stay ahead of Pace due to the above mentioned underdog opponents. I believe SCA with a win over Treulin (sp ?) will allow SCA to grab the 16 or 15 seed. Whitefield Academy and anyone below them has no realistic chance IMO. Swamp L your thoughts?

bigchipola

November 5th, 2013
6:38 pm

Seminole won 28-0

SingleAisCompetitive

November 5th, 2013
6:50 pm

@STC
What is purpose/logic behind making higher ranked teams like Darlington or Christian Heritage travel to play at schools with worse records and/or lower rankings? I understand the other two in Region 6 but not these two:

Christian Heritage at Fellowship Christian

Darlington at Whitefield Academy

And is the KR / Gordon Lee just a play in game that neither can advance?
thanks,

Joco fan

November 5th, 2013
6:52 pm

Them joco trojans continue to climb!

Willie62

November 5th, 2013
6:54 pm

Ok kids let’s play March Madness bracketology just for shoots and giggles:

1: Give me two teams nobody wants to see.

2: Give me a dark horse who could run the table.

3: Give me a team that is one and done that nobody would think of.

4: Give me your GHSA Private school champion.

5: If their were a private school/public school championship, who would win and why.

Willie 62

FNL81

November 5th, 2013
6:54 pm

Calling Anyone with correct info/knowledge! What would need to happen for Pace to get it? Obviously unlikely but what would need to happen?

S. Thomas Coleman

November 5th, 2013
6:58 pm

SingleAisCompetitive:

That’s a question for the Region 6 coaches. The GHSA takes a lot of unwarranted heat on this type of thing. The GHSA lets the region’s coaches pretty much decide everything — first tie breakers, etc. So call up your coach/AD and ask him/her to give you their rationale.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

November 5th, 2013
7:06 pm

FNL81:

I’m no Power Rating-ologist like a lot of our bloggers, but it will be difficult for Pace to get in because they are playing Mt. Vernon, which has just 1 win. So the most they can pick up for the game is 11 points. But I think there is still a way for them to make it in. They must win, of course, and hope for losses by George Walton, Savannah Christian and Whitefield Academy. Then they must also root for their non-region opponents to win their games, while rooting for the non-region opponents of George Walton, Savannah Christian and Whitefield Academy to lose their final games, thereby preventing those teams from picking up any extra points. Then they have to pray the math works in their favor. It’s the world of Class A football these days!

Pace would be a dangerous team in the post season because of the play makers they have all over the field.

STC

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2013
7:06 pm

@ Willie62 …. ( on your first post ) …. I have to agree with you. I’ve looked at it 100 times and every time I see if Pace Academy is getting in, it looks slim! There is always the possiblity that a “wrench” could get thrown in the final Power Ratings and throw everything off. No matter what, it will be REAL CLOSE for Pace and that #16 seed.
@ FNL81 …. no one really knows right now. It’s just too close to call and we will all have to wait for the FINAL GHSA Power Ratings next Tuesday.

SingleAisCompetitive

November 5th, 2013
7:07 pm

STC
I can ask but I think your answer is “it makes no sense to me either”! At least that’s what I’m going with :-)

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
7:07 pm

@Swamp Lizard

Thanks for the Public/Private compilation you posted earlier today on the Friday blog.

And yes, I was steaming last night!

30 or so comments from early this morning.

This job thing is getting in the way of staying informed.

Willie62

November 5th, 2013
7:11 pm

Thx swamp I always value your input. If Pace did get I see them no higher than 16 and having to face ELCA do u believe in miracles…..Not likely.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2013
7:11 pm

@ STC …. Mt Vernon does have 1 win, but I think it’s against Cross Keys ( who is playing non-region schedule )….. GHSA has them as an 0-7 team. Check behind me on that, but I think the most Pace can pick up is 10 points for the win.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2013
7:14 pm

@ Willie62 …. Thank you! I really enjoy most of the people on here, but you are always going to those that get a little crazy. I do think our Class A blogs are the best and STC does a great job on giving us the best coverage in the state!

Willie62

November 5th, 2013
7:14 pm

Kings ridge / Gordon lee is nothing more than a 10 th game neither team has a realistic chance to make the sweet 16

Willie62

November 5th, 2013
7:16 pm

No question swamp man I have been on the other logs and have fallen asleep at my computer!

Willie62

November 5th, 2013
7:17 pm

STC please keep up the good work the Class A blog is by far as well as the coverage, thank you!

Willie62

November 5th, 2013
7:20 pm

I am pretty sure you are right regarding mt Vernon, we have st francis in our 6b region and the same scenario non region schedule non eligible for post season no wins factored in.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2013
7:25 pm

@ Wille62
Two teams no one wants to see ….. ELCA & Aquinas
Dark Horse that could run the table …. Mt Pisgah
Team one and done that no one would think of …. Landmark
Private Champion …. ELCA
Private vs Public Champion ( ELCA vs Clinch Co ) ….. ELCA would win because they really have no major weakness on the football field, they don’t play kids both ways ( as a whole ), and Coach Gess is the best Class A coach in the state.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2013
7:32 pm

@ Tiger Patpaw ….. yea, we have a running joke at work that I have to have my “blog” time !!

Willie62

November 5th, 2013
7:33 pm

Swamp I agree with you except I am a little suspect on aquinas I do believe if lca gets blown out this week they might be 1 and done I do like mt pisgah due to the home field thru out might be a little young.

LoveFridayFootball

November 5th, 2013
7:36 pm

STC: I’m going to have to give you a “C’mon man!” IF pace gets in and I don’t think they will, they would be #16 which will play #1 ELCA…Pace a dangerous team in the playoffs? C’mon man!!!

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
7:39 pm

I don’t have enough knowledge to comment on the public side.

I would flip flop Landmark and Mt. Pisgah; picking nits.

Good radar pick-up on Christian Heritage. Keep an eye on the Lions, they can ball.

LoveFridayFootball

November 5th, 2013
7:44 pm

Btw, everyone that’s on that undefeated Aquinas bandwagon… Combined record of those teams they faced this year….23-49. Two teams with a winning record, and one of those teams may be 5-5 after this Friday.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2013
7:47 pm

@ Wille62 …. Aquinas is the one team I wish I had the chance to see this year. I know they are a good football team, but I’d like to have “seen” for myself just how good they are. You are spot on with my Landmark pick …. I after Holy Innocents & ELCA this week, what will their mindset be going into the playoffs. Again your right with Mt Pisgah, they could be a “sleeper” ( home field advantage ) but how will they handle the playoff pressure when it’s cruch time.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2013
7:50 pm

@ LoveFridayFootball …. you are all over it. I do think it was impressive for Aquinas to end that 40 year losing streak to Lincoln Co though. They have took care of business all year, but I agree with you on just how good they are. We could ask Sam Roney how good they are !! :)

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
8:07 pm

@SingleAisCompetitive

I think it’s all about sharing gate revenue. Not sure, but I guess the region has decided to have the “play-in” host flip flop between sub-regions year to year. Add the lunacy of a 1 vs 4, it’s really a PLAY-OUT!! I packed road warrior clothes last night.

Last year Walker and Mt. Zion were the 1-seeds for the Region 6 “play-in”. Darlington (2) hosted Mt. Pisgah (3) but I don’t recall who hosted Walker and Mt. Zion games.

What I know is I’m P….. O..!

RIDE, WIN, PLAY AGAIN!!

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2013
8:07 pm

@ LoveFridayFootball …. I used that rational ( opponet win/loss record ) when I was giving my take on the Johnson Co / ECI game too …. that didn’t turn out well for me!

S. Thomas Coleman

November 5th, 2013
8:09 pm

Swamp:

You’re correct. Pace can only pick up 10 points for the win. The rest of the scenario still holds, but it’s a long shot.

STC

S. Thomas Coleman

November 5th, 2013
8:12 pm

Willie62:

Thanks for the kind words and for joining us here at the Class A Blog Spot!

STC

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
8:12 pm

@Swamp Lizard

From what I saw of today’s comments on Friday’s blog and what continues here, you need a sign stating:

THE CLASS A MD IS IN.

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
8:19 pm

@STC … Your reply @ FNL81

The simple man’s version: Stars must align.

We have you and Swamp working too hard.

As a mater of fact, seems we’re all grindin’!

A breather upcoming, basketball on Tuesdays.

Swamp Lizard

November 5th, 2013
8:31 pm

@ Tiger Patpaw …. I always “try” to have a clue what I’m talking about, I love football, and I try to give an honest take. I’m just like most guys on here …. I have a son that is a senior this year and I hope I don’t go crazy next year! Maybe I can get STC to give me a reference for a part time job covering high school football next year. I enjoy the guys that are regulars and all of us giving each other a little grief.

MDH

November 5th, 2013
8:37 pm

I personally love getting on this blog and seeing what you all have to say week in and week out, you all have great passion for your teams and I respect that. There is truly nothing better than high school football on friday nights! Go Wolfpack!

indianfan

November 5th, 2013
8:51 pm

Seminole/Miller was 28 to 0…. and its spelled Donalsonville… lol

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
8:53 pm

Savannah Christian: Biggest private PR move and in the hunt.

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
8:57 pm

@MDH

Will I know you’re there Friday, Tigers @ Wolfpack?

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
8:59 pm

@Swamp Lizard

On sight reporter, film at 11:00.

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
9:01 pm

Would’t be real if the heart wasn’t poundin’ through our chests.

MDH

November 5th, 2013
9:50 pm

@ Tiger Patpaw

You bet! Should be a good game

SingleAisCompetitive

November 5th, 2013
10:06 pm

@Tiger Patpaw, you were right. I talked to another friend in the know who said the way Region 6 decided to do it a while back was: #1 from Sub-region A plays #4 in Sub-region B and #1 from sub-region B plays #4 from Sub-region A; then #2 plays #3 in the crossover. Last year Sub-region A hosted the home games, this year Sub-region B host home games and it flips next year. So I guess it is “fair” if you look at it from a revenue perspective only. But for home field advantage, you don’t want to be in the odd year if you are #1 or #2 in your sub region. Nothing to gain playing a #4 away really except possible injuries…
Top 16 make playoffs, and the Power Rankings are another thing, it is a formula, very similar to the BCS system in college and this is only in Class A ball. I guess we will find out in a few weeks how region 5 and 6 stack up outside the metro Atlanta area. I saw where one of Aquinas’ fans are touting on here that we are all in for a rude awakening when we meet their big fullback. A lot of talk considering their schedule thus far. Actually I like to play one dimensional teams…. :-0
Good luck at Whitefield.

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
10:14 pm

@MDH

Good luck Friday night.

Tiger Patpaw

November 5th, 2013
10:23 pm

@SingleAisCompetitive

Thanks for going to the trouble to verify.

nourstuff

November 6th, 2013
12:07 am

@STC, I assume neither you a or Steve Figueroa were able to figure out how to calculate the PR for PACS (an ex. having 2 ties in the mix) using GHSA’s published “PR system” documentation over the last couple of weeks? Now, I see several questions related to various scenarios Re who gets in or falls out of the playoffs, and the only honest answer is wait and see until GHSA announces their brackets (following the closed-door appeals process). I suppose one advantage to maintaining unclear communication Re the PR system calculation is that it sure makes it easier to “adjust” the numbers on that last day when there is such a lack of transparency as to exactly how the PR should be calculated. Being an ‘ologist of anything should not be required to merely be able to know where your team of interest stands going in to Friday night! Given your professional and personal interests, I would think you would agree that there is no viable excuse for the ongoing inadequacy-as they say, its not rocket science.

Sam Roney

November 6th, 2013
12:40 am

Well thank you, Swamp Lizard. Your comments are very informed. A thing about Lincoln County and Aquinas beating them by 28 this year…Aquinas virtually beat them last year except for a last minute fumble recovery. Everyone seems to now want to label Lincoln as in a “down” year…That’s BS. They lost three games..Washington-Wilkes (probably the best AA team in GA. at 9-0…Ninety-Six, SC an AA
team that is always tough..Lincoln is always tough. They ran into Reuben Garnett(Aquinas), an unheralded back in Atlanta areas, who gained 284 rushing against Lincoln and another 60 receiving, for 344 total. Only a junior, he already has a verbal ACC school offer. They also have a sophomore quarterback who is as cool as a 5th yr. senior, and a great passer. They will fool a number of folks
in the playoffs, and probably make a fool out of whomever came up with these “power ratings”:.
Incidentally, they do not do any athletic scholarships. Brendan Douglas(last year, now a UGA tail-back) and Reuben Garnett are both homegrown players who live close to the school. Maybe some
schools do give scholarships, but not Aquinas. We’d rather be playing in a combined public-private
playoff system, just like the other 5 classifications. Why discriminate against Class A? Most know that some schools in the Atlanta area in higher class sizes do give scholarships. If they want to pay for players, let them. We don’t have any money for that.

LoveFridayFootball

November 6th, 2013
3:32 am

Sam Roney….I left off a game by mistake. The record of the teams Aquinas has beat this year….24-58. Why would you feel you have any right to complain about the power rankings??? You beat Lincoln, I agree good win! But after that…..you take them out and your opponents are 18-55. You’ve had a easy year! Easy schedule…you should be 9-0!

CSRA706

November 6th, 2013
5:45 am

@towhomitmayconcern, which is everyone, Rooney is 100% right, Aquinas is the real deal and they are really young. They are 9-0 about to be 10-0 with there first region championship. Looking at our opponents record is cool but keep in mind everyone else’s too, most of the top teams have 8 lopsided wins on there resume also, especially those Atlanta area schools. Like I did say earlier this year they had a scrimmage game against Wash-Wilkes (whom I am standing firm will win AA championship) that really changed those boys mentality and lifted them to another level. They have been building something special for the last few years and this team is going to solidify its self as a state power in A. just keep an eye on region 7 in the playoffs public and private!!! So please don’t think Aquinas is suspect because I am giving all fair warning!!!

CSRA706

November 6th, 2013
5:52 am

On another note, Aquinas game against FPD should be great and a matchup that is going to be interesting is FPD Offensive Linemen who is committed to UNC against Aquinas Defensive End Shalom Alvarez (Class A sack leader).

Tiger Patpaw

November 6th, 2013
6:09 am

A win by Calvary Day School 12.20 PR (5-0, 7-1, 7-2) at Johnson County 13.26 PR (4-0, 9-0, 9-0)launches them to a region championship and a minimum private 5 seed.

GO JoCo!

Swamp Lizard

November 6th, 2013
6:19 am

Region 5 Players that were honored by Georgia High School Football Daily & the Atlanta Touchdown Club …

*Holy Innocents’ QB Luke Wright was 10-of-13 passing for 189 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 53 yards on 13 carries in a 29-28 victory over Landmark Christian. On the 80-yard game-winning drive, Wright passed for 25 yards, rushed for 22 yards and convered a fourth-and-9 with a 12-yard scramble.

*Our Lady of Mercy DB Christian Coleman had 10 tackles and made an interception in the end zone in a 31-28 victory over Darlington. Coleman has not allowed a reception of longer than 12 yards this season.

*Eagles Landing Christian Academy OL Beau Beasley was recently honored by the Atlanta Touchdown Club as Lineman of the Week ( October ). Beasley has graded out at close to 90% and has had 19 “pancakes” so far this year.