Poll Talk: Who’s No. 1 in AAAAAA? My guess (North Gwinnett) is as good as yours

One poster on our Friday Night Chat called the task of ranking Class AAAAAA a Gordian Knot.

Good call.

So who’s No. 1? North Gwinnett. Albeit the No. 3 seed from Region 7.

Here’s the logic -

Looking at the full season, North Gwinnett beat Norcross and Camden County – two other contenders for the No. 1 ranking – fairly handily. Also handled a pretty good Peachtree Ridge team that took Collins Hill and Norcross to the brink.

No other team had a better body of work over the regular season as North Gwinnett, IMO. Doesn’t matter if somebody else is playing better at the moment, or whether the injured quarterback is ready for the playoffs, or whether a coin toss didn’t go the Bulldogs’ way.

So why not Lovejoy, last week’s No. 2?

Lovejoy’s No. 2 ranking hinged largely on having lost close on the road to the previous No. 1, Colquitt County. Once Colquitt loses, then all the benefit of the doubt that Lovejoy accrued from being otherwise unbeaten and being the 2012 runner-up is gone.

Not many changes in the rankings otherwise. The post-season should be fun.


1. (3) North Gwinnett (9-1)

2. (7) Camden County (9-1)

3. (1) Colquitt County (8-2)

4. (4) Archer (10-0)

5. (5) Norcross (8-2)

6. (2) Lovejoy (9-1)

7. (6) Collins Hill (9-1)

8. (NR) Hillgrove (9-1)

9. (9) Hughes (9-1)

10. (NR) North Cobb (8-2)


1. (1) Tucker (9-0)

2. (2) Kell (10-0)

3. (3) Gainesville (9-1)

4. (5) Creekside (10-0)

5. (6) Ware County (9-1)

6. (7) Warner Robins (9-1)

7. (8) Northside-Warner Robins (9-1)

8. (9) North Paulding (9-1)

9. (10) South Paulding (9-1)

10. (NR) Lee County (9-1)

Class AAAA

1. (1) Sandy Creek (9-0-1)

2. (2) Griffin (10-0)

3. (3) Monroe Area (10-0)

4. (4) Carrollton (9-1)

5. (5) Marist (8-2)

6. (6) Burke County (7-2)

7. (7) Wayne County (8-2)

8. (8) Statesboro (9-1)

9. (9) Stockbridge (9-1)

10. (10) Westover (8-2)

Class AAA

1. (1) Buford (10-0)

2. (2) Cartersville (10-0)

3. (3) Washington County (9-0)

4. (4) Carver-Columbus (9-1)

5. (5) Callaway (9-1)

6. (6) Elbert County (8-2)

7. (7) Hart County (9-1)

8. (8) Woodward Academy (8-2)

9. (9) Appling County (8-2)

10. (10) Blessed Trinity (7-3)

Class AA

1. (1) Lamar County (10-0)

2. (2) Lovett (9-1)

3. (3) Greater Atlanta Christian (9-1)

4. (4) Washington-Wilkes (10-0)

5. (5) Calhoun (9-1)

6. (6) Benedictine (10-0)

7. (7) Brooks County (9-1)

6. (9) Jefferson (8-2)

9. (10) Vidalia (9-1)

10. (NR) Heard County (9-1)

Class A

1. (1) Eagle’s Landing Christian (9-0)

2. (3) Seminole County (10-0)

3. (2) Aquinas (10-0)

4. (5) Clinch County (7-3)

5. (6) Mount Pisgah Christian (10-0)

6. (7) Irwin County (8-1-1)

7. (8) Landmark Christian (8-2)

8. (10) Calvary Day (8-2)

9. (9) Prince Avenue Christian (9-1)

10. (4) Johnson County (9-1)

458 comments Add your comment


November 10th, 2013
2:50 pm

#1 should be Lovejoy. They’ve lost to the Packers and then just won out. It’s there turn to hold that top spot. I agree with Camden #2. Packers definitely #3. Just a side note without the Packers fumbles the other night we win that one 14-7. I hate to make excuses but I can’t help it. Camden`s defense is very very good, well coached. I wish Camden more luck with fumbles in the playoffs. May we meet again!!!


November 10th, 2013
2:58 pm

Keep on under estimating Archer!! Everyone is thinking too far down the road. Keep thinking that way and you will all be shocked. Our region may not be as strong as usual, but this team is better than the past two r8 state champs. Don’t be surpised to Archer in the semis.


November 10th, 2013
3:03 pm

Actually Hoover(AL) should be #1 in GA. They beat the Packers and would easily handle GA’s #1 and #2 teams now. They just won their first game in the playoffs by a huge score. No problem with me if they are #1 in GA ! None at all. They seem to be just as good if not better since Propst left there. Propst has his problems in GA, and he’s like the Braves. Can only get to a certain point, then fizzles!


November 10th, 2013
3:13 pm

Hmmm. To be honest, I’m not sure rankings really matter right now, do they? What matters is on the field. Period. Looking forward to Friday. I have no idea what to think of Westlake. I don’t think Camden’s ever played them before.

Just saying

November 10th, 2013
3:14 pm

November 10th, 2013
2:50 pm
Colquitt only had 1 unforced turnover. Turnovers are part of the game, that is why they are a stat. Camden shocked Colquitt quickly, Colquitt never fully recovered. Colquitt was balanced team going into that game, Camden made Colquitt one dimensional. The regions leading rusher was bottled up all night. Colquitt went into that game averaging 155 rushing a game. Camden did what they do best run, run,run and run some more. The number 1 team is North Gwinnett, #2 Lovejoy, #3 Camden #4 Colquitt, #5 Norcoss #6 Collins Hill, #7 Archer, #8 Hillgrove, #9 Hughes #10 North Cobb


November 10th, 2013
3:16 pm

Camden1902 your right, hope to see you in a few weeks.


November 10th, 2013
3:17 pm

Patrick….If Hoover is so good, why won’t they play Camden anymore? They’ve been running since their LUCKY victory in 2009! I think they’re still having vivid memories of that 44-16 ASS WHIPPING Camden put on them in 2008! Seems that they want no parts of the Wing-T! RELEASE the CATS!!!! :-D


November 10th, 2013
3:19 pm

We can have a late turkey dinner at your house or mine.


November 10th, 2013
3:22 pm

Why would anyone care about rankings at this point in the season? The playoffs are about to start, in 5 weeks everyone will know which team is # 1……PackGATA…….Fumbles are NOT the reason Camden beat Colquitt. Camden OUT PLAYED Colquitt, that’s why they won! It happens, get over it! RELEASE the damn CATS!!!! :-D


November 10th, 2013
3:24 pm

@Patrick, I agree with you on the Propst fizzle out thing. He gets out coached Everytime in every big game. And no I don’t count the first three rounds in the playoffs a big game. I talking region championships (Lost 3 out of 5 chances). Semi-Finals (Lost 2 out of 3 chances). State championship (0 for 1). I guess the coaching must be alot stronger in the state of Georgia.

Marietta fan

November 10th, 2013
3:27 pm

I don’t agree with dropping Lovejoy all the way to 6th. I will say Lovejoy better watch out for us on Friday. I also think GPB should broadcast the game. One more thing, Lowndes was #6 when we won in the”concrete palace” last year

High 5

November 10th, 2013
3:28 pm

The bottom line is Archer should be ranked number 1! Give them a little respect and some credit for going undefeated!

As it Stands

November 10th, 2013
3:34 pm

I think Lovejoy’s current ranking is completely justified. And this is coming from an honest to God Lovejoy fan. If we deserve a higher ranking, we’ll prove it in the playoffs, starting with a very good Marietta team.


November 10th, 2013
3:35 pm

Camden fans please don’t get me wrong. I understand polls don’t matter, but this is what this story subjects is about. I honestly believe Camden can beat the Packers any given Friday. As well as any other team. YES, YES, YES Camden out played and out coached us on friday night without a doubt. I thought he dropped the opening kickoff and then vot hit trying to pick it up? Doesn’t matter now. Congrats on the region title.


November 10th, 2013
3:45 pm

State champion comes from the top 6.Round two begins to separate contenders from pretenders with probable matchups of colquitt vs n Cobb,n Gwinnett vs archer, and hillgrove vs camden.


November 10th, 2013
3:52 pm

Thanks high 5, but we don’t NEED a #1 ranking. We would like a little respect, not many have seen us play and we don’t have a history so we don’t get credit. Only after a meeting with NG will we get any credit. I can’t wait!!!!!


November 10th, 2013
4:02 pm

With North Gwinnett QB injuried, it is doubtful that North Gwinnet will win the 6A Championship. I think Lovejoy has a chance though.

Suwanee 0wns

November 10th, 2013
4:28 pm

Good point, TellItLikeItIs; unless you have seen the replacement QB play. He is bigger and faster. Just as good an arm. Fewer interceptions per attempt. More mobile. I am not going to make the point he is a better QB, but many folks in the North community think he may be. North hasn’t lost a step with QB Urzua – and now they have 2 QB’s ready to go in case one gets hurt.

In the past North had issues in the playoffs if the QB got hurt or intimidated. That won’t be an issue with 2 solid QBs.

More importantly, the fear of having a rookie at QB caused North to develop a power running game. And it looks like that may make a huge difference inside the red zone.

North still has to get past Milton. Milton looks to be fully capable of playing a great competitive game. But, if and when North loses, it will not be because of the backup QB. Most teams would do better to worry about their own first round opponents than to fret over North’s prospects.

Suwanee 0wns

November 10th, 2013
4:36 pm

Rating these teams at this point in the season is an impossible task. There is no right answer. Good arguments can be made why any one of about 6 teams is the best team in AAAAAA right now. And any one of those teams could also win the State Championship.

Fortunately, we will not have long to wait in order to watch some team prove it on the field. We will find out soon enough, and it is going to be very fun to watch.

Team Tigerblood

November 10th, 2013
4:52 pm

What is the prognosis on the NG QB anyway? Is he done? Will he play? Somebody knows something……


November 10th, 2013
5:10 pm

4 of the top 8 teams are in the same quad on the bracket. I agree with what others have said; ranking doesn’t matter now. This is just an AJC opinion and it’s really pointless (FYI AJC dropped Camden to 7th last week) I think there’s 9 teams that have a legitimate chance to win state. The field is the deepest I can ever remember.


November 10th, 2013
5:13 pm

I’ve said it before, these polls are the biggest joke of any polls that I have ever seen. I mean Schizophrenic. Especially the 6A poll.. Good lord!


November 10th, 2013
5:19 pm

How could anybody watch Colquitt or Camden in the Corky-kell and think that they were possible of being the #1 team in the state? One got a beat down and the other struggled with a team that is almost all juniors and sophomores. And one gains tons of credibility from beating the other. Joke!


November 10th, 2013
5:36 pm

Following up with JD’s comment concerning the poll and it being a joke………….I wonder if Todd Holcomb was more concerned with giving us an accurate poll or giving us “talking points” Good luck to everyone in the playoffs. The 2nd round is gonna’ be a killer!


November 10th, 2013
5:43 pm

Great job Todd.


November 10th, 2013
6:03 pm

archer has not played anybody with a winning record have they?


November 10th, 2013
6:04 pm

Camden74, so 2008 was, as you say “an ass whipping” by Camden over Hoover, and 2009 was a “lucky” win by Hoover? Not biased or jaded at all are you?


November 10th, 2013
6:10 pm

Totally expected. This is our reality. And to think, others wonder why we make so much noise. I am not going to say much on the subject. I will say, the rational does not hold water. It really does not matter. The games will be played. There could be no better incentive than this.

@RobfromNorcross, are you listening? Now you know what I mean by “we have our own viewpoint”.


November 10th, 2013
6:15 pm

Todd thanks for the job u have done this yr and the coverage you will bring during the playoffs. Looking forward to it


November 10th, 2013
6:26 pm

But…….for the sake of argument, why not Lovejoy? Did our whole season start and end with Colquitt? I didn’t know Colquitt and Lovejoy were con-joined twins. Colquitt loses, Lovejoy loses. I just don’t follow. I don’t mind Lovejoy not being #1 but your reasons are a bit crazy. Lovejoy lost 16 starters and has not missed a beat. They had the nationally ranked team on the ropes with a chance to win, in their house. Because of this, they are denied the #1 ranking because said team loses?

You could have come up with better reasons than that to deny them. I hope we make it back to the Dome and win it all and then you can’t say no and if you did, who would care?


November 10th, 2013
6:28 pm

But who really cares, I just want to watch the games. The champion will be decided on the field as it should be.


November 10th, 2013
6:35 pm

@sportsnut == well I think Norcross should be #1 so take that. actually if you use your sportsnut philosophy that it doesn’t matter who you play, a win is a win is a win, then you should be arguing for Archer as #1.


November 10th, 2013
6:38 pm

@RobfromNorcross == It would not bother me if Archer was #1. 10-0. you can’t argue with that but to give the reason given makes no sense. Until now, we all knew the process, next man up.

Lassiter Fan

November 10th, 2013
6:57 pm

You guys all know that the rankings don’t matter. Just ask Lassiter about last season ending the regular season at #1 and getting knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by Brookwood. There is a reason we play the games. With the talent that we have in this state, any team can win on any given Friday. That’s what makes this so much fun to watch.


November 10th, 2013
6:58 pm

@Sportsnut == There are about eight teams who could make a case for their team as #1. Don’t make your head explode, relax, breathe in, breathe out… The games will be played and we will find out who is the best in the State within the next five weeks ON THE FIELD.


November 10th, 2013
7:17 pm

I think the champion will be one of the top 8. I know, I’m going out on a limb here (JK LOL) but I think any one of these 8 can win it all. 3 of the 8 will be eliminated because they’re in the same quadrant of the bracket, so ultimately, it can only be 5 of 8.

Columbia Blue

November 10th, 2013
7:18 pm

I am a Camden Fan I am could care less about the rankings. We are just trying to get better each week. As far as we are concerned Westlake is the best team in the state. GO WILDCATS


November 10th, 2013
7:20 pm

I am not upset. I knew this was coming. If you note the lead statement, “my guess”. This is nothing new. No one guessed the last 2 years. We knew. I am not saying we will win it all this year but we are here and everyone in the state knows what that means.

I did not plan to go to practice Monday but now I feel compelled. What better way to add to the chip than by showing them the new top 10. They are already hungry. Imagine the team that took Colquitt to the wire, seasoned, hungry and full of bad intentions on the football field. The fire will come, starting Friday.

Welcome to 12 Oaks, Marietta. The best thing about your trip will be the ride down. I don’t have any bad feelings for the Devils but you are coming in at a bad time. The attitude will be at such a level, the crying will start early. The D will be angry. Very angry. This is not just for Marietta fans. The Cats are coming and there is nothing anyone can do about it.


November 10th, 2013
7:32 pm

So……….what is everyone’s pick for the semi’s?………..I’ve got Colquitt, Collins Hill, Archer (!) & Lovejoy (they’ll win a close game with Norcross to get in) North Gwinnett, as a 3 seed, has too much of an up hill battle. I think Camden and Hillgrove will beat the crap out of each other, leaving Archer with home field advantage against everyone else but Camden. However, all of that will change if everyone has to make the trip down to Kingsland.


November 10th, 2013
7:39 pm

Hey Sportsnut what can you tell me about Luella.


November 10th, 2013
7:40 pm

The rankings were done as well as could be expected the way tis season went. Very disappointing season for the rams but luckily for me the Archer Tigers are very close and have some home games so I will be there wearing red.

Archer is being questioned because of the their schedule?
Well lets look at the contenders. R7 by way of playing each other is clearly the exception to the weak competition argument.
R1 had a very weak season so how much weight should any region games carry? Out of region Camden lost to North Gwinnett, Colquitt squeaked by Lovejoy and lost to Birmingham.

Lovejoy beat, we’ll nobody. Hughes ?

North Cobb can be very good but champion good?

You could draw these teams out of a hat for the final poll


November 10th, 2013
7:56 pm

I agree with Grayram that the rankings were done as well as could be expected. I also agree with Todds rankings and they were done as logically as could be.


November 10th, 2013
8:07 pm

Yeah, Archer went 10-0. With a little help from the refs. There were a lot of very questionable calls in a few of their games. Call it what you want, but when you get scores from bogus calls it helps you win games.


November 10th, 2013
8:09 pm

Don’t count out the underdogs!! Go South Gwinnett!!! The Comets have been fighting all season and have had some big wins! They don’t quit, they give it all they’ve got.


November 10th, 2013
8:10 pm

I’d much rather have the Hawgs as the underdogs….too much hype over scores and ratings when scores don’t show what truly happened during a game anyway….they can be very deceiving when you know what your team is capable of. We played the sloppiest game Friday night and still only lost by 1 Td. The bracket we are in is probably a better place to be truthfully. Good luck to all teams in the playoffs and safe travels. It’s the road to the dome… Go Pack!!!!

Cat Man

November 10th, 2013
8:32 pm

I don’t know what you guys at the AJC have been smoking, but your logic for overlooking Lovejoy AGAIN makes no sense. N. Gwinnett had their chance at no.1 and couldn’t hold it. Common sense says if you’re no. 2 and no.1 loses, you move up, especially at this stage in the season. This is the 2nd time this season this has happened to us. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to prove it on the field like we have all year. Looks like one of your beloved northside teams will be going down Friday night at 12 Oaks. Those of us that live south of I-20 have come to expect this kind of disrespect. We’ll be laughing all the way to the Dome my friend.

Football parent

November 10th, 2013
8:39 pm

This is very disrespectful to Lovejoy but it’s all good we were in this same situation last. All did was beat all your great north Atlanta teams you sent. It very sad a team make state back to back lose there entire offense and 90% of there defense, playing with sophomore, juniors and a few freshmans. Win there region again. We will be at 12 Oak waiting. Come one come all.


November 10th, 2013
8:42 pm

Looking at the rankings and trying to make sense of pecking order:

Archer – only Undefeated Team in AAAAAA

8 teams have just one loss to other GA teams:
North Gwinnett – lost to Collins Hill
Norcross – lost to North Gwinnett
Collins Hill – lost to Norcross
Colquitt – lost to Camden
Camden – lost to North Gwinnett
Lovejoy – lost to Colquitt
Hughes – lost to Creekside (AAAAA)
Hillgrove – lost to North Cobb (which lost to Walton and Marietta)

So, a case could be made that North Gwinnett, Norcross, Collins Hill, Lovejoy, Camden, Colquitt are all roughly equal in the loss department with each having just one loss to one of the other 6. Add undefeated Archer and you have 7 teams with a legitimate argument for #1. (And these are the teams that Todd has ranked 1-7)

Now let’s look at the WINS for these teams over other top teams:

Archer – beat no top teams (but they beat everyone they played)
North Gwinnett – beat Camden, Norcross, Peachtree Ridge, Mill Creek
Norcross – beat Collins Hill, Peachtree Ridge, Mill Creek
Collins Hill – beat North Gwinnett, Peachtree Ridge, Mill Creek
Colquitt – beat Lovejoy, Lowndes
Camden – beat Lowndes, Colquitt
Lovejoy – beat Alpharetta
Hughes – beat no top teams
Hillgrove – beat McEachern, Marietta

If you look at the combination of who these teams lost to, and who they beat over the course of the season, I think Todd got it about right. Not that it matters because we will decide it on the field.


November 10th, 2013
8:43 pm

I wonder if Mountain View, Hab Central, Meadowcreek, Berkmar and Shiloh are considered nobody’s? We don’t consider anyone a nobody. We won 9 games. Lost 1. No excuses, no regrets. We respect our opponent until game time. Always have, always will.

This weekend, the curtain will fall on some. Some many don’t or won’t expect. Every time I say this, I will say I hope we are not on the bad end of one. Friday is coming.


November 10th, 2013
8:49 pm

If anybody wants an inside look at your team’s opponent on Friday, go to the opposing team’s HUDL website. If the team highlights say “private”, then click on the roster tab and watch highlights by individual players.