Final rankings: Norcross, Buford start, finish No. 1

Congrats to the seven state champions.

First state titles ever – Creekside, Marion County, Aquinas

First titles since the 1970s – Griffin (1978), Lovett (1970)

Repeat champions – Norcross, Buford

Norcross and Buford are the only teams that started and finished No. 1. Buford went wire to wire. Norcross became the fourth team in the highest class to win a state title after a 1-2 start.

Three No. 1 teams entering the playoffs fall one victory short – North Gwinnett, Tucker, Lamar County

Final rankings are below.

Also feel free to debate all-class player of the year. That will be selected some time this week and announced around Christmas.

Class AAAAAA

1. Norcross (13-2)

2. North Gwinnett (13-2)

3. Colquitt County (11-3)

4. Archer (11-1)

5. Hillgrove (11-2)

6. Camden County (10-2)

7. McEachern (11-3)

8. Collins Hill (11-2)

9. Hughes (10-2)

10. Lowndes (9-4)

Class AAAAA

1. Creekside (15-0)

2. Tucker (14-1)

3. Gainesville (12-2)

4. Kell (13-1)

5. Ware County (11-2)

6. North Paulding (11-2)

7. Warner Robins (11-2)

8. Northside, Warner Robins (10-2)

9. South Paulding (10-2)

10. Mundy’s Mill (8-5)

Class AAAA

1. Griffin (15-0)

2. Sandy Creek (11-1-1)

3. Carrollton (13-2)

4. Marist (11-3)

5. Burke County (9-3)

6. Wayne County (11-3)

7. Monroe Area (11-1)

8. Stockbridge (10-2)

9. Statesboro (10-2)

10. Alexander (8-5)

Class AAA

1. Buford (15-0)

2. Washington County (13-1)

3. Callaway (12-2)

4. Carver, Columbus (11-2)

5. Blessed Trinity (9-4)

6. Woodward Academy (9-3)

7. St. Pius (9-4)

8. Cartersville (11-1)

9. Ringgold (11-3)

10. Hart County (9-2)

Class AA

1. Lovett (14-1)

2. Lamar County (14-1)

3. Benedictine (13-1)

4. Brooks County (12-2)

5. Calhoun (11-2)

6. Greater Atlanta Christian (10-2)

7. Jefferson (10-3)

8. Heard County (10-2)

9. Bowdon (11-2)

10. Laney (10-3)

Class A

1. Aquinas (14-0)

2. Marion County (13-1)

3. Calvary Day (11-3)

4. Eagle’s Landing Christian (11-1)

5. Mount Pisgah Christian (12-1)

6. Charlton County (9-5)

7. Irwin County (10-2-1)

8. Mount Paran Christian (9-3)

9. Seminole County (11-1)

10. Prince Avenue Christian (10-2)

85 comments Add your comment

Big cat 84

December 15th, 2013
4:58 pm

They all look about right to me..

Max Sizemore

December 15th, 2013
5:02 pm

Yes, excellent job Todd, as usual. Tennis, anyone?

RobFromNorcross

December 15th, 2013
5:52 pm

This is the one that counts!

ATTA BABY!!! Back-to-Back titles for Norcross. What a ride!

Bearwin

December 15th, 2013
6:32 pm

Jacquez Parks (QB #11 Griffin) has to be the player of the year. 3,000+ yards passing, 1,000+ yards rushing and led his team to a 15-0 record. Anybody Griffin played this year will tell you he’s the best.

MCmom

December 15th, 2013
6:35 pm

@Rob…Congrats to you and the Norcross team. I knew they would beat NG. Norcross was THE most solid team we played all season and it showed last night. Again, congrats to a great team!

FridayNightLightsFan

December 15th, 2013
6:41 pm

10. Mundy’s Mill (8-5)? Not sure I agree with that.

FridayNightLightsFan

December 15th, 2013
6:44 pm

Thanks Todd for your hard work. Nice year everyone.

jc

December 15th, 2013
7:22 pm

Just think where Norcross would have been if it had not been for those guys from Florida. Booker T. Washinggton, what a team! Congrats to Norcross!

RealDeal

December 15th, 2013
7:25 pm

Creekside the best High school football team in Georgia 2013!!!

stdno2man

December 15th, 2013
8:28 pm

This looks about right to me. However a 5 loss Mundy’s Mill team???? I’m not familiar with them so I can’t say it’s not right but if you subtract their playoff victories that means they barely won half their games during the regular season. Regardless the season’s over and I can’t think of anyone (maybe Mays) I would put in their place. Thanks Todd for a wonderful season.

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
9:24 pm

I agree with Bearwin about POY. In the state championship game Jacquez Parks put the exclamation point on what was already a stellar season individually. It would be a shame to overlook what he accomplished.

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
9:28 pm

In AAAA, I’d switch Carrollton with Sandy Creek, and Wayne County with Burke County. How far you go in the playoffs matter, or Mundy’s Mill and Alexander would be unranked.

Patrick

December 15th, 2013
10:06 pm

As was very obvious based on the scoring, Colquitt Co. and Norcross was actually the state 6A title game.(14-9 remember?) The Packers would have easily blown Gwinnett Co. out just as they did N. Cobb. Therefore CCHS should be #2 not Gwinnett Co. Just because GC was in the title game should not make them automatically #2. A little common sense and logic goes a long way.

The Fan

December 15th, 2013
10:44 pm

If any of you care to check, Mundy’s Mill played the toughest schedule in the state. Lost their 4 games only to reel off 8 straight game, so people don’t judge their record ask Lee Co.

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
11:17 pm

Final rankings are tough. You have to balance the playoff accomplishments with what was achieved over the course of a season. In 6A, North Gwinnett can say that they decisively beat the eventual state champion in the regular season. Colquitt County can say that they played them more competitively in the playoff semifinals. In 4A, Carrollton can claim that they made it to the finals, while Sandy Creek can say that they beat Carrollton in the regular season. In both instances here, the regular season game trumped the playoffs. It may not agree with my assessment, but it’s consistent.

I wonder if Maxwell will come out with combined ratings as it has done over the course of the regular season. I’d be curious to see where the teams from the lower classifications match up with the highest classification’s teams after all games have been played.

Chan

December 15th, 2013
11:18 pm

Colquitt has been eliminated by a Gwinnett team four years in-a-row.

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
11:56 pm

Old Bear

December 15th, 2013
11:58 pm

AVikingFan

December 16th, 2013
12:11 am

I think Colquitt should have finished second. They played Norcross closer than any team did, losing by only five points on a rainy stormy night, one not kind to Colquitt’s passing attack. But not meaning to disrespect North Gwinnett, and their outstanding record. Congrats again to Norcross, and to all the champions!

I’m thankful for Lowndes’ 10th place finish, and for all the new friends we made this year. I’m already eagerly looking forward to next year!

Merry Christmas to all!

WolfDawg

December 16th, 2013
12:42 am

Congrats Blue Devils!!! Way to regroup from a rocky start & getting up righted & finishing the drill!!! to go Back to Back!!

& 4 of the top 8 in AAAAAA from – Gwinnett Co..

Kudos to the Wolves too.. Played 4 of the top 6 teams in the playoffs for their 6th in 7 years! The Wolves entered AAA 2 years ago & swept the state.. Now for more of the same in AAAA….

Bark at the Moon!

Sportsnut

December 16th, 2013
2:03 am

Thanks Todd for another year of good football coverage. You guy’s do a great job and I appreciate it always.

Sportsnut

December 16th, 2013
2:05 am

I like the spot we landed in the final top 10. Promising position. No where to go but up.

Old School

December 16th, 2013
3:00 am

Congrats Norcross Blue Devils on winning the 6A championship and being the first back-to-back winner since Camden County in 2008 and 2009. Ironically both schools championship runs mirrored each other. They both went 15-0 the first year and started 1-2 the following year, then won 12 straight to capture their second title in as many years.

Old Bear

December 16th, 2013
3:43 am

@ WolfDawg – Welcome to AAAA. I’m not sure what your region has to offer, but the playoffs won’t be nearly as easy as AAA. It’s probably the most competitively balanced classification in the state.

wardenerd

December 16th, 2013
7:57 am

Wayne County plays Griffin to a 5 point game and leads much of the game and they rank number 6? I see alittle metro bias sneaking in there. Wayne has to be number 3 behind Griffin who they played close and a carollton team that had those same Bears run them off the field! If you make the final 4 how can you be number 6?

wardenerd

December 16th, 2013
8:08 am

How many years can Sandy Creek be overrated? Does the writer live in Tyrone?

SPX

December 16th, 2013
8:20 am

I agree with Old Bear and Bearwin. Jaquez Parks is definitely the POY. Congrats to him and Griffin on a stellar season.

Colquitt Supporter

December 16th, 2013
8:34 am

Looks good. Colquitt is good at third. North Qwinnett earned second – probablt deserve second more than Colquitt several years ago after finsihing 9-6. I would have thought McEarchern would have been higher but I do not get a vote:) Congrats Lowndes as you guys came on strong at the end.

My2Cents

December 16th, 2013
9:15 am

I find the 6A rankings not even close. How does a 3 loss Colquit & McEachern and 2 time loser to a Gwinnett and Hughes team Camden finish in front of Collins Hill. CH had two losses, one to the eventual state champion & by a late punt return to McEachern. CH should easily be in the top 5.

Triple A supporter

December 16th, 2013
9:31 am

Surprised not to see Central-Carroll in top ten of 3A. They finished a remarkable season 10-3.

MoMo98

December 16th, 2013
9:41 am

Why is Ware county ahead of North Paulding? North got beat by Creekside, the eventual champ, actually gave up less points than the rest of play off opponents? Beat Stephenson 35 to 7 , who had Tucker beat earlier in season if not for a hail Mary pass at the end? Beat East Paulding in our region, who, if not for a fumbled snap at the end, only lost to Tucker 16 to 13. Tucker beat Gainesville, who lost to a AAA school? Kell was in probably the weakest region of all, where all the teams in that region lost in the first round of playoffs other than Kell? And Kell pounded Ware County? And North gave South Paulding their only loss of the regular season, and South got to second round, and finishes 9th in state? I think you have #4,5, and 6 backwards in AAAAA.

RexDogma

December 16th, 2013
9:46 am

One team from the mighty 6AAA region deserves an honorable mention Ceder Grove. Especially winning a playoff game on the road.

WolfDawg

December 16th, 2013
9:57 am

Thanks Old Bear –

I believe Coach Simpson & Staff will have Buford up for the task at hand.. Not sure how we landed where we did as far as region. Heck, if you are a top 4 team in any region, you make the “Dance” & I believe the Wolves will be dancing come late next November..

Been an unbelievable run since 2000..

Merry Christmas to All!!

Lovejoy#1Fan

December 16th, 2013
10:02 am

@Sportsnut you are so right!!! Nowhere to go but up with all the talent that’s returning next season! #WildcatsNation

Theh Truth

December 16th, 2013
10:41 am

POY is DeShaun Watson. End of conversation.

BufWolvesDen

December 16th, 2013
10:55 am

MoMo98 that 3A school is the #1 team in the state out of all classes! THE BUFORD WOLVES

Cool_Coach1

December 16th, 2013
11:07 am

Shout out to the one who shall remain nameless….From myself, my son, his teammates and our community…your past transgressions are forgiven…in the end you saw the light that shines brightly and acknowledged it! Now on to the next level…the next chapter. Norcross may take a short hiatus ( hard to do a three-peat) ….But our freshman class (guys I coached) went undefeated….they look very promising! While we are reloading…. look out for Archer, South Gwinnett, Grayson and Brookwood in the near future….their youth programs have produced some tremendous athletes that will make their names known soon. (Dylan Singleton/Archer, Cameryn Brent/Grayson, Jesse Brown/Brookwood, Antonio Woods/South Gwinnett…to name a few!

Cool_Coach1

December 16th, 2013
11:15 am

@My2Cents== Having seen both Colquitt and Collins Hill play my Devils…I can say that (IMO)Colquitt’s defense is much better than Collins Hill….Their offenses are very comparable…but of the three losses Colquitt has…. 2 of them were to eventual State Champions (Hoover and Norcross)…the other to their region Champion (Camden) in a close game. And no one kept them scoreless….but one school gave their kicker a helluva workout…. ;)

My2Cents

December 16th, 2013
12:17 pm

@Cool_Coach1….I will agree that Colquits Defense & Team appeared to be very good, but it is tough for me to place a 3 loss team at the top of the rankings unless they won the state. Plus Colquitt lost to Camden who was pretty much handled by NG & Hughes. CH definietly had their worst game of the year against Norcross(kind of like Norcross having 2 bad games to start the year). If CH kills the clock and doesn’t allow the punt return for a TD it would have been a CH vs. Norcross in the State Finals. I think CH would have represented themselves better in the re-match. Not saying they would win, but better. Norcross was my pick to win state from the beginning.

My real point for my disagreement is the subjectivity of the whole ranking. Another example is Lowndes, they have 4 losses, how are their 4 losses better then Mill Creeks who’s only losses came to Region 7 quarter & Finalist play-off teams?

Andre Howard

December 16th, 2013
12:33 pm

The two teams that meet in the dome should always be ranked 1 and 2, and the team that they beat should be 3 and 4 respectively. Thus in 4A it should be Griffin- #1, Carrollton #2, Sandy Creek #3 and Marist #4, Also Single A should be rank Public and Private separate, since there is no definitive #1.

LoMacho

December 16th, 2013
12:38 pm

Would love to see a champion of champions… Gotta believe Creekside would overcome Norcross and Buford squad this year, toughest opponent in my view would be Griffin… Ijs. Great season to all champs tho, for that all teams and best of wishes to the seniors in their next phase of life!

Cool_Coach1

December 16th, 2013
2:20 pm

LOL …I guess everyone that plays for Lovett was born in Buckhead right? I’m on the phone with the GBI right now…we have got to get to the bottom of this! :)

Yea But

December 16th, 2013
2:29 pm

@wardenerd — yes, Wayne County played Griffin tough, and a 4 or 5 ranking might make sense. But Wayne also lost twice to Burke Cty., who was dominated by Marist. Takes some of the shine off Wayne Cty.

Camden 2013

December 16th, 2013
2:36 pm

Rankings don’t matter now. Champs are champs and everyone else is 2nd. Who beat who by this much or had a closer game with the other, doesn’t mean anything. The Champs are the ones at the top, they made it through the guantlet and the others fell. Great season, very exciting, some very interesting twists, and August 2014 can’t get here fast enough.
Have a great off-season, and see you in the blogs next year!

Go Camden!!!

the one who shall remain nameless

December 16th, 2013
2:38 pm

@ Cool_Coach1 thanks for the shout out!!!

WolfDawg

December 16th, 2013
3:05 pm

Ditto Camden –

I have always said, thank goodness for the playoffs, as rankings matter not (cept in D1 football). Finish in the top4 of your region & you get to Dance!!!

COLQUITT COUNTY FANS

December 16th, 2013
4:34 pm

GREAT YEAR NORCROSS AND YALL ARE A CLASS ACT;;;;;;
BUT NEXT YEAR; WE WILL MEET AGAIN;;;;A PROMISE!!!!!
COLQUITT COUNTY FANS

jvillebil

December 16th, 2013
4:37 pm

Thanks for showing my Ware County Gators some love! LOL #5 ranking and both running backs coming back we should be strong again next year.

Panglossian

December 16th, 2013
7:16 pm

The only way for Buford to prove they are #1in all classes is to simply move up just like Marist. And move up means at least 5A. Otherwise, talk is hot air.

Tiger6

December 16th, 2013
7:17 pm

Mundy’s Mill went 8 and 1 in the last nine games. They defeated Houston Couty which beat Warner Robins. They beat Lee County who was the only number 1 seed to lose in the second round. They played a good game against the defending champions. Not saying other teams had better records, but they earned it.