Top three classes likely to get stronger with reclassification

Below are the top 25 rankings for each class, based on the final 2013 computer Maxwell Ratings but with each team placed in its 2014 classification.

It appears that the top three classes will get a little stronger, while AAA and AA will get a little weaker. Class A should be about the same.

Class AAAAAA

The highest class picked up AAAAA runner-up Tucker and Region 5-AAAAA champion North Paulding without losing any Top 10 teams. Maxwell rates Tucker as only the No. 11 team, but the computer ratings were skeptical two years ago about Lovejoy, the 2011 AAAA runner-up that moved to the highest class and was runner-up again.

1. Norcross

2. North Gwinnett

3. Collins Hill

4. Colquitt County

5. Hillgrove

6. Camden County

7. McEachern

8. Hughes

9. Archer

10. Mill Creek

11. Tucker (AAAAA)

12. Peachtree Ridge

13. Lowndes

14. Lovejoy

15. North Cobb

16. Marietta

17. North Paulding (AAAAA)

18. Valdosta

19. Dacula

20. Alpharetta

21. Walton

22. Milton

23. Tift County

24. Lassiter

25. Brookwood

Class AAAAA

Despite losing Tucker, this classification should be deeper overall with the addition of Coffee and Brunswick from above and Stockbridge and Statesboro from below. The Maxwell Ratings say that Carver of Columbus is not even a top 20 team in the new AAAAAA. The Tigers, who have won seven consecutive region titles playing in AAA and AA, chose to play up beginning in 2014 to be with other Columbus schools.

1. Creekside

2. Gainesville

3. Kell

4. Coffee (AAAAAA)

5. Ware County

6. Warner Robins

7. Northside, Warner Robins

8. Thomas County Central

9. South Paulding

10. Stockbridge (AAAA)

11. Statesboro (AAAA)

12. Stephenson

13. Harris County

14. McIntosh

15. Brunswick (AAAAAA)

16. Allatoona

17. Mundy’s Mill

18. East Paulding

19. Houston County

20. Mays

21. Flowery Branch

22. Alexander (AAAA)

23. Carver, Columbus (AAA)

24. Dalton (AAAAA)

25. M.L. King

Class AAAA

The new AAAA is home to two reigning state champions, not to mention Sandy Creek. This class improved the most from reclassification. Also entering are Woodward Academy, St. Pius and Cartersville, Top 10 finishers this season in AAA. This top 25 doesn’t include some other pretty good newcomers such as North Oconee, Cook and Thomson. Class AAAA did lose Top 10 teams Statesboro and Stockbridge.

1. Buford (AAA)

2. Griffin

3. Sandy Creek

4. Carrollton

5. Marist

6. Monroe Area

7. Woodward Academy (AAA)

8. Wayne County

9. St. Pius

10. Burke County

11. Whitewater (AAAAA)

12. Cartersville (AAA)

13. North Hall (AAA)

14. Veterans

15. Chestatee

16. Troup

17. White County (AAA)

18. Eagle’s Landing

19. Mary Persons

20. Westover

21. Arabia Mountain (AAAAA)

22. Gilmer

23. Northwest Whitfield

24. Cairo

25. Liberty County

Class AAA

Perhaps Buford’s departure came a season late for Washington County. Calhoun and Jefferson also are moving into AAA, but the classification is weaker overall as four Top 10 teams (Buford, Cartersville, St. Pius and Woodward Academy) are moving out.

1. Washington County

2. Callaway

3. Blessed Trinity

4. Calhoun (AA)

5. Ringgold

6. Jefferson (AA)

7. Laney (AA)

8. Cedar Grove

9. Hart County

10. Westminster (AA)

11. Central, Carroll

12. Elbert County

13. Decatur

14. Westside, Macon (AAAA)

15. West Hall

16. Cedartown (AAAA)

17. Pierce County

18. Appling County

19. Peach County

20. Kendrick (AA)

21. Dawson County

22. Rutland (AAAA)

23. East Hall

24. Towers

25. Glenn Hills (AAAA)

Class AA

Calhoun, Jefferson and Westminster are gone with no comparable teams to fill the void. Expect AA to be a little lighter in 2014. Opportunity knocks because only defending champion Lovett has won a state title among the top 20 since 2000.

1. Lovett

2. Lamar County

3. Benedictine

4. Greater Atlanta Christian

5. Brooks County

6. Heard County

7. Bowdon

8. Washington-Wilkes

9. Thomasville

10. Vidalia

11. Bleckley County

12. Fitzgerald

13. Bryan County

14. Jefferson County (AAA)

15. Rabun County

16. B.E.S.T. Academy (AAA)

17. Darlington (A)

18. Seminole County (A)

19. Early County

20. Dublin

21. Bremen

22. Manchester

23. Macon County

24. Metter

25. Holy Innocents’ (A)

Class A

The lowest classification loses Seminole County and Darlington but will pick up three significant Macon private schools from the Georgia Independent School Association in Stratford Academy, Tattnall Square and Mount de Sales. They are not included in the ratings.

1. Eagle’s Landing Christian

2. Aquinas

3. Marion County

4. Mount Pisgah Christian

5. Calvary Day

6. Irwin County

7. Charlton County

8. Prince Avenue Christian

9. Mount Paran Christian

10. Clinch County

11. Dooly County

12. Hawkinsville

13. Landmark Christian

14. Johnson County

15. Taylor County (AA)

16. Our Lady of Mercy

17. Lincoln County

18. Commerce

19. Christian Heritage

20. Brookstone

21. Pacelli

22. First Presbyterian

23. George Walton Academy

24. Mitchell County

25. Athens Christian

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16 comments Add your comment

G

December 20th, 2013
7:50 am

Sol C. Johnson, Savannah High, and Jenkins don’t even factor into the strength of AAA? Atlanta schools haven’t learned yet?… That’s G

That Dude Says...

December 20th, 2013
10:51 am

@G… Savannah was 1-9, Johnson was 4-7, and Jenkins was 3-6-1. How is that helping any strength of any class?

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

December 20th, 2013
11:02 am

Man, AAAA looking tough. Lots of great teams with prestigious pedigrees. Is it August 2014 yet?

For those of you still jonesing for some local high school football, there is a regional all star game being played at City Park in Gainesville tonight featuring some outstanding players.

Also, it will be the final call for the great Walt Snelling, the voice of the Red Elephants for almost 50 years.

Even fans of the opposing teams took to Walt. He always gave props to players on other teams when they made a good play. “Outstanding block by #55 for xxx”.

Great voice, passion for the game and just a darn good man. He will be missed by all.

grayram

December 20th, 2013
1:37 pm

Buford is playing Mceachern next year. That should be fun to watch.

Believe in Green

December 20th, 2013
3:29 pm

Gilmer being “ranked” no. 22 in 4-A is just plain funny. Somebody has lost their mind, not to mention credibility with this boneheaded move.

True G

December 20th, 2013
4:41 pm

Well, Green, since Gilmer did make it to the round of 16 in 4-A this year, I don’t think that is so boneheaded. They should probably be ranked a little higher.

Bear_Backer

December 20th, 2013
5:19 pm

Wow – can you imagine the Griffin Bears vs the Buford Wolves? What a slug-fest that would be. Welcome to the toughest classification in the state Buford.

Panglossian

December 20th, 2013
7:38 pm

Bear backer, after watching both Griffin and Buford this year ,Griffin would have pounded them like they have never witnessed. Griffin was twice as fast as well as explosive. That #6 on defense and #9(I think, he ran like Usain Bolt) were incredible!

WolfDawg

December 20th, 2013
9:53 pm

Looks like the pollsters are “readying” AAAA for the Team of the Century to remain where it’s been 10 of 14 seasons… & 6 of the last 7….

State Champions!!

Bring on the Indians!!!

BufWolvesDen

December 21st, 2013
12:07 pm

Panglossian…… come on son. … we have the best D in state

WolfDawg

December 21st, 2013
4:31 pm

PS – Come on WACO – AAA is now yours for the taking.. Bulls Eye is on your back..

ron

December 21st, 2013
5:12 pm

AAA has definitely gotten weak with the move up of classification the perennial lpowers, Buford, St. Pius, North Hall, Thompson.

wolfbait67

December 21st, 2013
7:05 pm

August 29 at Buford, a week after McEachern opens up in the CKC w/Mill Creek, I believe…Use to play U guys in the early Sixties(2-2).. then y’all went up in classification.Very strong program u guys have built on the west side of town in Powder Springs

Bear_Backer

December 21st, 2013
8:29 pm

@BufWolvesDen – apparently you are not familiar with Griffin’s “Bear Down” defense. Telley Sloan, our famous number 6, otherwise known as “The Cooler” would be more than glad to introduce himself to any wolf who confronts him. Ask anyone who has watched him or played against him.

Just a Fan

December 23rd, 2013
9:45 am

Seems that AAA is left with one perinneal power-WACO. Definitely the weakest of the top 4 classes.

Sam Roney

December 23rd, 2013
7:28 pm

Someone or(two) still loves ELCA, no matter what happens in playoffs. Aquinas belongs on top whether
you guys in Atlanta want to ever admit it or not…Second really should be Mt. Paran.