Highlights/observations of the latest rankings –
- North Gwinnett’s victory last week, over Norcross, was the first by a No. 1 team in the highest class this season. That’s really just two losses (Norcross, Colquitt County), although Lovejoy was the highest-ranked team on the schedule the week before at No. 2 when the Wildcats lost to Colquitt County.
- Norcross, nationally ranked in preseason, is unranked in September, at 1-2.
- Four teams from Region 1 are ranked in AAAAAA. None is Lowndes.
- M.L. King, formerly No. 4 in AAAAA, is out of the rankings after losing to Mays. Creekside joins the Top 10. Creekside is very talented with the Berry twins and others, but from a human-interest perspective, it’s nice to see the Seminoles start 3-0 (avenging two 2012 losses) in the wake of the tragic death of De’Antre Turman before the opener. Kudos to first-year coach Olten Downs, who did great work at Riverdale before coming to Creekside.
-Marist is out of the Top 10 after