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September 10, 2012
Lamar County Trojans




Six of the top 10 in Class A lost while three of the top
five teams in Class AAAA fell this weekend, causing the
Week 3 poll to have drastic changes. Check out the
new poll on the left panel and our summation below.
Also, check out the biggest news from the weekend
in the "What We Learned" story.  

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Football Rankings
What We Learned
Buford Football
Atlanta Falcons in the Community
Score Poll
Best Stories Around the State
East Coweta at Sandy Creek 7:30 p.m., on WSB

Norcross at North Gwinnett 8:00 p.m., GPB (also on GPB.org)
Carrollton at Calhoun 7:30 p.m. on GPB.org

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Heritage vs. Salem
Marist vs. Lovett
Calvary Day vs. Montgomery Co.
Marietta vs. Hillgrove
Loganville vs. Clarke Central
Holy Innocents' vs. George Walton Aca.
Calhoun vs. Carrollton
Grayson vs. Parkview
Colquitt Co. vs. Carver-Columbus
Tucker vs. Arabia Mountain
Mount Zion vs. Washington

When was the last time Wheeler made the state football playoffs?               

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Saturday's Answer:
Prior to Friday, Buford's last home loss was to Charlton County in 2006. 



  1. Grayson
  2. Camden County
  3. Walton    
  4. Lassiter
  5. North Gwinnett  
  6. Lowndes
  7. Norcross
  8. Colquitt County
  9. Lovejoy
  10. Hillgrove



  1. Tucker
  2. Northside-WR  
  3. Kell
  4. Stephenson
  5. Warner Robins    
  6. East Paulding  
  7. ML King            
  8. Gainesville   
  9. Thomas County Central  
  10. Ware County


Class AAAA

  1. Sandy Creek  
  2. Statesboro  
  3. Grady     
  4. Stephens County   
  5. Griffin      
  6. Carrollton
  7. Cairo
  8. Marist
  9. Westside-Macon   
  10. Baldwin       


Class AAA

  1. Peach County
  2. Carver-Columbus    
  3. St. Pius X    
  4. Washington County 
  5. Buford
  6. Thomson  
  7. Dodge County   
  8. Jackson, Atlanta  
  9. Appling County
  10. North Oconee


Class AA

  1. Calhoun
  2. Cook
  3. Fitzgerald  
  4. Lovett
  5. GAC    
  6. Brooks County    
  7. Vidalia     
  8. Early County    
  9. Lamar County  
  10. Heard County   


Class A

  1. Aquinas  
  2. ELCA  
  3. Wilcox County     
  4. Lincoln County
  5. ECI         
  6. Wilkinson County  
  7. Charlton County    
  8. Commerce
  9. Calvary Day
  10. Holy Innocents'  


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Monday, September 10, 2012

By Fletcher Proctor


Upsets shake up Class A rankings  


Photo courtesy of Sonny Kennedy

The biggest shakeup of a classification in recent memory happened over the weekend when six of the top 10 teams in Class A lost, including the top three teams. The new No. 1 team, Aquinas, ascended to No. 1 with a 2-0 record after beating George Walton Academy 28-21 in overtime. ELCA moved up to No. 2 with a victory over previously-ranked Clinch County. Wilcox County, Lincoln County and ECI round out the top five. Defending Class A champion Savannah Christian dropped out of the rankings after falling to 0-2.


In Class AA, Calhoun and Cook remain at the top of the rankings while Early County, Lamar County and Heard County check in at No. 8, No. 9 and No. 10, respectively. Heard County defeated Chattooga 47-12 over the weekend to move into the poll.


Class AAA saw a shakeup as well as former No. 2 Buford dropped to No. 5 following a rare home loss to Class AAAAA No. 8 Gainesville. Peach County, Carver-Columbus, St. Pius X and Washington County sit ahead of Buford. WaCo defeated ECI 48-22 to earn its place at No. 4 while St. Pius X dominated No. 10 North Oconee.


Three of the top five teams in Class AAAA also tasted defeat over the weekend. Cairo fell to Bainbridge by a field goal and Marist lost at home to Class AAAAA No. 9 Thomas County Central. Sandy Creek still sits at No. 1, followed by Statesboro, Grady, Stephens County and Griffin. Carrollton checks in at No. 6 and will face Class AA No. 1 Calhoun this Friday on the GPB.org game of the week.


Class AAAAA didn't see a lot of movement as most of the top teams won. Thomas County Central moved up one spot and Ware County took Jenkins' spot after a nice win against Charlton County.


Finally, North Gwinnett, despite an off week, moved up to No. 5 and will face the new No. 7 Norcross this Friday on the GPB-TV game of the week. Lowndes moved up to No. 6 after a 31-0 victory. Valdosta dropped out of the rankings following a loss to Brooks County. Colquitt County sits one spot ahead of Lovejoy, a team the Packers defeated Friday.
By Stephen Black


Packers prove their mettle 




Photo courtesy of Sonny Kennedy

Despite an upset loss to North Gwinnett to start the season, Colquitt County proved what many thought before the season - they are a serious contender for a state championship. The Packers stymied a talented Lovejoy offense in beating the No. 5 Wildcats 14-7 in Moultrie. Rush Propst's crew will now host Class AAA power Carver-Columbus Friday in yet another high-profile non-region game. ... Look at Wheeler go! The Wildcats, a perennial playoff team in the 80s and 90s, have started out 2-0 with wins over east Cobb neighbors Sprayberry and Pope. The 33-0 win over the Greyhounds Friday was especially impressive, as the Wildcats dominated a playoff contender from Class AAAAA. In an unbalanced Region 5-AAAAAA, look for the Wildcats to contend for a playoff bid behind top 10 teams Walton and Lassiter. It would be Wheeler's first playoff appearance since 2006. ... Bainbridge impressed by upsetting Cairo 17-14 Friday night. After getting taken to the woodshed by East Gadsden (Fla.) in the season opener, it didn't look like the Bearcats had much this season. But the win over the highly-ranked Syrupmakers proved Bainbridge can do some damage in Class AAAAA. ... Lambert, in its fourth year of existence, is knocking on the door of being ranked in the state's largest classification. After a 19-17 win over Roswell, the Longhorns are 2-0 with wins over Etowah and the Hornets. Coach Sid Maxwell's squad faces Northview Friday before beginning its Region 6-AAAAAA slate. ... The Kell-Lassiter game is looking like a juicy affair in Cobb County this Friday. The Longhorns are ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAA while the Trojans are ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA. Kell's defense looked solid in wins over Chattahochee and Woodstock and the Horns have been known to play well against foes from the state's largest classification in coach Derek Cook's tenure. Lassiter, meanwhile, is one of the most talented squads in the state with UCLA-commit Eddie Printz at QB and a dynamic and deep wide receiving corps. Can Brendan Langley and the Kell defense slow down Printz and Lassiter? Should be an intriguing game Friday at Lassiter.


By Fletcher Proctor

Don't count young Wolves out

Mark Twain once said "the rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated," after a newspaper ran an obituary for the classic American author. Heading into the season, many left the Buford Wolves for dead after seeing 12 Wolves sign with college football programs last year on National Signing Day, including eight with BCS schools. The popular opinion was that there was no way Buford could compete without all of those stars plus a quarterback that went on to play baseball for Georgia Tech.


Buford quieted many of those people in the Wolves' first game against Elbert County when the defense limited Tyshon Dye to just 34 yards in the first half of a 14-3 Buford win. Some people will begin the talk again after seeing Buford drop its first home game Friday since 2006 and its first regular season game at Tom Riden Stadium since 2000, but the final scoreboard may be deceiving. Give Gainesville and DeShaun Watson credit for pulling out the 19-15 victory, but if one looks deeper, he/she will see that the defense stood tall on a number of occasions, forcing five Gainesville turnovers with a roster comprised of mostly juniors and sophomores.


Seniors Jaylen Mize, Mikey Bart and Score 44 lineman Josh Cardiello are certainly talented, but the true talent of this team is still earning its stripes and will be strong next year and the year after, if not by the end of this year. Thomas Wilson is a playmaker of the highest order after making several nice plays on defense and special teams Friday night, including a long kick return on a play that looked like he would be stopped at the three-yard line.


Tre' Neal is an incredible talent at wide receiver and showed it when he pulled away on a 53-yard touchdown reception. Zavior Hoxie looks like he can tote the mail all day long, and he followed up his 93-yard effort against Elbert County with a touchdown against Gainesville. Both of Buford's quarterbacks Taylor Mitchell and Montgomery VanGorder will only improve with more playing time. Each displayed flashes of being on the cusp against Gainesville. Donte' Gordon also showed some chops on defense and could turn into a fearsome threat. All of these players are juniors and will be taking licks early before cashing them in on what looks like it could be another long run in the postseason.


Buford is seeking a sixth straight berth in the finals, and while Peach County, St. Pius X and Washington County look loaded and Carver-Columbus has beaten Buford in recent years, the Wolves could be ready to take down any of these foes in the postseason. Jess Simpson has won 97 games in his time at Buford and a handful of state titles. If he uses Friday's game as a learning tool, this Wolves squad will be ready to play come November.  





The Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback program recognizes volunteers throughout the state of Georgia (ages 13 and over) who exemplify leadership and dedication to bettering their communities. Each month during the 2012 season, beginning in September, an Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback of the Month winner will be selected. The four winners will each receive: two (2) tickets to the Dec. 30 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a $1,000 grant to the organization served. In addition, an Atlanta Falcons Community Quarterback of the Year winner will be announced at the annual Atlanta Falcons Community Honors Dinner and will receive a $4,000 grant. Nominations forms are available at atlantafalcons.com/communityquarterback from June 15 - Nov. 15, 2012.



Dazzle and Dine honors women currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer as well as breast cancer survivors for their continued effort in fighting against breast cancer. Honorees will receive a special day of pampering on Oct. 2 and will be recognized at the Oct. 14 Falcons vs. Raiders game. Nomination forms will be available at  atlantafalcons.com/dazzleanddine from Aug. 13 - Sept. 7.



Falcons First Down for Fitness presented by Kimberly Clark is an interactive program designed to challenge students, in grades three through seven, to be active at least 60 minutes, five days a week. This three-month program incorporates components of the NFL's Play 60 campaign, the American Heart Association and Fuel Up to Play 60 nutrition program available through the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association (SUDIA). Teachers can register from July 2 - Aug. 17 at atlantafalcons.com/firstdownforfitness.



The Atlanta Falcons and Symetra will recognize teachers across the state of Georgia for their selfless commitment to education and dedication to Georgia's youth. Sixteen Heroes in the Classroom will be selected throughout the 2012 regular season. Each teacher will receive $1,000 to go towards school supplies and will be recognized during an on-field presentation at a 2012 regular season home game. Log onto atlantafalcons.com/heroes for more information.



The NFL and the Atlanta Falcons will recognize twelve high school varsity head football coaches around the state of Georgia for their hard work and dedication to making a difference in student-athletes lives on and off the field. Each winner will receive a plaque signed by Head Coach Mike Smith and a $1,000 grant from the NFL's Youth Football Fund to help his school maintain and upgrade its football program. Nomination forms will be available atlantafalcons.com/coachoftheweek beginning Aug. 14.



The Atlanta Falcons will recognize outstanding varsity high school football student-athletes around the state of Georgia that demonstrate strong leadership skills both on and off the field. The program encourages student-athletes to continue to be leaders in their communities. Ten winners will be selected and their school will receive a $1,000 grant in the student-athlete's name to support future community initiatives. Nomination forms will be available at atlantafalcons.com/captaininthecommunity beginning Aug. 14.



The Atlanta Falcons will recognize youth football teams and cheer squads around the state of Georgia for their outstanding commitment to youth football and cheerleading. Teams will receive a grant in the amount of $1,000 to support their organization. Nomination forms will be available at atlantafalcons.com/youthteamcheersquad beginning Aug. 14.



The FalCan Food Drive School Challenge presented by Publix and UnitedHealthcare is an opportunity for schools to help fight domestic hunger by collecting canned food and/or non-perishable items between Oct. 1 and Oct. 29, 2012. Participating schools will have the chance to win exciting Falcons prizes! Registration will be available at atlantafalcons.com/falcanfooddrive from Sept. 10-Sept. 14.



Girls ages 5-16 will have the chance to perform during halftime of the Falcons vs. Giants game on Dec. 16 as a member of the Atlanta Falcons Junior Cheerleader program. Participants will receive performance attire as well as three instructional clinics taught by the Atlanta Falcons Cheerleaders. Log on to  atlantafalcons.com/jrcheerleaders for more information.



The Atlanta Falcons will partner with O'Reilly Auto Parts and the United States Marine Corps to host its annual toy drive. On Dec. 16, before the Falcons vs. Giants game, fans are encouraged to donate new unwrapped toys or make a monetary donation to provide toys to children in need during the holiday season. Log on to  atlantafalcons.com/toysfortots for more information.



With the click of a mouse, kids of all ages can take part in a special story time and read alongside Falcons players and cheerleaders! Visit  atlantafalcons.com/readwithafalcon to start reading today!



Join the citywide movement that lets you join the Atlanta Falcons in helping make Atlanta better - one day, one hour, one volunteer event at a time. Join thousands of volunteers around the city. All you have to do is pick an event and a time that works best for you. Sign up. Show up. And watch our beloved Atlanta Rise Up. Visit  riseupatlanta.com for more information.









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Houston County looks to rebound after being "taken to the woodshed"

Colquitt County's Propst praises Packers defense

Pepperell to honor Hunnicutt Friday

Ridgeland's Bell narrows college list to three

Incredible weekend for Greenbrier cross country 

Friday Night Football On-Demand 

GPB Webcast: Carrollton at Calhoun

GPB TV: Norcross at North Gwinnett

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