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Georgia High School Football Daily-11/14/12

November 14, 2012
By Calvin Scandrett of Lamar County Trojans



Spotlight: Class A Power Rankings

New system saves Charlton's streak

Charlton County's long streak of consecutive playoff appearances is saved by the Georgia High School Association's new Class A points system, and Whitefield Academy (6-4) is out despite defeating and finishing higher in Region 5 than Mount Pisgah (4-6), which made it. Those are some of the controversial results from the final power rankings released on Tuesday by the GHSA, with the help of MaxPreps.

 

For the first time, the GHSA is holding separate state championships for Class A public and private schools. Each division will hold a 16-team playoff to determine its champion. Teams will be seeded 1-16 based on the points system, with region champions getting the highest seeds.

 

Schools that believe their power ratings points are incorrect have until noon today to file an appeal to the GHSA. The GHSA Appeals Committee will meet at 1 p.m. to verify the results, including appeals, and break ties. The playoff brackets will be posted on the GHSA Web site later today.

 

Six teams will make it to the playoffs this season that would not have made it using the old system. They are Charlton County, Commerce, Greenville, Gordon Lee, Hancock Central and Mount Pisgah Christian.

 

Six teams will not make it to the playoffs that would have made it using the old system. They are Hawkinsville, Jenkins County, Mitchell County, Mount Paran Christian and Telfair County and Terrell County.

 

Here's a region-by-region breakdown of how the power rankings affected the playoff lineups, keeping in mind that the results are not final until the appeals are heard and the GHSA verifies the numbers:

 

*Region 1-A: This region had the fewest teams qualify for the playoffs of any Class A region as only Seminole County and Miller County made it. Seminole and Miller finished tied for eighth in the power rankings, although Seminole County won the region title. Seminole will be the lowest seed of the four public school region champions. Third-place Mitchell County (23rd in the power rankings) and fourth-place Terrell County (26th) did not make the playoffs.

 

*Region 2-A: Region champion Wilcox County (2nd), Irwin County (5th), Turner County (12th) and Charlton County (10th) qualified for the public-school playoffs. Telfair County (21st), which finished in a three-way tie with Turner and Charlton for third place in the region and beat both during the regular season, did not qualify while the other two did. Charlton County will be making its 23rd consecutive state playoff appearance, a streak that would have ended using the old system because it lost to Telfair and Turner during the season and would have been the fifth-place team.

 

*Region 3-A: Region champion Emanuel County Institute (3rd, public) and private schools Savannah Christian (7th) and Calvary Day (4th) were the only playoff qualifiers from 3-A. Under the old system, Jenkins County also would have advanced after beating Johnson County in a region play-in game. However, Jenkins County finished 18th in the public-school rankings, 8/100th of a point behind the final playoff teams.

 

*Region 4-A: Region champion Brookstone (9th, private) and public schools Dooly County (4th), Marion County (6th) and Greenville (tied for 15th) are the playoff teams. Hawkinsville finished in fourth place in the regular season, one game ahead of playoff-bound Greenville, and beat Greenville but will not advance after finishing 22nd in the public-school rankings.

 

*Region 5-A: This is the only region in which the four playoff teams in the new system are the same as they would have been under the old system. All are private schools. Eagle's Landing Christian (2nd) is the region champion and will be joined in the playoffs by Landmark Christian (12th), Holy Innocents' (10th) and Our Lady of Mercy (15th).

 

*Region 6-A: Public schools Trion (11th) and Gordon Lee (14th) and private schools Walker (3rd), Darlington (6th) and Mount Pisgah Christian (16th) will advance to the playoffs. Gordon Lee lost its region play-in game against Walker and would not have made the playoffs last season. Whitefield Academy missed the playoffs by the narrowest of margins. The Wolfpack finished in second place in Division B, one game ahead of playoff-bound Mount Pisgah, and beat Mount Pisgah during the regular season but finished 1/100th of a point behind the Patriots for the final playoffs spot. It is worth noting, however, that Whitefield lost its play-in game against Trion and would not have made the playoffs under the old system, either. Division A champion Mount Zion (24th, public) also failed to make the playoffs.

 

*Region 7-A: The top five teams in the region advanced to the postseason. Region champion Lincoln County (1st), runner-up Wilkinson County (7th) and fifth-place Hancock Central (tied for 15th) made it among public schools, and third-place Aquinas (5th) and fourth-place First Presbyterian (13th) will be in the private-school tournament.

 

*Region 8-A: The biggest winner in the new system likely is Commerce, which went 1-5 in region play and finished in sixth place among the seven teams in the region. But Commerce finished 13th in the public-school power rankings and will advance to the playoffs. Athens Academy (1st), George Walton Academy (11th), Prince Avenue Christian (8th) and Athens Christian (14th) will play in the private-school tournament.

 

Here are the complete final rankings, pending any appeals:

 

Private

 

 

Public

 

Rank, School

Ranking

 

Rank, School

Ranking

1. Athens Academy

14.69

 

1. Lincoln County

14.73

2. ELCA

14.28

 

2. Wilcox County

14.46

3. Walker

13.81

 

3. ECI

13.84

4. Calvary Day

13.29

 

4. Dooly County

13.43

5. Aquinas

13.23

 

5. Irwin County

13.26

6. Darlington

13.22

 

6. Marion County

13.03

7. Savannah Christian

13.05

 

7. Wilkinson County

12.63

8. Prince Avenue

12.81

 

T8. Miller County

12.56

9. Brookstone

12.53

 

T8. Seminole County

12.56

10. Holy Innocents'

12.43

 

10. Charlton County

12.36

11. George Walton

12.15

 

11. Trion

12.30

12. Landmark Christian

12.03

 

12. Turner County

11.46

13. First Presbyterian

11.53

 

13. Commerce

11.31

14. Athens Christian

11.15

 

14. Gordon Lee

11.03

15. Our Lady of Mercy

10.73

 

T15. Greenville

10.98

16. Mt. Pisgah Christian

10.53

 

T15. Hancock Central

10.98

17. Whitefield Academy

10.52

 

17. Johnson County

10.94

18. Pinecrest Academy

9.74

 

18. Jenkins County

10.90

19. Christian Heritage

9.65

 

19. Claxton

10.84

20. King's Ridge

9.53

 

20. Clinch County

10.76

21. Mt. Paran Christian

9.10

 

21. Telfair County

10.56

22. Pace Academy

8.73

 

22. Hawkinsville

10.53

23. Strong Rock Christian

7.72

 

23. Mitchell County

10.36

24. Sav. Country Day

7.71

 

24. Mt. Zion, Carroll

10.22

25. Pacelli

7.57

 

25. Treutlen

9.70

26. Hebron Christian

6.42

 

26. Terrell County

9.26

27. Fellowship Christian

6.31

 

27. Randolph-Clay

9.23

28. SW Atlanta Christian

5.89

 

28. Twiggs County

8.73

29. Mt. Vernon

5.67

 

29. Georgia Military

8.49

 

 

 

30. Schley County

7.63

 

 

 

31. Portal

7.11

 

 

 

32. Lanier County

7.06

 

 

 

33. Montgomery Co.

6.64

 

 

 

34. Warren County

6.59

 

 

 

35. Calhoun County

6.36

 

 

 

36. Wheeler County

6.30

 

 

 

37. Stewart County

6.09

 

 

 

38. Central, Talbotton

6.03

Class AAAA Playoff Preview

Each day this week, we'll look at the playoff draw for one of the five classifications above Class A, continuing today with Class AAAA. Here are five interesting facts about each of the 16 games, with an emphasis on playoff history. Which of these first-round games is a rematch of a historic 1967 state final? Find out below.

 

Favorite: Sandy Creek

Best draw: Westside-Macon

Worst draw: Griffin

Sleeper: Cairo

Best first-round matchup: Stephens County at Carrollton

 

S. Effingham (6-4) at Westside-Macon (9-1)

- South Effingham, which opened in 1996, has made the playoffs five previous times (2002-06) but never won a playoff game.

- Westside is in the playoffs for the 10th time, the third as a region champion. Westside also was region champion in 2002 and 2008.

- Westside is 10-3 at home in the playoffs and 9-0 at home in the first or second round.

- South Effingham is 20th in scoring offense (29.0) and 31st in scoring defense (20.5) against a schedule that is ranked 66th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Westside is fifth in scoring (40.2) and 29th in scoring defense (19.9) against a schedule that is 30th.

- This is the first meeting between these schools.

 

Jonesboro (9-1) at Westover (7-3)

- Jonesboro head coach Timothy Floyd is a graduate of Westover. He and Westover coach Octavia Jones are graduates of Albany State.

- Jonesboro has won two playoff games in its history. The first was a 41-6 victory over Lincolnton in a Region 3-C final. The other was an 18-17 victory over Hephzibah in the 2008 first round.

- Westover has won six state championships in boys basketball, the most recent in 2001. Westover didn't make its first state tournament in football until 2003. Its best finish was the Class AAA quarterfinals in 2007, when it lost to Chamblee 41-26.

- Jonesboro is 11th in scoring offense (33.7) and 23rd in scoring defense (17.9) against a schedule that is ranked 26th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Westover is 42nd in scoring (23.3) and 39th in scoring defense (22.8) against a schedule that is 34th.

- Jonesboro defeated Westover 34-12 in a regular-season game this season in the only previous meeting between the schools.

 

Shaw (6-4) at Monroe Area (9-1)

- Monroe Area won its first region title (8-AAAA) since 1969 and second in history this season.

- Monroe Area coach Matt Fligg, in his seventh season, has led Monroe Area to its first state playoff victory (2010) and first 10-0 regular season (2012). The school, originally Monroe High School before consolidation, played a football game as early as 1914, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association.

- Under first-year coach Kyle Adkins, Shaw has clinched its first winning season since 2007, when the school's streak of 10-win seasons was snapped at nine.

- Shaw is 33rd in scoring offense (25.8) and 30th in scoring defense (20.3) against a schedule that is ranked 53rd among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Monroe Area is fourth in scoring (42.5) and seventh in scoring defense (14.6) against a schedule that is 32nd.

- This is the first meeting between these schools.

 

Grady (8-2) at River Ridge (5-5)

- Grady, opened in 1947, is the oldest public high school in the city of Atlanta. River Ridge, opened in 2009, is the youngest public high school in Cherokee County. The schools have never played in football. Grady's 31-mile, 43-minute road trip will be the shortest in the AAAA first round, and the only one that is less than an hour.

- River Ridge got a home game in the playoffs as the No. 2 seed for winning its subregion of Region 7 with a 4-0 record. Newton in Class AAAAAA is the only other 5-5 team with a home game in the first round (pending the draw in Class A).

- River Ridge was 8-2 last season but played a non-region schedule and did not make the playoffs.

- Grady won a state title in Class AA in 1953 under coach Erk Russell but did not win another playoff game until 2004. Under coach Ronnie Millen, who arrived in 2001, Grady is 9-5 in the playoffs and reached the AA semifinals in 2005.

- Grady is 21st in scoring offense (28.5) and sixth in scoring defense (14.5) against a schedule that is ranked 40th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. River Ridge is 41st in scoring (23.9) and 62nd in scoring defense (30.2) against a schedule that is 10th.

 

Perry (6-4) at Burke County (9-1)

- Burke County won its first state title in 2011 in Class AAA. Waynesboro, a predecessor school, won a Class C title in 1957. Burke opened in 1987.

- Burke County coach Eric Parker is the only coach this century to take two schools to two semifinals. Burke made it in 2010 and 2011, and Laney made it in 2002 and 2004.

- Perry has made the playoffs eight of the past 10 seasons but advanced only twice (2005, 2007) and made one quarterfinals (2007).

- Perry is 32nd in scoring offense (26.0) and ninth in scoring defense (14.6) against a schedule that is ranked 21st among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Burke County is second in scoring (43.3) and 13th in scoring defense (15.2) against a schedule that is 65th.

- This is the first meeting between these schools.

 

Monroe (7-3) at Griffin (9-1)

- This is Monroe's seventh playoff appearance in 10 seasons. Monroe has advanced three times, but never past the second round.

- Griffin is 44-33-1 all-time in the postseason with a state championship in 1978.

- Griffin has won seven of its last eight first-round playoff games and is 11-2 at home in the state playoffs since 1980.

- Monroe is 28th in scoring offense (26.9) and 16th in scoring defense (16.1) against a schedule that is ranked 68th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Griffin is eighth in scoring (37.3) and eighth in scoring defense (14.6) against a schedule that is sixth.

- This is the first meeting between these schools, although Griffin does have a history with Albany in football. Griffin played Albany High in Class B state championship games in 1942 and 1943, with each school winning once. That was before the GHSA ran statewide playoffs.

 

Eastside (7-3) at Sandy Creek (10-0)

- Eastside, which opened in 1996, is in the playoffs for the seventh time. Eastside is 7-6 all-time in the postseason and made the Class AAA semifinals in 2009.

- Sandy Creek enters the playoffs with a 10-0 record for the fifth consecutive season. This is the second time that Sandy Creek has entered the playoffs ranked No. 1. The other was in 2011, when Sandy Creek lost to Gainesville in the Class AAA quarterfinals.

- Sandy Creek has won 14 of its last 17 playoff games after winning only two of its first nine. Sandy Creek has won eight straight home playoff games.

- Eastside is 12th in scoring offense (33.2) and 24th in scoring defense (18.2) against a schedule that is ranked 61st among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Sandy Creek is first in scoring (45.9) and third in scoring defense (9.6) against a schedule that is 41st.

- Sandy Creek defeated Eastside 13-10 in 2011 and 30-10 in 2010 when the two schools were members of the same region. In the 2011 game, Sandy Creek nearly lost its 33-game winning streak (which made it to 41).

 

Dalton (7-3) at Carver-Atlanta (9-1)

- Dalton and Carver played in the 1967 Class AA championship game, with Dalton winning 14-12 for its only state title. The game, played at Grady Stadium in Atlanta, was historic in that all-black schools joined the GHSA for the first time in 1966. Carver was the first former Georgia Interscholastic Association school to reach a championship game in the GHSA.

- Carver didn't win a state playoff game from 1967 until 2007, when the school reached the Class AAA quarterfinals. Carver did win a region championship game in 1986.

- Carver coach Darren Myles is 48-32 in eight seasons. Carver was 6-69 in the eight previous seasons.

- Dalton is seeking its first playoff victory since 2005, when the team made the Class AAAA quarterfinals. That's the longest drought of its kind for Dalton since the school won its first playoff game in 1964.

- Dalton is 27th in scoring offense (27.4) and 38th in scoring defense (22.8) against a schedule that is ranked 36th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Carver is 15th in scoring (31.5) and 27th in scoring defense (18.8) against a schedule that is 45th.

 

Riverdale (7-3) at Cairo (8-2)

- This is the first meeting between these schools. The four-hour, 207-mile trip to Cairo by Riverdale will be the longest in the Class AAAA first round.

- Riverdale is seeking its first playoff victory since 2001, when the Raiders upset Camden County in the first round. Riverdale's best finish is the Class AAA semifinals in 1998.

- Cairo has won eight consecutive playoff games at home. Cairo is 12-2 in the first round since the GHSA expanded the playoffs to 32 teams in 1996.

- Cairo is 42-25 all-time in the postseason and won state championships in 1990 and 2008.

- Riverdale is 47th in scoring offense (22.0) and 26th in scoring defense (18.5) against a schedule that is ranked seventh among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Cairo is 19th in scoring (30.7) and fourth in scoring defense (13.2) against a schedule that is 47th.

 

Statesboro (8-2) at Mary Persons (8-2)

- Statesboro beat Mary Persons 41-14 in the Region 2-AA championship game of 1970 in the only previous meeting between the schools. The region had 16 teams in it, and they were split into nine- and seven-team subregions. Statesboro and Mary Persons are 150 miles apart.

- Statesboro is 44-29-1 all-time in postseason games. Statesboro has won eight state championships, most recently in 2005.

- Mary Persons is 51-38 and won its only state championship in 1980.

- Mary Persons is playing its first home playoff game since 2003. Mary Persons has played its last eight playoff games on the road, winning twice. Mary Persons has not lost a playoff game at Dan Pitts Stadium since 1997, Dan Pitts' final season as head coach. Mary Persons is 17-4 in playoff games at home over the past 25 years.

- Statesboro is 23rd in scoring offense (28.1) and fifth in scoring defense (14.1) against a schedule that is ranked 64th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Mary Persons is 30th in scoring (26.8) and 12th in scoring defense (15.1) against a schedule that is 25th.

 

Washington (8-2) at Ridgeland (9-1)

- Washington is in the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Washington's last playoff victory came in 2004, when the school reached the Class AAAA quarterfinals.

- Ridgeland is 2-10 all-time in the postseason. One of its victories came against Carver of Atlanta in 2008. Washington will be the second Atlanta school to play at Ridgeland.

- Washington coach Rodney Hackney has taken four schools to the playoffs in the past 10 seasons. The others are North Clayton, Mays and Riverdale.

- Washington is 13th in scoring offense (33.2) and 28th in scoring defense (19,5) against a schedule that is ranked 50th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Ridgeland is third in scoring (43.2) and 14th in scoring defense (15.4) against a schedule that is 51st.

- This is the first meeting between these schools.

 

LaGrange (5-5) at Chestatee (8-2)

- This will be Chastatee's first home playoff game. Chestatee, which opened in 2002 in Hall County, has played two previous playoff games and lost to Stephens County and Cartersville in 2005 and 2006.

- LaGrange is 54-28-1 in the postseason since 1948, when the GHSA began running statewide playoffs in all classes. LaGrange has won six state titles in that time and been runner-up three times.

- LaGrange needs a victory to avoid a third consecutive losing season, which would be a first since World War II.

- LaGrange is 16th in scoring offense (31.1) and 57th in scoring defense (28.1) against a schedule that is ranked 15th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Chestatee is seventh in scoring (38.4) and 44th in scoring defense (25.0) against a schedule that is 69th.

- This is the first meeting between these schools. This will be the first team from south of metro Atlanta that Chestatee has played.

 

Worth County (4-6) at Stockbridge (9-1)

- Stockbridge has made the state playoffs for the third consecutive season. Stockbridge had never made the state playoffs until 2010. The Henry County school opened in 1964.

- Stockbridge has played only two playoff teams, the fewest of any team in the AAAA except Gilmer (0-2). But both of Stockbridge's playoff opponents are ranked. Stockbridge beat Griffin 17-14 and lost to AAAAA M.L. King 23-0.

- Worth County lost eight of its last nine playoff games, all on the road. Worth hasn't played a home playoff game since 1999.

- Worth County is 62nd in scoring offense (14.8) and 49th in scoring defense (26.2) against a schedule that is ranked 43rd among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Stockbridge is 37th in scoring (25.3) and second in scoring defense (9.5) against a schedule that is 11th.

- This is the first meeting between these schools. The road trip will be three hours for Worth. Only Riverdale to Cairo among AAAA first-round games will take longer.

 

Baldwin (6-4) at Wayne County (5-4-1)

- This will be Wayne County's first playoff game at home since 1993, when it lost to Thomasville in the Class AAA quarterfinals.

- Baldwin has lost six of its last seven road playoff games, the only win coming in 2006 against Americus-Sumter.

- Wayne County won the Class AA championship in 1959. Baldwin has made the semifinals twice (1963, 2005) but never played for a state title. Baldwin is 6-2 in the first round over the past 10 years.

- Baldwin is 26th in scoring offense (27.5) and 33rd in scoring defense (20.9) against a schedule that is ranked fourth among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Wayne County is 29th in scoring (26.9) and 37th in scoring defense (22.6) against a schedule that is 19th.

- Baldwin beat Wayne County 33-0 in 2004 and 17-10 in 2005 when the two were members of Region 2-AAAA. The schools are about a three-hour drive apart.

 

Gilmer (8-2) at Marist (9-1)

- Marist has won 75 playoff games since 1978. So has Valdosta. Only Lincoln County with 105 has more in that time.

- Marist's 28-game winning streak in home games was ended with last season's first-round loss to Kell. Marist is 46-3 in home playoff games under coach Alan Chadwick.

- Gilmer has won four postseason games in its history but only one state playoff game, a victory over Crim in 1999. This is Gilmer's second playoff game since then. Gilmer lost to Grady in the 2011 first round.

- Gilmer is 10th in scoring offense (34.4) and 19th in scoring defense (16.9) against a schedule that is ranked 59th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Marist is 14th in scoring (33.0) and first in scoring defense (8.6) against a schedule that is 16th.

- This is the first meeting between these schools.

 

Stephens County (8-2) at Carrollton (7-3)

- Carrollton has won 81 postseason games, more than any other school in the AAAA playoffs.

- Carrollton has made the playoffs 24 consecutive seasons, including all 16 since the GHSA expanded the playoffs to 32 teams. Stephens County has made the playoffs in 15 of those 16 seasons, missing only in 2009.

- Stephens County is 1-14 on the road in the postseason since 1989.

- Stephens County is ninth in scoring offense (36.0) and 10th in scoring defense (14.7) against a schedule that is ranked 70th among 77 teams in Class AAAA. Carrollton is sixth in scoring (39.0) and 15th in scoring defense (16.1) against a schedule that is 31st.

- Carrollton beat Stephens County in early rounds of the 2006 and 2010 playoffs. Stephens County beat Carrollton 7-6 in the 1992 first round.

Playoff Predictions: Class AAAA

Each day this week, GHSF Daily's Todd Holcomb and Chip Saye will pick which teams they think will win in the first round of the playoffs. Today we look at Class AAAA.

 

 

 

Games

Holcomb's Picks

Last week: 16-5

Overall: 174-64

Saye's Picks

Last week: 15-5

Overall: 188-52

South Effingham at Westside

Westside

Westside

Jonesboro at Westover

Jonesboro

Jonesboro

Shaw at Monroe Area

Monroe Area

Monroe Area

Grady at River Ridge

Grady

Grady

Perry at Burke Co.

Burke Co.

Burke Co.

Monroe at Griffin

Griffin

Griffin

Eastside at Sandy Creek

Sandy Creek

Sandy Creek

Dalton at Carver-Atlanta

Carver

Dalton

Riverdale at Cairo

Cairo

Cairo

Statesboro at Mary Persons

Statesboro

Statesboro

Washington at Ridgeland

Ridgeland

Ridgeland

LaGrange at Chestatee

Chestatee

Chestatee

Worth Co. at Stockbridge

Stockbridge

Stockbridge

Baldwin at Wayne Co.

Baldwin

Baldwin

Gilmer at Marist

Marist

Marist

Stephens Co. at Carrollton

Carrollton

Carrollton

 

Invitation To Coaches

Salute to Georgia High School Football Reception

All GHSA-affiliated football head coaches are invited to attend the 2012 Salute to Georgia High School Football Reception, presented by Russell Athletic. The event will take place on Dec. 15 from 10:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Atlanta Falcons Owners Club at the Georgia Dome.

 

With the first state championship game on that Saturday kicking off at the new start time of 11:30 a.m., the event has been changed from a luncheon to a reception. The invitation allows coaches and a guest to enjoy a meal and mingle with fellow coaches as well as the 2012 Classification Coaches of the Year, Warrick Dunn Captain in the Community honorees and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. Additionally, prizes will be awarded for commitment to the sport of football.

 

The Atlanta Falcons will offer to the first 100 coaches to RSVP for the reception the opportunity to receive two tickets to the Falcons-Buccaneers game on Dec. 30 at the Georgia Dome. Make sure to mention the tickets when you RSVP, and Mia Scott will follow up with a confirmation of attendance and tickets.

 

For coaches staying in Atlanta, the following hotels within six blocks of the Georgia Dome are recommended: Omni at CNN Center, 404-659-0000; Embassy Suites, 404-223-2300; Residence Inn by Marriott, 404-522-0950; and Quality Hotel, 404-524-7991.

 

RSVP by Dec. 3 by calling 404-367-2243 or e-mailing Scott at mscott@falcons.nfl.com.


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Spotlight: Class A Power Rankings
Class AAAA Playoff Preview
Playoff Predictions: Class AAAA
List: Maxwell Ratings' favorites to win Class AAAA title
Trivia: Class AAAA playoff coaches with state titles
POY Watch: Lassiter's Printz keeps No. 1 spot
First-Round Pairings
Maxwell Ratings
More Top Performers
Corrections
Final Regular-Season Region Standings: Class AAAA
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Odds-on favorites

The Maxwell Ratings rank Class AAAA teams in order of their odds of winning the state title. The odds are influenced by each team's draw.

 

1. Sandy Creek

2. Marist

3. Stockbridge

4. Ridgeland

5. Burke County

6. Westside (Macon)

7. Griffin

8. Carrollton

9. Jonesboro

10. Mary Persons

11. Grady

12. Cairo

13. Carver (Atlanta)

14. Riverdale

15. Washington

16. Baldwin

17. Monroe Area

18. LaGrange

19. Monroe

20. River Ridge

21. Perry

22. Statesboro

23. Westover

24. Wayne County

25. Dalton

26. Shaw

27. Chestatee

28. Gilmer

29. Stephens County

30. Eastside

31. South Effingham

32. Worth County

Trivia

Six head coaches in the Class AAAA playoffs have won state championships in Georgia. Who are they? (Answer Thursday)

 

Answer to Tuesday's question: The four head coaches in the Class AAAAA playoffs who have won state championships are Rick Tomberlin of Effingham County, Ed Pilcher of Bainbridge, Bryan Way of Warner Robins and Buck Godfrey of Southwest DeKalb.

POY Watch

Lassiter's Printz

keeps No. 1 spot 

1. (1) QB Eddie Printz, Lassiter: Printz was 15-of-24 passing for 256 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-6 victory over Etowah. On the season, Printz is 196-of-299 passing for 2,816 yards and 26 touchdowns with six interceptions. He has scored three touchdowns. Printz has 8,608 passing yards for his career, which ranks third all-time in Georgia. Lassiter is 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA.

 

2. (2) QB Taylor Lamb, Calhoun: Lamb was 10-of-11 passing for 172 yards and two touchdowns while playing only 16 plays in a 49-14 victory over Chattooga. For the season, Lamb is 191-of-282 passing (68.3 percent) for 2,364 yards and 25 touchdowns with three interceptions. He has rushed for 280 yards and scored seven touchdowns. Lamb has committed to South Alabama. Calhoun is 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in Class AA.

 

3. (4) QB Donquell Green, Burke County: Green scored five touchdowns and rushed for 154 yards on 14 carries and was 4-of-6 passing for 52 yards in a 43-14 victory over Wayne County in the Region 3-AAAA championship game. For the season, the junior has rushed for 1,461 yards and 28 touchdowns on 137 carries (10.7 ypc) and completed 61 of 95 passes (64.2 percent) for 929 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception. Burke County is 9-1 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA.

 

4. (5) DE Robert Nkemdiche, Grayson: Nkemdiche had two sacks and another tackle for a loss in a 42-13 victory over Brookwood. Nkemdiche also rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. On the season, Nkemdiche has 46 tackles, four sacks and nine other tackles for losses for a defense that is allowing 33.7 yards rushing per game. Nkemdiche has scored 10 touchdowns and rushed for 195 yards on 37 carries. He is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the nation and is uncommitted. Grayson is 9-1 and ranked No. 3 in Class AAAAAA.

 

5. (3) RB Chris Jordan, Thomson: Jordan rushed for 95 yards on 13 carries in a 29-18 victory over Jefferson County. For the season, Jordan has rushed for 1,780 yards and 18 touchdowns on 199 carries (8.9 ypc) against the toughest schedule for any Class AAA team. A senior, Jordan is not being heavily recruited by FBS (formerly Division I-A) schools. Thomson is 10-0 and ranked No. 1 in AAA.

 

6. (6) RB Alvin Kamara, Norcross: Kamara rushed for 138 yards and scored four touchdowns in limited action in a 56-6 victory over Meadowcreek. For the season, Kamara has rushed for 1,401 yards and 18 touchdowns on 171 carries (8.2 ypc) and has 11 receptions for 110 yards and two touchdowns. Kamara, ranked the No. 1 running back in Georgia and No. 5 back in the nation by ESPN, has not made his college choice. Norcross is 10-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAAAA.

 

7. (8) Joshua Dobbs, Alpharetta: Dobbs was 16-of-28 passing for 354 yards and a touchdown and scored two touchdowns in a 35-32 victory over Johns Creek. For the season, Dobbs leads the state in passing yards with 3,354. He has completed 197 of 349 attempts (56.4 percent) for 25 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He has scored 10 touchdowns and rushed for 400 yards on 82 carries. Dobbs has committed to Arizona State. Alpharetta is 7-3 and unranked in Class AAAAAA.

 

8. (9) QB Malcolm Parrish, Brooks County: Parrish rushed for 183 yards and two touchdowns and was 10-of-17 passing for 104 yards and two touchdowns in a 43-14 victory over Berrien. On the season, Parrish is 138-of-267 passing for 2,309 yards and 23 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has rushed for 639 yards and 15 touchdowns on 143 carries. Brooks County is 10-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AA.

 

9. (10) DL Montravius Adams, Dooly County: Adams played sparingly in a 48-0 victory and second consecutive shutout for Dooly County. For the season, Adams has more than 20 tackles behind the line of scrimmage. Adams, who is uncommitted, is ranked as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect nationally by Scout.com. Dooly County is 8-2 and unranked in Class A.

 

10. (NR) RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb rushed for 237 yards and three touchdowns - two in the fourth quarter after his team trailed 17-7 - on 31 carries of a 19-17 victory over Southeast Whitfield. Chubb finished his season with 2,697 yards and 38 touchdowns on 320 carries. The rushing yards and touchdowns are believed to be state records for a Georgia regular season. Cedartown finished 6-4.
First-Round Pairings

Class AAAAAA

Tri-Cities at Lovejoy

Marietta at Lowndes

Wheeler at Grayson

Johns Creek at North Gwinnett

Rockdale Co. at Hughes

Valdosta at North Cobb

Brookwood at Lassiter

Mill Creek at Alpharetta

Hillgrove at Camden Co.
East Coweta at Newton

Chattahoochee at Norcross

Milton at South Gwinnett

Colquitt Co. at McEachern

Alcovy at Newnan

Collins Hill at West Forsyth

Parkview at Walton

 

Class AAAAA

Effingham Co. at Northside, W.R.

Creekside at Thomas Co. Central

North Paulding at Flowery Branch

Tucker at Creekview

Lakeside-Evans at Ware Co.

Bainbridge at Union Grove

Clarke Central at East Paulding

*Pope at Stephenson (HS)

Northgate at Harris Co.

*Richmond Hill at Warner Robins

Southwest DeKalb at Kell

Rome at Gainesville

Lee Co. at Whitewater

Jones Co. at Glynn Academy

Sequoyah at M.L. King (HS)

Heritage, Conyers at Allatoona

 

Class AAAA

South Effingham at Westside, Macon

Jonesboro at Westover

Shaw at Monroe Area

Grady at River Ridge

Perry at Burke Co.

Monroe at Griffin

Eastside at Sandy Creek

Dalton at Carver, Atlanta (L)

Riverdale at Cairo

Statesboro at Mary Persons

Washington at Ridgeland

LaGrange at Chestatee

Worth Co. at Stockbridge

Baldwin at Wayne Co.

Gilmer at Marist

Stephens Co. at Carrollton

 

Class AAA

Dodge Co. at Carver, Columbus

Rockmart at Appling Co.

Ringgold at North Oconee

Cedar Grove at Buford

Jackson at Thomson

Johnson, Savannah at Chapel Hill

Jackson Co. at Cartersville

White Co. at Blessed Trinity

Central, Carroll at Pierce Co.

Jefferson Co. at Peach Co.

Woodward Academy at North Hall

Gordon Central at Morgan Co.

Tattnall Co. at Callaway

Pike Co. at Washington Co.

Dawson Co. at St. Pius

Hart Co. at Adairsville

 

Class AA

Westside, August at Vidalia

Northeast at Fitzgerald

Kendrick at Jefferson

Westminster at Pepperell

*Bacon Co. at Screven Co.

Early Co. at Bleckley Co.

Rabun Co. at Heard Co.

Model at Greater Atlanta Christian

Macon Co. at Brooks Co.

East Laurens at McIntosh Co. Acad.

Wesleyan at Calhoun

Bowdon at Washington-Wilkes

Cook at Lamar Co.

Benedictine at Laney

Coosa at Lovett

Greene Co. at Manchester

 

*Saturday games are noted with an asterisk. All other games will be on Friday. Stadium key: HS - Hallford; L - Lakewood.

Maxwell Ratings

Here are this week's state rankings as determined by the Maxwell Ratings. Below, we give you the top 25 overall teams. To see all 412 football-playing schools in Georgia and how they rank in their classification, click here.

 

All-Classification

1. Norcross (94.51)

2. Camden County (93.42)

3. Northside, W. Robins (89.4)

4. Grayson (88.44)

5. Lassiter (87.09)

6. Lowndes (86.76)

7. North Gwinnett (84.92)

8. Sandy Creek (83.87)

9. Colquitt County (83.04)

10. M.L. King (81.66)

11. Lovejoy (81.34)

12. South Gwinnett (81.25)

13. Valdosta (80.46)

14. West Forsyth (79.33)

15. East Paulding (78.38)

16. Calhoun (78.32)

17. Thomson (76.65)

18. McEachern (75.88)

19. Johns Creek (75.78)

20. Parkview (75.65)

21. Brooks County (75.47)

22. Burke County (75.11)

23. Milton (74.7)

24. Kell (74.45)

25. Alpharetta (74.29)

More Top Performers

*Centennial QB Chase Rosenberg was 32-of-47 passing for 347 yards and two touchdowns and scored a touchdown in a 33-20 loss to Chattahoochee.

 

*Central Gwinnett QB Eman Westmoreland was 28-of-38 passing for 395 yards and two touchdowns and scored two touchdowns in a 47-35 victory over Shiloh.

 

*Johnson (Gainesville) RB Cedric Harris rushed for 259 yards rushing and four touchdowns in a 40-21 victory over Heritage (Ringgold).

 

*Putnam County RB Gary Waller rushed for 244 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-7 victory over Monticello.

 

*South Gwinnett LB Reggie Carter had 19 tackles and a sack in a 16-14 victory over Parkview.

 

*South Paulding RB Jae Bowen rushed for 144 yards and averaged 49 yards per punt in a 48-14 victory over Lithia Springs.

Corrections

These are corrected items from Tuesday's Class AAAAA capsules.

 

- Northside has won 10 games in a season for the 15th consecutive season, which is a state record.

 

- Southwest DeKalb has not played a playoff game in Cobb County since a 28-21 victory over McEachern in the first round of the 1995 state playoffs. Southwest DeKalb played in Cobb this year in the regular season, defeating Pebblebrook.

 
Final Regular-Season Region Standings: Class AAAA

Region 1-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week*

Cairo

7-0

8-2

d. Dougherty 56-22

vs. Riverdale

Westover

6-1

7-3

d. Albany 20-7

vs. Jonesboro

Monroe

5-2

7-3

d. Worth Co. 31-14

at Griffin

Worth County

3-4

4-6

l. to Monroe 31-14

at Stockbridge

Crisp County

3-4

3-7

d. Americus-Sumter 14-7

Season complete

Americus-Sumter

2-5

4-6

l. to Crisp Co. 14-7

Season complete

Albany

1-6

2-8

l. to Westover 20-7

Season complete

Dougherty

1-6

1-9

l. to Cairo 56-22

Season complete

 

Region 2-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Westside (Macon)

7-0

9-1

d. Rutland 40-35

vs. South Effingham

Mary Persons

6-1

8-2

d. West Laurens 38-13

vs. Statesboro

Baldwin

5-2

6-4

d. Veterans 39-23

at Wayne Co.

Perry

4-3

6-4

d. Howard 49-6

at Burke Co.

West Laurens

3-4

6-4

l. to Mary Persons 38-13

Season complete

Veterans

2-5

3-7

l. to Baldwin 39-23

Season complete

Rutland

1-6

3-7

l. to Westside 40-35

Season complete

Howard

0-7

0-10

l. to Perry 49-6

Season complete

 

Region 3-AAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Wayne County

3-0

5-4-1

l. to Burke Co. 43-14

vs. Baldwin

Statesboro

2-1

8-2

d. Cross Creek 64-21

at Mary Persons

South Effingham

1-2

6-4

d. Richmond Acad. 26-10

at Westside, Macon

Liberty County

0-3

6-4

d. Glenn Hills 21-14

Season complete

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Burke County

5-0

9-1

d. Wayne Co. 43-14

vs. Perry

Richmond Academy

4-1

5-5

l. to S. Effingham 26-10

Season complete

Cross Creek

3-2

3-7

l. to Statesboro 64-21

Season complete

Glenn Hills

2-3

3-7

l. to Liberty Co. 21-14

Season complete

Butler

1-4

2-8

d. Hephzibah 14-12

Season complete

Hephzibah

0-5

0-10

l. to Butler 14-12

Season complete

 

Region 4-AAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Stockbridge

4-0

9-1

d. North Clayton 29-0

vs. Worth Co.

Locust Grove

2-2

6-4

l. to Riverdale 20-10

Season complete

Dutchtown

2-2

6-4

l. to Jonesboro 43-28

Season complete

Eagle's Landing

1-3

1-9

l. to Griffin 49-6

Season complete

Woodland (Stock.)

1-3

2-8

l. to Upson-Lee 23-11

Season complete

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Griffin

5-0

9-1

d. Eagle's Landing 49-6

vs. Monroe

Jonesboro

4-1

9-1

d. Dutchtown 43-28

at Westover

Riverdale

3-2

7-3

d. Locust Grove 20-10

at Cairo

North Clayton

2-3

2-8

l. to Stockbridge 29-0

Season complete

Upson-Lee

1-4

4-6

d. Woodland, Stck. 23-11

Season complete

Spalding

0-5

2-7-1

d. Forest Park 42-22

Season complete

 

Region 5-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Sandy Creek

7-0

10-0

d. Columbus 65-0

vs. Eastside

Carrollton

6-1

7-3

d. LaGrange 41-14

vs. Stephens Co.

LaGrange

4-3

5-5

l. to Carrollton 41-14

at Chestatee

Shaw

4-3

6-4

d. Troup 20-17

at Monroe Area

Troup

3-4

3-7

l. to Shaw 20-17

Season complete

Alexander

2-5

2-8

d. Fayette Co. 49-46

Season complete

Fayette County

2-5

2-8

l. to Alexander 49-46

Season complete

Columbus

0-7

0-10

l. to Sandy Creek 65-0

Season complete

 

Region 6-AAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Marist

5-0

9-1

d. Carver, Atlanta 42-14

vs. Gilmer

Chamblee

4-1

8-2

l. to Washington 39-20

Season complete

Columbia

3-2

5-5

l. to Grady 36-13

Season complete

Lithonia

2-3

3-7

d. Banneker 28-24

Season complete

Stone Mountain

1-4

3-7

d. Therrell 28-27

Season complete

Redan

0-5

2-8

d. South Atlanta 24-18

Season complete

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Carver (Atlanta)

5-0

9-1

l. to Marist 42-14

vs. Dalton (L)

Grady

4-1

8-2

d. Columbia 36-13

at River Ridge

Washington

3-2

8-2

d. Chamblee 39-20

at Ridgeland

Banneker

2-3

4-6

l. to Lithonia 28-24

Season complete

Therrell

1-4

1-9

l. to Stone Mountain 28-27

Season complete

South Atlanta

0-5

3-7

l. to Redan 24-18

Season complete

 

Region 7-AAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

River Ridge

4-0

5-5

l. to Ridgeland 48-14

vs. Grady

Gilmer

3-1

8-2

d. NW Whitfield 40-37

at Marist

Pickens

2-2

5-5

l. to Dalton 42-0

Season complete

Cedartown

1-3

6-4

d. SE Whitfield 19-17

Season complete

Cass

0-4

5-5

d. LaFayette 35-15

Season complete

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Ridgeland

5-0

9-1

d. River Ridge 48-14

vs. Washington

Dalton

4-1

7-3

d. Pickens 42-0

at Carver, Atlanta (L)

Northwest Whitfield

3-2

6-4

l. to Gilmer 40-37

Season complete

Southeast Whitfield

2-3

2-8

l. to Cedartown 19-17

Season complete

LaFayette

1-4

1-9

l. to Cass 35-15

Season complete

Heritage (Ringgold)

0-5

0-10

l. to Johnson, Gain. 40-21

Season complete

 

Region 8-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Monroe Area

6-1

9-1

l. to Eastside 35-0

vs. Shaw

Chestatee

6-1

8-2

d. Madison Co. 48-7

vs. LaGrange

Stephens County

5-2

8-2

d. Lumpkin Co. 42-3

at Carrollton

Eastside

5-2

7-3

d. Monroe Area 35-0

at Sandy Creek

Lanier

3-4

5-5

d. Walnut Grove 42-0

Season complete

Lumpkin County

2-5

2-8

l. to Stephens Co. 42-3

Season complete

Madison County

1-6

1-9

l. to Chestatee 48-7

Season complete

Walnut Grove

0-7

1-9

l. to Lanier 42-0

Season complete

Johnson (Gainesville)

 

6-4

d. Heritage, Ring. 40-21

Season complete

 

Note: All scores are courtesy of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, Score Atlanta and other media outlets. If a score is not accurate, it was reported incorrectly.

 

* All of this week's games are Friday unless noted.

Stadium key: L - Lakewood

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