This week, we had a No. 1-ranked team fall for just the fourth time this season.
Carver topped Peach County on the road, which not only knocked the Trojans from their perch, but also elevated the Tigers to No. 2.
For the most part, things stayed pretty calm aside from that, though Gainesvilles loss to Loganville should definitely register in the category of upsets. With that loss, the Red Elephants fell clear out of the top 10 in Class AAAAA.
This is a point of the season where it is easy for teams to start looking ahead. Most region battles are sewn up, and a lot players start looking toward the playoffs without focusing on the task at hand.
And while that may not always matter in the standings, it can certainly affect momentum in some cases.
Here's a look at the full rankings, how I voted and where I think voters went astray. As always, chime in the comments or on Twitter @leprepsports
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1. Camden County (11) 9-0 110 1
2. Lassiter 9-0 96 2
3. Norcross 9-0 89 3
4. Grayson 8-1 77 5
5. North Gwinnett 8-1 61 6
6. Lowndes 8-1 49 4
7. Lovejoy 8-1 44 7
8. West Forsyth 8-1 27 8
9. McEachern 7-2 21 9
10. Walton 7-2 12 T-10
Others receiving votes: Parkview 7, Colquitt County 4, North Cobb 4, South Gwinnett 3, Valdosta 1.
How I voted:
1. Camden County
6. North Gwinnett
9. West Forsyth
Tough call, but I think theres a definite gap between Grayson at No. 4 and North Gwinnett at No. 5. Heres my thinking: Grayson is the favorite to win Class AAAAAA. Yes, I know all about how dominant Camden County has been, and I certainly think it is on a similar platform with Grayson. That said, I think we can officially get past the minor hiccup that team experienced against Parkview and realize that this is still one of the most dominant teams in the state of Georgia. North Gwinnett is in a fine placeand I noted as much last weekbut when its all said and done, I think well realize how big of a difference there was between those teams.
I didnt throw a vote Colquitt Countys way, but it did receive four points in the poll. Ill tell youI saw it play Carver earlier this season, and while Carver certainly wasnt the team then that it is today, Colquitt was dominant. Thats a very, very good football team down there in Moultrie, and I dont doubt itll be playing deep into the playoffs.
Lowndes. I have it at No. 7, though I certainly think No. 6 is appropriate. It lose a game to a very good team last week (Camden County), but that is more a sign of how good Camden County is than a knock on Lowndes ability. Is Lowndes a state title contender? As of right now, youd have to say its going to have a tough time with the teams up at the top. But dont sleep on it.
1. Northside-Warner Robins (11) 8-0 110 1
2. MLK, Jr. 9-0 98 2
3. East Paulding 9-0 87 3
T-4. Thomas County Central 8-1 71 6
T-4. Allatoona 9-0 71 7
6. Kell 8-1 54 8
7. Tucker 7-2 44 4
8. Ware County 8-1 28 NR
9. Warner Robins 7-2 16 9
10. Stephenson 6-2 12 10
Others receiving votes: Creekview 6, Gainesville 4, Flowery Branch 3, Whitewater 1.
How I voted
1. Northside-Warner Robins
2. MLK, Jr.
3. East Paulding
4. Thomas County Central
10. Ware County
I dont think theres a team thats really overvalued (again). I think, because of a couple losses among the top teams, Class AAAAA generally trends toward the undervalued side.
I think Gainesville, but just by a little. Was that a surprising loss it had against Loganville? Certainly. But I still think it is among the top 10 teams in the classification. It needs to be more consistent on the defensive side of the ball if it wants to have a chance in the playoffs.
Thomas County Central and Allatoona both got bumps due to Gainesvilles loss, and I think thats a good thing. Theyre tied at No. 4, and I think thats accurate, too. Allatoona has earned a top-notch ranking with its good play this year. Maybe it isnt on the same level as some of the other top teams, but you cant deny what it has accomplished on the field.
1. Sandy Creek (11) 9-0 110 1
2. Marist 8-1 95 2
3. Burke County 8-1 92 3
4. Monroe Area 9-0 70 6
5. Stockbridge 8-1 59 7
6. Griffin 8-1 51 9
7. Jonesboro 8-1 46 8
8. Westside-Macon 8-1 31 10
9. Carver-Atlanta 9-0 18 NR
10. Cairo 7-2 13 NR
Others receiving votes: Carrollton 9, Ridgeland 8, Statesboro 2, Chamblee 1.
How I voted:
1. Sandy Creek
3. Burke County
4. Monroe Area
Im struggling on this one. Last week, I said Carrollton, but it lost to Sandy Creek and slipped down the rankings. I dont think another team really deserves this distinction right now. With that said
I think Carrollton goes from overvalued to undervalued in one week. It lost to Sandy Creek, and voters suddenly considered it outside the top 10. I agree its a fringe team, but lets remember the team it lost to.
Last week I said Monroe. This week, its Monroe Area. It won a big game against Chestatee to clinch its region title. Chestatee never made it into the top 10, but I think it should have gotten more consideration. Monroe Area has certainly earned a No. 4 rankings.
1. Thomson (11) 9-0 110 2
2. Carver-Columbus 8-1 94 4
3. Buford 6-3 74 3
T-4. Peach County 8-1 70 1
T-4. Washington County 8-1 80 5
6. Cartersville 9-0 66 6
7. North Oconee 8-1 35 9
8. St. Pius X 7-2 30 10
9. North Hall 8-1 18 NR
10. Pierce County 8-1 16 NR
Others receiving votes: Appling County 8, Blessed Trinity 8, Callaway 6.
How I voted:
4. Peach County
6. Washington County
7. St. Pius X
8. North Oconee
9. North Hall
10. Pierce County
Once again, its incredibly difficult to find a team thats overrated. If I had to pick, Id say Washington County, simply because it is tied with Peach County. I think Peach County is the better team, though you cant argue with the quality of the losses (if there is such a thing). Washington County lost to Thomson; Peach County lost to Carverthe top two teams in Class AAA. Thats how close things are at the top.
Cartersville is the unlucky recipient of a drop in ranking after Carvers big win against Peach County. The Tigers jump to No. 2, and undefeated Cartersville drops to No. 6. It isnt fair, but thats the way it goes with an upset like that.
Two teams: North Hall and Thomson. Thomson has been on the verge of being No. 1 for awhile now. It has a number of quality wins this year, and is very deserving of the top spot. North Hall is a welcome addition to the top 10 after its impressive regular season so far. Week in and week out, it continues to impress with sizeable wins. Its opponents havent been overly difficult, but it has done everything it has needed to. This week, it gets Buford. There isnt really anything riding on this game, as North Hall has already clinched the region title (thanks to two Buford forfeits). But this is definitely a gauge on where the Trojans are in the playoff picture.
1. Calhoun (10) 9-0 109 1
2. Brooks County (1) 9-0 100 2
3. Vidalia 9-0 84 3
T-4. Lamar County 8-0-1 68 4
T-4. Fitzgerald 8-2 68 5
6. Heard County 9-0 53 6
7. Cook 7-2 42 7
8. Greater Atlanta Christian 7-2 34 8
9. Jefferson 8-1 30 9
10. Washington-Wilkes 8-1 6 T-10
Others receiving votes: Screven County 4, Early County 2, Bleckley County 2, Bowdon 2, Lovett 1.
How I voted:
2. Brooks County
3. Lamar County
5. Heard County
Fitzgerald has a couple of decent wins, and its losses havent been bad. That said, I dont think it has done enough to be ranked ahead of one undefeated team and tied with another. I think the other teams have earned their place in the top five. Not sure that Fitzgerald has at this point. Wont be surprised to see it contend in the playoffs, though.
To reiterate the previous statement, I think Heard County hasnt gotten the respect it deserves. The team has played very well and, despite an easier schedule, deserves a top-five ranking.
Calhoun, once again, is in the right spot. Its the best team in the classification and is a favorite to win its second consecutive state championship.
1. Eagle's Landing Christian (11) 8-1 110 1
2. Athens Academy 9-0 90 T-2
3. Lincoln County 8-1 88 T-2
4. Emanuel County Institute 8-1 76 4
5. Prince Avenue Christian 8-1 65 5
6. Savannah Christian Prep. 7-2 54 6
7. Calvary Day 8-1 42 8
8. Wilcox County 7-2 36 7
9. Walker 9-0 26 9
10. Wilkinson County 6-3 9 10
Others receiving votes: Brookstone 2, Landmark Christian 2, Seminole County 2, Irwin County 2, Johnson County 1.
How I voted:
1. Eagles Landing Christian
2. Athens Academy
3. Lincoln County
4. Prince Avenue Christian
5. Emanuel County Institute
6. Calvary Day
8. Savannah Christian Prep.
10. Wilcox County
I started to say Wilkinson County here, simply because it has lost each of its games against top teams. But a two-point loss to Lincoln County is nothing to hang your head about. If I had to pick, that is the team I would name. That said, I still think Class A is fairly solid.
Perhaps its because Ive followed Brookstone all year, or perhaps its because Im simply clouded. But I really believe the Cougars are worthy of a top-10 ranking right now. No. 9 is sufficient.
Ill echo last week and say the top five are in good shape, though I might shake the order up a little.
Who do you think should be ranked? Where did I screw up? Any other teams in the area that deserve more attention? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @leprepsports, and come back each week to see the new polls.
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