Posted: 1:53 pm Sunday, August 31st, 2014

Poll Talk: Northside-WR takes over at No. 1 for Creekside in AAAAA 

By Todd Holcomb

A one-point loss to an arch-rival cost Creekside its No. 1 ranking and elevated Northside-Warner Robins to the top of Class AAAAAA in this week’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution high school football rankings.

Creekside lost to Hughes 21-20 last week in a game between border schools in south Fulton County. That ended Creekside’s 16-game winning streak. Hughes is ranked No. 5 in AAAAAA. Creekside is now No. 5 in AAAAA.

Northside (1-0) did not play last week but defeated North Cobb 38-20 in its opener. North Cobb then upset the second-ranked team in AAAAAA, North Gwinnett, 36-29 last week, which served to enhance Northside’s resume and drop North Gwinnett to No. 10.

Creekside, which dropped to No. 4, was not the only 2013 champion that lost last week. Lovett, ranked No. 2 in AA, was beaten by Buckhead rival Westminster 13-10. Lovett fell to No. 4 while Westminster entered the AAA rankings at No. 9.

Other new teams in the rankings this week are Peachtree Ridge (AAAAAA), Grayson (AAAAAA), Valdosta (AAAAAA), Flowery Branch (AAAAA), Glynn Academy (AAAAA), Cairo (AAAA), B.E.S.T. Academy (AA) and Savannah Christian (A).

B.E.S.T. Academy upset previously third-ranked Callaway 14-7 and is ranked for the first time ever. The Atlanta school is playing only its third full varsity schedule.

Grayson, the 2011 state champion that slumped to 4-6 last season, is back in the rankings after a 39-0 victory over Gainesville, which had been No. 8 in AAAAA.

Out of the rankings this week are Tucker (AAAAAA), McEachern (AAAAAA), Archer (AAAAAA), Warner Robins (AAAAA), Gainesville (AAAAA), St. Pius (AAAA), Callaway (AAA), Dublin (AA) and Eagle’s Landing’s Christian (A).

A few teams that lost didn’t drop much. Thomas County Central and Carrollton in AAAA lost to larger schools and maintained good positions. But the best example was Stephenson, which went to No. 3 from No. 2 in AAAAA after a 21-20 defeat against Florida Class 6A champion Miami Central, which held several top-10 national rankings.

Class AAAAAA
1. (1) Colquitt County (2-0)
2. (3) Camden County (2-0)
3. (4) Norcross (2-0)
4. (7) Hughes (2-0)
5. (8) Lowndes (2-0)
6. (6) Lovejoy (1-0)
7. (NR) Peachtree Ridge (1-0)
8. (NR) Grayson (1-0)
9. (NR) Valdosta (2-0)
10. (2) North Gwinnett (1-1)

Class AAAAA
1. (4) Northside-Warner Robins (1-0)
2. (5) Ware County (2-0)
3. (2) Stephenson (1-1)
4. (1) Creekside (1-1)
5. (3) Coffee (2-0)
6. (6) Kell (2-0)
7. (9) Carver-Columbus (2-0)
8. (10) Allatoona (2-0)
9. (NR) Flowery Branch (1-0)
10. (NR) Glynn Academy (2-0)

Class AAAA
1. (1) Buford (2-0)
2. (2) Sandy Creek (1-0)
3. (3) Griffin (1-0)
4. (4) Marist (1-0)
5. (9) Burke County (2-0)
6. (8) Woodward Academy (1-0)
7. (6) Thomas County Central (0-1)
8. (5) Carrollton (0-2)
9. (NR) Cairo (1-0)
10. (10) Whitewater (1-0)

Class AAA
1. (1) Washington County (1-0)
2. (2) Calhoun (1-0)
3. (6) Blessed Trinity (1-0)
4. (4) Cedar Grove (1-0)
5. (5) Jefferson (2-0)
6. (9) Peach County (1-0)
7. (7) Elbert County (1-0)
8. (8) Ringgold (2-0)
9. (NR) Westminster (1-0)
10. (10) Westside-Macon (1-0)

Class AA
1. (1) Greater Atlanta Christian (2-0)
2. (5) Washington-Wilkes (1-0)
3. (4) Benedictine (0-1)
4. (2) Lovett (1-1)
5. (7) Fitzgerald (2-0)
6. (6) Vidalia (2-0)
7. (8) Brooks County (1-1)
8. (NR) B.E.S.T. Academy (1-0)
9. (3) Heard County (0-1)
10. (9) Seminole County (0-0)

Class A
1. (1) Aquinas (2-0)
2. (2) Marion County (1-0)
3. (3) Calvary Day (1-0)
4. (4) Mount Paran Christian (2-0)
5. (6) Charlton County (1-0)
6. (5) Clinch County (1-1)
7. (7) Irwin County (1-0-1)
8. (8) Brookstone (1-0)
9. (9) Dooly County (1-0)
10. (NR) Savannah Christian (1-0)

55 comments
Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

Looking forward to being # 6 next week. That is if we win.

ldawg33
ldawg33

Gators looking gud under new coach

JAGNATION SUPPORTER
JAGNATION SUPPORTER

@JABAJC  Hello my JAG BROTHER.... Our QB is a senior and we dont play Creekside until 9/19............Off this week play Banneker next.  I thought coaching made a couple of questionable play calling, but it was definitely our special teams that failed us.  We got to correct that!!! In order to be STATE CHAMPIONS you must play all three phases of the game.  If we find a kicker/punter we have as good of a chance as anyone in 5a.



GO JAGS .........BROTHERS WITH A PURPOSE 2014!!

THE CANNON RULES
THE CANNON RULES

 So here we are at Week #3...In Week 1 EAST went to ALLATOONA and lost 27 / 21 to a hungry and aggressive TOONA team.  EAST didn't really show up until the 3rd qtr and still had a chance to win the game midway thru the 4th but it was not to be.  Meanwhile NORTH was ALL OVER CREEKVIEW winning 55 / 20!


So last Friday had NORTH coming into "THE BONEYARD" against the RAIDERS and with the Defense in the ALLATOONA game not tackling, getting pushed around all night, forgetting to look back at the ball while covering passes...we didn't know what to expect.  NORTH can score and SCORE QUICK!  To their credit EAST seemed to learn from the ALLATOONA game and was in the backfield harassing the NORTH QB all night.  They pushed the NORTH line good and stopped the run for the most part.  The pass coverage still needs work as the coverage was still not watching the ball ONLY the receiver... 


The final result was a surprising EAST 42 / NORTH 10...GOOD job RAIDERS!  Also "THE BONEYARD" was packed & rocking on both sides as the county rivalry continues in good spirit in spite of NORTH moving up to 6 A...


ALLATOONA meanwhile went to VILLA RICA and won 41 / 22...so they now sit at the top of the Region with 2 wins...EAST has an off week this week BUT NORTH visits ALLATOONA in what should be a good game.  Questions remain...Is ALLATOONA this good?, Did NORTH just have an off week?, just two weeks into the season and EAST has to keep winning and hope for not one but TWO Region losses by ALLATOONA!


TICK...TICK...TICK...BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!


GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BigTime2
BigTime2

Todd how can Dublin drop out of the rankings after crushing a good Johnson Co. team. And who is B.E.S.T. Academy ? If you are going to do rankings please keep up with the Middle & South Georgia teams also. Dublin is back and will raise a little havoc in the playoffs this year just watch. I mean B.E.S.T. beat a one man (the kid who committed to Ga.) Callaway team. 

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

@Wildhawg2012  == Taj is a special talent. He is as fast as he needs to be. Whenever that may be. Speed on demand. They will miss him. I mean, really miss him.

1Fred
1Fred

Todd, I don't know if it will format correctly but it would be cool to see the previous week's ranking next to this week's.

I don't know if we are good enough for #8.  Much better than last year and way better at fundamentals than we've been recently.  With Langston next week and Archer the week after we should get an idea of how the rest of the year might go.

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

@Wildhawg2012 = = Yep. Region 1 is doing it's thing. It will be interesting to see who the 4 are at the end.

Taj tore his ACL. He will recover but is out for the year.

Wildhawg2012
Wildhawg2012

Region 1 off to a great start and all off the teams should be 5-0 by the time region play starts.Region play is going to be crazy. Anyone have any info on Mac playmacker T. Gibson. Is his leg ok

JagLife
JagLife

@JABAJC  your full of  crap to talking about we had no problem moving the ball what game were you watching...we had flashes here and there but we had problems moving the ball

JagLife
JagLife

 Stephenson won't win state this year so just stop..i am sick and tired of shs fans saying this is our year when the fact is we still have the same coaching staff..talent is not our problem never has been we all know that coaching is and always has been...im just at my wits end with gartrell and his poor coaching being covered up by this raw talent we breed in stone mountain and him getting credit for it...as a in game coach he is a failure at every phase of the game...he has not out coached anybody of importance in his career...this may seem harsh but its the true...i am not a troll either went to stephenson middle and high class of 08..i love my jags but i can't take the stupidity any longer...i really do believe he should step down and take that rec ball coaching staff wit him..and let some body who knows what there doing take over..i mean our QB  was walking back to get plays from coach with 2:00 mins left in the game,he was calling sweep plays that had not worked all night with 3:00 mins left in the game down 9 points why were we even running the ball...our QB did not get the ball out quick at all but hey he has never coached one up QB in his career i mean when your best QB from yur school is reggie ball there's a problem, i didn't see them even attempt a screen play and really we one ran maybe 5 different plays all night...if we had a good coaching staff we would have beat them by 14 points easy...


DEAL WIT IT!!! JAG NATION

Mr. Johnson
Mr. Johnson

You better get MLK now while you have a chance.. They are down, young, inexperienced, and played like it on Saturday...... They couldn't stop running water with their o-line and that lil quarterback was getting killed. I wondered why they left him in to keep taking a beating like that. But I think they will get better as the season goes on.... It's amazing how one season can ruin a new season. Cortez Allen should be ashamed of himself for running all of those kids out of King and the county deserves another swift kick for taking so long to hire someone. I'm sure if Coach Kashama would've gotten the job earlier than he did alot of the kids that transferred away would have stayed... I've been told there are at least 17/18 kids that transferred away from MLK from December-May and it showed Saturday... They looked horrible, but I still think they will play for the region championship this year. @JABAJC 

JABAJC
JABAJC

@ Mighty Lion King,  MLK .....?????  Come out from hiding man.  I want to play?

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

I have never heard someone embrace losing a game as you guy's do. Everyone should have won except MLK. They simply were out played. The War Eagles of Marist played a good game and pulled out the win. Stephenson and Tucker should have won also. Those teams we nothing special. I don't care what their rank was or is, they should have been going home sad.  

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

@BcS2010 == We have work to do. We can't run the ball. We will need to run if we are to compete. Our lines are small but quick. We need work in the secondary and our lines need more beef, which we don't have. We will come to play anyway. I hope Tucker does not treat us to bad.

ATL...
ATL...

@JAB what's the deal with Stephenson's kicker? All those players not one can kick an extra point. Y'all can win the title this year if the kicking was there.

@BcS2010 man I see a deep playoff run, not sure about the TITLE this year. Tucker play a lot players both ways , I know that's y'all brand but your in 6A now. There's enough good talent on the sidelines to help out.

@ORabidOne with McEachen star running back out will make the difference.

GABoi
GABoi

Valdosta cracked the top 10. Now that i look at the rankings, more than half of Region 1 is ranked. What a region. It wont be like dat for long tho.

BcS2010
BcS2010

Another note Tucker's QB/S #16 is going to be good! He is young and his first 3 starts are against Stephenson, Norcross, and Booker T and I see so much potential! I'm ready to see how Tucker looks come playoff time because I really think we will win state once we jell. We looked good last night!

BcS2010
BcS2010

@Jabajc .... I watched the Stephenson game and I think this could be y'all year! Y'all receiver #1 is good and y'all #5 is a beast but we all know that lol. The only problem I see is kicking because that matters lol!! What grade is the QB in?

trackstar10
trackstar10

stephenson is never really good against other teams that aren't from Atlanta.

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

@BcS2010  == Why are you assuming it will be Tucker and Lovejoy for the region title? They both have work to do. Nothing is a given here. You have to earn what you get. Do not disrespect anyone in terms of indicating you have an automatic win.

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

@JABAJC  == I was disappointed. I saw flashes from both but I guess it is early. In my opinion, DeKalb was just as good, they just did not finish and it was a product of the overall game. Time management got Stephenson. There should have been more urgency to score knowing you need 2 scores.

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

They lost. We won and stayed where we were and got jumped by 2 teams. That is the way it goes.

JABAJC
JABAJC

Don't understand the rankings, how can you drop a team (STEPHENSON) that was ranked #2 by AJC.  Which only lost by 1 pt. to the defending Florida state champions & #4 ranked in the nation., also my JAGS was in a game that they should have won if they had a kicker... The JAGS was in the game until the last minutes on the clock, even scoring and kicking an onside kick, in which MC had to to run out the clock....????????????????

Sportsnutx2
Sportsnutx2

@JABAJC  == I called your name out several times and got no response. I was on the 50 right below the press box. Anyway, You are correct. I saw nothing that made me say Miami Central was superior to anything I have seen in Georgia's top teams. To be perfectly honest, I think Lovejoy blows their doors off. Not just us but many others. They are not that good. The final score surprised me because I thought the rout was on after the punt return. Congrats to Tucker for their hard fought effort.

JABAJC
JABAJC

Stephenson should have beat Miami Central, The final score was MC 21 - Jags 20; they missed two PAT's and really had no problem moving the ball on the #4 team in the country and Florida's reigning state champion in their highest classification. The Jags made a critical fumble inside the 10 yd line which lead to a MC touchdown.  My prediction was that Stephenson and Marist wins.  I will be anything but shocked if they are not ranked no. 1 in the polls... 


GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS IN 2014, QUIT PLAYING AROUND, THIS IS YOUR YEAR......

BcS2010
BcS2010

Tucker might be the best 0-2 team ever!! Lol I see why they arnt ranked but they are defently a top 10 team. They lost to the defending 2 time champions Norcross 32-29 and the lost the the defending national champion an number 1 team in the nation Booker T Washington 19-7. Tucker has played the big boys and will win every game hands down until the showdown against lovejoy for the region crown! tucker will win state they have showed the Tucker nation that they still have it!! Ask Booker T and Norcross how good Tucker is!!

JABAJC
JABAJC

@JAGNATION SUPPORTER @JABAJC Agreed with you on that my brother.  Just looked at the schedule this morning and saw the schedule, but thanks for the heads up my friend...



GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS IN 2014, QUIT PLAYING AROUND, THIS IS YOUR YEAR......

JABAJC
JABAJC

@THE CANNON RULES .  What's up CANNON....???  This your friend "JAB", new screen name, same commentator.  I see you guys over in the stix is fighting it out early in the boneyard and the corn fields; keep it smoking my friend until we meet maybe sometime in the playoff...





GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS IN 2014, QUIT PLAYING AROUND, THIS IS YOUR YEAR......

Wildhawg2012
Wildhawg2012

@Sportsnutx2 @Wildhawg2012 Thx bro. Man that sucks for them and him. I did get a chance to check him out against NG and he does have an extra gear that alot of kids dont have. I did not know he was that fast

JABAJC
JABAJC

@JagLife Uhm!  Sounds like you upset about something,  very degrading remarks coming from a previous Alumni.  ??? Instead of all the dots throwing at Coach Gartrell & his coaching staff, why don't you offer some assistance, he will listen, I know him and his staff well.  What is a coach without good community support?  In case you don't know, coach Gartrell & company have gotten more athletes in college on a football ball scholarship then any other coach in Dekalb County over the last 10 years.  @ don't know why you are complaining because, that was a good game last night, I think he made some unique decisions.  Coaching didn't loose that game man, they were plague by penalties.  He opened up the offense more by a balance passing attack.  Here are the stats, now please support the JAGS...http://rs.herald.com/sportstrac/BoxScore.aspx?schid=75329

JABAJC
JABAJC

@Mr. Johnson I like MLK, I really do, but I honestly think that all these coaching changes are really affecting their program.  These are young HS minds, they need to have a steady coaching staff, no doubt MLK have the talent, community support and stamina to win...IJS

JagLife
JagLife

@JABAJC on a lighter note is reggie ball not calling plays anymore if so why not cuz i did not see him..

ATL...
ATL...

@Sportsnutx2 you make a lot of sense, to me those national rankings are nothing because in high school football there's not a system to play for a true regional and national championship. Both Stephenson and Tucker could have won, those teams played like the Colquitt's, Camden's, Lovejoy's and a couple Gwinnet teams.

The team Marist beat was #12 in the nation. I don't think Marist is ranked in the top 75...

JABAJC
JABAJC

@BcS2010 Right you are man!  The QB I believe is in the 10th grade...

rwdekalb
rwdekalb

@trackstar10  Miami Central isn't from Atlanta and are highly ranked and barely won against Stephenson.

JABAJC
JABAJC

@trackstar10 Don't know who you are, or where you are from, but my JAGS always play tough in big games, they usually have lost either by a field goal, 7 pts. or like last night.  This early lost by a national ranked team is excellent for the program.  Now watch them move up in the National polls.



GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS IN 2014, QUIT PLAYING AROUND, THIS IS YOUR YEAR......

BcS2010
BcS2010

@Sportsnutx2 .... Tucker won'tose again that's a fact! The only game that we have to worry about is lovejoy. MLk is down this year and look at the schedule we have remaining. ( stone mountain, Mlk, clarkston, Newton, rockdale, and alcovy, lovejoy, lakeside) I'll take that schedule. I predict all blow outs with Newton having the best shot to keep it close but seriously Tucker will be 6-2 when we play lovejoy. How did lovejoy look In the opener?

JABAJC
JABAJC

@Sportsnutx2 @JABAJC , I think Coach Gartrell had a good game plan, the only weakness is in the kicking game, they finally opened up their passing attack which should be a big plus as we enter into region play.  Can't wait for this week contest against Creekside, my JAGS is showing early toughness, since they shut down Tucker in the scrimmage game.



GO STEPHENSON JAGUARS IN 2014, QUIT PLAYING AROUND, THIS IS YOUR YEAR......

ToddHolcomb
ToddHolcomb moderator

@JABAJC - Could've kept the Jags #2, but Ware had a nice win vs. a pretty good Florida team. 

JABAJC
JABAJC

@Sportsnutx2 @JABAJC Ah! man, I always sit on the visitors side; love to chat with the opposing opponents and easy access to memorial dr. for me!  Also, MC is a good team, but so are my JAGS.  We need to practice on our kicking game.  Last year my JAGS had a powerful kicker who could kick 40 yd.  field goals, they need to hit up the soccer team...

THE CANNON RULES
THE CANNON RULES

@JABAJC ... Yeah Hey...I saw you had a new screen name...Well here we go again, another season of fun Friday nights!  I'll be here as usual...WIN or LOSE...cheering on the RAIDERS!!!


TICK...TICK...TICK...BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!

GO RAIDERS!!!!

JagLife
JagLife

@JABAJC Dude yu must be on the coaching staff or something... they had the same number of penalties as we did and you just said we had a balance attack lol no in second half he lined up in shotgun formation just so he can hand the ball off to landler lol no screens, no quick slants, no drag routes i mean be real here its cool if your one of those "atleast we send more kids to college guys" but at some point doesn't that tell how bad he is as a IN -GAME COACH if we have some of the best talent in the state every year and no titles...final point if you agree on how we played those last five mins andn how its was coached  then there is something wrong with you my friend...but yur the same guy who said we had no problem moving the ball

JABAJC
JABAJC

@ToddHolcomb @ATL... My Jags used several guys kicking the ball in the win over Arabia Mtn.  I really thought they would have gotten that worked out by now!  Can't put my finger on it.

ATL...
ATL...

@ToddHolcomb yes Stephenson did and from what I saw the last few games including the scrimmage against Tucker this is the best chance they've had in a while to win the title, they look good. But the coaches know they have to have someone to a least kick extra points..

Jusfellofftheturniptruck
Jusfellofftheturniptruck

What up ol buddy JAB? Your squad is looking solid.

Lots of people overlook the importance of the kicking game in high school football. Gainesville lost the state title in 09 because of missed xtra points and a weak kicking game, and we had/have a top flight soccer team.

Just don't make sense. You would think at schools like Stephenson and gainesville with all the athletes on campus you could find someone to consistently kick extra points!

JABAJC
JABAJC

@Jusfellofftheturniptruck You are right about the kicking game, Hey man!  Keep your headup Gainesville will get better & stronger as the season progresses...