Posted: 9:57 pm Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014

Greenbrier, North Atlanta end slumps; Lithia Springs, Apalachee hope to join them soon 

By Chip Saye

Six Class AAAAA teams went 0-10 in the 2013 season. Two of those – Greenbrier and North Atlanta – already have victories this season to put their long losing streaks to an end. Here’s a look at the six winless teams from last season and where they stand:

*Greenbrier: The Wolfpack opened the season with a 34-0 victory against Harlem two weekends ago to snap a 10-game losing streak. Greenbrier begins play in 2-AAAAA this week against Warner Robins, which was ranked seventh in AAAAA until a 19-0 loss to Peach County in its opener last week. Greenbrier hasn’t won more than two region games in a season since going 3-6 in 2007.

*North Atlanta: The Warriors ended an 11-game losing streak last week with a 22-6 victory against KIPP Atlanta Collegiate, which is playing its first full varsity season. North Atlanta has not had a winning season since going 7-3 in 2010. The Warriors face non-region opponents River Ridge and Dalton before opening play in 7-AAAAA Division B against Riverwood on Sept. 19.

*Lithia Springs: The Lions’ losing streak reached 14 games when they lost to Landmark Christian 48-36 last week. This week’s game against Chapel Hill matches the only two teams in Region 5-AAAAA that haven’t won at least once this year. That game is followed by a rugged stretch that includes games against Allatoona, Alexander, Hiram, Villa Rica and East Paulding.

*Apalachee: The Wildcats lost to Woodland-Stockbridge 48-26 in their opener last week to extend their losing streak to 11 games. Apalachee went 12-1 and reached the quarterfinals in 2009 and were 6-4, 4-6 and 5-5 the next three seasons before taking a major step back. The Wildcats open Region 8-AAAAA play this week at Winder-Barrow, which is 6-55 since the start of the 2008 season.

*Windsor Forest: The Knights are playing in Class AAAA this season after finishing 0-10 in Region 3-AAAAA last year. Windsor Forest lost to Beach 20-0 last week to extend its losing streak to 14 games. The Knights’ next two opponents – Savannah and Groves – went 1-9 in 2013. And if they can’t get a win in those, there’s always the season finale against first-year program New Hampstead.

*Mount Zion-Jonesboro: Like Windsor Forest, the Bulldogs are also playing in Class AAAA this season. Mount Zion lost to Morrow 27-24 last week to extend its losing streak to 12 games. Mount Zion’s best chance for a victory might come against Spalding on Oct. 30. Every other team on the Bulldogs’ schedule won at least four games or reached the playoffs last season.

Pigskin Princess
Pigskin Princess

I scouted the Lithia Springs game (yes, girls know how to scout), and they need to be cut some slack.  They will win some games this year.  They just need more experience with their new coach and were up against a juggernaut of an o-line that protected a surgically precise QB.  I know that my 5A friends think that Lithia should have killed a 1A school, but 1A ain't what it used to be.  The big Landmark tight end is committed to Vanderbilt, and the QB is only a junior but plays like a D1 veteran.  Lithia will do fine once it gets its sea legs under it.