Poll talk: Grayson enters playoffs No. 1

Daniel Varnado/Special

Grayson and Roswell each won Class AAAAAAA region-title games last week, but Grayson looked a little better doing it in a 45-3 victory over South Gwinnett in Region 8.

So the Rams jumped Roswell, a 20-14 winner over Cherokee in Region 4, as the No. 1 team entering the state playoffs.

Grayson is 9-1, its only loss a 26-7 decision in the opener to Florida’s IMG Academy, a boarding school that attracts many major college prospects. IMG is ranked in the top three of every national poll. Grayson was Georgia’s preseason No. 1 team.

Roswell is 10-0 but less dominant in recent weeks. The Hornets squeaked by unranked Etowah 17-14 last month. Grayson out-scored its region opponents 257-9.

Valdosta (9-1) maintained its No. 1 ranking in AAAAAA with a 28-24 victory over Houston County, which led 21-7 at halftime. Houston County (7-3) remained ranked, at No. 10, despite missing the playoffs in a region that has three other ranked teams.

Eagle’s Landing Christian solidified its No. 1 ranking in the Class A private division with a 49-0 victory over No. 2 Landmark Christian. The game was scoreless at halftime. Landmark fell to No. 6 behind five undefeated teams.

Among new teams in the rankings, Greene County is most interesting. The Tigers defeated No. 6 Twiggs County in a Region 7-A game and moved into the rankings for the first time since 2007 at No. 9.

Class AAAAAAA
1. (2) Grayson (9-1)
2. (1) Roswell (10-0)
3. (3) Mill Creek (10-0)
4. (4) McEachern (9-1)
5. (5) Norcross (10-0)
6. (6) Colquitt County (6-4)
7. (7) Lowndes (8-2)
8. (8) North Cobb (8-2)
9. (9) Brookwood (7-3)
10. (10) Parkview (7-3)

Class AAAAAA
1. (1) Valdosta (9-1)
2. (2) Dalton (10-0)
3. (3) Mays (9-1)
4. (4) Tucker (9-1)
5. (5) Northside, Warner Robins (8-2)
6. (7) Harrison (9-1)
7. (6) Alexander (9-1)
8. (8) Lee County (7-2)
9. (10) Glynn Academy (9-1)
10. (9) Houston County (7-3)

Class AAAAA
1. (1) Buford (9-1)
2. (2) Stockbridge (10-0)
3. (3) Carrollton (9-1)
4. (4) Rome (8-2)
5. (5) Kell (8-2)
6. (6) Ware County (6-3)
7. (9) Woodland, Stockbridge (8-2)
8. (7) Grady (9-1)
9. (10) Loganville (8-2)
10. (NR) Griffin (9-1)
Out: No. 8 Arabia Mountain (8-2)

Class AAAA
1. (1) Cartersville (10-0)
2. (2) Thomson (10-0)
3. (3) Woodward Academy (9-1)
4. (4) Jefferson (9-1)
5. (5) Cairo (9-1)
6. (6) Blessed Trinity (8-2)
7. (7) Mary Persons (8-2)
8. (8) Burke County (8-2)
9. (9) Marist (7-3)
10. (NR) Stephens County (8-2)
Out: No. 10 Troup (8-2)

Class AAA
1. (1) Greater Atlanta Christian (9-1)
2. (2) Peach County (9-1)
3. (3) Westminster (8-2)
4. (4) Calhoun (8-2)
5. (5) Crisp County (10-0)
6. (6) Cedar Grove (8-2)
7. (7) Liberty County (9-1)
8. (8) Lovett (7-3)
9. (NR) Pace Academy (6-4)
10. (NR) Jackson (7-3)
Out: No. 9 Pierce County (7-3), No. 10 Dawson County (7-2)

Class AA
1. (1) Benedictine (10-0)
2. (2) Fitzgerald (9-1)
3. (4) Callaway (10-0)
4. (5) Rabun County (9-0)
5. (7) Screven County (9-1)
6. (8) Pepperell (8-1)
7. (3) Jefferson County (9-1)
8. (6) Vidalia (8-2)
9. (10) Thomasville (5-4)
10. (NR) Hapeville Charter (7-3)

Class A (private)
1. (1) Eagle’s Landing Christian (10-0)
2. (3) Prince Avenue Christian (10-0)
3. (6) Fellowship Christian (10-0)
4. (5) Calvary Day (9-0)
5. (7) Tattnall Square (10-0)
6. (2) Landmark Christian (9-1)
7. (4) Wesleyan (8-2)
8. (8) Mount Paran Christian (9-1)
9. (NR) Stratford Academy (7-3)
10. (9) Darlington (7-3)
Out: No. 10 Athens Academy (8-2)

Class A (public)
1. (1) Clinch County (9-1)
2. (2) Macon County (8-2)
3. (3) Emanuel County Institute (9-0)
4. (4) Manchester (9-1)
5. (5) Mount Zion (9-1)
6. (7) McIntosh County Academy (7-2)
7. (10) Taylor County (9-1)
8. (9) Commerce (8-2)
9. (NR) Greene County (7-3)
10. (6) Twiggs County (7-3)
Out: No. 8 Bowdon (6-4)


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