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Daily List: From No. 1-ranked to missing the playoffs

Houston County must defeat No. 2 Northside (Warner Robins) and No. 1 Valdosta this week and next just to make the playoffs, that after spending seven weeks at No. 1. Without winning out, Houston County will finish fifth in a five-team region that also includes No. 8 Lee County and No. 10 Coffee. There have been 100 teams in GHSA history to be ranked No. 1 and then fail to make the playoffs, according to the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, but it has happened only twice in the past 20 years - 2006 Lowndes and 1999 Valdosta - or since the GHSA expanded the state playoffs to 32 teams per class. Below are the only 10 teams in the past 50 years that were ranked No. 1 and then failed to finish in the top four of their regions. To make it comparable to the Houston County predicament, the list does not include No. 1 teams that missed the playoffs but still finished in their region's top four. Notable among those are 1971 Lakeside, 1975 Warner Robins and 1981 West Rome, each going 9-1 but finishing second in regions that advanced only the champion.

2006 Lowndes (1)

1999 Valdosta (5)

1993 Valdosta (4)

1991 Pepperell (8)

1984 North Springs (5)

1981 Griffin (3)

1977 Fayette County (3)

1976 Thomasville (5)

1976 Mary Persons (2)

1966 Lanier (1)

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