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Poll talk: Grayson enters playoffs No. 1


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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