How Heeter voted: Week 4

jheeter@macon.comSeptember 10, 2012 

Class AAAAAA

1. Grayson

2. Camden County

3. Walton

4. Lassiter

5. North Gwinnett

6. Lowndes

7. Norcross

8. West Forsyth

9. Colquitt County

10. Johns Creek

The bottom of Class AAAAAA changed significantly for me. Valdosta falls out from No. 8 after losing to Brooks County, which I elevated from No. 5 in Class AA. Brooks, which is led by former Southwest head coach Maurice Freeman, has beaten Monroe and Valdosta. Not too shabby. Lovejoy falls out with a loss to Colquitt County, but the Wildcats played tough and made mistakes on the road, so they could make it back in the mix by season’s end. Milton lost to John’s Creek, so the teams swapped spots at No. 10. West Forsyth jumped to No. 8 after impressive wins over Gainesville and Flowery Branch to start the season.

Class AAAAA

1. Northside

2. Tucker

3. Kell

4. M.L. King

5. Stephenson

6. Warner Robins

7. East Paulding

8. Gainesville

9. Thomas County Central

10. Heritage-Conyers

Heritage-Conyers jumps into my top 10 in Class AAAAA, but everything else stays mostly the same.

Class AAAA

1. Sandy Creek

2. Griffin

3. Statesboro

4. Carrollton

5. Marist

6. Burke County

7. Jonesboro

8. Stephens County

9. Westside

10. Cairo

Class AAA

1. Peach County

2. Carver-Columbus

3. Buford

4. Thomson

5. St. Pius X

6. Washington County

7. Elbert County

8. Dodge County

9. Blessed Trinity

10. Morgan County

Peach County showed me enough to elevate them to No. 1 even without Buford’s loss to Gainesville. The Wolves’ loss made it easier, although Gainesville is a talented and much larger school than Buford. Morgan County and Blessed Trinity move in, but the bottom of the Class AAA poll is really fluid right now.

Class AA

1. Calhoun

2. Brooks County

3. Fitzgerald

4. Cook

5. Lovett

6. Lamar County

7. Greater Atlanta Christian

8. Vidalia

9. Early County

10. Washington-Wilkes

Class AA stays mostly the same, with Washington-Wilkes jumping in after an impressive win over Lincoln County.

Class A

1. Eagle’s Landing Christian

2. Wilcox County

3. Wilkinson County

4. Lincoln County

5. Aquinas

6. Dooly County

7. Prince Avenue Christian

8. Calvary Day

9. Athens Academy

10. George Walton

I think at this point, ELCA is the clear favorite among private schools in Class A. I’d be surprised if the Chargers weren’t holding the trophy at year’s end. The picture isn’t as clear for the public schools. I’d guess Lincoln County, Wilcox County and Wilkinson County are the favorites, with Dooly County and Charlton County in the chase group. Dooly-Wilcox this week should clear things up some. I’d guess there will be a mystery public school team that is under the radar now that makes a run.

A lot of teams to watch in Class A. FPD, Holy Innocents’, Brookstone, Greenville, Our Lady of Mercy, King’s Ridge, ECI, Charlton County, Savannah Christian, Hancock Central and Commerce are all teams I don’t have ranked, but all could make nice playoff runs.

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