Lamar County jumped Greater Atlanta Christian to earn the No. 1 ranking in Class AA in this weeks Georgia Sports Writers Association high school football poll.
The Trojans were co-No. 1 with the Spartans earlier this season, but they fell back to No. 2. Now, the Trojans are ranked solo No. 1 for the first time in school history. They edged out GACS by two points and earned nine of 17 first-place votes. GACS garnered seven first-place votes, and Lovett received the other one.
Most of the other ranked teams from Middle Georgia stayed steady.
Northside kept its hold on No. 1 in Class AAAAA, Mary Persons stayed at No. 6 in Class AAAA, and Washington County remained at No. 3 in Class AAA.
Johnson County moved up one spot to No. 5 in Class A after a blowout win over ECI.
Eagles Landing Christian is the only unanimous No. 1 in any class, gaining all of the No. 1 votes in Class A.
Colquitt County (Class AAAAAA), Sandy Creek (AAAA) and Buford (AAA) landed 16 of 17 first-place votes in their respective classes. Northside got 13 first-place votes in AAAAA, while Tucker received the other four.
Power ratings update
FPDs four-game winning streak has placed the Vikings in contention for a spot in the Class A private school football playoffs.
After sinking in the power ratings following a 1-3 start, FPD is now in 14th with 10.64 points. There are 16 spots available in the Class A private school bracket, with region champions claiming automatic berths.
Its hard to tell how things will shake out for playoff position the final two weeks of the regular season. The Vikings host winless Warren County on Friday before closing the regular season at unbeaten Aquinas.
In the race for the 16-team Class A public school bracket, Johnson County sits in fourth to lead Middle Georgia programs. Dooly County is in eighth, followed by Hawkinsville in 13th. Among those looking for a boost in the final two weeks in the season are Wilkinson County in 18th, Telfair County in 19th and Treutlen in 20th.
Showdown in Barnesville
Lamar Countys closest game this season was a 21-point win in the second week of the season over Eagles Landing.
The Trojans have won their past four games by 41, 40, 42 and 37 points.
Thats what awaits Macon County in Fridays GHSA Region 4-AA battle between the first-place Trojans and tied-for-second Bulldogs.
Macon County is knotted up with Bleckley County after losing to the Royals 42-21 on Oct. 11. The Bulldogs regrouped with a 10-0 win at Northeast and 31-18 win over Monticello.
Regardless of Fridays result, Macon County is all but a lock for a playoff spot, and it has its highest win total since 2007, when the Bulldogs 8-4 in the final season under head coach Bobby Hughes.
This is Macon Countys first winning season since then, and the Bulldogs were ranked for four weeks before the Bleckley County loss.
High School Heisman
The finalists for the state winner in the Wendys High School Heisman Award were announced Tuesday.
And there were three Middle Georgia athletes among the 20 who were named.
That group includes Howards Hayley Reynolds, Gatewoods Joseph Welch and Westfields Gehrig Broxton.
State winners -- one male and one female -- will be named Monday. Twelve state winners will be selected as national finalists and will be invited to New York for the Heisman Trophy ceremony weekend Dec. 13-14.
Compiled by Jonathan Heeter, Ron Seibel, Michael A. Lough and Daniel Shirley.