High School Sports

Houston County moves into top 10

There wasn’t expected to be any suspense as to whether Northside and Washington County would retain their No. 1 rankings in the Georgia Sports Writers Association football poll, and there certainly wasn’t.

The Eagles extended their margin over No. 2 Ware County by three points and got 11 of 14 first-place votes. The Golden Hawks, after blanking Class AAAA No. 8 Mary Persons 31-0, again got all of the first-place votes and are 19 points up on Calhoun.

Houston County made its season debut this week at No. 9 in Class AAAAA, a point ahead of Mays. The Bears haven’t been ranked in nearly a decade.

There are 10 teams from Middle Georgia ranked in the GSWA poll, with none in Class AAAAAA (there are no area teams in the classification) or Class AAAA. There are four teams in Class AA: No. 3 Fitzgerald, No. 4 Vidalia, No. 9 Lamar County and No. 10 Dublin.

Peach County remained at No. 6 in Class AAA after its romp over Perry.

Dooly County made the Class A poll at No. 10 -- tied with Savannah Christian -- just in time to take on No. 2 Marion County this week in Vienna. And there’s another showdown in almost a month, with the Bobcats visiting No. 8 Hawkinsville on Oct. 10.

Westside and Dodge County in Class AAA are creeping closer, and Jones County picked up two points in Class AAAA. The Greyhounds haven’t been ranked in a top 10 -- in the AP poll -- since October of 2001 when they ended up 9-3 and lost to Troup in the second round of the Class AAAA playoffs. Westside was 10th last week and is ninth this week in the AJC poll and Houston County 10th this week.

-- Michael A. Lough

COMMITTED TO BEARS

Mary Persons senior basketball player Keke Calloway has committed to play at Mercer.

Calloway averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, four assists and three steals per game as a junior. She has been the GHSA Region 2-AAAA player of the year the past two years, and she was an All-Middle Georgia selection those two years, as well.

In her three years with the Bulldogs, Calloway has scored 1,421 points.

-- Daniel Shirley

SMITH HONOR

Macon County’s Roquan Smith has been selected for the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

Smith will have his jersey presented to him Wednesday at the school.

-- Daniel Shirley

POWER RATINGS

GMC and FPD led area teams in the first GHSA Class A softball power ratings issued Tuesday.

After posting wins over FPD, Stratford (twice), Jones County (twice), Houston County, Veterans, Eagle’s Landing Christian and Tattnall Square, GMC is running away with the top spot in the Class A public school power ratings. Its score of 11.61 is nearly 2.5 points ahead of second-place Echols County.

The Bulldogs’ only loss is to Class AAAAA Union Grove. They are 10-1 through Monday’s games.

FPD, meanwhile, tops area private school teams with a third-place showing. The Vikings (10-5) trail only first-place ELCA and Prince Avenue Christian.

Tattnall Square (10-5) is sixth among private schools, while Stratford (7-5) is 11th. Treutlen (11-7) is seventh among public schools, while Wilcox County (8-5) is eighth. Taylor County (6-7) is 11th, Hawkinsville (5-5) is 12th, and Johnson County (6-4) is 16th.

The top 16 teams, minus any region champions not in the top 16, go to the state playoffs in each bracket.

-- Ron Seibel

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