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PREP FOOTBALL: Stockbridge, ELCA stay solid in new GSWA football poll, Sandy Creek slips

By Gabriel Stovall
gstovall@thecrescentbuzz.com
As most area teams get prepared for their first regular season contests, the action that took place last week and weekend helped create a few shifts in this week’s Georgia Sportswriters Association Poll.
ELCA (Class A) and Stockbridge (Class AAAAA) both held on to their spots from last week, with the Chargers maintaining the top ranking in the combined (public and private) Class A top 10 after an impressive 36-13 win over Class AAAAA Eagle’s Landing.
Meanwhile, Stockbridge stayed at No. 2 ahead of its Saturday season opener with Mays. The contest will be a rematch of the 2014 Class AAAAA semifinal — a game Mays won 30-15.
Sandy Creek slipped from its No. 5 position to 8th after losing a lead and, eventually, the game against Fort Dorchester (SC) last Saturday in Statesboro during the Corky Kell Classic to the tune of 48-35. The Patriots will get two weeks to prepare for the 2015 defending Class AAAAA champions from Allatoona.
Check out the rest of this week’s poll here:

Class AAAAAAA
School Points Last Week
(First place votes in parentheses)
1. Grayson (15) 159 1
2. Roswell 136 3
3. Mill Creek (1) 131 5
4. McEachern 112 4
5. Norcross 88 7
6. Colquitt  County 86  2
7. Westlake 54 8
8. Newton 28 10
9. Etowah 25 NR
10. Camden County 24 6
Others receiving votes:  Archer 15,  Hillgrove 9, North Cobb 6, Peachtree Ridge 6, South Gwinnett 3.
Dropped Out: Archer.

Class AAAAAA
School Points Last Week
(First place votes in parentheses)
1. Houston County (14)  158 1
t2. Lanier (1) 129 4
t2. Northside-Warner Robins (1) 129 6
4. Valdosta 106 7
5. Coffee 73 t8
6. Allatoona 66 2
7. Dalton 46 t8
t8. Northgate 32 10
t8. Tucker 32 5
t10. Glynn Academy 29 3
t10. Lee County 29 NR
Others receiving votes:  Gainesville 23, Dacula 8, Brunswick 7, Langston Hughes 4, Mays 4, Harrison 3, Creekside 2.
Dropped Out: None.

Class AAAAA
School Points Last Week
(First place votes in parentheses)
1. Kell (5) 144 t3
2. Stockbridge 136 2
3. Ware County (2) 122 t3
4. Buford (1) 115 1
5. Bainbridge (2) 107 5
6. Carrollton 69 9
7. Rome 67 7
8. Starr’s Mill 42 10
9. Jones County 25 6
10. Thomas County Central  14 NR
Others receiving votes: Loganville 8, Flowery Branch 7, Locust Grove 7, Carver-Atlanta 5, Woodland-Stockbridge 5, Veterans 4, East Paulding 4.
Dropped Out: East Paulding.

Class AAAA
School Points Last Week
(First place votes in parentheses)
1. Cartersville (16)  160 1
2. Woodward Academy 142 2
3. Marist 121 3
4. Blessed Trinity 117 4
5. Jefferson 91 7
6. Thomson 66 9
7. St. Pius X 61 6
8. Sandy Creek 54 5
9. Mary Persons 22 8
10. Ridgeland 12 NR
Others receiving votes:  Cairo 10, West Laurens 8, Northwest Whitfield 7, Burke Co. 4, Carver-Columbus 3, Spalding 2.
Dropped out: Carver-Columbus.

Class AAA
School Points Last Week
(First place votes in parentheses)
1. Calhoun (13) 152 t1
2. Pace Academy (3) 143 3
3. Greater Atlanta Christian 118 4
4. Cedar Grove 117 5
5. Westminster 82 t1
6. Peach County 80 6
7. Westside-Macon 72 7
8. Liberty County 59 8
9. Jackson 21 NR
10. Lovett 17 9
Others receiving votes: Dawson County 13, Hart County 4, Pierce County 2.
Dropped Out: Adairsville.

Class AA
School Points Last Week
(First place votes in parentheses)
1. Fitzgerald (8) 152 1
2. Benedictine (8) 151 2
3. Vidalia 117 3
4. Callaway 97 5
5. Jefferson County 84 6
6. Brooks County 69 t8
7. Heard County 58 7
8. Dodge County 56 4
9. Model 42 t8
10. Rabun County 30 t10
Others receiving votes: Elbert County 14, Chattooga 8, Spencer 3, Hapeville Charter 1.
Dropped Out: Elbert County.

Class A 
School Points Last Week
(First place votes in parentheses)
1. Eagle’s Landing Christian (13) 147 t1
2. Clinch County (2)  140 t1
3. Macon County (1) 114 3
4. Wesleyan 107 4
5. Darlington 82 5
6. Commerce 64 6
7. Prince Avenue Christian 62 8
8. Mt. Paran Christian  55 7
9. Irwin County 42 9
10. Emanuel County Institute 24 10
Others receiving votes: Stratford Academy 13, Marion County 6, Pinecrest Academy 6, Aquinas 5, Landmark Christian 4, Charlton County 3, Lincoln County 3, Manchester 2, McIntosh County 1.
Dropped Out: None.

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