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PREP FOOTBALL: Woodland welcomed into the ranks of the ranked in latest GSWA football poll

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We’ve reached the midpoint of the season, which means we’re getting a better idea at who the state champion contenders are.

As it’s been most of the season, Class AAAAA boasts the most ranked teams in the four-county Southern Crescent area, with three, thanks to a new addition.

The Woodland Wolfpack (4-1, 3-0 in Region 4-AAAAA) check in at No. 10 in this week’s poll, thanks to a 38-9 drubbing of Jones County on the road. It was enough to knock Jones County out of the rankings and give Woodland a chance to control its own destiny en route to a region championship with an October 7 showdown with No. 1 Stockbridge looming.

Stockbridge continues to hold a grip on that top-ranking for the third week in a row now, while 4-0 Griffin scoots up to No. 5.

In Class A, ELCA not only holds on to its top spot, but has garnered all 14 first place votes in the process. Coach Jonathan Gess’ squad has been especially dominant on defense. The Chargers have shut out its last three opponents offensively — the only opposing score in the last three games coming from a safety against Jonesboro. Eagle’s Landing is the last team to find the end zone against the Chargers, and that happened with two garbage time touchdowns in the fourth quarter after ELCA had already taken a 39-0 lead.

Check out the Georgia Sportswriters Association Poll in its entirety below.

 

 

Class AAAAAAA

(First place votes in parentheses)

1. Mill Creek (13) 148

2. Roswell (2) 134

3. Grayson 121

4. Norcross 105

5. McEachern 89

6. Lassiter 71 6

7. Lowndes 63

8. South Forsyth 19

9. North Cobb 15

10. Parkview 14

Others receiving votes:  Newton 13, Etowah 5, Mountain View 3,  Colquitt County 2, South Gwinnett 2, North Paulding 1, West Forsyth 1.

Dropped Out: Newton, Brookwood


 

Class AAAAAA

1. Houston County (13)  148

2. Northside-Warner Robins (2) 137

3. Valdosta 119

4. Dalton 98

5. Northgate 79

6. Lee County 71

7. Tucker 55

8. Glynn Academy 49

9. Harrison 47

t10. Alexander 7

t10. Mays 7

Others receiving votes:  Creekside 5, Langston Hughes 3.

Dropped Out: Creekside.


 

Class AAAAA

1. Stockbridge (12) 147

2. Buford (3) 136

3. Carrollton 119

4. Kell 102

5. Griffin 78

6. Thomas County Central  54

7. Grady 50

8. Arabia Mountain 47

9. Ware County 35

10. Woodland-Stockbridge  28

Others receiving votes: Rome 10, Loganville, 6, Locust Grove 5, Jones County 3, Carver-Atlanta 2.

Dropped Out: Jones County.


 

Class AAAA

1. Cartersville (15)  150

2. Thomson 134

3. Blessed Trinity 113

4. Woodward Academy 104

5. Sandy Creek 96

6. Jefferson 60

7. Burke Country 55

8. Mary Persons 31

9. Ridgeland 30

10. Oconee County 24

NR

Others receiving votes:  Cairo 16, Marist 6, Spalding 2, Madison County 2, West Hall 2.

Dropped out: Marist.


 

Class AAA

1. Greater Atlanta Christian (7) 140

2. Liberty County (8)  137

3. Pace Academy 122

4. Cedar Grove 105

5. Peach County 92

6. Westminster 63

7. Calhoun 49

8. Crisp County 47

9. Lovett 42

10. Central Macon 19

 

Others receiving votes: Jenkins-Savannah 4, Appling County 3, Dawson County 1, Union County 1.

Dropped Out: Dawson County.


 

Class AA

1. Fitzgerald (10) 145

2. Benedictine (5) 139

3. Jefferson County 106

4. Callaway 104

5. Brooks County 95

6. Model 71

7. Rabun County 64

8. Vidalia 49

9. Dublin 32

10. Heard County 18

Others receiving votes: Elbert County 4, Pepperell 2, Lamar County 1, Screven County 1, Temple 1.

Dropped Out: None.


 

Class A 

1. Eagle’s Landing Christian (14) 148

2. Wesleyan 124

3. Prince Avenue Christian 102

4. Commerce 101

5. Clinch County 74

6. Emanuel County Institute  64 7

7. Macon County 63

8. Darlington (1) 51

9. Fellowship Christian  34 9

10. Landmark Christian  24

Others receiving votes: Calvary Day 11, Manchester 9, Lincoln County 7, Stratford Academy 4, Mt. Pisgah Christian 3, Marion County 2, Mt. Zion-Carroll 2, Pinecrest Academy 2.

Dropped Out: Marion County.

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