Georgia's largest classification flexed its muslce this past Friday when Camden Co. and North Gwinnett upheld the honor of the state with victories over high-powered out-of-state programs.
The Bulldogs climbed to No. 2 after their win over national No. 17 Crenshaw (Calif.) (according to rivals.com) in a game that was televised on ESPNU.
North Gwinnett may have jumped to No. 1 had Camden County not beat an equally impressive opponent. The Wildcats held onto defeat national No. 3 Miami Central 45-42 in a show of offensive firepower in Kingsland, Ga. The Rockets featured several highly-touted blue-chip recruits while Camden Co. had lost a multitude of starters off last year’s state title team.
But somehow, some way, Jeff Herron’s bunch was able to come out ahead in the end. Herron is doing something right in Southeast Georgia as his teams are consistently among the state’s best despite rarely featuring the top talent that many other ranked programs possess.
Georgia’s top two squads entered the weekend at No. 19 and No. 22 respectively in the rivals.com national rankings. It is safe to say that both will rise in the rankings when the new poll comes out tomorrow.
Also in the state’s highest classification, McEachern vaulted into the top 5 while Lowndes fell to No. 6 after their heart-breaking loss to the Indians.
No. 10 Woodstock entered the rankings for the first time this year after a 16-6 victory over Harrison.
Kell continued their rise after a 20-10 win over Etowah. The Longhorns are now ranked No. 6 heading into this Friday’s clash with Woodstock.
Carrollton vaulted to No. 5 after a dominating 35-7 win at Westminster. The Trojans have been very impressive thus far in 2010 and have risen into the top 5 after being unranked to start the season.
Also, LaGrange replaced Ridgeland at No. 10 after the Panthers’ 17-14 loss to Allatoona. The Bucs are now 2-0 and may enter the rankings soon if they continue to win. Head coach Gary Varner has Allatoona’s young program playing very well, despite his being laid off and then re-hired in the offseason by the Cobb County school system.
Carver-Columbus takes over at No. 1 after their shutout win against Buford, who was last week’s top-ranked AA squad. The Wolves fell to No. 2 after the loss.
Also, Westminster dropped to No. 6 after their loss to Carrollton.
There are no changes to report in the Class A rankings this week, but there promises to be some after this coming weekend when No. 1 Wilcox Co. travels to No. 4 Clinch Co. and No. 10 Holy Innocents visits Class AA power GAC.
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