The Atlanta Braves are in a “must-win” situation tonight. And already, it's been a roller-coaster ride for the team in the three games played of their first-round playoff series.
There is a new No. 1 in Class A. After Wilcox Co. upset Charlton Co. Friday night, Clinch Co. jumped into the No. 1 spot over No. 2 Wesleyan. The Patriots, who have still not lost a home game since 2005, rose to No. 4. Savannah Christian and Lincoln Co. both climbed one spot - to No. 3 and No. 5 respectively - while the Indians dropped to No. 6 after their loss.
The Atlanta Braves lost in hearbreaking fashion Sunday night at Turner Field, putting them in a must-win situation Monday night.
North Clayton 20, Tri-Cities 14: LaDarius Mathis had two rushing touchdowns, and his 1-yard plunge in overtime sealed the victory for the visiting Eagles (5-1) over the Bulldogs (4-3). North Clayton's Amarlo Herrera also returned an interception for a 25-yard touchdown.
Lowndes at Valdosta The Winnersville Classic is this Friday night in Bazemore-Hyder Stadium fittingly with a lot on the line. A crowd of about 12,000 will be in attendance to watch the battle of Region 1-AAAAA powers. Lowndes has won the past six meetings and is currently ranked No. 4 in the state.
For the first time in five years, baseball’s playoffs again include the Atlanta Braves. The team returns to a stage it had become accustomed-to in 14-straight years from 1991 through 2005. But this playoff appearance will represent the final one for future Hall of Fame manager Bobby Cox.
Looking at the Class 5A rankings, a trend starts to develop. Five of the top 10 teams in the state call Gwinnett home. Two regions, Regions 7 and 8 in Class 5A are made up entirely of Gwinnett County schools and they are considered by many to be the most difficult in the state.
Only one change in this week's 44 as Akeem Hunt of Newton replaces Ronnie Harris of Westlake
It was a popular week for a bye throughout the state and, consequently, there are not as many changes in the rankings as we have seen in previous weeks. Class A saw no changes at all while Class 4A had just one change and Classes 5A and 2A saw just two new names each.
The Atlanta Braves are back into the postseason for the first time since 2005. The team's 8-7 win over Philidelphia Sunday, coupled with San Diego's 3-0 defeat at San Francisco, earned the Braves the National League wild card berth.