Familiar Faces Atop Early Standings
Several state titles have already been decided and six programs took home cheerleading crowns over the weekend. With only football remaining before the end of the fall sports season, the Regions Directors Cup standings have been updated and some familiar names sit at the top.
In Class AAAAA, Brookwood, last year’s overall winner, is currently the leader while Harrison is atop the girls standings in AAAAA after winning that category one year ago. Mill Creek is in second place overall but could jump the Broncos thanks to its victory in the cheerleading championships. The Norcross boys figure to get a boost come winter, but the Blue Devils may already be looking up with Brookwood just 10 points back entering the football playoffs. The Broncos could make a serious run, and the Walton boys are also lurking. Walton, after winning the girls volleyball title, appears ready to battle Lassiter, Brookwood and Harrison all year long. Peachtree Ridge fell short of winning the co-ed cheerleading championship, finishing in third place.
HAUGHTY HOUNDS …
In AAAA, Pope is on top of the overall standings with Marist leading the boys category and Whitewater on top in the girls category. Whitewater was runner-up in both softball and volleyball. Meanwhile, Northgate sits in 16th place overall with its softball title, and the Lady Vikings will receive a boost after winning their fifth straight cheerleading championship. Marist has won the AAAA overall title the last 11 seasons while winning the AAA crown in 1999-2000 school year. Marist’s surprising loss in the first round of the football playoffs could allow the Greyhounds to stretch its lead out a bit for the overall lead after Pope finished runner-up to the War Eagles one year ago. The two schools tied for the boys championship. Flowery Branch also has a shot at leading the boys race with a state title run after finishing in 17th place last year.
LOFTY LIONS …
Seeing St. Pius X atop the AAA overall standings isn’t much of a surprise, but Allatoona leads the girls category in AAA. The Golden Lions are on top in the boys standings and sits second in the girls. The race in AAA is the closest overall race with St. Pius X leading by just five points. With both football teams competing for a state title thanks to region championships, the race will heat up as the temperature drops.
TITANS TOPS …
Blessed Trinity leads the overall and the girls categories in Class AA with Lovett claiming the other spot. The Buford Wolves should be an interesting school to watch. The softball team has already won a state title and the football team doesn’t appear to be losing anytime soon in the playoffs. Right now Buford sits in 11th place overall, but a state crown in football could move the Wolves closer to Blessed Trinity. Lovett currently leads the boys race, but Blessed Trinity’s victory in the first round could help the Titans catch up and pass the Lions.
WOLVES WINNING …
Just because Wesleyan competes in the state’s smallest classification doesn’t mean the Wolves’ achievements are small. In fact, Wesleyan has claimed the last three Class A overall Directors Cups, and this year has a healthy lead over Athens Academy for the overall title. Wesleyan and First Presbyterian are splitting the girls and boys categories, respectively. Athens Academy will pick up some points for making the football playoffs but the real mover may turn out to be Savannah Christian. SCPS has made the finals the last two years and appears primed for another extended football run which could lead to a jump from its current spot at No. 20 overall.