When one takes a look back at last week’s GPB-TV Sports Top Ten Polls, one thing is obvious; there are many changes coming. Several high-ranked teams and perennial powers took it on the chin last weekend, and some of the losses were very surprising.
In Class 7A, Grayson lost to Bergen Catholic out of New Jersey 34-22, defensing 7A champion North Gwinnett fell to Wekiva, Fla., 28-14, Lowndes out of powerful Region 1 traveled north and got ambushed by Parkview, 39-27. Mill Creek downed Norcross 39-24 in another 7A surprise. In reality, four of the top ten teams in this state’s top classification were toppled.
The damage was not quite as severe in Class 6A. Perennial power Northside Warner Robins, Effingham County and Richmond Hill suffered defeats. In Class 5A, one of the state’s top teams in any classification, Buford lost to Deerfield Beach, Fla., 19-14. Most prep observers felt the Wolves would go unscathed during the regular season and deep into the state playoffs. Ware County lost to 6A power Coffee, 21-14 and Bainbridge traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., and lost to Leon, 28-6. West Laurens was the only 4A loss casualty in this week’s GPB poll, losing to Class 2A power Dodge County 22-10.
There were shocks aplenty in Class 3A. Peach County, Westminster, Pace Academy and Liberty County all took losses, so this week’s 3A poll will take on a totally different look. Lee County beat Peach County, 33-0, St. Pius X rolled past Westminster, 35-9, Monroe Area beat Pace Academy, 36-15 and Statesboro shocked Liberty County 23-6.
In other losses of note, Class A power Clinch County rolled past Class 2A Brooks County 37-7 and Colquitt County beat Thomasville 50-3. Irwin County downed Mt. Paran, 40-20 in another top ten matchup.