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WEEK 7 FOOTBALL RANKINGS

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Trivia
Question: 
What is the region record of all six teams in Division B, Region 4-AAAAA?

Today's answer can be found in the newsletter!
 
Saturday's Answer: 
Wheeler forced six Roswell turnovers and upset the Hornets 28-13 on Friday. 
WEEK 7 
FOOTBALL RANKINGS

 

 

Class AAAAAA

1. Colquitt County

2. Grayson

3. Valdosta

4. Dacula

5. Camden County

6. Lowndes

7. Hughes

8. McEachern

9. Milton

10. Norcross

 

Class AAAAA

1. Ware County

2. Coffee

3. Creekside

4. Allatoona

5. Kell

6. Northside-Warner Robins

7. Lanier

8. Stephenson

9. Mays

10. Jones County

 

Class AAAA

1. Buford

2. Sandy Creek

3. Griffin

4. Marist

5. Thomas County Central

6. Woodward Academy

7. Mary Persons

8. Cairo

9. Cartersville

10. Whitewater

 

Class AAA

1. Washington County

2. Calhoun

3. Blessed Trinity

4. Peach County

5. Jefferson

6. Westminster

7. Central-Carroll

8. Hart County

9. Westside-Macon

10. Dodge County

 

Class AA

1. GAC

2. Benedictine

3. Lovett

4. Vidalia

5. Brooks County

6. Thomasville

7. Fitzgerald

8. Lamar County

9. Darlington

10. Screven County

 

Class A-Private

1. Aquinas

2. Mount Paran

3. Savannah Christian

4. Calvary Day

5. Mount Pisgah

6. Tattnall Square

7. Landmark Christian

8. Pacelli

9. Prince Avenue Christian

10. Pinecrest Academy

 

Class A-Public

1. Marion County

2. Irwin County

3. Hawkinsville

4. Dooly County

5. Charlton County

6. Claxton

7. ECI

8. Commerce

9. Lincoln County

10. Clinch County

 

 






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Monday, October 6, 2014



FOOTBALL RANKINGS RUNDOWN
Class AAAAAA powers return to poll


In our Week 7 football poll, three major Class AAAAAA programs are back in the top 10 after previously being knocked out. McEachern, on the strength of three consecutive quality

Photo by Sonny Kennedy

wins, is back in at No. 8 while Milton, after a convincing win over Etowah, is No. 9. and Norcross, after a suffocating defensive performance against North Gwinnett, comes in at No. 10.


 

In Class AAAAA, Jones County dropped to No. 10 after losing to Lakeside-Evans. Allatoona leapt Kell after dominating previously-undefeated Alexander. 


 

There were no changes in Class AAAA.


 

Dodge County debuted in the Class AAA rankings after cruising to a 6-0 start.

In Class AA, Thomasville made a major leap in the poll at No. 6 after upsetting Fitzgerald. The Bulldogs are now 3-3 after three straight wins. They have not lost to a AA program this season.

 

Class A was highlighted by Prince Ave. Chr.'s move to No. 9 and the return of Lincoln County to the public rankings. Clinch County also made it in after destroying previously-ranked Atkinson County.


 


SEE LEFT PANEL FOR RANKINGS



WEEKEND RECAP
By Craig Sager II

Lakeside-Evans shakes up Region 2-AAAAA


 

There are underdogs across the state that pull off upsets each week, but only few teams become what we refer to as 'giant slayers'. After starting 1-3, Lakeside-Evans topped previously unbeaten Houston County 24-20 Week 6, before spoiling Jones County's perfect season with a 35-16 win this past Friday. Lakeside's impressive victories have leveled out the Region 2 playing field and now four teams sit with one loss heading into Week 8. Jones County, Northside-Warner Robins, Warner Robins, Houston County are the one-loss teams and Evans and Lakeside-Evans are in the thick of the playoff race with just two region losses. Division B, Region 4-AAAAA features all six teams with 1-1 region records. 

            

Region wins are always hard to come by in Class AAAAAA's Region 1. Valdosta handed Camden County a 13-10 loss on Friday. The win is huge for Valdosta, which has jumped to No. 3 in Class AAAAAA. and matched last year's win total with its 6-0 start.

            

Region 5-AAAAAA has had plenty of intriguing storylines this season and Friday could've been the wildest weekend yet. Wheeler handed Roswell its first loss of the season, while winning its first region game of the year. Walton, which was searching desperately for a win after having to forfeit three of its wins this year, was overwhelmed by an 0-4 Pope team. The Greyhounds went into Raider Valley and topped Walton 44-36, sending the Raiders to 1-5 overall and 1-3 in region play. 

            

Cherokee and Milton are two of the four one-loss teams sharing a lead at the top of Region 5 and the two teams square off this weekend in a huge Class AAAAAA showdown. Cherokee handed Woodstock its first loss of the season to the tune of 42-21 on Friday with its explosive offense that has averaged a region-best 40 points per game this year. 

 


XL212 ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

Mallory, Kopec represent as September's best


Alpharetta, GA -October 5, 2014 -Bliss Mallory and Ryan Kopec were honored as the XL212 Student-Athletes of the Month (SAM Award) at the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce September Eggs & Enterprise Breakfast Tuesday. The SAM award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of deserving Student-Athletes in the greater North Fulton area. Winners are chosen from nominations made by area Athletic Directors and coaches, and based on extraordinary academic proficiency, exceptional athletic accomplishments and dedication to civic action.

 

Bliss Mallory, a senior cheerleader from Mount Vernon Presbyterian School, was named the Female Student-Athlete of the Month for September. She made the All-American Cheer Squad and will have the opportunity to cheer in London with an elite group of cheerleaders from around the nation. She was named Head Captain of the Mount Vernon Cheer Squad, has been the varsity basketball Team Captain the last 2 years, and is a member of the varsity soccer team.


 

Bliss takes multiple honors and AP courses, while maintaining a 3.97 GPA. She scored a 27 on the ACT.  She is the Founder and President of the Business Club and is active with the Green Club, Service Club, and Art Club. She also serves as Spirit Prefect for the Upper School and is a member of the youth group at Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Bliss is hoping to attend UCLA next fall.


 
When asked what sets this student leader apart from her peers, Coach Kelly Fitzgerald, says, "She is an outstanding young woman, is forever positive and without complaint. She sets an example in and out of practice. I cannot speak highly enough about her.  I wish every girl on my squad had these qualities.  I wish these qualities for my daughter one day! She sets the bar high. I am so grateful to coach a young lady who makes my life easy!"


The September Male Student-Athlete of the Month is Ryan Kopec, a senior football player from Alpharetta High School. So far, in the 2014 season, he has 15 receptions for 330 yards and four touchdowns. He has made 5 out of eight field goals, with a long of 46 yards, and is 25 of 25 for extra points. He also has an average of 35.5 yards punting, with 6 downed inside the 20.


 
Ryan is a 3-year Scholar-Athlete who maintains a 3.9 GPA and made a 27 on his ACT.  He is hoping to continue his athletic career at the college level. Off the field, he is a Raider Ambassador. Only students who are strong scholars and display excellent leadership skills are chosen to represent their school during events and when special visitors are on campus.


 
Head coach, Jacob Nichols says, "He has a great work ethic and has worked hard for four years to reach his goals on the football field, on the baseball diamond, and in the classroom. 


 

He is truly an inspiration to many with his selflessness and dedication to all aspects of any program that he is part of. Ryan is the type of player that any coach would appreciate, leading by example in every phase of his academic and athletic career, and in life."


 

"We are tremendously excited to be entering our fifth year of partnering with the GNFCC to present the Student-Athlete of the Month Awards," commented Eric Douglas, XL212 President. He added, "We want to thank Brandon Beach and the GNFCC, Roger Wise and the University of Phoenix, and Bob Mejerle from SpeedPro Imaging for helping to make this award possible."


 


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