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Five area high school football teams ranked in poll

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The start of the high school football season will feature a top-10 showdown between two local teams.

When Burke County visits Thomson this Friday, both the Bears and Bulldogs will hold spots in the top 10 of the Georgia Sports Writers Association Prep Football Preseason Poll. Burke County is ranked No. 3 in Class AAAA and Thomson is sixth in Class AAA. The Bulldogs beat Burke County 21-14 in 2012.

Elsewhere in the rankings, Washington County is No. 8 in Class AAA ahead of a game against Class A No. 1 Eagle’s Landing Christian, Class AA Washington-Wilkes is tied for 10th and Lincoln County is No. 3 in Class A.

All five of the area’s ranked teams won at least one state playoff game a year ago, with Burke County, Lincoln County, Thomson and Washington County each winning two.

Georgia Sports Writers Association Prep Football Preseason Poll

Class AAAAAA

SchoolPointsLast year’s final ranking
1. Norcross (13)1301
2. Colquitt County1073
3. North Gwinnett876
4. Lovejoy692
5. Lowndes64NR
6. McEachern63NR
7. Camden County535
8. North Cobb524
9. Walton19NR
10. Mill Creek157
(tie) Peachtree Ridge15NR

Others receiving votes: Grayson 14; Lassiter 12; Hillgrove 9; Valdosta 4; Brookwood 1; Wheeler 1.

Class AAAAA

SchoolPointsLast year’s final ranking
1. Gainesville (11)1271
2. Northside-Warner Robins (1)1023
3. Stephenson (1)897
(tie) Tucker895
5. Thomas County Central70NR
6. Kell578
7. M.L. King569
8. Ware County472
9. Flowery Branch33NR
(tie) Whitewater334

Others receiving votes: Warner Robins 7; Allatoona 2; East Paulding 1; Harris County 1; Union Grove 1.

Class AAAA

SchoolPointsLast year’s final ranking
1. Sandy Creek (13)1301
2. Carrollton1098
3. Burke County1044
4. Marist873
5. Cairo7710
6. Stockbridge526
7. Griffin50NR
8. Monroe Area405
9. Statesboro246
10. Ridgeland192

Others receiving votes: Westside-Macon 13; Monroe-Albany 6; Baldwin 2; Riverdale 2.

Class AAA

SchoolPointsLast year’s final ranking
1. Buford (13)1301
2. St. Pius X992
3. Cartersville843
4. Peach County818
5. Carver-Columbus797
6. Thomson675
7. North Hall584
8. Washington County576
9. Blessed Trinity329
10. North Oconee1310

Others receiving votes: Woodward Academy 7; Callaway 6; Elbert County 1; Pierce County 1.

Class AA

SchoolPointsLast year’s final ranking
1. Calhoun (12)1292
2. Greater Atlanta Christian1005
3. Lamar County (1)953
4. Brooks County866
5. Jefferson781
6. Fitzgerald764
7. Lovett417
8. Cook27NR
9. Vidalia229
10. Washington-Wilkes16NR
(tie) Westminster16NR

Others receiving votes: Heard County 14; Benedictine 7; Early County 6; Dublin 1.

Class A

SchoolPointsLast year’s final ranking
1. Eagle’s Landing Christian (13)1301
2. Prince Avenue Christian913
3. Lincoln County876
4. George Walton747
5. Emanuel County Institute662
6. Wilcox County654
7. Savannah Christian39NR
8. Dooly County365
9. Wilkinson County3410
10. Irwin County27NR

Others receiving votes: Landmark Christian 12; Darlington 9; Clinch County 7; Calvary Day 5; First Presbyterian Day 5; Miller County 3; Charlton County 2; Seminole County 2; Walker School 1.

The following publications voted in the poll: The Augusta Chronicle; the Clayton News-Daily; the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer; The Daily Citizen (Dalton); FastCopy Communications; The Gwinnett Daily Post; The Marietta Daily Journal; The Newnan Times-Herald; the Savannah Morning News; Score Atlanta; The Telegraph (Macon); The Times (Gainesville); The Walker County Messenger.


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