Originally created 09/06/98

Prep notes: Changes ahead for Georgia rankings



While Lincoln County and McCormick lived up to their billing, some of the other top matchups lost some of its luster.

McCormick (2-0) will travel to Lincoln County (1-0) next week in a border war matchup of state Class A No. 1's. McCormick is No. 1 in South Carolina, while Lincoln County holds the top spot in Georgia.

McCormick advanced to the Class A state championship game last season, while Lincoln County advanced to the Class A state semifinals before falling to eventual state champion Manchester, which has moved up to Class AA this season.

Lincoln County is the only area Georgia squad that will retain its No. 1 ranking in the polls. Two-time defending Class AA state champion Washington County fell to Baldwin, 31-21, in a game that ended the state's longest winningest streak at 30 games.

Washington County (0-1) will play host to Class AAA No. 3 Peach County, which was destroyed, 38-0, by Class AAAA No. 5 Northside Warner Robins. Carrollton (1-0), which doesn't play again until Sept. 18, is expected to be the new Class AA No. 1 in the state polls.

"I feel very fortunate (about the streak), but everything must come to an end," Golden Hawks coach Rick Tomberlin said. "It's a tough loss but maybe we can get another streak going."

Class AAA No. 1 Burke County will not be in the same position next week after falling to unranked Jefferson County, 12-6. Burke County (0-1) will be at Thomson, which played at Stone Mountain late Saturday night, in the Region 3-AAA opener for both squads. No. 2 Marist is expected to be be the new No. 1 in Class AAA.

Class AAA No. 7 Statesboro, which will be at Greenbrier this week, was blasted by Effingham County, 27-0.

RENEWING RIVALRY: For most of the players in the upcoming North Augusta at Butler game, it will be the first time the teams have squared off. But for the coaches, it renews a rivalry.

Butler's David Landand North Augusta's Joe Longplayed against each other as high school players. North Augusta (1-1) will be at Butler (0-1) in a 7:30 p.m. tilt at Lumpkin Road Stadium.

"In high school we played each other," said Land, referring to his rivalry with Long. "For him and I, we will get a chance to renew a rivalry. I think it's going to be an outstanding game. Isn't it ironic it's the same week as Georgia and South Carolina? It's border wars for both the high school and college level."

Butler vs. North Augusta is one of three border war games this week. In addition to McCormick at Lincoln County, Lakeside will be at South Aiken.

DEDICATION CEREMONY: A dedication/celebration ceremony will be held at the new ARC Stadium on Friday at 7 p.m. before Richmond Academy opens its season against Laney.

Alumni of Richmond Academy, Westside and Laney are invited to attend the dedication which is in honor of all three Richmond County schools.

MARIS' RECORD: Most people know about Mark McGwireand Sammy Sosachasing Roger Maris'single-season home run record of 61.

What most people don't know is that Maris set a high school record in 1951 that still stands to this day.

The former New York Yankee slugger holds the national high school record for most kickoff returns for touchdowns, four, in a single game that he set while a prep athlete at Fargo (N.D.) Shanley High.

IMPROVING IMAGE: Jefferson County put more than $325,000 into its athletic program for the 1998-99 season.

The Warriors have a new field house, a new weight room and a new track in an effort to do things in a first class manner, according to Warriors' principal Molly Howard.

"We want to do everything first class," said Howard, who enters her fourth year as the principal at the school. "The community, coaches and kids deserve it."

Jefferson County opened its season by upsetting Class AAA No. 1 Burke County, 12-6, in the season opener for both squads. The Warriors will be at Class AA No. 7 Mary Persons this week. It will be the season opener for Mary Persons and new coach Steve Chafin, who replaces Georgia's winningest all-time coach in Dan Pitts(346-109-4).

"It (the win over Burke County) means we do have the capability of having a real fine football team," Warriors' coach Charles Rutland said.