AA in brief: No movement in polls

Article and photos courtesy of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution –> Original Article Here

For the second week in a row in AA, the same 10 teams make up the rankings. Last week, No. 9 and 10 swapped places, but this week there are no changes to the polls. Benedictine continues to move on from Hurricane Matthew, and all teams except the No. 6 Brooks County Trojans rolled to blowout wins of at least three scores. The Trojans lost 42-7 to No. 2 Fitzgerald, but despite that they remain at No. 6.

Here’s a glimpse at the updated rankings, with the previous week’s rankings in parenthesis:

1. (1) Benedictine (8-0)

2. (2) Fitzgerald (7-1)

3. (3) Jefferson County (8-0)

4. (4) Callaway (8-0)

5. (5) Rabun County (7-0)

6. (6) Brooks County (6-2)

7. (7) Vidalia (6-2)

8. (8) Screven County (7-1)

9. (9) Pepperell (6-1)

10. (10) Heard County (6-2)

In brief:

  • Callaway defensive end Lichon Terrell, Pepperell running back Tae Hammond, Rabun County quarterback Bailey Fisher and Vidalia linebacker Nate McBride earned Top Performances honors from GHSF Daily.
  • Speaking of McBride, the USA Today recently profiled the AJC Super 11 selection’s jersey presentation for the Army All-American Bowl.
  • Check out the season stats for AA according to MaxPreps.
  • Though the No. 9 Pepperell Dragons had to earn their way into the rankings, Dragons coach Rick Hurst reminds his team the polls don’t matter.
  • Ranked or not, the Dragons had a big night defensively last week against Dade County.
  • The Spencer Greenwave Owls may be unranked out of Region 5, but keep an eye on them. After beating Lamar County 39-0, they’re 6-2 overall and 3-0 in league play, which makes them the only other team besides No. 4 Callaway that’s undefeated in league play. They play Callaway on Friday.
  • Speaking of Callaway, head coach Pete Wiggins earned his 99th career win last week.
  • As the regular season winds down, it’s time to start paying close attention to the region standings.
  • Blitz provided highlights of Rabun County quarterback Bailey Fisher’s performance from Friday.
  • Fisher is just the latest success story in Lee Shaw-run offenses.
  • Morgan Lee of accessWDUN wrote about Rabun County’s statement win over Elbert County.
  • Somebody calculate Benedictine’s quarterback rating from Friday’s game. (Hint: it’s the highest possible rating.)
  • Here’s highlights of the Brooks County-Fitzgerald game from Hudl.
  • Here’s highlights from Toombs County’s 38-7 win over Metter from Toombs Now.
  • Benedictine announced the Cadets’ Nov. 11 game, which is actually the first round of the state playoffs, as its makeup date for homecoming. A playoff game serving as homecoming is unheard of, but then again so is a hurricane ripping through your city and postponing the football season for a week.

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Your last bullet point raises a question: Is there any way to find out if a homecoming game has ever been scheduled for a playoff game before in the state of Georgia?

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