Poll Talk: Commerce falls from No. 1 as Athens Christian, private schools have their day

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Class A private schools were on their game in high school football last week. And it came largely at the expense of their public-school rivals.

Athens Christian, unranked among the Class A private schools, defeated Class A public No. 1 Commerce 20-14 in a Region 8-A game.

Commerce (3-1) fell to No. 9 in the rankings. The new No. 1 is Macon County (3-1), which has lost only to Class AA No. 1 Fitzgerald.

Athens Christian (2-2) had been 0-18 against ranked teams since joining the Georgia High School Association in 2000.

Two other Class A games matched ranked private teams against a ranked public teams. The private school won both decisively. No. 7 Stratford Academy beat No. 6 Lincoln County 36-19. No. 6 Darlington beat No. 7 Bowdon 28-7.

There weren’t many upsets overall in week six of the regular season. Three other top-five teams lost, but all to larger schools. Valdosta lost to Colquitt County 45-24; Thomas County Central lost to Lee County 37-7; and Blessed Trinity lost to McCallie of Tennessee 56-6.

Class AAAAAAA

1. (1) Roswell (4-0)

2. (2) Mill Creek (5-0)

3. (3) Grayson (3-1)

4. (4) McEachern (4-1)

5. (5) Norcross (5-0)

6. (6) Lassiter (5-0)

7. (7) Lowndes (5-1)

8. (9) Parkview (3-1)

9. (10) Colquitt County (2-4)

10. (NR) South Gwinnett (4-1)

Out: South Forsyth (3-2)

Class AAAAAA

1. (1) Houston County (6-0)

2. (2) Northside-Warner Robins (5-0)

3. (4) Lee County (5-0)

4. (3) Valdosta (5-1)

5. (5) Northgate (5-0)

6. (7) Harrison (5-0)

7. (6) Dalton (4-0)

8. (8) Glynn Academy (4-1)

9. (9) Tucker (4-1)

10. (10) Alexander (4-0)

Class AAAAA

1. (1) Buford (3-1)

2. (2) Stockbridge (4-0)

3. (3) Carrollton (4-0)

4. (4) Kell (4-1)

5. (7) Griffin (5-0)

6. (8) Rome (2-2)

7. (9) Ware County (2-2)

8. (10) Grady (4-1)

9. (5) Thomas County Central (4-2)

10. (6) Arabia Mountain (4-1)

Class AAAA

1. (1) Cartersville (5-0)

2. (2) Thomson (4-0)

3. (3) Sandy Creek (3-1)

4. (5) Woodward Academy (4-1)

5. (9) Jefferson (4-1)

6. (10) Cairo (4-1)

7. (4) Blessed Trinity (4-2)

8. (6) Mary Persons (3-2)

9. (7) Burke County (4-1)

10. (NR) Spalding (3-2)

Class AAA

1. (1) Greater Atlanta Christian (4-1)

2. (2) Pace Academy (4-1)

3. (4) Peach County (4-1)

4. (5) Liberty County (4-0)

5. (7) Westminster (3-2)

6. (6) Calhoun (3-2)

7. (8) Lovett (3-2)

8. (9) Crisp County (5-0)

9. (3) Cedar Grove (3-2)

10. (10) Appling County (3-1)

Class AA

1. (1) Fitzgerald (4-0)

2. (2) Benedictine (5-0)

3. (3) Brooks County (4-0)

4. (4) Jefferson County (5-0)

5. (5) Callaway (5-0)

6. (6) Rabun County (3-0)

7. (7) Model (5-0)

8. (8) Dublin (5-0)

9. (9) Vidalia (3-2)

10. (10) Screven County (3-1)

Class A (private)

1. (1) Eagle’s Landing Christian (5-0)

2. (2) Wesleyan (5-0)

3. (3) Landmark Christian (5-0)

4. (4) Prince Avenue Christian (5-0)

5. (5) Calvary Day (4-0)

6. (6) Darlington (4-1)

7. (7) Stratford Academy (3-1)

8. (9) First Presbyterian (4-0)

9. (10) Fellowship Christian (4-0)

10. (NR) Athens Academy (4-0)

Out: No. 8 Mount Pisgah Christian (3-1)

Class A (public)

1. (2) Macon County (3-1)

2. (3) Clinch County (4-1)

3. (4) Emanuel County Institute (5-0)

4. (7) Manchester (5-0)

5. (5) Mount Zion (4-0)

6. (6) Lincoln County (2-1-1)

7. (8) Bowdon (3-2)

8. (9) McIntosh County Academy (3-1)

9. (1) Commerce (3-1)

10. (NR) Twiggs County (3-1)

Out: No. 10 Marion County (3-2)

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