Football Power Rankings – Week Three

Another week, a lot more clarity. Here are the latest Power Rankings, which sees Rabun come off the top spot for the first time in four years.

#1 JEFFERSON

LAST RANK: #2
RECORD: 2-0 (0-0)
LAST: W 28-14 @ #1 Rabun County
NEXT: vs Mountain View

The #2-ranked Dragons flexed big-time at Rabun. Both teams are title contenders, but Jefferson showed how difficult it is to contain the option with Malaki Starks and Jordan Perry being so hard to stop. The roster is loaded and DEEP, which bodes well for the playoffs. Only Flowery Branch has a shot to hang an L on the Dragons this regular season, and that matchup comes in Week 6.


#2 RABUN COUNTY

LAST RANK: #1
RECORD: 2-1 (0-0)
LAST: L 14-28 vs #2 Jefferson Dragons
NEXT: @ #9 Bremen

#1 Rabun lost their first regular season contest since Gunner Stockton’s first-ever game in 2018. Still, it came against a team that is clearly among the frontrunners in 2020 for a Class 4A state title. The Cats never gave up, playing tough til the final horn. They also held a brief lead, and kept it tied until late in the third. Next up, ANOTHER ranked opponent. This schedule has been ridiculously tough for the Cats, but it will make them battle-tested for the playoffs.


#3 WHITE COUNTY

LAST RANK: #3
RECORD: 3-0 (0-0)
LAST: W 42-7 vs Pickens
NEXT: @ Habersham Central

It’s 3-0 for the #5-ranked Warriors for the first time since 2017. White County won easily over Pickens, as J Ben Haynes has well over 1,000 yards total already this season. Next up is Habersham Central on the road, and pits two local geographic rivals against each other with a lot of hype – as both are unbeaten.


#4 HABERSHAM CENTRAL

LAST RANK: #4
RECORD: 2-0 (0-0)
LAST: BYE
NEXT: vs #5 White County

The Raiders got a week to rest up before a HUGE showdown with White County, who comes in also unbeaten and ranked #6 in the state. Habersham has won the past two games against the Warriors.


#5 COMMERCE

LAST RANK: #5
RECORD: 2-1 (0-0)
LAST: L 7-24 @ #1 Athens Academy
NEXT: vs Elbert County

The #5-ranked Commerce Tigers stayed somewhat close with Athens Academy in a true top-five billing. There are definitely some things to shore up before region play, and Elbert will be a good challenge at home.


#6 STEPHENS COUNTY

LAST RANK: #7
RECORD: 2-1 (0-0)
LAST: W 24-10 @ Jackson County
NEXT: vs Madison County

Stephens continues to impress with back-to-back wins for the first time in over two years. The Indians downed Jackson 24-10, and look forward to grabbing a big win over Madison to get more momentum going into the much-anticipated Habersham game in Week 5.


#7 UNION COUNTY

LAST RANK: #8
RECORD: 1-2 (0-0)
LAST: W 39-14 vs Chestatee
NEXT: @ George Walton

Union had little trouble with Chestatee, earning their first win of the season and avoiding an 0-3 start. Carson Walker and his three TDs helped him emerge as a potential play-maker for this unit, who take on George Walton next.


#8 DAWSON COUNTY

LAST RANK: #6
RECORD: 0-3 (0-0)
LAST: L 49-63 vs South Forsyth
NEXT: @ Northview

Dawson County’s schedule has been crazy-tough, and that has resulted in the first 0-3 start for them since 2014 in the pre-Sid Maxwell era. The Tigers have had excellent play from QB Zach Holtzclaw and WR Jaden Gibson, and hope to get that first W on the road against Northview.


#9 TOWNS COUNTY

LAST RANK: #9
RECORD: 2-1 (0-0)
LAST: W 43-14 vs Lumpkin County
NEXT: vs Mt. Zion

Towns County moves to 2-1 for the first time since 2008. The Indians have yet another home game (playing the first four at home) against Mt. Zion, and they’ll seek a 3-1 start for the first time since that ’08 season, in which Towns opened up 3-0.


#10 BANKS COUNTY

LAST RANK: #11
RECORD: 0-3 (0-0)
LAST: L 22-23 vs East Jackson
NEXT: @ Lumpkin County

Banks County dropped a tough one at at home against East Jackson, marking an 0-3 start. Next up is Lumpkin (below), so this should bring a lot more clarity to this part of our Power Rankings.


#11 LUMPKIN COUNTY

LAST RANK: #10
RECORD: 0-2 (0-0)
LAST: L 14-43 @ Towns County
NEXT: vs Banks County

Lumpkin County didn’t get a great start against Towns, falling behind 37-0 at the half. They played much better in the second half, and will try to use that momentum against visiting Banks County in Week 4.

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