Football Power Rankings – Week Seven

Literally zero movement in our Power Rankings. Again, head-to-head matchups help dictate that order. Here is the rundown after Week Seven.

#1 JEFFERSON

LAST RANK: #1
RECORD: 5-0 (1-0)
LAST: Canceled vs East Hall (COVID concerns for EH)
NEXT: vs Cedar Shoals

The #1-ranked Dragons didn’t get to play their game against East Hall, who has had to can two games for COVID reasons. It’s unclear whether the Dragons will pick up a game on October 30, when they have a scheduled bye week. Jefferson takes on Cedar Shoals at home in Week 8.


#2 RABUN COUNTY

LAST RANK: #2
RECORD: 5-1 (0-0)
LAST: W 63-17 @ Pope
NEXT: Canceled @ St. Anne Pacelli

#1 Rabun nearly matched the 70 it put up the week prior. The Cats had very little trouble with 6A opponent Pope, and moved to 5-1 with another Gunner Stockton, Adriel Clark, and Lang Windham offensive display. Rabun appears to be hitting another gear as it nears region play. Next up was Pacelli, which backed out ahead of game week.


#3 COMMERCE

LAST RANK: #3
RECORD: 5-1 (1-0)
LAST: W 35-0 vs Greene County
NEXT: vs Towns County

The #3-ranked Tigers are hitting their stride now. True to form, Commerce uses many different players to find the end zone. That was true again in a 35-0 win in which 7 different Tigers scored. Next up is Towns County as Commerce seeks to run through the region.


#4 DAWSON COUNTY

LAST RANK: #4
RECORD: 2-3 (1-0)
LAST: BYE
NEXT: vs Gilmer

Dawson County got a nicely placed bye week that followed the momentum-grabbing win over White County. Now the Tigers turn their attention to Gilmer, who just stomped Lumpkin and put up a lot of points. Every game is crucial from here on out for all teams in region play, and Dawson is no exception.


#5 WHITE COUNTY

LAST RANK: #5
RECORD: 4-2 (0-2)
LAST: L 31-34 vs North Hall (OT)
NEXT: vs West Hall

The #7-ranked Warriors have hit a deep hole in the season. After the brilliant 4-0 start, J Ben Haynes went down early in the third quarter of an eventual loss to Dawson. It’s worth arguing if he was in that game, would White County have won? Same can be said for the game against North Hall, an overtime thriller that saw the Warriors unable to contain the Trojans. This is a serious 0-2 hole in a region that contains front-runner Dawson, undefeated Cherokee Bluff, and Gilmer who appears to be a solid playoff-like team. There’s almost NO ROOM for error here on out as pertains to playoff hopes. The Warriors need their star QB back. On another note, the emergence of Darius Cannon has been incredible to watch. Just get him the ball in open space and watch him work.


#6 STEPHENS COUNTY

LAST RANK: #6
RECORD: 4-2 (0-1)
LAST: L 21-41 @ Monroe Area
NEXT: @ #9 Franklin County

Stephens County suffered its first loss since Week 1 when running into a buzz saw called Monroe Area. The Indians will look to rebound when hitting the road again, this time at #9-ranked Franklin County.


#7 HABERSHAM CENTRAL

LAST RANK: #7
RECORD: 3-3 (1-1)
LAST: L 7-44 vs #1 Buford
NEXT: @ #5 Dacula

This is the part of the schedule everyone knew would be tough on the Raiders. That’s what made the win over Winder-Barrow last week so important. That first region win is in the bag, but then came the date with #1-ranked Buford. That ended as predicted, but it doesn’t stop there. Now comes #5 Dacula on the road, then #9-ranked Lanier after that (at home) and Central Gwinnett following that.



#8 UNION COUNTY

LAST RANK: #8
RECORD: 2-2 (0-0)
LAST: BYE
NEXT: @ Banks County

Union County hasn’t played in two full weeks after having a second game canceled for COVID reasons. This time it was a scheduled bye week. The good thing is this team is so well-rested. Next up is Banks County in a region opener on the road.


#9 TOWNS COUNTY

LAST RANK: #9
RECORD: 2-3 (0-0)
LAST: Canceled vs Lincoln (COVID concerns)
NEXT: @ #3 Commerce

Towns County had its game against Lincoln County canceled for COVID-related issues. Next up is #3 Commerce on the road as the Indians look to show what they can do in region play.


#10 BANKS COUNTY

LAST RANK: #10
RECORD: 1-5 (0-0)
LAST: BYE
NEXT: vs Union County

Banks County got a nice bye week to regroup for the region part of the schedule. For that, they welcome in Union County to kick things off. No matter what, the Leopards are going to state in this four-team region, but they’d like to take a win or two from region opponents.


#11 LUMPKIN COUNTY

LAST RANK: #11
RECORD: 0-5 (0-0)
LAST: L 7-62 @ Gilmer
NEXT: @ North Hall

Lumpkin County remains without a win after a hard game at Gilmer. It gets tougher next week when visiting The Brickyard. North Hall is a team trending upward, so the Indians will have their hands full.

4 comments

  • Yes White County is in a serious hole after Friday night. It is just two bad no one could step up and throw for 321 yards and rush for 93 also record about 4 tackles and a sack on about 15 or so defensive snaps this kid works hard and seems to get overlooked any way possible .but thank God he has so much heart it doesn’t even bother him . White County is in a serious hole but it has nothing to do with quarterback play pretty sure 321 yards is the most any QBs has thrown for in recent history for white county look it up .

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    • Thanks for the comment. In no way were we implying anything negative about Riley. He has done very well in his role that was given to him to shoulder. If we overlooked him, we would not have included him in Player of the Week voting, which we did. There is no false statement that we have made about White County that they would not agree with. Anyone on that team or who supports that team would agree that they want and need J Ben back. It’s not a slight to anybody else, including Riley. I’d venture a guess that even Riley would wish his starting QB could be back

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  • We were heart broken when our QB went down in the game with Dawson. Hated to lose him for one play much less a game or more. Our prayers have been with him for complete healing and a quick return. Of course it changes things, the whole team shifts, but I can not believe no one on this post acknowledged the fact that Riley Stancil stepped up and has done his job and did pretty good! Yes Darius as well! But the whole situation, nerves, lack of game experience in QB position, the stress of it all had a role in it,and I’m sure the team maybe not having complete trust in him set a whole different game, Riley Stancil stepped up! Maybe the rest of the team will see now that they can trust him, he can get the job done and maybe they will all do theirs! Maybe, and maybe he can get the recognition he deserves! Continued prayers for JBen and GO WARRIORS!

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    • Amanda, if you have read our recaps of both games, we have done nothing but praise the work of Riley…I’m really not sure why anyone is taking a negative spin on it. Stating facts, White County is 0-2 in region…that is a serious hole that they have to climb out of and they know that as well as anyone. No one on that team or who wants them to win would sit there and say they don’t wish J Ben would be back on the field. Riley has done a great job, but a 4-year starter at QB isn’t someone who comes off the field and you would expect the team to be the same. To think that is a slight to J Ben

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