Week One Power Rankings
Week one is now behind us. We have a bit of a shuffle in the Week One Power Rankings! Here’s the rundown!
#1 » JEFFERSON
LAST GAME: W 22-13 vs #1 Rabun County
NEXT GAME: @ Central Gwinnett
PREVIOUS RANKING: T-#1
The Dragons earned a 22-13 win over Rabun County at home. Sammy Brown showed out with over 150 rushing yards and a TD in his Jefferson debut, and we saw Kadin Bailey get a rushing TD along with Malaki Starks. The bad news? Jordan Perry’s knee injury. We don’t know a whole lot other than he’s going to definitely miss several weeks at this point. Hopefully he’ll be back before the playoffs. None of that should overshadow the great start for Jefferson. The defense looks just fine, and the offense keeps the chains moving.
#2 » RABUN COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 22-13 @ #1 Jefferson
NEXT GAME: vs #7 Pace Academy (ESPN)
PREVIOUS RANKING: T-#1
The Cats’ defense was great against #1 Jefferson, forcing a couple of key turnovers and for the most part keeping the Dragons in check. The offense will be just fine. There’s a lot to like about what we saw from Rabun in the opener, especially that everyone seems to have come out of that game healthy. Another big test awaits on Saturday when taking on #7 Pace Academy on ESPN.
#3 » COMMERCE
LAST GAME: W 10-0 vs Banks County
NEXT GAME: @ Union County
PREVIOUS RANKING: #3
The Tigers opened the Mark Hollars era with a shutout win over Banks County. It was definitely what we expected for the result, but not so much the score we anticipated. Dreylan Martin’s huge TD run was all they truly needed. The exciting part was Ivy Tolbert being the first Commerce girl to suit up, and converted an extra point and a field goal. Jaiden Daniels got a few chances to show what he could do in the backfield too, and he did well. Union County will be up next, and hopefully Commerce’s offense finds the end zone a bit more often. The defense looks great!
#4 » STEPHENS COUNTY
LAST GAME: W 34-20 vs White County
NEXT GAME: @ North Hall
PREVIOUS RANKING: #7
The Indians make a big leap to #4 in our Power Rankings after a monster first game win over White County at The Reservation. Ben Stowe was as good as we thought he’d be, and so too was Cam Lacy. Tyson Everett had a solid night as well, and the Indians made a statement with this game. Next up is a North Hall team that will really test the defense with their wishbone option.
#5 » WHITE COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 20-34 @ Stephens County
NEXT GAME: vs Hart County
PREVIOUS RANKING: #4
White County’s offense was at times sluggish at Stephens County. A lot of that has to do with breaking in a brand new young QB in Billy Carder. He’ll be fine and will only get better with each rep. Keep that in mind. Darius Cannon is ready for a HUGE year, and there’s still so many key athletes on this roster that we’re not concerned about the Warriors just yet.
#6 » DAWSON COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 19-27 vs Cass
NEXT GAME: @ #5 Flowery Branch
PREVIOUS RANKING: #6
Dawson suffered a tough first week loss to Cass. Turnovers hurt the Tigers, and giving Cass short fields didn’t help. That said, we’re not ready to give up on this team, as they will find answers to ball control. Zach Holtzclaw had 218 passing yards and a TD in his senior season opener, and scored a rare rushing TD. The next game is a HUGE ask for this team, as they go to The Branch against a #5-ranked Falcons team.
#7 » HABERSHAM CENTRAL
LAST GAME: L 25-28 @ Madison County
NEXT GAME: vs Apalachee
PREVIOUS RANKING: #5
Habersham Central dropped a tough one against Madison County on the road. Definitely not the start they had hoped for, but this is what the non-region part of the schedule is for. Next up is Apalachee, which represents a good chance for a win in the home opener.
#8 » TOWNS COUNTY
LAST GAME: W 29-6 @ King’s Academy
NEXT GAME: @ Armuchee
PREVIOUS RANKING: #9
The Indians got a huge performance by both the offense and defense. Collin Crowder had 154 receiving yards and 2 TD catches, while Seth Gillis led with 12 tackles (4 for loss) in the win. This was a last-second opponent, as the original contest fell through and Towns replaced with King’s. Next to the plate is Armuchee.
#9 » BANKS COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 0-10 @ #5 Commerce
NEXT GAME: vs Franklin County
PREVIOUS RANKING: #11
Banks County’s defense did a great job against Commerce. They can hang their hat on that. The offense needs a jolt, and Franklin County should give them more chances to show what they can do.
#10 » UNION COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 7-34 @ Fannin County
NEXT GAME: vs #5 Commerce
PREVIOUS RANKING: #8
The Panthers dropped their first Michael Perry-led game. One question got answered in who was going to be the go-to QB. That’s Logan Helcher, who actually had a decent game with 196 passing yards and a TD, and 58 yards on the ground. The run game needs to find a compliment, and the defense has some things to work on. Commerce will be a very tough matchup for the defense especially.
#11 » LUMPKIN COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 6-20 @ Franklin County
NEXT GAME: vs Chamblee
PREVIOUS RANKING: #10
Lumpkin’s defense didn’t fare too bad, and the offense found life late with a Cooper Scott TD pass. The Indians will look for more consistency from both sides against Chamblee, which will be followed by their first bye week.