Week Two Power Rankings
Week two is now in the books. Starting to get a little more clarity on some of our local programs.
#1 » JEFFERSON
LAST GAME: W 42-7 @ Central Gwinnett
NEXT GAME: vs Southside (SC)
PREVIOUS RANKING: #1
There’s no denying the massive impact Sammy Brown is having on this team so far. Central Gwinnett got a garbage time TD, otherwise it was a 42-0 shutout that could have been much worse for the Knights. Next up is a South Carolina opponent, Southside in Week 3.
#2 » RABUN COUNTY
LAST GAME: W 47-14 vs #8 Pace Academy (ESPN)
NEXT GAME: @ #1 Eagles Landing
PREVIOUS RANKING: #2
It was a great showing on national television for the #1-ranked Wildcats against #8 Pace. A lot of things were clicking well, and it resulted in a huge blowout over a very good Pace team. Now things ramp back up against #1-ranked ELCA on the road.
#3 » STEPHENS COUNTY
LAST GAME: W 42-0 @ North Hall
NEXT GAME: vs Jackson County
PREVIOUS RANKING: #4
The Indians flexed big against North Hall, shutting them out for a second straight season. The defense looks phenomenal, and the offense has such a varied approach that it seems like it will be tough to stop this group. Sky’s the limit…
#4 » COMMERCE
LAST GAME: L 8-37 @ Pickens
NEXT GAME: vs #3 Athens Academy
PREVIOUS RANKING: #3
The Tigers scrambled to pick up a new opponent and had no time to prep when Union backed out of the Week 2 game. Pickens was TOUGH, and poured it on Commerce. The Tigers will look to rebound against a very solid #3-ranked Athens Academy team.
#5 » HABERSHAM CENTRAL
LAST GAME: W 27-7 vs Apalachee
NEXT GAME: BYE
PREVIOUS RANKING: #7
It’s the first BYE week for Hab Central, and the Raiders have to be feeling momentum with all facets of the game playing well against Apalachee in the home opener. Carson Parker is coming into his own early on as the first non-senior QB for Habersham in recent memory (Cole Wilbanks, circa 2015). So too is Zeke Whittington (3 TD catches).
#6 » WHITE COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 13-49 vs Hart County
NEXT GAME: @ Pickens
PREVIOUS RANKING: #5
This is not what we saw coming from White County. The offense has plenty of weapons, but it’s not adding up. The defense has many holes right now. Something has to change for the Warriors. The good news is that this is what the non-region schedule is supposed to do – expose weaknesses that can be corrected for when region games begin. On another note, Silas Mulligan and Darius Cannon are as advertised!
#7 » DAWSON COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 7-31 @ #4 Flowery Branch
NEXT GAME: @ South Forsyth
PREVIOUS RANKING: #6
The Tigers hung in pretty well against Flowery Branch until later in the game. Still, there’s something to be desired so far from the offense; although, Bailey Dameron is becoming a go-to WR for the Tigers. Next up is another road test at South Forsyth.
#8 » TOWNS COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 14-31 @ Armuchee
NEXT GAME: BYE
PREVIOUS RANKING: #8
A BYE week is up for Towns, which is good after a perplexing performance at Armuchee. Going in, the projection was a win (albeit close) for the Indians. Time to work on some things during the off week.
#9 » BANKS COUNTY
LAST GAME: Canceled vs Franklin County
NEXT GAME: @ East Jackson
PREVIOUS RANKING: #9
The Leopards need to play this next game against East Jackson. Technically, they had a shot against Franklin. Hopefully the COVID issues reside so they can get the East Jackson game in, which represents a very winnable contest. They need that momentum before things start to get away from them.
#10 » UNION COUNTY
LAST GAME: Canceled vs #4 Commerce
NEXT GAME: @ Chestatee
PREVIOUS RANKING: #10
The Panthers (see Banks above) NEED to get this next game in, not just for the sake of momentum (an almost certain win over the War Eagles), but also because a BYE week follows. If they don’t play this game, you could look at maybe a month between game number one and two. This team needs momentum.
#11 » LUMPKIN COUNTY
LAST GAME: L 7-54 vs Chamblee
NEXT GAME: BYE
PREVIOUS RANKING: #11
The Indians fell hard against a high-scoring Chamblee group, and now get a BYE week to adjust and prep for Week 4’s contest against Banks County.