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Class AAA blog: Top 10 has another topsy-turvy weekend

Credit: Photo: Jason Getz/For the AJC

Credit: Photo: Jason Getz/For the AJC

Seven of the teams that have been ranked have lost at least one game. Pace Academy lost 49-0 to Eagles Landing Christian Academy, and Lovett lost by the same margin to Marist, after upsetting Greater Atlanta Christian in Week 1. 

But there is one clear observation from this weekend's play that cannot be ignored: No. 1 Peach County is for real. The Trojans defeated Class AAAAAA No. 4 Northside-Warner Robins 21-13 Saturday at McConnell Talbert Stadium in Warner Robins. The game's margin of victory might have been a touchdown and a 2-point conversion, but it wasn't really close.

The Trojans, who managed the game with ease, relied heavily on the rushing game of senior back Tijah Woolfolk. The 5-foot-11 running back rushed for touchdowns of 51 yards and 38 yards, both in the first quarter. Peach added a defensive score from Sergio Allen, a Clemson-commitment, on an 18-yard interception return. Woolfolk finished the game with 98 yards on five carries and two touchdowns. Jaydon Gibson was 7-of-12 passing for 78 yards. Justin Harris had three catches for 33 yards and an interception on defense. Peach gained 286 yards on 39 plays.

Northside quarterback Mason Ford, a 6-1, 214-pound senior, added the only touchdown for the Eagles on a short run with eight minutes left in the game. Adam Lemond added two 27-yard field goals. Northside had 273 yards of offense on 65 plays. The Trojans will face arguably its toughest test Friday, when it plays Class AAAAAA No. 1 Lee County next week in Fort Valley. Lee County dominated the game last season.

Cedar Grove, despite a 24-21 loss to Alabama's 7A power Central-Phenix City, is without a doubt the No. 2 team in the classification. The Saints lost Saturday on a late touchdown pass from Trey Miles to E.J. Williams in the Cam Newton C1N Football Showcase.  

Here were other notable outcomes:

-- No. 4 Pierce County (2-0) followed up its opening victory against McIntosh County Academy 49-7 with a 50-0 victory against Bacon County.

-- Newly ranked No. 7 Hart County (2-0) defeated AAAA Stephens County on the road behind four-star tight end Cane Berrong, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior.

-- Crisp County (1-1) slid to No. 10 this week after a closely contested loss to AAAA West Laurens, 16-13.

-- Former No. 10 Westminster fell out of the rankings after a 19-14 loss to GAC. Pace, after its loss to ELCA, also dropped from the poll.

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