Class AA blog: In brief — Hephzibah, Lamar County on the come-up

The new top 10 is last week’s top 10, only reshuffled. The top five remain the same, with the shuffling starting in the bottom five. Washington County’s loss to Swainsboro knocking them from No. 6 to 9, while Swainsboro took the Golden Hawks’ spot, climbing from No. 8. Fitzgerald moved up two spots to No. 7 after beating Dodge County, and Brooks County stays in the polls at No. 8, dropping just one spot despite its 1-3 record after losing narrowly to No. 4 Dublin. Douglass rounds out the rankings.

For Friday night’s recap, go here.

Below is the latest top 10. The number in parenthesis represents the previous week’s ranking.

1. (1) Rockmart (4-0)

2. (2) Hapeville Charter (2-1)

3. (3) Callaway (3-1)

4. (4) Dublin (3-0)

5. (5) Rabun County (4-0)

6. (8) Swainsboro (3-1)

7. (9) Fitzgerald (4-1)

8. (7) Brooks County (1-3)

9. (6) Washington County (3-1)

10. (10) Douglass (4-0)

In brief:

  • The coaches for Banks County, Rabun County and Union County are quoted in AccessWDUN’s “Coaches Corner.”
  • Hapeville Charter and Dublin are in the MaxPreps Small Schools Top 25 national high school rankings at No. 18 and 23, respectively.
  • There is a GHSA state executive committee meeting next Monday, with key issues to be discussed by the football and reclassification committees. 
  • Here’s Hephzibah’s Enoch Howard, Jecori Johnson and Jalen Gibson speaking to AugBall after the Rebels’ win over Screven County. The Rebels are 3-0, 2-0 in Region 4.
  • WRDW recently did a segment featuring Hephzibah.
  • The Augusta Chronicle recently featured Hephzibah quarterback Marshall Chambers.
  • Miami has the turnover chain, but it doesn’t hold a candle to Fitzgerald’s sweet turnover shirt.
  • Demarion Dixon and Chance Gamble both rushed for over 100 yards in Fitzgerald’s win over Dodge County.
  • The Purple Hurricane’s Dequavion Harper recently gave back to the community.
  • Todd Forrest of NGN Sports has a recap of Union County’s 53-21 win over Monticello. The Panthers are 4-0, 1-0 in Region 8.
  • Union County’s Mason McCombs earned Blitz player of the week honors.
  • Therrell (1-3, 0-1 in 6-AA) vs. No. 10 Douglass (4-0, 2-0) has been chosen as an Atlanta Falcons game of the week. It will be played 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 at Lakewood Stadium.
  • Vidalia’s off to a 3-1 starter after beating Long County 36-0, appropriately dubbed “White Out 4 The Wipeout.” Southeast Georgia Today has details, and Caleb Bailey has the game story for the Coastal Courier.
  • Pepperell also called for a “white out” with favorable results, beating Gordon Central 28-7 in its Region 7 opener. Jeremy Stewart has a game story for the Rome News-Tribune.
  • The 1995 Class AA state title game has surfaced on YouTube. Elbert County beat Washington-Wilkes 27-0, avenging a 14-6 loss to them earlier in the season.
  • The Armuchee Indians may be off to a winless start, but it’s nice to see the community rally around its program regardless of results. Good things are around the corner if karma has a say.
  • Belated congratulations to Hapeville Charter’s Winston Gordon on being named the Touchdown Club of Atlanta’s coach of the week on Sept. 11, following the Hornets’ 61-7 road win over defending AA champs Heard County on Sept. 6.
  • Elbert County won its Region 8 opener 63-0 over Oglethorpe County to improve to 2-2. Fun fact: it’s the third time the Blue Devils have beaten Oglethorpe by that exact score, the other times coming in 2017 and 2010.
  • Here’s Callaway’s Jacob Freeman returning the game’s opening kickoff for a touchdown against Troup. Freeman is the team’s quarterback but is being recruited as a three-star receiver. He has 20 offers including Baylor, Georgia Tech, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon and Pitt.
  • WRBL has more highlights from Callaway’s big win.
  • Here’s West Georgia Football Podcast’s breakdown of the Callaway win.
  • WJBF has highlights of games including Hephzibah-Butler, Laney-Harlem, Jefferson County-Josey, Screven County-Westside (Augusta) and Swainsboro-Washington County. Jefferson County’s Arquavious Hunter won play of the week honors in Segment 3.
  • Rockmart got big games from Javin Whatley, Reed Couch, Juke Boozer, CJ Culver and Kelan Pitts, JoJo Haynes and the defense in the Yellow Jackets’ win over Armuchee.
  • Former Rabun County standout quarterback Bailey Fisher continues to do big things at the next level.
  • Former Chattooga running back Isaac Foster had a big game for Kennesaw State.
  • Here’s Swainsboro’s Cedric Seabrough going up for a jump ball and reeling it in for a touchdown, courtesy of AugBall. Here’s the game story and more highlights.
  • Here’s a preview by Toombs Now of Toombs County’s upcoming game at Metter in the Region 2 opener for both teams. The Bulldogs are 3-0; Metter is 3-1.
  • The Lamar County Trojans, under first-year coach Jeff Sloan, are 4-0 for the first time since 2013 — when they reached the AA title game — after beating Pike County 31-20. KT Brownlee and CJ Allen earned the team’s player of the week honors, and Brownlee’s run made Recruit Georgia’s Week 5 Top Plays.

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