Football rankings: Valdosta, Cartersville take over No. 1.

Valdosta and Cartersville are new No. 1 high school football teams in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution rankings after a week in which four defending state champions were defeated

Valdosta takes the place of Region 1-AAAAAA rival Lee County after Lee lost 40-17 to No. 1-ranked Peach County of AAA. Lee County, which had won 22 straight games over Georgia opponents dating to 2017 and a state-record 44 straight over non-region opponents dating to 2009, fell to No. 6.

Valdosta beat Columbia 54-34 last week and moved to 3-0.

Cartersville is No. 1 in AAAA after two-time defending champion Blessed Trinity lost to Woodward Academy 13-10. Blessed Trinity fell to No. 5 while Woodward is now No. 4. 

Cartersville, the 2018 runner-up, is 57-0 when not playing Blessed Trinity since 2015.

Milton, the 2018 champion in AAAAAAA, fell two spots to No. 8 after losing to No. 2 Buford of AAAAA.

Heard County, the ’18 champion in AA, fell out of the rankings after losing 61-7 to Hapeville Charter.

Class AAAAAAA

1. (1) Marietta (3-0)

2. (2) Colquitt County (2-0)

3. (4) Archer (2-0)

4. (7) Lowndes (3-0)

5. (5) Grayson (2-0)

6. (8) McEachern (2-0)

7. (9) Hillgrove (3-0)

8. (6) Milton (1-1)

9. (3) Parkview (1-1)

10. (10) North Gwinnett (1-1)

Class AAAAAA

1. (3) Valdosta (3-0)

2. (2) Dacula (3-0)

3. (4) Coffee (3-0)

4. (5) Harrison (3-0)

5. (8) Allatoona (1-1)

6. (1) Lee County (2-1)

7. (9) Stephenson (2-0)

8. (10) Lanier (3-0)

9. (NR) Dalton (2-0)

10. (7) Northside (Warner Robins) (1-2)

Out: No. 6 Creekview

Class AAAAA

1. (1) Bainbridge (3-0)

2. (2) Buford (2-0)

3. (3) Carrollton (2-0)

4. (4) Warner Robins (2-0)

5. (8) Jones County (3-0)

6. (5) Dutchtown (3-0)

7. (6) Rome (1-1)

8. (7) Stockbridge (1-0)

9. (10) Wayne County (1-0)

10. (NR) Kell (2-0)

Out: No. 9 Clarke Central

Class AAAA

1. (2) Cartersville (2-0)

2. (3) Marist (2-0)

3. (4) Troup (2-0)

4. (7) Woodward Academy (3-0)

5. (1) Blessed Trinity (2-1)

6. (5) Sandy Creek (2-0)

7. (6) Cairo (1-1)

8. (NR) Flowery Branch (2-0)

9. (8) Burke County (1-1)

10. (10) Thomson (2-0)

Out No. 9 Mary Persons

Class AAA

1. (1) Peach County (2-0)

2. (2) Cedar Grove (2-1)

3. (3) Calhoun (2-0)

4. (4) Pierce County (2-0)

5. (6) Greater Atlanta Christian (2-1)

6. (7) Hart County (3-0)

7. (5) Benedictine (0-1)

8. (8) Lovett (2-1)

9. (9) Appling County (2-0)

10. (NR) Westminster (Atlanta) (1-2)

Class AA

1. (1) Rockmart (2-0)

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

3. (3) Callaway (1-1)

4. (4) Dublin (2-0)

5. (5) Rabun County (2-0)

6. (6) Washington County (2-0)

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

8. (8) Swainsboro (1-1)

9. (NR) Fitzgerald (2-1)

10. (10) Dodge County (1-1)

Out: No. 9 Heard County

Class A (Public)

1. (1) Clinch County (2-0)

2. (2) Irwin County (2-0)

3. (3) Pelham (2-0)

4. (4) Marion County (2-0)

5. (6) Mitchell County (1-1)

6. (5) Commerce (2-1)

7. (8) Schley County (1-1)

8. (9) Manchester (2-0)

9. (10) Trion (2-0)

10. (NR) Bowdon (3-0)

Out: No. 7 Turner County

Class A (Private)

1. (1) Eagle's Landing Christian (3-0)

2. (2) Athens Academy (2-0)

3. (4) Darlington (3-0)

4. (5) Wesleyan (3-0)

5. (3) Prince Avenue Christian (2-1)

6. (6) Aquinas (3-0)

7. (7) Fellowship Christian (2-0)

8. (8) North Cobb Christian (2-0)

9. (9) Calvary Day (1-0)

10. (10) George Walton Academy (2-0)

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