List: Teams that have most exceeded preseason expectations

Holy Innocents' is the most surprisingly good team in the state this season, according to the computer Maxwell Ratings. The Golden Bears (7-0) are 38.8 points stronger than projected in preseason, per Maxwell. Here are the 10 teams in each classification showing the most improvement over their preseason ratings.

Class AAAAAAA 

21.50 - Shiloh 

17.37 - Lowndes 

8.20 - Marietta 

7.75 - Rockdale County 

7.73 - Discovery 

7.48 - Berkmar 

7.08 - Collins Hill 

6.94 - Newton 

3.90 - McEachern 

1.85 - Cherokee 

Class AAAAAA 

22.22 - South Paulding 

20.40 - Valdosta 

18.38 - M.L. King 

15.46 - Morrow 

13.21 - Mount Zion (Jones.) 

9.99 - Harrison 

9.31 - Houston County 

9.22 - Johns Creek 

8.80 - North Atlanta 

7.04 - Sprayberry 

Class AAAAA 

20.66 - South Effingham 

17.03 - Riverdale 

15.00 - Columbia 

13.15 - Ola 

12.48 - Carrollton 

11.24 - Union Grove 

8.64 - Statesboro 

6.29 - Decatur 

6.00 - Veterans 

5.59 - Whitewater 

Class AAAA 

24.08 - Denmark 

16.65 - Woodward Academy 

15.26 - Gilmer 

7.76 - West Laurens 

7.52 - Shaw 

6.18 - Sandy Creek 

4.84 - Carver (Columbus) 

4.74 - Oconee County 

3.28 - Westover 

3.26 - Flowery Branch 

Class AAA 

28.30 - Cherokee Bluff 

25.62 - Islands 

19.50 - North Murray 

19.45 - Stone Mountain 

18.57 - East Jackson 

14.87 - Fannin County 

14.82 - Johnson (Savannah) 

12.30 - Appling County 

11.39 - Haralson County 

8.16 - Jenkins 

Class AA 

10.77 - Bleckley County 

8.70 - Dublin 

8.50 - Temple 

7.43 - Model 

7.10 - Oglethorpe County 

6.19 - Westside (Augusta) 

5.67 - Swainsboro 

5.15 - Metter 

3.42 - Union County 

3.28 - Gordon Central 

Class A (private) 

38.84 - Holy Innocents' 

17.63 - Christian Heritage 

15.40 - Pacelli 

11.28 - Hebron Christian 

8.20 - Whitefield Academy 

7.84 - Darlington 

7.82 - Walker 

7.69 - St. Francis 

7.04 - Mount de Sales 

7.02 - Fellowship Christian 

Class A (public) 

21.34 - Bowdon 

13.36 - Wilcox County 

10.27 - Lanier County 

10.01 - Johnson County 

9.16 - Central (Talbotton) 

6.43 - McIntosh Co. Acad. 

4.73 - Terrell County 

4.47 - Twiggs County 

4.46 - Lincoln County 

3.62 - Treutlen 

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