Football rankings: Lowndes, Lee, Ware, Metter rise to No. 1

Cheerleaders celebrate at Martin Stadium in Valdosta. The stadium holds 12,000 fans and is home to the Lowndes County Vikings.
Cheerleaders celebrate at Martin Stadium in Valdosta. The stadium holds 12,000 fans and is home to the Lowndes County Vikings.

Credit: ALLEN SULLIVAN / AESULLIVAN@AJC.COM

Credit: ALLEN SULLIVAN / AESULLIVAN@AJC.COM

Lowndes, Lee County, Ware County and Metter are new No. 1 teams this week in the biggest shakeup at the top of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily high school football rankings this season.

Lowndes (5-0) moved ahead of Grayson (5-0) in Class 7A after defeating Class 6A’s former No. 1 team, Valdosta, 33-21 on Friday. Grayson struggled with unranked Mill Creek, winning 21-14 in overtime, but the credit goes to Lowndes, which has now beaten four ranked teams, including 6A’s new No. 1, Lee County.

Lee (4-1) rose to the top after beating Class 5A’s No. 1 team, Warner Robins, 27-7 on Friday.

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Warner Robins fell to No. 3, making way for Ware. Ware (5-0) beat a ranked team for the fourth time this season Friday with a 43-21 win over Benedictine, the No. 3 team in 4A. Ware is No. 1 for the first time since 2014.

Metter (5-0) is on top of the Class 1A Public rankings after a 42-0 victory over Jenkins County. Metter — No. 1 for the first time since 1982 — has allowed just 10 points in five games.

Room was made when No. 4 Irwin County, the defending champion, beat previous No. 1 Brooks County 21-13. Irwin (3-2), now ranked No. 2, lost its opening games to Fitzgerald and Cook, a pair of ranked Class 2A teams.

Class 7A

1. (2) Lowndes (5-0)

2. (1) Grayson (5-0)

3. (3) Colquitt County (4-0)

4. (4) Brookwood (5-0)

5. (5) Norcross (5-0)

6. (8) Cherokee (5-0)

7. (9) Roswell (4-0)

8. (NR) East Coweta (5-1)

9. (NR) North Gwinnett (4-2)

10. (6) North Cobb (4-1)

Out: No. 7 Collins Hill, No. 10 Parkview

Class 6A

1. (3) Lee County (4-1)

2. (2) Buford (3-1)

3. (1) Valdosta (1-3)

4. (4) Lovejoy (5-0)

5. (5) Richmond Hill (4-1)

6. (6) Westlake (3-1)

7. (8) Allatoona (4-0)

8. (7) Dacula (2-2)

9. (9) Douglas County (5-0)

10. (10) Carrollton (2-1)

Class 5A

1. (3) Ware County (5-0)

2. (2) Blessed Trinity (2-0)

3. (1) Warner Robins (4-1)

4. (4) Cartersville (4-1)

5. (6) Calhoun (4-1)

6. (7) Coffee (4-1)

7. (5) Veterans (4-1)

8. (8) Ola (5-0)

9. (9) Starr’s Mill (4-1)

10. (10) St. Pius (3-1)

Class 4A

1. (1) Marist (3-0)

2. (2) Jefferson (5-0)

3. (3) Benedictine (5-1)

4. (4) Stephenson (2-0)

5. (5) Carver-Columbus (3-0)

6. (7) Northwest Whitfield (4-0)

7. (6) Flowery Branch (3-2)

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

9. (9) Bainbridge (1-3)

10. (10) Islands (2-0)

Class 3A

1. (1) Cedar Grove (2-0)

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

3. (3) Oconee County (5-0)

4. (4) Peach County (3-1)

5. (5) Greater Atlanta Christian (4-0)

6. (NR) Appling County (4-0)

7. (9) Rockmart (3-1)

8. (6) Pierce County (4-1)

9. (8) Westminster (2-1)

10. (10) Sandy Creek (2-2)

Out: No. 7 White County

Class 2A

1. (1) Callaway (4-0)

2. (2) Fitzgerald (5-0)

3. (3) Rabun County (4-1)

4. (4) Lovett (3-1)

5. (5) Early County (3-0)

6. (6) Bleckley County (4-1)

7. (8) Haralson County (5-0)

8. (9) Thomasville (2-3)

9. (NR) Toombs County (4-1)

10. (NR) Cook (3-2)

Out: No. 7 Pace Academy, No. 10 Heard County

Class 1A (Private)

1. (1) Athens Academy (5-0)

2. (2) Prince Avenue Christian (4-1)

3. (3) Eagle’s Landing Christian (2-3)

4. (4) Fellowship Christian (5-0)

5. (5) Wesleyan (4-1)

6. (6) Trinity Christian (4-1)

7. (7) North Cobb Christian (4-1)

8. (8) Holy Innocents (2-3)

9. (9) Aquinas (6-0)

10. (10) Darlington (4-1)

Class 1A (Public)

1. (2) Metter (5-0)

2. (4) Irwin County (3-2)

3. (1) Brooks County (4-1)

4. (6) Commerce (4-1)

5. (7) Dublin (2-1)

6. (3) Macon County (3-1)

7. (8) Taylor County (4-0)

8. (9) Pelham (1-1)

9. (NR) Washington-Wilkes (4-0)

10. (NR) Wilcox County (4-1)

Out: No. 3 Clinch County, No. 10 Marion County

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