High school football rankings: Monroe Area is No. 1 for first time

Monroe Area received the Georgia High School Football Daily state Team of the Week award in October after beating Oconee County. Monroe Area is now No. 1 in the Class 3A rankings entering the 2021 playoffs.

Credit: Todd Holcomb

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Monroe Area received the Georgia High School Football Daily state Team of the Week award in October after beating Oconee County. Monroe Area is now No. 1 in the Class 3A rankings entering the 2021 playoffs.

Credit: Todd Holcomb

Credit: Todd Holcomb

Monroe Area is the new No. 1 team in Class 3A entering the high school football playoffs, marking the first time the Purple Hurricanes have held the top ranking in their history.

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Previous No. 1 Cedar Grove lost to Sandy Creek 40-35, making room at the top. Cedar Grove had won 34 straight region games, not counting three overturned by forfeit last season, but still got the No. 1 seed in Region 5. Cedar Grove will enter the playoffs ranked No. 5.

Monroe Area actually moved up two spots as the No. 2 team in Class 3A also lost when defending champion Pierce County beat Appling County 21-0.

There wasn’t much change in the rankings on other classes. Woodward Academy scooted up to No. 2 from No. 3 after beating previous No. 2 Creekside 21-14 in Class 5A.

The first of five playoff rounds will be this weekend.

Class 7A

1. (Previous week: 1) Collins Hill (Record: 10-0)

2. (2) North Cobb (9-1)

3. (3) Milton (9-1)

4. (4) Mill Creek (9-1)

5. (6) Lowndes (8-2)

6. (7) Colquitt County (8-2)

7. (9) Brookwood (8-2)

8. (Not ranked) Marietta (6-4)

9. (5) Walton (6-3)

10. (8) Roswell (8-2)

Out of rankings: No. 10 Pebblebrook

Class 6A

1. (1) Buford (9-1)

2. (2) Lee County (9-1)

3. (3) Hughes (9-1)

4. (4) Brunswick (10-0)

5. (5) Westlake (8-2)

6. (6) Rome (8-2)

7. (7) Carrollton (9-1)

8. (9) Riverwood (9-1)

9. (10) Cambridge (8-1)

10. (NR) Creekview (8-2)

Out: No. 8 Johns Creek

Class 5A

1. (1) Cartersville (9-0)

2. (3) Woodward Academy (10-0)

3. (4) Ware County (8-1)

4. (5) Warner Robins (9-1)

5. (2) Creekside (8-2)

6. (6) Calhoun (8-2)

7. (7) Coffee (8-2)

8. (8) St. Pius (8-2)

9. (9) Blessed Trinity (6-4)

10. (10) Whitewater (9-1)

Class 4A

1. (1) Marist (8-1)

2. (2) Benedictine (8-2)

3. (3) Carver-Columbus (9-1)

4. (4) Cedartown (8-1)

5. (5) North Oconee (7-3)

6. (6) Jefferson (9-1)

7. (9) Perry (9-1)

8. (8) Spalding (7-2)

9. (10) Riverdale (8-0-1)

10. (NR) Bainbridge (7-3)

Out: No. 7 Baldwin

Class 3A

1. (3) Monroe Area (10-0)

2. (4) Oconee County (9-1)

3. (5) Pierce County (8-2)

4. (6) Thomson (9-0)

5. (1) Cedar Grove (7-3)

6. (2) Appling County (9-1)

7. (8) Sandy Creek (9-1)

8. (7) Carver-Atlanta (7-2)

9. (10) Rockmart (9-1)

10. (NR) Cherokee Bluff (10-0)

Out: No. 9 Hart County

Class 2A

1. (1) Rabun County (9-1)

2. (2) Thomasville (9-1)

3. (3) Bleckley County (10-0)

4. (4) Fitzgerald (8-2)

5. (6) Putnam County (10-0)

6. (7) Haralson County (9-1)

7. (8) Callaway (7-2)

8. (5) Northeast (7-3)

9. (9) Dodge County (7-3)

10. (10) Swainsboro (8-2)

Class A Private

1. (1) Trinity Christian (10-0)

2. (2) Calvary Day (10-0)

3. (3) Prince Avenue Christian (9-1)

4. (4) Fellowship Christian (9-1)

5. (5) Eagle’s Landing Christian (4-6)

6. (6) Holy Innocents’ (9-1)

7. (7) Wesleyan (7-3)

8. (9) Darlington (9-1)

9. (NR) First Presbyterian (8-2)

10. (10) Athens Academy (7-3)

Out: No. 8 Pacelli

Class A Public

1. (1) Irwin County (8-2)

2. (2) Brooks County (7-2)

3. (3) Macon County (9-0)

4. (4) Metter (10-0)

5. (5) Schley County (9-1)

6. (6) Bowdon (9-1)

7. (7) Chattahoochee County (8-2)

8. (9) Wilcox County (7-3)

9. (10) Georgia Military (10-0)

10. (8) Emanuel County Institute (8-2)