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High school football poll: Flowery Branch climbs to No. 5 in Class 4A
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Flowery Branch quarterback Elijah Gainey (17) throws the ball during the game between Flowery Branch and Buford in Flowery Branch, on Nov. 3, 2017. - photo by David Barnes

The Flowery Branch High football team started the year unranked in Georgia Class 4A football, but it hasn’t taken long for head coach Ben Hall’s squad to rise up the ranks early in the season. Three weeks into the high school football season, Flowery Branch sits at No. 5 in the Georgia Class 4A rankings. 

On opening night, the Falcons topped East Hall on the road, cruising to a 70-6 victory against the Vikings. Quarterback Elijah Gainey played an efficient half of football, completing 87 percent of his passes and throwing two touchdowns in the first half to put Flowery Branch up 34-0 at halftime. 

After the convincing win, Flowery Branch was ranked at No. 7 in Class 4A. 

The Falcons had a bye in Week Two before a third week home opener against Clarke Central. And while the expectations were high coming into the team’s second contest of the season, Flowery Branch did not disappoint. 

Gainey tossed three more touchdowns, and the Falcons beat the Gladiators 28-14. Following the win, Flowery Branch continued to rise in the rankings, settling in at the No. 5 spot. 

The Falcons will look to climb even further toward the top on Friday when they take on Winder-Barrow at home.

Complete state polls below:

Class AAAAAAA

Pts

1. Colquitt County (12) 154

2. Grayson (3) 144

3. Walton 125

4. North Gwinnett (1) 112

5. Milton 93

6. Parkview 87

7. Archer 60

8. Lowndes 34

9. McEachern 26

10. Hillgrove 25

Others receiving votes: Hillgrove 25, Marietta 10, Mill Creek 8, Tift County 3, North Cobb 3, North Paulding 2.

Dropped Out: None.


Class AAAAAA

Pts

1. Lee County (16) 160

2. Coffee 144

3. Harrison 128

4. Glynn Academy 94

5. Valdosta 73

6. Dalton 64

7. Tucker 51

8. Northside-Warner Robins 49

9. Alpharetta 46

10.Creekview 42


Others receiving votes: Douglas County 14, Sequoyah 8, Stephenson 2, Houston County 2, Allatoona 1, Mays 1.

Dropped Out: None.


Class AAAAA

Pts

1. Rome (16) 160

2. Warner Robins 135

3. Buford 121

4. Stockbridge 101

5. Jones County 97

(tie) Carrollton 97

7. Wayne County 60

8. Kell 46

9. Ware County 20

10.Southwest Dekalb 12


Others receiving votes: Dutchtown 9, Griffin 6, Starr’s Mill 5, Richmond Hill 4, Douglass 1.

Dropped Out: Starr’s Mill.


Class AAAA

Pts

1. Blessed Trinity (15) 159

2. Marist 128

3. Cartersville (1) 123

4. Mary Persons 116

5. Flowery Branch 75

6. St. Pius X 74

7. Thomson 74

8. Eastside 51

9. Troup County 26

10.Burke County 21


Others receiving votes: Woodward Academy 13, Perry 6, Sandy Creek 3, Cedartown 2, Oconee County 2.

Dropped Out: Woodward Academy.


Class AAA

Pts

1. Calhoun (16) 160

2. Cedar Grove 131

3. Benedictine 117

(tie) Peach County 117

5. Westminster 90

6. Greater Atlanta Christian 70

7. Monroe Area 65

8. Jefferson 42

9. Pace Academy 28

10.Lovett 23


Others receiving votes: Liberty County 16, Pierce County 6, Pike County 3, North Hall 1.

Dropped Out: None.


Class AA

Pts

1. Hapeville Charter (16) 160

2. Callaway 117

3. Bremen 100

4. Dodge County 99

5. Thomasville 85

6. Brooks County 84

7. Heard County 80

8. Rabun County 60

9. Dublin 52

10.Rockmart 15


Others receiving votes: Washington County 11, Elbert 4, Jefferson County 3, Toombs County 2, Fitzgerald 2, SE Bulloch 2, Screven County 1.

Dropped Out: Toombs County.


Class A

Pts

1. Clinch County (14) 155

2. Eagle’s Landing Christian (1) 137

3. Irwin County 107

4. Athens Academy (1) 105

5. Prince Avenue Christian 100

6. Calvary Day 70

7. Mount Zion 58

8. Manchester 36

9. Mount Paran Christian 32

10.Darlington 27


Others receiving votes: Commerce 10, Pelham 4, Hebron Christian 2, Savannah Country Day 2, Trinity Christian 1, Aquinas 1.

Dropped Out: None.

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