Playing in heavy rain and winds Buford demolished No. 2 Lovett 50-0 last Saturday and finished on top of the Class AA Associated Press poll.
Similar to the scenarios in other classes, Calhoun, Dodge County, Swainsboro and Fannin County all exit to make room for Lovett, No. 5 Cook, No. 7 Greater Atlanta Christian, and No. 8 Pepperell.
Two other area teams finished in their respective class’s top 10. After their historic season that included a trip to the Georgia Dome, the Trojans of North Hall finished the season at fourth in the Associated Press poll for Class AAA.
In Class AAAA, Habersham Central finished in the No. 7 spot after falling one win shy of making it to the state semifinals in the Georgia Dome.
Only one team predicted to take all the marbles in the preseason actually did in the final Associated Press Georgia high school football poll.
Northside-Warner Robins took the top spot in the preseason Class AAAA poll and never looked back — going undefeated and winning back-to-back titles. Ware County came back strong late in the season to go from unranked to No. 2. Bainbridge and Northwest Whitfield also made it into the rankings at Nos. 6 and 10, respectively.
Class AAAAA crowned Lowndes the champion after going into the playoffs at No. 4. Mysteriously, North Cobb went from No. 1 in the final regular season poll to unranked at the end. Norcross, Brookwood and Harrison all exited and No. 7 Newnan, No. 8 Grayson and No. 9 Peachtree Ridge closed out the season ranked.
Carver-Columbus finished at No. 1 in Class AAA after spending quite a bit of time in that position throughout the season. Thomson, LaGrange and Hart County exit making way for No. 3 Chamblee, No. 5 Perry and No. 9 Westover.
In Class A, No. 1 Emanuel County Institute enjoyed a convincing 41-21 win over No. 2 Wilcox County enabling both teams to end the year one notch up. Lincoln County finished at No. 3 after going into postseason on top. Pacelli faded from the ranks, helping Bremen to claim the No. 10 position.