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Four area teams maintain spots; Commerce climbs one place

By staff, wire reports
There wasn't much change for area programs in the latest prep football rankings, released Tuesday.

Gainesville, Buford, Stephens County, and North Gwinnett each maintained their previous spots in the Associated Press top 10, while Commerce moved up one spot in Class A.

Gainesville (3-1, 2-0 Region 8-AAAAA) is eighth again in Class AAAAA. The Red Elephants stomped Apalachee 62-20 last week and will play host to a key region showdown this Friday against Heritage (Conyers), which is just on the cusp of the top 10.

Buford (2-1, 0-0 Region 7-AAA) had a bye last week but held at No. 4 in Class AAA. The Wolves will travel to face Banks County (1-3, 0-1) in a 7-AAA battle in Homer.

Stephens County (4-0, 1-0 Region 8-AAAA) also stayed in fifth place in Class AAAA. The Indians battered Walnut Grove last week, 61-20 and will play host to Chestatee (2-1, 1-0) on Friday.

Commerce (4-0, 0-0 Region 8-A) did climb one spot to No. 7 in Class A after fending off Rabun County 18-17 last Friday. The Tigers will travel to George Walton Academy (3-1, 0-0) to begin region play this week.

And North Gwinnett is still ninth in Class AAAAA after defeating Meadowcreek 45-20 last week. The Bulldogs will take a bye this week.

Georgia Prep Football Poll, Sept. 25
By The Associated Press

The Top Ten teams in the Associated Press Georgia high school football polls of the 2012 season with first-place votes in parentheses and won-loss record, total points and position last week at right:

Class AAAAAA
1. Camden County (11) 3-0 119 1
2. Lassiter (1) 4-0 104 2
3. Norcross 4-0 93 3
4. Lowndes 4-0 87 4
5. West Forsyth 4-0 54 6
6. North Cobb 4-0 53 7
(tie) Colquitt County 3-1 53 5
8. Grayson 3-1 32 8
9. North Gwinnett 3-1 27 9
10. Parkview 3-1 19 10
Others receiving votes: Lovejoy 14, South Cobb 2, Johns Creek 2, Walton 1.

Class AAAAA
1. Tucker (8) 4-0 116 1
2. Northside-Warner Robins (4) 3-0 112 2
3. MLK Jr. 4-0 89 3
4. Stephenson 3-0 79 4
5. East Paulding 4-0 75 5
6. Thomas County Central 4-1 54 6
7. Allatoona 4-0 43 7
8. Gainesville 3-1 37 8
9. Kell 3-1 22 9
10. Warner Robins 2-1 17 10
Others receiving votes: Conyers (Heritage) 13, Bainbridge 2, Lee County 1.

Class AAAA
1. Sandy Creek (12) 3-0 120 1
2. Griffin 4-0 100 3
3. Marist 3-1 87 4
(tie) Burke County 3-1 87 6
5. Stephens County 4-0 86 5
6. Statesboro 3-1 47 2
7. Jonesboro 3-1 35 T8
7. Carrollton 1-2 35 7
9. Washington 4-0 17 NR
(tie) Monroe Area 4-0 17 NR
Others receiving votes: Westside-Macon 16, Chamblee 7, Ridgeland 2, Mary Persons 2, Cairo 1, Grady 1.

Class AAA
1. Peach County (11) 4-0 119 1
2. Thomson (1) 4-0 107 2
3. Washington County 4-0 98 3
4. Buford 2-1 81 4
5. St. Pius X 3-1 73 5
6. Carver-Columbus 3-1 53 7
7. Cartersville 4-0 46 8
8. Appling County 3-0-1 27 9
9. Morgan County 4-0 25 10
10. Blessed Trinity 3-1 10 NR
Others receiving votes: Gordon Central 6, Woodward Academy 6, Swainsboro 4, Dodge County 3, North Oconee 2.

Class AA
1. Calhoun (11) 4-0 119 1
2. Brooks County (1) 4-0 108 2
3. Cook 4-0 94 3
4. Vidalia 4-0 74 4
5. Fitzgerald 3-1 65 6
6. Lamar County 2-0-1 51 7
7. Washington-Wilkes 4-0 50 8
8. Bowdon 4-0 35 9
9. Early County 3-1 19 NR
10. Greater Atlanta Christian 4-1 18 10
(tie) Lovett 2-2 18 5
Others receiving votes: Bacon County 3, Heard County 2, Northeast-Macon 2, Benedictine Military 1, Bleckley County 1.

Class A
1. Eagle's Landing Christian (8) 3-1 114 1
2. Prince Avenue Christian 4-0 102 T2
3. Calvary Day (4) 4-0 93 T2
4. Aquinas 3-0 83 5
5. Wilcox County 2-1 79 4
6. Lincoln County 2-1 60 7
7. Commerce 4-0 40 8
8. Emanuel County Institute 3-1 33 NR
9. George Walton 3-1 24 NR
10. Johnson County 4-0 10 NR
Others receiving votes: Athens Academy 7, Walker 4, Wilkinson County 2, Charlton County 2, Miller County 2, Savannah Christian Prep. 2, Brookstone 1, Whitefield Academy 1, Trion 1.
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