SBLive’s Georgia Top 25: Collins Hill holds steady at No. 1 as Creekside rises

Collins Hill finished off the Freedom Bowl with a 37-22 win over a top team from Mississippi to hang on to the top spot, while Creekside scored a thrilling win over Westside to ascend into the Top 10.

Milton made a big move with its own out-of-state win in the Freedom Bowl, and Grayson (photo above by Josh Major) is starting to look sharp.

Here are SBLive’s Top 25 Georgia high school football rankings heading into Week 4. The statewide rankings span all classifications.

SBLIVE’S GEORGIA TOP 25

1. Collins Hill (3-0)

Last week: 1

Collins Hill remains at No. 1 after beating Greenville Christian (MS) 37-22 on Friday in the Freedom Bowl finale.

2. Buford (2-0)

Last week: 2

Buford holds steady at No. 2 after a bye Week 3. 

3. Lee County (3-0)

Last week: 4

Lee County put up 64 points in Week 2, then improved on that in Week 3 by beating East Ridge (FL) 70-0. 

4. Walton (3-0)

Last week: 6

Walton advanced to 3-0 without even stepping on the field in Week 3. Brookwood was forced to forfeit the game after six players tested positive for COVID-19. 

5. North Cobb (1-1)

Last week: 8

North Cobb had a bye in Week 3 and will face Alpharetta at home on Friday. 

6. Grayson (2-1)

Last week: 5

Grayson looked more like last year’s state title-level team as the Rams beat Alpharetta 42-6.

7. Milton (2-1)

Last week: 18

Milton bounced back after a tough loss to North Cobb in Week 2, beating one of the top-ranked teams in Virginia, Life Christian Academy, 34-14.

8. Mill Creek (3-0)

Last week: 7

Mill Creek is still undefeated and still dominant going into Week 4 after beating Dacula 35-7. 

9. Warner Robins (2-0)

Last week: 9

Warner Robins had a bye in Week 3 will face Northside in a region game at home Friday.

10. Creekside (3-0)

Last week: Unranked

Creekside shoots up to the Top 10 after an impressive 27-20 win over former No. 10 Westlake.

11. Cartersville (3-0)

Last week: 11

Cartersville’s offense found its rhythm early and only became more productive in the second half, scoring three touchdowns in the third quarter alone in a 42-14 win over Alexander.

12. Colquitt County (2-1)

Last week: 12

Colquitt County bounced back from a hard-fought Week 2 loss to Westlake by beating Cedar Grove 28-19.

13. Lowndes (2-1)

Last week: 13

Lowndes hosted Lake Gibson (FL) in a shootout that ended in a 58-47 Lowndes victory. The teams were tied 44-44 late before Lowndes pulled away. 

14. Carrollton (3-0)

Last week: 14

Carrollton is still undefeated after its offense went off against Jonesboro, securing a 48-7 win.     

15. Langston Hughes (2-1)

Last week: 15

Langston Hughes got its first real win of the year (the first was due to an Allatoona forfeit) and did it convincingly, beating Harrison 38-14.

16. Evans (3-0)

Last week: 16

Evans narrowly escaped Harlem with a 22-20 win on the road to remain undefeated.

17. Westlake (2-1)

Last week: 10

Westlake fell to Creekside 27-20, recording its first loss of the year in one of the best games of Week 3.

18. Jefferson (3-0)

Last week: Unranked

Jefferson has been dominant in all three of its games this season, racking up 109 points while giving up only 20. 

19. East Coweta (3-0)

Last week: Unranked

East Coweta shut out former No. 17 Norcross 24-0 at home in Week 3 to remain undefeated. 

20. Valdosta (1-2)

Last week: 19

Valdosta was forced to forfeit its game vs. Bainbridge due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols. 

21. Fitzgerald (3-0)

Last week: 20

Fitzgerald remains undefeated after a dominant 35-12 victory on the road at Turner County.

22. Rome (2-0)

Last week: 23

Rome picked up its second win of the year, beating Cherokee 27-7. 

23. Woodward Academy (3-0)

Last week: Unranked

Woodward Academy will head into its Week 4 bye undefeated after beating Marist 14-9. 

24. Marist (1-1)

Last week: 22

Marist opened up region play with a 14-9 loss to Woodward Academy. Marist outscored Woodward Academy in the fourth quarter, but the damage had already been done. 

25. Rabun County (1-1)

Last week: 25 

Rabun was forced to cancel its game vs. Eagles Landing Christian Academy on Sept. 3 and vs. Walhalla (SC) on Sept. 10 due to COVID-19 protocols. However, the team will head to North Carolina on Friday to take on defending state champion Murphy in a game replacing Walhalla’s cancellation. 

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