By Zach Edmondson | Photo by Jamie Spaar
For the second straight week, a top team weathered an injury scare involving one of the best players in the state.
A week after Collins Hill’s Travis Hunter suffered a high-ankle injury expected to keep him sidelined four to six weeks, Jefferson’s Sammy Brown suffered a right leg injury against Cedar Shoals.
An MRI revealed nothing serious, and Brown is expected to miss at least three weeks, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.
Here are SBLive’s Top 25 Georgia high school football rankings heading into Week 9. The statewide rankings span all classifications.
SBLIVE’S GEORGIA TOP 25
1. Collins Hill (7-0)
Last week: 1
Collins hill had a bye in week 8 and will face North Gwinnett on Thursday.
2. Warner Robins (6-0)
Last week: 2
Warner Robins had a bye in week 8 and will face Ware County on Friday.
3. North Cobb (5-1)
Last week: 3
North Cobb kept rolling with another dominant performance in a 42-14 win over Harrison.
4. Milton (6-1)
Last week: 4
Etowah put up a couple of scores, but the defense couldn’t stop Milton from cruising to a big win in Week 8.
5. Buford (5-1)
Last week: 5
Buford had a bye in week 8 and will face Shiloh on Friday.
6. Mill Creek (6-0)
Last week: 6
Mill Creek had a bye and will face Mountain View on Friday.
7. Lee County (6-1)
Last week: 7
Lee County had a bye and will face Houston County on Friday.
8. Cartersville (6-0)
Last week: 8
Cartersville remains undefeated after a decisive victory over Hiram but will face a bigger challenge in Week 9 against Justice Haynes and Blessed Trinity.
9. Colquitt County (6-1)
Last week: 9
Colquitt County, which trailed 18-7 in the first half, scored the next 48 points against Alcovy.
10. Walton (4-1)
Last week: 10
Walton’s offense was the key as the defense struggled a bit in a 52-35 win over Hillgrove.
11. Creekside (5-1)
Last week: 11
Creekside had a bye in week 8 and will face Banneker on Friday.
12. Langston Hughes (6-1)
Last week: 12
No letdown for Langston Hughes, which ran right through North Atlanta in an easy 68-7 win.
13. Jefferson (7-0)
Last week: 13
Jefferson remains undefeated after its win over Cedar Shoals, but the Dragons lost star sophomore Sammy Brown to a right leg injury for at least three weeks.
14. Lowndes (5-2)
Last week: 14
In a game that looked a lot like the Vikings’ season opener vs. Walton where they lost in overtime, Lowndes showed grit in a 45-38 win over Cedar Grove.
15. Brookwood (4-2)
Last week: 15
Brookwood had a bye in Week 8 and will face Newton on Friday.
16. Grayson (5-2)
Last week: 16
Grayson had a bye in Week 8 and will face Parkview on Friday.
17. Westlake (5-2)
Last week: 17
After holding a couple of teams to one score earlier in the season, Westlake achieved its first shutout vs. Morrow in Week 8.
18. Rabun County (6-1)
Last week: 20
Rabun County beat Grovetown to advance to 6-1, and quarterback Gunner Stockton broke Georgia’s state record for total career touchdowns with 222.
19. Calhoun (6-1)
Last week: 21
Calhoun went back and forth with Blessed Trinity before pulling off the 32-27 win.
20. Benedictine (5-2)
Last week: 22
Benedictine has a five-game win streak after losing its first two games of the season.
21. Trinity Christian (7-0)
Last week: 23
Whitefield Academy had no answers for Trinity Christian’s offense, as the Lions cruised to a 63-14 victory.
22. Oconee County (7-0)
Last week: Unranked
Oconee County remains undefeated and makes its Top 25 debut after beating Hart County (5-1) 35-13 in Week 8.
23. Ware County (5-1)
Last week: Unranked
Ware County gave Coffee County its first loss of the season with a 35-3 win and faces No. 2 Warner Robins at home Friday.
24. Marist (4-1)
Last week: 25
Marist got its first region win, beating Hapeville Charter 28-20 in a game that had been postponed.
25. Woodward Academy (6-0)
Last week: 24
Woodward Academy had a bye in Week 8 and will face Drew on Friday.