SBLive’s Georgia Top 25: Jefferson survives Cedar Shoals, Sammy Brown injury scare

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.


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. 

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