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POSTED: October 17, 2012 5:00 a.m.


First, here's this week's Associated Press Top 10 high school football poll.

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:
1. Camden County (9)7-0
2. Lassiter (1)6-0
3. Norcross7-0
4. Lowndes7-0
5. West Forsyth6-0
6. Grayson6-1
7. Parkview5-1
8. North Gwinnett5-1
9. Lovejoy6-1
10. North Cobb5-1
(tie) McEachern5-2
(tie) South Cobb5-1
Others receiving votes: Colquitt County 6, South Gwinnett 2, Walton 2, Marietta 1

1. Northside-Warner Robins 6-0
2. Stephenson 5-0
3. MLK Jr.6-0
4. East Paulding 6-0
5. Tucker 5-1
6. Thomas County Central 6-1
7. Allatoona 6-0
8. Gainesville 6-1
9. Kell 6-1
10. Warner Robins 5-1
Others receiving votes: Lee County 2, Union Grove 1.
Class AAAA
1. Sandy Creek 6-0
2. Marist 5-1
3. Burke County 6-1
4. Statesboro 6-1
5. Carrollton 4-2
6. Monroe Area 6-0
7. Jonesboro 5-1
8. Stockbridge 5-1
9. Griffin 4-2
10. Westside-Macon 5-1
Others receiving votes: Chamblee 9, Ridgeland 4, Cairo 3, Grady 2, Gilmer 2.

Class AAA
1. Peach County7-0
2. Thomson 7-0
3. Washington County 7-0
4. Buford 5-1
5. St. Pius X 5-1
6. Cartersville 6-0
7. Carver-Columbus 5-1
8. Blessed Trinity 6-0
9. Gordon Central 6-0
10. North Oconee 5-1
Others receiving votes: Pierce County 7, Elbert County 3, Appling County 2, Callaway 1.

Class AA
1. Calhoun 7-0
2. Brooks County 7-0
3. Vidalia 6-0
4. Lamar County 5-0
5. Fitzgerald 5-2
6. Cook 6-1
7. Heard County 6-0
8. Greater Atlanta Christian 5-2
(tie) Jefferson5-1
10. Benedictine 5-1
Others receiving votes: Bleckley County 6, Washington-Wilkes 3, Bowdon 2, Screven County 1.

Class A
1. Eagle's Landing Christian5-1
2. Athens Academy 6-0
3. Lincoln County 5-1
4. Emanuel County Institute 6-1
5. Prince Avenue Christian 6-1
6. Aquinas 5-1
7. George Walton 5-1
(tie) Savannah Christian 4-2
9. Calvary Day 5-1
10. Walker 6-0
Others receiving votes: Wilcox County 9, Irwin County 1, Marion County 1.


 Now, this:

I've covered Georgia high school football in the Coastal Empire off and on for the better part of 17 years. I've covered playoff teams, I've covered 0-10 teams.

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New high schools have opened. Teams have new uniforms. Some have ditched new uniforms and are now wearing throwback threads.

But one thing hasn't changed. At least, not a whole lot.

The Coastal Empire has a hard time getting past the first round of the state playoffs.

With the exception of private schools, Statesboro and Camden County High School, which is more like a small college powerhouse, Coastal Empire high school teams tend to become stepping stones for schools from other parts of Georgia once they get to the postseason.

I'm not knocking local programs, mind you. I'm just pondering something that's always struck me as odd.

I can count the number of teams from this area that have won a state title over last decade on one hand -- Savannah Christian, Statesboro, Camden County. Go a little further afield geographically and in terms of time. Throw in Emanuel County Institute, Swainsboro, Screven County and Burke County, and those are all the state championships won by schools from the eastern part Georgia since 1978.  That according to the Georgia High School Football Historian's Association.

Truth is, I've seen some pretty good football teams over the years. Watched Swainsboro during its 2000 championship run and thought it the best coached high school team I ever saw. Watched Michael Cooper put up 319 yards on Liberty County in the first half during Screven County's heyday.

But those are exceptions, not the rule.  

I once asked a veteran coach why area teams have had such a tough time winning at the state level and his reply was simple. "Because we ain't got the same kind of players they have."

I'm curious what others think. Shoot me an email at if you have an opinion on this topic. Thanks.   



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