Thursday, December 4, 2008
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Peachtree Ridge's football players knew their Class AAAAA semifinal opponent may be nationally ranked. But if that happened, the Lions were thinking Lowndes.
That changed when Grayson upset defending state champion Lowndes, and now it is the Rams who sport a national ranking, the first in the history of the program.
USA Today ranked the Rams 14th nationally in this week's Super 25 poll, rewarding Grayson for knocking off Lowndes, which had been No. 3 previously in the newspaper's rankings. The Vikings fell out of the poll completely with the loss to Grayson.
"I'm excited about it," Grayson head coach Mickey Conn said. "I think it's neat for our school, our program and everyone that has helped lay the foundation for the program. It says a lot about all the hard work that has been done over the last nine years."
Now Peachtree Ridge (11-2) still gets a chance to play a nationally ranked opponent when it hosts Grayson (13-0) on Friday night in the Final Four. The victor moves into the Dec. 13 state championship game in the Georgia Dome against the Camden County-Newnan winner.
The national ranking is another milestone in what has been the best football season in Grayson history. The program went 10-0 in the regular season for the first time and won its first Region 8-AAAAA championship. The Rams also have set school records for wins in a row and most wins in a season at 13.
Friday will be Grayson's first Final Four appearance and it will come against a Peachtree Ridge program that shared the AAAAA state championship in 2006.
SideBar: Football Playoffs
· Grayson at Peachtree Ridge
· Camden Co. at Newnan
· Fitzgerald at Buford
· Calhoun at Brooks Co.
· Lincoln Co. at Wesleyan
· Wilkinson County at ECI