The Associated Press has released their annual preseason poll, which often puts the defending champion in the top spot regardless of graduation losses. That is the case in Class A again this year, with our Devils #1.
The other four classes are essentially the same way, with one of the champions in each class being ranked first. (Two title games ended in ties in 2006, thus producing co-champs.)
Clinch County is second with 8-A competitors Athens Academy and Commerce third and fourth. Turner County, Hawkinsville, and Wilcox County, all from Region 2-A, fill the next 3 spots.
Pacelli is eighth with Warren County ninth and Johnson County tenth.
Looking for other local teams of interest, Washington-Wilkes is ranked 8th in Class AA with Greene County tied for 10th.
Washington County is 6th in Class AAA. Thomson is not ranked. Nor is perennial powerhouse Valdosta.
Click here for the full polls at GHSFHA.org.