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Power Rankings

11. Lowndes Vikings (3-0) – Controlling the clock and preventing turnovers are key in high school football. And that's exactly what Lowndes does. In fact, 18 players have carried the ball for positive yards for the Vikings so far in 2014. The offense has only attempted 36 passes through three games, but it seems to be working for the Vikings as they have averaged 35.7 points per game. The Lowndes defense has been pretty stout as well, only giving up 14 points a game. Coach Randy McPherson's team will have to continue to be strong if they want to really impress folks this year as they will face two more Top-11 teams later this year.

- Lowndes is home against Rockdale County this Friday 9/12

10. Dacula Falcons (2-0) – Second year head coach Tommy Jones has the Falcons on the road to success. After a few years of .500 football, Dacula finished last season at 8-5 and advanced to the Final Four. The Falcons are using their experience... they returned a ton of starters on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. Dacula QB Giovanni Lugo has answered the bell and has taken over as a key leader and touchdown machine in 2014. The Falcons have four playoff teams from last season left on their schedule. Look for Dacula to continue to rise our rankings if they keep up this hot start.

- The Falcons open up regional play at Berkmar this Friday 9/12

9. Lovejoy Wildcats (2-0) – Ever heard of Preston Williams? Well if the answer is no, you might want to do some research on the young man. Williams is a four, yes four, sport letterman and is the second ranked wide receiver in the state of Georgia. The Tennessee commit had eight catches for 189 yards in four touchdowns in our #Team11 Game of the Week against Dutchtown last Friday. The Wildcats have scored 40+ in two straight games while holding opponents to 14 points in consecutive games as well. If the Lovejoy offense continues to put up major points and the defense continues to impress, they could find themselves in the State Final yet again this year.

- Lovejoy is at home against Hillgrove this Friday 9/12

8. Marist War Eagles (2-0) – Marist isn't trying to fool anyone when they show up to play Friday nights. The War Eagles are going to run the ball early and they're going to run it often. Led by the two headed tandem of Ian Gipson and Sam Phelts, Marist put up 300+ yards on the ground while holding Lovett under 30 yards rushing last Friday. The War Eagles haven't missed the postseason since 1982. Math isn't a pre-requisite for joining Team 11, but by our math, that's 31 consecutive years in the playoffs.

- The War Eagles face a very fast-paced Arabia Mountain offense at home Friday 9/12

7. Grayson Rams (2-0) – Grayson is coming off a solid 26-16 victory on the road over a strong Langston Hughes team last Friday. RB Cameryn Brent had two late scores on top of 196 yards to put the Rams ahead. The Grayson defense, which has held teams to a staggering 8 points per game, did what they have done for the first part of the season and protected the lead turned over by their offense. The Rams play arguably the toughest region in Georgia High School Football, 6A, and their schedule only get harder as the season progresses. Grayson might be an under the radar team to keep your eyes on if they continue to put together wins and are definitely trending in the right direction.

-The Rams are on the road again this week against pre-season favorite Archer (0-2) this Friday 9/12

6. Camden County Wildcats (3-0) – The only reason Camden County comes in at six in the Team 11 Power Rankings is due to their strength of schedule; or lack thereof. The points are there, 45.7 per game. The defense is in the right place only giving up an average of 16.7 points per game. The Wildcats just haven't really played a true playoff contender yet. Sophomore RB Brandon McMaster is high on our list, as well as many recruiters at the next level, as one of the top underclass talents in the state. They sit at #6 now… but let's revisit them down the line after some region games.

-The Wildcats are on the road at Brunswick on Friday 9/12

5. North Gwinnett Bulldogs (2-1) – North Gwinnett is the highest ranked one-loss team to crack the top 11. Points are not hard to come by for the Bulldog offense, that's for sure. Averaging 38.7 points per game in an extremely physical region 6A, North Gwinnett can hang with pretty much anyone offensively. Senior QB John Urzua is lighting defenses up so far in 2014. Urzua has completed 70% of his passes for 919 yards and 10 touchdowns through three weeks. However, North Gwinnett's defense hasn't been a typical Bob Sphire unit - giving up 33 points per game. They're likely to figure that out, and even likelier to make some major noise come November and December.

- North Gwinnett is at home against Collins Hill this Friday 9/12

4. Griffin Bears (2-0) – Griffin's high powered and fast-paced offense is a force to be reckoned with. Racking up 567 yards of total offense last week boosted Griffin up to the fourth spot on our Top 11. Senior QB Anforne Stroud connected on 10 of 19 passes for 301 yards and three touchdowns in the 36-21 victory. The Bears' defense is pretty solid as well, only giving up 13.5 points per game. Last week made it 17 in a row in the win column for the 2013 State Champs. With plenty of athletes on both sides of the ball, Griffin will continue to light up the highlight reel, and quite possibly continue to climb our rankings.

- The Bears take on Eastside at home this Friday 9/12

3. Milton Eagles (2-0) – Fresh of a 26-0 victory over the defending 6A State Champs Norcross, Milton ranks as our 3rd best team in the state of Georgia. The Eagles' defense held Norcross to 94 total yards on offense. Outside Linebacker Quarte Sapp led the way with 10 total tackles, two interceptions (returning one for a 'pick-six') and recording a safety as well. The Milton defense ranks tops in the state allowing an incredible five points a game. Defense wins championships, or so they say, maybe this Eagle will bring a title home for Milton.

- Milton takes on Roswell at home on Friday 9/12 in another tough 6A matchup.

2. Colquitt County Packers (3-0) – The Packers come in at number two on our list after reaching at least the Final Four in five straight playoff appearances. Led by Junior QB Chase Parrish, Colquitt Co. has one of the top scoring offenses in the state averaging more than 40 points per game. The Packer defense isn't too shabby either, holding opponents to 9.1 points per game. Colquitt County jumped to number 41 in the nation after their 55-0 drudging of Crisp County last week.

- The Packers face Enterprise High School (AL) in what should be another track meet this Friday 9/12.

1. Buford Wolves (3-0) – No surprise here, folks. To be the best, you have to beat the best… and no one has beaten Buford since October of 2012. That's good for 28 straight wins. The Wolves have won four of the last five State Titles and are the 12th ranked team nationally. They just knocked off 6-A McEachern – answering the age-old question of how they'd fare in the state's largest classification.

- Buford has the week of this Friday but will face White County at home on 9/19.