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Today, we release the Week 3 softball rankings and track the latest movement in the polls. Also, Craig Sager II recaps what when down in Class AAAA this past week with his Week 2 rundown. V isit   for more fall sports coverage.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
By Seth Ellerbee

East Coweta keeps its grip on Class AAAAAAA
East Coweta remains the team to beat in the state's highest classification with wins over Westlake  (15-0) and Hampton (6-0), Mill Creek moved to second following Etowah's slide with losses to Rockmart and Sequoyah.
In Class AAAAAA, Creekview remains the team to beat despite losses to Class AAAAAAA Lowndes and Lassiter. Allatoona, which lost to Creekview on Aug. 16, is No. 2 this week. Dunwoody, Forest Park and Houston County round out the top-5.

Carrollton overtakes the top-spot in Class AAAAA with Locust Grove, Starr's Mill, Whitewater and Harris County filling out the top-5. The Lady Trojans are coming off an 11-3 victory going into their game against Rome on Tuesday.

In Class AAAA, Marist overtakes Northside-Columbus for the top-spot in Class AAAA. Northside falls to second, Chapel Hill climbs from seventh to third this week ahead of Heritage-Ringgold and LaGrange.

Lovett is the team to beat in Class AAA followed by Calhoun, Sonoraville, Jefferson and Pike County. Sonoraville fell from the top-spot to third with Calhoun staying in the No. 2 spot this week.

In Class A-Public, Gordon Lee is again the team to beat. Trion holds the No. 2 spot again with Lincoln County at third after climbing from seventh. Mt. Zion and Charlton County round out the top-5. In Class A-Private, Wesleyan, Tattnall Square, Mt. de Sales, Prince Avenue Christian and Stratford round out the top-5.

1. East Coweta
2. Mill Creek
3. Grayson
4. North Gwinnett
5. Mountain View
6. Newnan
7. Meadowcreek
8. Lassiter
9. Archer 
10. Etowah

1. Creekview
2. Allatoona
3. Dunwoody
4. Forest Park
5. Houston County
6. Northside-Warner Robins
7. Coffee
8. Harrison
9. Richmond Hill
10. Dalton

1. Carrollton
2. Locust Grove
3. Starr's Mill
4. Whitewater
5. Harris County
6. Buford
7. South Effingham
8. Bainbridge
9. Jones County
10. Chamblee

Class AAAA
1. Marist
2. Northside-Columbus
3. Chapel Hill
4. Heritage-Ringgold
5. LaGrange
6. Carver-Columbus
7. Madison County
8. Eastside
9. Hampton
10. St. Pius X

Class AAA
1. Lovett
2. Calhoun
3. Sonoraville
4. Jefferson
5. Pike County
6. Jackson County 
7. Pace Academy 
8. Cook
9. East Hall
10. Lumpkin County

Class AA
1. Rockmart
2. Harlem
3. Monticello
4. Dodge County
5. Bacon County
6. Bleckley County
7. Screven County 
8. Armuchee
9. Vidalia
10. Banks County

Class A-Public
1. Gordon Lee
2. Trion
3. Lincoln County
4. Mt. Zion
5. Charlton County
6. Hawkinsville
7. Marion County
8. Echols County
9. Washington WIlkes
10. Schley County

Class A-Private
1. Wesleyan
2. Tattnall Square
3. Mt. de Sales
4. Prince Avenue Christian
5. Stratford
6. Brookstone
7. First Presbyterian Day
8. Holy Innocents'
9. Hebron
10. George Walton Academy

By Craig Sager II

Region action and top performances seen Week 2
Region 1 played a pair of region games this past week. In them, Ameriucs-Sumter cruised past Dougherty 43-7 and Northside-Columbus exploded for a 48-15 win over Shaw. Carver-Columbus (17-0 over Spencer) and Hardaway (49-0 over Kendrick) each won lopsided non-region games, Cairo dropped to 0-2 with a 15-7 loss to Bainbridge and Columbus and Westover rested on bye weeks. 

Region 2
Mary Persons quarterback J.T. Hartage threw three touchdown passes to Deadrek Alford and rushed for a score, and teammate Quen Wilson accounted for 158 rushing yards and three touchdowns off 15 carries in the Bulldogs' 48-17 win over Jackson. All six teams in Region 2 left the field victorious this past Friday. Perry topped Northeast-Macon 30-19, West Laurens shutout Crisp County 16-10, Howard sprinted past First Presbyterian Day 50-14,  Spalding topped Carver-Atlanta 36-33 and Upson-Lee outclassed East Paulding 21-16
Region 3
Richmond Academy defeated Westside-Augusta 34-0 and became the only team in Region 3 that is taking a 2-0 record into Week 3. Cross Creek lost 6-0 to Butler, Baldwin lost 41-17 to Jones County, Burke County lost 25-24 to Ware County after the Gators' successful 2-point conversion in overtime and Thomson was off with a bye.  
Region 4
Eastside used three clutch turnovers to defeat Class AAAAAAA Newton 27-20 and was outgained 443 to 247 by the Rams in total yardage. Running back Taylor Carter had 22 carries for 128 yards and ran in the game-winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter before the defense closed out the victory. Druid Hills fell 35-10 to South Atlanta, Salem got beat 23-6 by Class AAAAAA's Coffee, Luella got shutout 19-0 by Trinity Christian, North Clayton lost 31-7 to Woodland-Stockbridge and Henry County lost 24-12 to Union Grove. Hampton was on its bye week and Woodward Academy led 42-7 at the half of its 58-27 win over Grady. 
Region 5
Sandy Creek held Whitewater to a field goal and kickoff return touchdown in a 49-10 road win to open its season. Troup also had an impressive road win to open its season, defeating Ridgeland 32-0. The Tigers jumped out to a 15-0 halftime lead with Kobe Hudson touchdown passes to Jamari Thrash and Trea Mitchell. Hudson added a rushing touchdown early in the second half and a Heslyn Martinez field goal gave the Tigers a 25-0 lead heading into the fourth quarter before Tyree Carlisle iced the game with a 3-yard touchdown run. Cedartown bounced back from a Week 1 loss to Rockmart and ran past Alexander 33-7. Chapel Hill shutout Ola 28-7 and Central-Carroll got beat 51-7 to Rockmart. 
Region 6
Ridgeland lost 32-0 to Troup as previously mentioned. Heritage-Ringgold was dominated 40-0 by rival Ringgold after beating them for the first time in program history a year ago. Gilmer fell short 20-19 to Rabun Gap. LaFayette defeated Fannin County 28-20 and Southeast Whitfield held off Murray County 21-16. Pickens and Northwest Whitfield were on byes. 
Region 7
Flowery Branch was on the bye and Chestatee's 58-0 loss to Dawson County was the only one seen in what proved to be a dominant week for the rest of Region 7. Blessed Trinity dispatched Class AAAAAAA South Forsyth 35-6, Marist surged to a 33-0 halftime lead and beat Lovett 40-20, West Hall beat Johnson-Gainesville 41-8 and White County beat Lumpkin County 40-7. The Denmark Danes scored a 43-0 victory over Cherokee Bluff in the program's first-ever game. Quarterback Ben Whitlock finished the night 10 of 13 passing for 234 yards and five touchdowns, while the defense dominated the visiting Bears. 
Region 8
North Oconee moved to 2-0 and surpassed its win total from last season with a 17-13 win over Apalachee. Stephens County survived a 10-7 battle with Hart County. Oconee County lost 17-10 to rival Clarke Central and Madison County fell 42-35 to Habersham Central. St. Pius snapped its 15-game non-region losing streak with a 45-21 win over Dunwoody.

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