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Georgia's Top One-Win High School Football Teams


Not every elite team finishes the season undefeated. The vast majority of teams lose at least one game and with so many teams playing tough non-region games early in the season, many teams take their lumps early.

A perfect example is Camden County's 2009 team. The Wildcats lost to a nationally-ranked Grayson team in Week One, beat a Florida team in Week Two, and lost to perennial powerhouse Hoover (AL) in Week Three. After a 1-2 start, many people wrote off Kingsland team. Three months and twelve consecutive wins later and the Camden County Wildcats were the 5A champs.

Camden County's 2009 path was atypical, but could easily be repeated.

Going into Week Four of heavy high school football, these are the teams with the best shot to turn it around and make a run.

Colquitt County: Rush Propst's Packers were nationally ranked going into this season, but an early loss to 2A school Cook brought the Moultrie team back down to Earth. It only got tougher for Colquitt County as they faced one of the country's best teams in South Panola (MS). Then, the Packers went to Thomas County Central, where the lost 35-29 in overtime. That brought Colquitt County to an 0-3 start. Finally, the team got a win last week over Westlake, but with Lowndes, Tift County, Valdosta, and Warner Robins all remaining on the schedule, the Packers still have a tough go at it. They remain one of Georgia's top one-win teams.

M.L. King: The Lions lost Corey Jarvis to Duluth in the offseason, but M.L. King is right in the thick of things in Region 2-5A. The Lions lost 44-41 to South Gwinnett on the road in their season opener, but bounced back with a huge 43-36 win over Collins Hill in their second game. The Lions stand at 1-1 on the season, but with an offense that has scored 87 points in two games, M.L. King's season has a lot of potential.

Newnan: The Cougars are another one-win team to watch in Region 2-5A. Newnan beat LaGrange 27-13 in their season opener and fought Peachtree Ridge to a ten-point loss. Region 2-5A wins will not be easy to come by, but Newnan has the coaching and talent to go on a solid run. Starting 1-1 will not be a deterrent for a team that has only lost twice in the regular season since 2007.

Collins Hill: The Eagles got off to a good start, beating Roswell 13-9, but now Roswell is 0-3 and Collins Hill is 1-2. Those two losses were not embarrassing by any means, though. 2-1 Brookwood beat the Eagles in double-overtime and M.L. King topped Collins Hill last week 43-36. Collins Hill still figures to contend for a playoff spot in Region 7-5A.

Apalachee: It is not often that a team rushes for over 500 yards and still loses, but the Wildcats managed that feat last week. Flowery Branch and Apalachee both exploded offensively for 52 and 35 points, respectively. Apalachee lit up the scoreboard in their 28-point win over Habersham Central, too. The Wildcats, who always run the ball effectively, should be a factor in the Region 8-4A playoff race.

Gainesville: The Red Elephants got run over by Buford in their season opener, but after dispatching of a solid White County team, Gainesville has itself back on the right track heading into a road game with rival North Hall. The 2009 3A runner-ups should contend for Region 8-3A's top playoff seed.

North Hall: The Trojans kind of did the opposite of rival Gainesville. They got a big win over Jefferson in their first game, but St. Pius came into town last week and dropped 49 points on North Hall at The Brickyard. Coach Bob Christmas will be looking to avoid a third straight loss to Gainesville.

Westminster: The Wildcats are 1-2 after beating St. Pius 20-12 in their season opener. Those two losses came to an undefeated Carrollton team and Buford, so the Wildcats have not been dropping easy games, but in Region 6-2A, the schedule will not get any easier.



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