Cartersville starts season ranked second in Class AAAA


Cartersville will start the 2015 season ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA according to the MaxPreps Georgia High School Football Daily rankings.


The Canes are coming off a 12-2 season and a 27-3 semifinal loss to eventual state champ Buford. The Wolves are riding a 40-game winning streak and are again the No. 1 team in the 2015 Class AAAA poll. Cartersville returns key playmakers Trevor Lawrence, Tiamon Pennymon, Miller Forristall, Terrius Callahan, Tyler Reed and more, so head coach Joey King knows his team has the weapons to challenge again for a state title. “We want that state championship,” stated King in a recent visit with Bartow Sports Zone. “Doing the things that put us in position to achieve that goal has been our focus since we last walked off the field.”


Woodward Academy is ranked third in the preseason AAAA poll, followed by Sandy Creek, Marist, St. Pius, Griffin, Carrollton, West Laurens, and Mary Persons.


The Purple Hurricanes dominated Woodland in last Friday’s controlled scrimmage and will open their 2015 regular season at Cass Friday, August 28. Kickoff will be at 7:30pm.


Archer (Class AAAAAA), Northside-Warner Robins (Class AAAAA), Calhoun (Class AAA), Benedictine (Class AA), and Eagle’s Landing Christian (Class A) are the No. 1 teams in the remaining classifications. In other Maxwell Ratings projections, Adairsville is tabbed as the projected runner up to Calhoun in Region 6AAA with a 98.8% chance of making the state playoffs. Ringgold was picked third (also with a 98.8% chance of making the state playoffs) and Sonoraville fourth (63.5%) in that same region. In Cartersville’s Region 7AAAA, Gilmer (90.6%) is pegged as the runner up, followed by Northwest Whitfield (79.5%) and Pickens (74.8%). In 7AAAAA, Kell (97.8%) is the clear favorite and is ranked in the MaxPreps GHSFD Top Ten at No. 4. The Longhorns are picked to win the region’s Division B ahead of Sprayberry (34.2%) and Riverwood (16.4%). Those same projections have Dalton (91.7%) winning Division A, followed by Sequoyah (55.5%) and Creekview (48.8%). Cass (7.0%) was projected fifth in the sub-region behind those three plus Rome (31.3%). Woodland was projected seventh.


The Maxwell Ratings are a computer-based ranking system created by Loren Maxwell. The projections utilize historical scores, recent results, and program consistency then runs one million scenarios using the current schedule to determine projections. The projections will change as new real-game results occur throughout the season.

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