GA Power 25: Week 7


Phil Kerber
Georgia Scouting Director



We are in to the final month of the season, and a clearer picture of the playoffs is starting to come into focus. The next few weeks are shaping to provide a lot of drama amongst the Power 25 teams. There are competitive races for region titles across the all classifications, and we are going to have our eye on it all. You can see how the teams stack up across classifications by viewing our GHSA Class 7A-1A Polls.

Here are the top headlines coming out of the seventh week of the season, March 29 to April 4.

No Change at the Top

+ No. 1 Buford (23-0) & No. 2 Carrollton (21-1) - The Wolves and Trojans have continued to march on at a different pace than the rest of the state. Buford’s defense has been impenetrable over the past month, while the offense is putting up big numbers. The home stretch of the season will be a test though. Buford’s final six games all come against Power 25 ranked teams: No. 13 Brookwood (2), No. 3 Winder-Barrow (3), and No. 6 Grayson (1). Carrollton have been seeing similar results over the past few weeks as well. The Trojans have tested themselves all year, and they will do so once more this Thursday when they travel to Alabama to take on PBR Alabama No. 2 Auburn (AL).

New No. 3

+ No. 3 Winder-Barrow (18-1) - For the first time since March 8th we have a new No. 3 team in the Power 25. Winder-Barrow has made a steady ascent up the rankings, starting out as Preseason No. 14, and are currently riding a 13 game winning streak. Regardless of the outcome of this week’s game, we are one week out from one of the most anticipated series of the year. The Bulldogs will take on No. 1 Buford in a three game set on April 12th, 14th, and 16th. The state’s top 2021 prospect, SS Brady House (Winder-Barrow; Tennessee), will face off against the state’s top 2022 prospect, RHP Dylan Lesko (Buford; Vanderbilt).

New to the Top-10

+ No. 10 Woodstock (17-4) - Woodstock enters the top-10 for the first time this season. Consistency has been key to the success of the Wolverines. They have been in every single game this season with three of their four losses coming by one run. Woodstock will have to get by Sequoyah and Creekview on Friday evening before a big match up with No. 23 River Ridge on Saturday.

Big Riser

+ No. 16 Marist (17-5) - Since dropping a game to Buford on March 20th, Marist has rattled off five straight wins and in impressive fashion. They swept Mays 12-2, 13-2, swept Druid Hills 11-1, 12-1 and took down Parkview 3-1. An impressive run of form from the War Eagles. Spring Break will be a relatively relaxing one for Marist as they only have one game against No. 8 Loganville on Friday. Looking ahead the War Eagles are in the driver’s seat to capture their region title.

Winning Ways Continue

+ No. 7 Pope (17-3) - The Greyhounds wasted no time rebounding from their 5-0 loss to No. 5 Allatoona on March 15th. Since then, Pope has won six straight games. Pitching has been a real strength all season long. The Greyhounds pitching staff has allowed more than four runs in only two games. They have a date with Allatoona next Monday to potentially decide the region champ.

+ No. 11 Greenbrier (17-4) - Winners of five straight, Greenbrier has positioned themselves at the top of the region standings, tied with Loganville. They have already played every team in the top half of the region standings, so there is a clear path to the region title for the Wolfpack. The two headed monster of RHP/OF Brayden Collett (Georgia Southern) and C/RHP David Bell (uncommitted) has been clicking all season long. They can take Greenbrier far.

+ No. 20 Decatur (20-4) - A newcomer last week, Decatur jumps up to No. 20 after extending their winning streak to 13 games. The Bulldogs will have a light week, making a trip to Cambridge on Saturday.

+ No. 23 River Ridge (17-3) - Another newcomer last week, River Ridge is in the midst of a nine game winning streak. As we said last week, the Knights have been on the winning end of a lot of close ball games this year. They added another last week with a 2-1 win over Chattahoochee, and then followed it up with a 10-2 victory, their largest offensive output of the season. It will be a challenging week with trips to Cherokee and Chattahoochee on Thursday and Friday, and then home on Saturday against No. 10 Woodstock.

Welcome!

+ No. 25 Perry (16-2) - Breaking into the Power 25 are the Perry Panthers. Perry went undefeated in the month of March and are winners of 13 straight. Their defense has allowed 36 runs all season, good for an average of 2.0 runs allowed per game. On the offensive side of things, they are averaging over 8 runs per game. This week will tell us a lot about the Panthers. They are away to Rutland on Monday, and host No. 18 West Laurens on Wednesday and No. 9 Houston County on Thursday.

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