Coming off its first 10-win season in 12 years, the Douglas County Tigers garnered enough respect to finish in the Georgia Sports Writers Association final poll.
The Tigers finished ranked No. 9 in the poll, which was released late Monday night. There were 13 media outlets that participated in the final poll, which had all the state champions ranked No. 1.
This was the first time since the 2005 season that the Tigers’ program finished in a top-10 final poll. In 2005, the Tigers entered the final poll for the first time all season at No. 5 after advancing to the second round of the playoffs.
The Phil Williams-coached team went 10-2 on the season and defeated No. 4 Warner Robins (24-20) at home in the first round before losing 16-7 to eventual champion Statesboro in the Class AAAA playoffs.
Mays is the only other Region 5-AAAAAA team to appear in the final GSWA rankings. The two-time region champions were No. 5 in the final poll, three spot down from its final regular season ranking at No. 2.
Mays finished the season at 11-2 and lost to eventual state-champ Lee County 34-14 in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Lee County defeated Region 1-AAAAAA foe Coffee 28-21 last week to win the state title.
The Tigers did not finished ranked in the final AJC/Georgia High School Football Daily, which was released on Sunday. Mays was ranked fifth in the final rankings.
Douglas County finished this season with a 10-2 record and runner-up to Mays in the Region 5-AAAAAA standings. The Tigers lost 24-21 at Alpharetta in the second round of the playoffs.
Douglas County defeated No. 6 Dalton, 13-6, at Jimmy Johnson Stadium in the first round of the playoffs. It was the program’s first home playoff win since the 2005 season.
After the season, nine players were named to the All-Region 5-AAAAAA first team with linebacker/running back Braelen Oliver named the region’s top player. There were four players named to the second team all-region, which was selected by the region coaches.