The Metter Tigers are now the number one team in Class A football in the state of Georgia.
The top spot was opened after Brooks County lost to Irwin County 21-13. Irwin County, who started the year at number four, moved into the number two spot, and Brooks County fell to number three.
The Tigers were overlooked in preseason polls and were not ranked, but they put everyone on notice with their dominant 28-0 win over Swainsboro in week one. Swainsboro was ranked number eight in AA football at the time.
The Tigers jumped into the top ten rankings after that performance and went into week two ranked number six.
If anyone doubted that this team was for real, Metter answered those questions with a huge 26-3 win over South Effingham.
South Effingham is a much larger AAAAAA school, and that win got the Tigers moved up to number three in the rankings going into week three.
Following their week three win over Savannah Country Day, the Tigers jumped one more spot to number two where they were until this week’s rankings came out.
The Tigers have not been ranked number one since the 1982 season. That season, under the leadership of head coach Monte Tillman, the Tigers went 9-1 on the season and made it to the semi-finals of the state playoffs. Metter lost in the semi-finals to Wrens by a score of 15-20.
The 2020 Tigers have risen to the top of the Class A rankings by relying on their stingy defense, a defense that is tops in the state, only allowing an average of two points a game.
In five games the Tigers have only given up 10 points and have shut out three of their five opponents.
Metter also boasts the number two offensive attack. The offense averages 37.4 points per contest.
The Tigers will face their first test as the number one team this Friday as they go on the road to take on the Screven County Gamecocks.