ATLANTA -- Last year's Class AAAAA state champion won't go undefeated this season and neither will last season's runner-up, but there are some undefeated teams that are big surprises as the 2012 high school football season heads for Week 5.
The Grayson express for the state title hit a bump in the road at Parkview, while Walton got ambushed by North Cobb in Acworth. Grayson may still be the team to beat in Class AAAAAA, but the Rams will feel the shakeup in the Metro Atlanta Super25 Poll this week.
The thing that has to excite metro area fans is the large number of teams at 3-0. In Gwinnett, Shiloh's 3-0 mark has to be a most pleasant surprise, especially since the Generals went through a turbulent off season that saw a highly publicized coaching change. Shiloh plays South Gwinnett this week.
After posting records of 2-8 and 4-6 the past two seasons, the Chamblee Bulldogs are making noise at the top of the Perimeter. The Bulldogs take a 3-0 mark into this week's meeting with South Atlanta.
In Atlanta, there are three unbeaten teams. Carver, Washington, and South Atlanta are all 3-0 so far. Grady was knocked from the ranks of the undefeated last week by Riverdale, who is also 3-0 and headed for a region showdown at Dutchtown this week.
North and South Forsyth are both undefeated. South Forsyth will tangle with undefeated Lambert this week, while North Forsyth welcomes Chattahoochee.
In Cobb, Wheeler is 3-0 for the first time since 1997. The Wildcats visit Etowah this week. But the biggest surprise has to be in Fayette County, where the McIntosh Chiefs are 3-0 for the first time ever. In 31 years, McIntosh has only had four seasons with six wins, the most recent in 1995. This week, the Chiefs will get a test from Drew.
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