Mundy’s Mill coach Greg Manior said the team’s final ranking in the poll shows the respect his team has garnered with its playoff run. (Staff Photo: Derrick Mahone)
JONESBORO — There were a lot of firsts for the Mundy’s Mill football team this past season.
The Tigers became the first team in school history to host a postseason game, and the first to win one. Actually, Mundy’s Mill won two postseason games to reach the Class AAAAA quarterfinals.
Earlier this week, the Tigers also got a program first when it finished ranked in two postseason polls. The Georgia Sportswriters Association poll had the Tigers at No. 8 in its final poll. Mundy’s Mill finished No. 10 in the final Atlanta Journal-Constitution/Georgia High School Football Daily poll.
“It means a lot to us to finished ranked,” Mundy’s Mill coach Greg Manior said. “We are starting to get some recognition throughout the state. We are going to make a big deal out of it.”
The only other county school that got recognition in one of the polls was Lovejoy, which finished ranked No. 9 in the Georgia Public Broadcasting poll. This was the first time since 2010 that the Wildcats have not finished ranked in one of the major polls.
This past season, Lovejoy won its fourth straight region title and advanced to the playoffs. The Wildcats lost to Lowndes in the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs at Twelve Oaks Stadium after reaching their classification finals the previous two years.
Two weeks ago, Lovejoy coach Al Hughes was relieved of his coaching duties, and eventually retired after 36 years of coaching. He said he hopes to coach again next season.
Earlier in the week, Mundy’s Mill got some recognition from the county when the county Commissioner Shana Rooks issued a proclamation at its meeting. During the brief ceremony, Commissioner Sonna Singleton, who works at the school asked “everybody make some noise” as the team came forth to receive the proclamation.
County athletics director Kevin May said it is a big deal to have another county team receive some postseason recognition.
“It is some good positive news for another county team,” May said. “It shows there is some good football on the South end of the county. Greg Manior has done an excellent job in transforming the football program. There is a lot of interest in playing at Mundy’s Mill and that is always the first step in building a program.”
The Tigers, who finished with an 8-5 record, will have to replace several key players, including 2,000-yard running back Rodney Smith. Mundy’s Mill eight wins was also a school record.
“It is difficult, if not at all impossible to replace a player like Rodney,” Manior said. “We will ask two to three guys to do waht one player did.”
Stockbridge finished ranked No. 6 in the GSWA poll and Eagle’s Landing Christian was No. 4.