Lions leap two more spots in latest ranking
Posted: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 12:00 pm
Two teams took a tumble, allowing Dresden to move up again.
The Lions improved to 4-0 with a 35-7 win over Stewart County in Dover on Friday night. That win, combined with falls by Cascade and Trousdale County, allowed Dresden to move up to third in the latest Associated Press Tennessee high school football poll for Class 2A.
Dresden was fifth last week and has been ranked in each of the season’s three polls.
The Lions also picked up a first-place vote, one of four teams in 2A to get at least one vote for the top position.
Boyd Buchanan and Grace Christian switched places in the poll, Boyd Buchanan now ranked No. 1 and Grace coming it at No. 2.
Boyd Buchanan had 198 points in the poll, earning 13 first-place votes, while Grace Christian had 177 points with six first-place votes.
Dresden, with 166 points, remains one spot above the team that defeated the Lions in the 2A state championship game last year as Friendship Christian checked in at No. 4 with 138 points and one first-place vote.
Houston County is still perfect at 4-0 and jumped three places to No. 5, while Oneida is sixth and Adamsville, which lost to Dresden in the semifinals last season, is seventh.
Tied for third last week, Cascade and Trousdale are tied for eighth in the latest poll, while Hampton moves into the rankings at No. 10.
Mt. Pleasant and Watertown also received votes.
Class 2A is the only poll where the No. 1 spot changed hands.
Maryville remains the top team in 6A, Beech is tops in 5A, Giles County leads the pack in 4A, defending state champion Christian Academy of Knoxville is the top team in 3A, South Pittsburg received 19 of 21 first-place votes for the top spot in 1A, and Ensworth swept the top votes in the private school division.
Covington (4A) and Huntingdon (2A) are the highest-ranked rural West Tennessee teams in the poll, checking in at No. 2 in their respective rankings.
Milan is No. 3 and Camden is sixth in 3A, defending state champ Henry County is fourth and Jackson North Side is fifth in 5A, Lexington is eighth in the 4A, and Union City fell from second to sixth in 1A following the weekend’s 38-22 loss to Huntingdon. Published in The WCP 9.11.12