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Twisters up another rung on AP prep ladder

Twisters up another rung on AP prep ladder
Union City’s 55-16 pummeling of West Carroll Friday night was a step in the right direction.
Both literally and figuratively.
The Golden Tornadoes’ eighth consecutive win was worth another spot in the newest Associated Press prep ranks. UC is now eighth in those latest listings released Monday afternoon.
Union City, which clinched the Region 7-1A championship with their Week 9 rout of the War Eagles, vaulted past league brethren McKenzie in statewide balloting of sports writers and broadcasters.
The Twisters earned 72 total points among the 20 media representatives who voted.
“This is the time of year you want to be playing well and playing your best football, and I feel we are playing a little better every week,” Tornado head coach Darren Bowling said. “I guess that’s been reflective in the last two polls because we’ve moved up a spot in each one of them.
“As I’ve said, none of that really matters. What really does matter is that we seem to be moving in the right direction and that’s critical as the caliber of competition you’ll see obviously gets better come playoff time.”
McKenzie (7-2), which was upset 38-35 by Lake County Friday and lost earlier in the season 22-16 vs. Union City, fell two spots to 10th as part of a reshuffled Class A poll that saw only top-ranked South Pittsburg and No. 2 Trousdale County hold onto their previous positions.
Former No. 3 Jo Byrns dropped a 15-14 decision to Cascade and fell to sixth. Cascade rose from sixth to No. 4, one spot behind Oneida, which was idle last week.
Greenback, the last of five unbeatens in the Top 5, improved two positions from seventh a week ago, which Friendship Christian fell from fifth to seventh after a 28-6 loss to Trousdale County on Saturday.
Cosby is ninth this week after being 10th last week.
Rural West Tennessee had several representatives in the three of the remaining four public school polls this week.
In Class 4A, unbeaten Henry County remained at No. 2 behind perennial power and four-time reigning state champion Maryville, which won its 70th straight game last week. HC romped over Jackson North Side 42-3 in Week 9.
Once-beaten Brighton, which will close out Obion Central’s season Thursday night at Troy, went up a spot to sixth after thumping Liberty 37-12.
In Class 3A, Jackson South Side (8-1) is now fourth — up from fifth — after whipping Crockett County 37-7, while Dyersburg also gained ground from sixth to seventh after outlasting Dyer County 37-28 for its eighth victory in nine games.
Haywood, which clinched the Region 7 championship with a 47-0 whitewash of OCCHS last week, entered the poll at No. 10.
The Tomcats are 7-2 heading into this week’s regular season finale vs. Ripley.
The Class 2A listing included No. 2 Milan (9-0), fourth-ranked Camden and No. 5 USJ, all of which remained in the same positions they held a week ago.
A complete listing can be found on Page 7.

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