Golden Tornadoes on the up-and-up again

Golden Tornadoes on the up-and-up again

Union City’s up-and-down status in the state rankings is on the rise again.

The reigning state champion Tornadoes, who began the 2010 season at No. 5 before falling to 10th last week following a one-point loss to Trenton, are seventh in the latest Associated Press Class 1A prep poll.

The new listings — released Monday after a statewide vote of member writers and broadcasters — found a significant shakeup in the bottom half of the single-A ratings.

Three teams in last week’s poll (Gordonsville, Perry County and Grace Christian) lost, allowing UC — which edged Huntingdon 29-26 Friday — to move up three places to seventh.

The Tornadoes (2-1) collected 83 total points in all.

Lake County, also with two wins in three games, likewise rose three positions to No. 6 despite enjoying an open date last week.

South Pittsburg, Jo Byrns and Wayne County again held down the top three spots with the Pirates, last year’s BlueCross Bowl runnersup to Union City, garnering 24 of 25 first-place votes.

In Class 2A, McKenzie (3-1), whose only loss in four games came in Week 0 to third-ranked (3A) Camden, stayed at No. 4, while Riverside inched from sixth to fifth after beating then-No. 7 Perry County (1A), 21-6 last week.

Dresden (3-1) climbed two positions from 10th to eighth in double-A.

In addition to the aforementioned Lions at No. 3 in Class 3A, rural West Tennessee was represented by Milan (No. 5) and Westview, which fell to ninth from sixth after dropping a close 13-10 decision to Camden this past Friday.

Liberty is still second behind No. 1 Greeneville in 4A, with Crockett County up a spot to third after the Cavaliers beat 5A Dyer County 17-10 in Week 3.

Jackson North Side — eighth last week and now No. 6 — was joined in the Class 5A rankings by Henry County.

HC won its third straight and second via shutout since losing their season opener vs. 6A’s No. 9 team, Brighton.

Like JNS (Tab Vowell), the Patriots (James Counce) are coached by a former South Fulton prep standout.

Unbeaten University School of Jackson (3-0) is ranked eighth this week in the Division II poll.

A complete listing of this week’s rankings can be found on page 7.

Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

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