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Surrounded by change, OC steady at 4th spot

Surrounded by change, OC steady at 4th spot
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
A shakeup atop the Class 4A Associated Press didn’t affect Obion Central’s standing.
The Rebels remained at No. 4 Monday when defending state champion Greeneville overtook Lexington for the top spot in the latest AP listing.
The Greene Devils (5-1) — who beat West Greene 46-7 this past Friday — got one fewer (12-11) first-place vote than the Tigers, but accumulated four more total points (232-228) than Lexington in this week’s statewide vote of member writers and broadcasters.
Lexington, which remained unbeaten by hammering Jackson South Side 52-18 and faces a showdown with fellow 6-0 and fifth-ranked Chester County this Friday, had been No. 1 for three straight weeks.
Obion Central (7-0), following a record-setting 40-14 thumping of South Gibson last week that represented the first such start in the 51-year history of the program, remained fourth after collecting a first-place vote and 179 total points.
The Rebels are idle this week before hosting seventh-ranked Covington (5-1) in a District 13AA showdown Oct. 14.
The Chargers moved up two spots this week after extending Gibson County’s winless skid to 29 games with a 55-12 pounding in Week 6.
All No. 1s in the other Division I classifications remained the same in the this week’s rankings, including 6-0 Milan, which retained the top position in Class 3A after beating Westview 16-7.
The Bulldogs have a showdown with fellow unbeaten Huntingdon (7-0) — No. 3 in Class 1A this week. The Mustangs advanced one position in the single-A listing when Perry County fell to fourth after having to vacate three wins for using an ineligible player. PC is now 3-0 after whipping Richland 47-8.
Humboldt, Dresden, Adamsville and McKenzie occupy Nos. 5-8 in Class 2A. The Vikings, whose only loss came vs. Milan (10-0), are 5-1.
Dresden is 6-1 after thumping West Carroll 39-7, the same record as Adamsville.
McKenzie is 4-2.
Henry County edged past Powell to No. 2 in Class 5A after James Counce’s club routed Clarksville Northeast 63-14 in a matchup of state-ranked District 10AAA opponents.
The Patriots are 7-0 and trail only reigning state champ Columbia (6-0).
Dyer County (6-1), which has won five straight and has but an overtime loss to Liberty marring its record, is up one to fifth this week.
In addition to Milan in 3A, four other teams held their No. 1 rank — Maryville in 6A, Columbia in 5A, Boyd Buchanan in 2A and Wayne County in 1A
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 10.4.11

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