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By standing pat, Rebels move up a spot in poll

By standing pat, Rebels move up a spot in poll
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Obion Central didn’t have to do anything to continue its climb in the state rankings.
The unbeaten Rebels enjoyed an open date last week, yet still rose a spot to No. 3 in the latest Associated Press prep listing, released Monday afternoon.
The lofty position is another first in a season of such in Obion Central’s magical campaign to-date.
OC (7-0) had been ranked fourth the past two weeks, but advanced in the aftermath of a 36-35 loss suffered by Signal Mountain, as well as other woes incurred by the Eagle program.
Before losing on Friday, it was revealed that SM must vacate its six victories for playing an ineligible player.
The program thus went from 6-1 to officially 0-2 following its narrow loss to neighboring rival Polk County.
Signal Mountain is still listed at No. 9 in this week’s poll, down six places.
Obion Central now trails only top-ranked and reigning 4A state champion Greeneville, and fellow West Tennessee entry Lexington in the pecking order.
The Rebels — one of just two unbeaten teams in the state in their classification — accumulated 193 total points, but did not receive a first-place vote for the first time in three weeks.
Greeneville (6-1) totaled 230 points and 16 first-place nods after routing Cumberland Gap 62-0 last week, while Lexington (7-0) closed the gap on the Greene Devils after beating then-No. 5 Chester County (34-27) by receiving 222 points and eight first-place ballots in voting done statewide by AP member writers and broadcasters.
Covington (6-1) advanced two spots and will bring a No. 5 tag into its District 13AA showdown at OCCHS Friday night after hammering Haywood 53-7 last week.
The one-touchdown loss to Lexington cost Chester County just one spot, the 6-1 Eagles now sixth.
In Class 1A, Hunting-don’s 24-13 road win vs. then triple-A No. 1 Milan vaulted the Mustangs atop the single-A heap.
The Ponies (8-0) got one more point than previously top-ranked Wayne County, with both teams receiving nine first-place votes. WC (7-0) blanked Corners-ville 40-0 last week.
South Pittsburg (6-1), whose only loss came vs. Signal Mountain, fell from second to third despite a 38-7 triumph over 6A Franklin County. Though SM was forced to vacate its six wins, the losses did not come off those teams’ records.
Perry County, which itself had to give up three wins for the use of ineligible players, remained fourth with an official mark of 4-0 now.
Milan’s first loss in seven games dropped the Bulldogs to third in  3A.
The adjustment was part of a major shakeup in triple A as the top three teams were all beaten last week.
CAK (Christian Aca-demy of Knoxville) is the new No. 1, followed by Smith County.
The double-A poll remained virtually the same with the rural West Tennessee contingent of Humboldt, Dresden, Adamsville and McKenzie remaining in slots 5-8. The first three teams of that quartet have one loss each, with the Rebels now 5-2.
McKenzie travels to Huntingdon to renew its bitter Carroll County rivalry.
In Class 5A, Dyer County (6-1) continued its climb and is now fourth. Henry County, after hammering Clarksville 56-8, remained at No. 2 behind defending state champion Columbia.
A complete poll listing can be found on page nine.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 10.11.11

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