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Rebs fall a little farther than Covington rises in latest poll

Rebs fall a little farther than Covington rises in latest poll
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
From a sheer numbers standpoint, Obion Central’s 50-36 loss to Covington hurt the Rebels a little more than it helped the Chargers.
OC dropped three spots to No. 6, while Covington rose two places to third in the aftermath of their Top 5 showdown when the new Associated Press state rankings were released Monday afternoon.
Central, which suffered its first loss of the season after seven victories — leaving just one Class 4A unbeaten in the state — fell behind the Chargers, Chattanooga Red Bank and Giles County in addition to reigning champion Greeneville and unbeaten Lexington in this week’s pecking order.
Covington (7-1) vaulted past OC and Red Bank this week, and could further enhance its playoff resume and case for a No. 1 seed in the West Quadrant by beating Class 3A No. 3 Milan in another District 13AA showdown this week that likely will decide the regular season league champion.
Like the Chargers, Milan will enter the contest at 7-1, having bounced back from a loss to Class A No. 1 Huntingdon with a 35-0 blanking of Ripley last Friday.
Obion Central still collected 91 points in a statewide vote of writers and broadcasters in this week’s balloting.
The Rebels’ No. 3 status was the program’s highest-ever prior to their loss to Covington.
OC, which has already clinched a playoff berth in the 32-team Class 4A bracket,  has been ranked for eight consecutive weeks this season — unprecedented in the history of the program.
Lexington (8-0) hammered Jackson Central-Merry 62-14 last week and now stands as the lone team without a loss in 4A.
Chester County (6-2) fell to 10th after suffering its second loss in as many weeks, a 19-17 setback at the hands of Liberty.
Elsewhere, Henry County — coached by South Fulton High School alumnus James Counce — ascended to the top of the Class 5A poll after reigning champion Columbia was knocked from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 39-20 loss vs. Division II Baylor.
The 8-0 Patriots, who were idle last week, garnered 12 first-place votes and 188 total points to outdistance Powell (9-0), which collected seven and 173, respectively.
Dyer County (7-1), which also enjoyed an open date last week, remained at No. 4.
In Class 2A, the rural West Tennessee trio of Humboldt, Dresden and Adamsville — each with just one loss — remained at Nos. 5, 6 and 7.
McKenzie, which is now 5-3 after a 35-0 pounding at the hands of Class 1A top dog Huntingdon, fell from eighth to 10th.
Trousdale County replaced Boyd-Buchanan atop the double-A heap after BB lost to Class 1A No. 2 South Pittsburg, 26-10.
Huntingdon (8-0) stretched its slim one-point edge over reigning state titlist South Pittsburg by virtue of its rout of McKenzie, and enjoyed a nine-point advantage this week.
The Mustangs had 13 first-place votes to the Pirates’ five.
Milan is the lone area team listed in the Class 3A Top 10.
University School of Jackson (8-1) is eighth in the Division II poll.
A complete rankings list can be found on page seven.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.
Published in The Messenger 10.18.11

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