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OC reverses direction with move back up to No. 3

OC reverses direction with move back up to No. 3
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
Turnabout is fair play.
Having fallen behind three teams to No. 6 after its first loss of the season in last week’s state rankings, Obion Central leap-frogged those same clubs in moving back to No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press Class 4A high school football poll.
The Rebs, who rebounded from a two-touchdown loss to Covington with a resounding 56-6 romp over an overmatched Haywood team this past Friday, moved back in front of Covington, Maplewood and Giles County — all of whom lost in Week 9 games.
Central (8-1), which still trails reigning 4A state champion Greeneville and Lexington in the AP listing, received 161 points in statewide balloting of writers and broadcasters.
The Greene Devils (8-1) collected 14 first-place votes and 201 total points, while Lexington, one of four rural West Tennessee teams in the Top 10 and the lone unbeaten team left in Class 4A, got seven first-place nods and 196 points.
Covington (7-2), which handed OC its only loss in a District 13AA showdown at Troy, suffered a controversial 28-26 loss to now-No. 2 Milan (Class 3A) Friday and fell from third to fifth this week. Red Bank (7-2), a 21-18 loser to Hamilton, dropped from fourth to eighth, while Giles County (6-3) is now 10th — down from fifth after being beaten by Lewis County 51-28.
Chester County (7-2), which had lost back-to-back games, headed back in the right direction and is now seventh after blanking Jackson South Side 20-0. CC was 10th last week.
There’s a new No. 1 in Class 3A with unbeaten Smith County (9-0) displacing Christian Academy of Knoxville (CAK), which lost 43-42 to LaVergne in Week 9.
Milan — No. 1 for four weeks before losing to Class A top dog Huntingdon in Week 7 — rose a spot to No. 2, garnering three first place votes after edging Covington in the aforementioned game at Johnnie Hale Stadium.
Humboldt (8-1), winners of seven straight with its only loss a 10-0 setback vs. Milan, is now fourth in the Class 2A pecking order.
The Vikings, who’ll play Union City at War Memorial Stadium Friday for the District 14A championship, recorded an impressive 35-7 triumph over Lake County a week ago to advance one position.
Dresden, also 8-1 and with a six-game winning streak, moved up one place, too, to fifth this week. The Lions were idle in Week 9, but host Class 1A No. 1 Huntingdon (9-0) for the District 13A title Thursday night.
Adamsville made it a consecutive trio of rural West Tennessee teams at No. 6 after the Cardinals gained a first-place vote and placed sixth after recording a 38-22 victory over McKenzie that knocked the Rebels out of the Top 10.
The elite list remained unchanged in Class A in spots 1-8 with South Pittsburg, Wayne County, Perry County and Eagleville rounding out the Top 5 behind Huntingdon.
James’ Counce’s Henry County Patriots kept its stranglehold on the top spot in Class 5A after beating rival Dickson County, 38-14.
The Pats and No. 2 Powell are the only unbeaten teams left in the division.
A listing of each classification’s Top 10 can be found on page seven.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.Published in The Messenger 10.25.11

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